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Stomping at the Savoy Box set, Import

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Stomping At The Savoy consists of 99 tracks over 4 CDs of digitally remastered music with a 48 page booklet in a new slimline format. Chick Webb and his orchestra was the vehicle that took Ella Fitzgerald from talent show obscurity to international stardom. Proper. 2006.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heebie Jeebies
  2. Blues In My Heart
  3. Soft And Sweet
  4. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  5. Darktown Strutters' Ball
  6. If Dreams Come True
  7. Let's Get Together
  8. I Can't Dance (I Got Ants In My Pants)
  9. Imagination
  10. Why Should I Beg For Love?
  11. Stompin' At The Savoy
  12. Blue Minor
  13. True
  14. Lonesome Moments
  15. If It Ain't Love
  16. That Rhythm Man
  17. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  18. Lona
  19. Blue Minor
  20. It's Over Because We're Through
  21. Don't Be That Way
  22. What A Shuffle
  23. Blue Lou
  24. I'll Chase The Blues Away
  25. Down Home Rag

Disc: 2

  1. Are You Here To Stay?
  2. Love And Kisses
  3. Rhythm And Romance
  4. Moonlight And Magnolias
  5. I'll Chase The Blues Away
  6. I May Be Wrong
  7. Facts And Figures
  8. Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now
  9. King Porter Stomp
  10. Crying My Heart Out For You
  11. Under The Spell Of The Blues
  12. When I Get Low I Get High
  13. Go Harlem
  14. Sing Me A Swing Song (And Let Me Dance)
  15. Love, You're Just A Laugh
  16. Devoting My Time To You
  17. (If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have To Swing It
  18. Swinging On The Reservation
  19. I Got The Spring Fever Blues
  20. Love Marches On
  21. There's Frost On The Moon
  22. Gee, But You're Swell
  23. Rusty Hinge
  24. Wake Up And Live
  25. It's Swell Of You

Disc: 3

  1. You Showed Me The Way
  2. Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley
  3. Cryin' Mood
  4. Love Is The Thing, So They Say
  5. That Naughty Waltz
  6. In A Little Spanish Town
  7. I Got Rhythm
  8. I Ain't Got Nobody
  9. Just A Simple Melody
  10. I Got A Guy
  11. Strictly Jive
  12. Holiday In Harlem
  13. Sweet Sue, Just You
  14. Rock It For Me
  15. Squeeze Me
  16. Harlem Congo
  17. I Want To Be Happy
  18. The Dipsy Doodle
  19. If Dreams Come True
  20. Hallelujah
  21. Mignight In A Madhouse
  22. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  23. Heart Of Mine
  24. I'm Just A Jitterbug
  25. Azure

Disc: 4

  1. Spinnin' The Webb
  2. Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)
  3. Pack Up Your Sins And Go To The Devil
  4. Mac Pherson Is Rehearsin' (To Swing)
  5. Everybody Step
  6. Ella
  7. Wacky Dust
  8. Gotta Pebble In My Shoe
  9. I Can't Stop Loving You
  10. Who Ya Hunchin?
  11. I Let A Tear Fall In The River
  12. F.D.R. Jones
  13. I Love Each Move You Make
  14. It's Foxy
  15. I Found My Yellow Basket
  16. By Heck
  17. Undecided
  18. 'tain't What You Do (It's The Way That Cha Do It)
  19. In The Groove At The Groove
  20. One Side Of Me
  21. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
  22. Chew-Chew-Chew (Your Bubble Gum)
  23. Little White Lies
  24. Breakin' Em Down


