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BTW, Dave, the two tunes that I have from other sources:

"Big Bill Blues" by Big Bill Broonzy (other source is an Arhoolie compilation)
 and "Cake Walking Babies From Home" by the Red Onion Jazz Babies (other source is the older CD 
version of the Smithsonian Jazz collection)

sound much better from the other sources. I think the Riverside compilation is just a straight 
transfer from the 1950s master tapes, which were just dubs of disk playback from Grauer and Keepnews 
and their collector friends. What made the Riverside collection interesting is that it was somewhat 
eccentric in the tunes selected and also that it contained a bunch of very rare sides, at least very 
rare in those days.

Apparently the American CD set goes back to 1987. It was written about back then in the NYT:
http://www.nytimes.com/1987/01/18/arts/greats-of-classic-jazz-ignite-a-reissue.html?pagewanted=print

-- Tom Fine

PS -- Jimmie Lunceford Mosaic set just arrived. Good afternoon listening for a dreary NY day.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Lewis" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 2:45 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Japanese 1-CD reissue of "Riverside History of Classic Jazz"


> Tom,
>
> The Riverside History of Classic Jazz, as far as I know, was never issued
> on a domestic CD collection. And that's a pity; OJC should've done it. It
> wasn't like no one was asking for it.
> The LP sets are rather scarce. I had one and no longer do now, but this
> listing looks to me the same as what the 4-LP set contained. Check in
> Worldcat for the LP set and you should
> find out whether or not they left anything off.
>
> UD
>
> On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>
>> Does anyone have any information about the single-CD Japanese (JVC, I
>> think) reissue of material from the Riverside History of Classic Jazz (a
>> 4-CD set in the US)? Based on how many tunes are not present in my library
>> from other compilations, it appears that Japanese producer Shoichi Yui
>> chose to gather all the super-rare/obscure sides from Riverside's
>> multi-album master tapes and put out 1 CD. Unfortunately, all booklet notes
>> are in Japanese so I can't tell you anything except the song titles and
>> discographical info in the CD booklet.
>>
>> The following is sourced here
>> http://www.stevehoffman.tv/**forums/archive/index.php/t-**163854-p-10.html<http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/archive/index.php/t-163854-p-10.html>
>>
>> ------------------------------**----------------
>> [JVC] VDJ-1575 Various Artists - Riverside History of Classic Jazz
>> (Riverside)
>> - Compiled by Shoichi Yui
>>
>> In The Beginning
>> 1. Street Cries Of Charlton/Rythmic Chants of Southern Negro Street
>> Vendors - South Carolina, 1930's,
>> 2. I'm Going To Heaven If It Takes My Life/Rev. J.M. Gates and
>> Congregation - New York City, December 13, 1926,
>> 3. I've Got The Blues For Rampart Street/Ida Cox - Chicago, Summer 1923,
>> 4. Big Bill Blues/Big Bill Broozny - Richmond, Indiana, June 9, 1932,
>>
>> Ragtime & New Orleans Style
>> 5. The Cascades/Scott Joplin - pre-1920's
>> 6. Perfect Rag/Jelly Roll Morton - Richmond, Indiana, June 9, 1924
>> 7. The Pearls/Jelly Roll Morton - Richmond, Indiana, July 18, 1923
>> 8. Froggie Moore/King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band - Richmond, Indiana, April
>> 6, 1923
>>
>> The Chicago Scene
>> 9. Memphis Maybe Man/Doc Cook's Dreamland Orchestra - Richmond, Indiana,
>> January, 21, 1924
>> 10. Mama Stayed Out/Barrelhouse Five - Chicago, 1928
>> 11. The Fives/Jimmy Yancey - Chicago, 1939
>> 12. Lone Star Blues/Pete Johnson - New York City, April 1938
>> 13. Royal Garden Blues/The Wolverines - Richmond, Indiana, June 20, 1924
>> 14. Friars Point Shuffle/Jungle Kings - Chicago, November, 1927
>>
>> The New York Scene
>> 15. Harlem Strut/James P. Johnson - New York City, May 1921
>> 16. Cake Walking Babies From Home/Red Onion Jazz Babies - New York City,
>> December, 11, 1924
>> 17. Stampede/Red and Miff's Stompers - New York City, early 1927
>> 18. Eccentric/Wild Bill Davison - New York City, July 26, 1947
>> 19. Muskrat Ramble/Muggsy Spanier - New York City, April 5, 1947
>> 20. Hop Off/Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - New York City, October, 1927
>> 21. Rainy Nights/Duke Ellington's Washingtonians - New York City, 1926
>>
>> New Orleans Revival
>> 22. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor/Bunk Johnson - New Orleans, February 2,
>> 1945
>> 23. Wearly Blues/Kid Ory - Hollywood, California, August 16, 1947
>> 24. Antigua Blues/Lu Watter's Yerba Buena Jazz Band - San Francisco,
>> August 16, 1947
>>
>> This is according to "Riverside Jazz Records" by Shinjiro Furusho and
>> "Jazz Records" by J.G. Jepson
>>
>> ------------------------------**-----
>>
>> Thanks in advance for any insights/information about this project. It
>> seems to be more than a "best of" single-cd except. It seems like Yui
>> picked out specific sides that were not in print elsewhere on CD at the
>> time.
>>
>> -- Tom Fine
>>
>