from Britain resulting in the loss of half my jazz collection, M-Z That's Mingus, Monk, Rollins, Frankie Trumbauer, Horace Parlan, Lee Morgan, etc, etc. But the heart of the loss was a 20 disc series of EMI Pathe Marconi releases called Djangologie. I bought these one at a time in 1970 or so, at $15.00 US or more, one of them was nearly $22.00. Well, I am delivered. The whole shootin' match has just been re-released on CD, and at the pocket friendly price of %63.99 or $3.20 a disc. And since I've been trying to replace these recordings for decades and have bought just about everything available, these recordings sound much better. I think it was the original care and noise reduction techniques used when they re-recorded the original 78's.
What's more, I ordered them from Amazon.com (they weren't listed on Amazon.ca) and received a "We'll let you know when they're available notice" followed the next day by "We have just shipped" to a little delivery notice on my door on Friday.
Am I happy? Can't you hear the tappin' of my little tappety toes?
If I want to drop even more money, there's a 3 volume 42 CD Integrale (meaning complete) set for $83.00 each. All included that's very little more, well 20% more than I paid in 1970 dollars for every record he ever played on. The downside is that he played on a lot of French Bal Musette recordings (that's classic accordion dance music for the cafes and Balles Musettes or dance parlours.
Anyway, any Djangistes out there, run do not walk to Amazon.com and order this glorious piece of music history. If anyone wants additional reccommendations including the CD that includes the entire early output of the Quintet de la Hot Club de France with one of the 3 or 4 definitive Django solos to Swannee (the Jolson classic) elevated miles above it's clicheed reputation.
Jonah, it's more expensive through Amazon.co.uk, can you get it from the States, or can you persuade a friend?
Rob Jes' a smilin' all over mah face!