Hi Tom,
  How is the sound quality?  Have the records been remastered for these sets?
  The FROG Bessie Smith was far superior to the old Columbia's, but Columbia included some interviews.  Don't remember
if Frog had the soundtrack from her film.  Since the film is available on DVD, don't suppose that is important.
  The Armstrong set covers an exceptional period of music creation.
  Price's I've seen are under $60 - seems reasonable.
Best wishes, Thomas.

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Hi Thomas:

Yippee! Especially on a sequel to "The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of." More R. Crumb, old ditties 
and a thick booklet chock full of record-collector lore.

I heard some of the Satchmo over the weekend on WBGO's internet stream. They happened to have a 
great afternoon show going on Saturday, while we were washing storm debris off the house and then 
decided to wash all the windows while we had the ladders out.

One thing about the Sony reissue boxes is that they tend to go down in price once they've been in 
the market for a while. I think Sony does these like UMG and Sony do the classical box sets -- they 
pre-sell them, no returns allowed, then manufacture to order and may or may not manufacture any 
more, depending of demand builds beyond expectations.

The Duke Ellington box is great, putting some stuff back in print that's been unavailable for a 
while. I have most of the LPs so I'll probably skip it, but I can highly recommend most of the music 
in it.

-- Tom Fine

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> Noticed some interesting new releases:
>  2-cd with booklet containing ephemera, reminiscences of collecting 1940's-60's.
> SONY/RCA Legacy (Box sets)
>  Louis Armstrong -The OKEH, Columbia, RCA recordings 1925-1933 (10 cd)
>  Bessie Smith - The complete Columbia recordings  (10 cd)
>  Duke Ellington - The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1958 (9 cd)
> Best wishes, Thomas.