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 30, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Proper Box UK
  • ASIN: B000DNVRZ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Much has been written about this small sickly man who battled Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa and supposedly won at the workouts at the Savoy Ballroom and when you combine his relationship with the then great 16 year old Ella Fitzgerald, ushering her into the world, as well as the overall quality of this orchestra and the influence he had on drummers like Buddy Rich one can't give less than 5 stars to this Proper box whose quality remains utilitarian as always, a sound bargain especially given the 10 or 15 dollars I paid for this with it's handsome colorful packaging,well written informative booklet and sound quality that is pretty good.
OK, I generally prefer the Decca, Columbia,and often JSP remasters as the case goes when arguing the Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman cases as to thir famous projects since the range is indeed compromised on many of these "budget jazz" labels to get the hiss out but when looking at the stellar selection presented here (the entire ASV/Living Series collection is here) as well as the entire Decca's Spinnin' The Web (excluding the first 2 tracks that are found on Classics releases).you can't go wrong.
Chick's output is practically all here, the schmaltz,great stuff and the campy tracks as well.99 tracks in all.
Being rather new to swing since I am still 48, I recommend this collection as well as recordings by Jimmie Lunceford, a close contemporary in style to my ears.
As to the music, it moves, shines,waxes nostalgia and maintains class,this diminutive little man was a giant of music and human spirit(akin to the UK's Ian Dury in the rock/punk world), and the beauty of these swing bands and their leaders, great songwriters and instrumentalists are truly an under appreciated idiom of fine art sorely in need of recognition and comeback in today's music world.
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Chick Webb, the King of the Savoy in the 1930s, did more than make great music. He discovered a 17-year old Ella Fitzgerald in 1935. This collection of Chick Webb Orchestra pieces, many with Ella, captures so much of swing music in the Art Deco era. This is an amazingly complete collection, from standards like "Tain't What You Do its the Way that Cha Do It" to the little known, but fabulous, "Gotta Pebble in My Shoe." This is the CD collection that will bring you back to the Harlem dance club days in the 30s, when everyone moved to the music.
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This is another great value box set from Proper filled with great Big Band music. While it is ostensibly focused on drummer/bandleader Chick Webb, it could easily have been labeled a Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald set since the young Ella is featured quite heavily on disks 2-4. While doing this might have helped Proper sell more copies, I respect and approve of their decision to title this the way they did since most of the recordings were originally released as being by "Chick Webb and his Orchestra". While Ella's singing helped Chick Webb's orchestra climb the charts, it would have been wrong to have diminished the importance of Chick's leadership of the band. That being said, it is surprising that Proper does not mention Ella on the back of the box or even in the entry for this set in their catalog which they include in all their box sets. For people like me who love Ella but mostly know her Verve Songbook albums, this collection is probably the best way to hear her at an earlier stage in her career when her voice was younger and brighter.

But the set of energetic swing music also has dynamic drumming from Chick, excellent arrangements from Edgar Sampson and Benny Carter, and great instrumental solos by trumpeters Taft Jordan and Bobby Stark, trombonist Sandy Williams, saxophonists Elmer Williams and Louis Jordan, and clarinetist Chauncey Haughton. Taft Jordan, Charles Linton, and Louis Jordan also contribute vocal variety with their own distinctive styles. Additionally, you can hear two of the monster hits of the Swing era, "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Don't be that Way", as originally performed by Chick Webb's band in performances that swing harder and have more energy than the later hit versions released by Benny Goodman.
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Chick Webb was one of the fathers of this style of swing drumming. This is a great collection, especially if you appreciate the historical context in which the tracks were recorded. The sound is suprisingly good. Check it out!
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"Stomping at the Savoy", in my opinion, is the utimate in Chick Webb recordings from the 1930s. This boxed set contains four CDs with at least 100 songs for hours of listening pleasure. And the addition of a very young (she was in her late teens at the time) Ella Fitzgerald's vocals only make this set even more delightful. The discography and the liner notes are quite good and allow the listener to receive first hand information about Chick Webb's life, his rise to fame and his unrelenting spirit and determination to succeed despite a severe physical handicap. The liner notes also give valuable background information about the composition of his band and the famous "Battles of the Bands" at the Savoy.(Incidentally, Chick's band usually won.) Even though the technical side of these recordings is not what it would be if they were recorded today, the energy and driving rhythm of the way this "little four foot giant" led this group are apparent. The fact that he suffered from spinal tuberculosis only makes it even more amazing that he played the drums (possibly the most physically demanding of all band instruments) in such a way that he is ranked with the all time great drummers in jazz history. "Stomping at the Savoy" is an absolute gem and should be in every collector's music library.
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