Columbias 1923-1931

Columbias 1923-1931

by The Original Memphis Five
     
 

The Original Memphis Five may have been geographically challenged (they weren't from Memphis, or North or South Carolina, either, even though they also recorded as the Carolina Cotton Pickers, but were actually based in New Orleans) but they certainly didn't entertain idleness, recording over 400 sides between forming inSee more details below

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The Original Memphis Five may have been geographically challenged (they weren't from Memphis, or North or South Carolina, either, even though they also recorded as the Carolina Cotton Pickers, but were actually based in New Orleans) but they certainly didn't entertain idleness, recording over 400 sides between forming in 1917 and disbanding in 1931. Led by the trumpet of Phil Napoleon and featuring at various times Miff Mole or Charles Panelli on trombone and Jimmy Lytell on clarinet, and sometimes the trombone and clarinet brother duo of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, the Original Memphis Five were a clear, melodic, and swinging ensemble, and the group's best tracks are as joyous as the arrival of warm spring weather. This set collects all of their Columbia sides from between 1923 and 1931, including "Walk, Jenny, Walk!," two versions of the group's signature "St. Louis Gal" (one done early and one done late in their Columbia stay, making it easy to hear the rapid advancements in the recording technology of the day just by comparing the two), "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'," "How Come You Do Me Like You Do," and the sparkling "Throw Down Blues." Obviously there is a lot more to the story (like some 375 tracks more), but this collection will give listeners a pretty good idea of what Napoleon and Company brought to the table.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Challenge
UPC:
0608917902624
catalogNumber:
79026
Rank:
81025

Tracks

  1. Pickles
  2. Walk, Jenny, Walk!
  3. Last Night on the Back Porch
  4. More
  5. She Wouldn't Do What I Asked Her To
  6. St. Louis Gal
  7. Shufflin' Mose
  8. Why Should I Cry About One Sweetie?
  9. Since Ma Is Playing Mah Jong
  10. It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'
  11. Red Hot Mamma
  12. The Grass Is Always Greener (In the Other Fellow's Yard)
  13. Sioux City Sue
  14. Mobile Blues
  15. How Come You Do Me Like You Do
  16. Doo Wacka Doo
  17. Nobody Knows What a Red-Head Mamma Can Do
  18. Indiana Stomp
  19. Throw Down Blues
  20. Jacksonville Gal
  21. 'Tain't Cold
  22. Jazz Me Blues
  23. St. Louis Gal
  24. Anything
  25. My Honey's Lovin' Arms

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