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Vol. 1: The Early Years 1930-1934

Vol. 1: The Early Years 1930-1934

by Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway made a lot of records besides Minnie the Moocher. The best of these date from the first 15 years of his recording career. If you want to delve deeper than the standard thimbleful of over-circulated novelty hits, you might as well opt for JSP's affordably priced four-CD compilation Vol. 1: The Early


Cab Calloway made a lot of records besides Minnie the Moocher. The best of these date from the first 15 years of his recording career. If you want to delve deeper than the standard thimbleful of over-circulated novelty hits, you might as well opt for JSP's affordably priced four-CD compilation Vol. 1: The Early Years 1930-1934. It contains every single issued recording he made between July 24, 1930 and September 4, 1934, lined up in chronological sequence. While this time line stops short of Calloway's masterful 1935 scat version of "Nagasaki," the sheer volume of vintage material makes this a rolling goldmine of classic early swing. Young Calloway was still patterning his act after big sister Blanche Calloway, a boisterous entertainer who pushed every song to the limit. Both Calloways tended towards shouting and screaming the lyrics; certainly Cab's outbursts on "St. Louis Blues" and "Bugle Call Rag" straddle the line between abrasive and manic. Other highlights include the justifiably famous "St. James Infirmary," the Duke Ellington covers "Creole Love Call" and "Mood Indigo"; Fats Waller's "Old Yazoo," and those notorious anthems of substance abuse, "The Reefer Man," "Kickin' the Gong Around" and "The Man from Harlem." Although Calloway was not noted for his instrumentals, several excellent examples occur in this part of the man's discography, including "Moon Glow," "Hot Toddy," "The Nightmare," "My Honey's Lovin' Arms" and Fats Waller's "Viper's Drag." This is the young, fresh, slightly over-the-top Cab Calloway. Guaranteed to keep everyone awake.

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Disc 1

  1. Gotta Darn Good Reason Now (For Bein' Good)
  2. St. Louis Blues
  3. Sweet Jennie Lee
  4. Happy Feet
  5. Yaller
  6. The Viper's Drag
  7. Is That Religion?
  8. Some of These Days
  9. Nobody's Sweetheart
  10. St. James Infirmary
  11. Dixie Vegabond
  12. So Sweet
  13. Minnie the Moocher
  14. Doin' the Rumba
  15. Mood Indigo
  16. Farewell Blues
  17. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
  18. Creole Love Song (Creole Love Call)
  19. The Levee Low-Down
  20. Blues in My Heart
  21. My Honey's Lovin Arms
  22. The Nightmare
  23. It Looks Like Susie
  24. Sweet Georgia Brown
  25. Basin Street Blues

Disc 2

  1. Black Rhythm
  2. Six or Seven Times
  3. Bugle Call Rag
  4. You Rascal, You
  5. Stardust
  6. You Can't Stop Me from Lovin' You
  7. You Dog
  8. Somebody Stole My Gal
  9. Ain't Got No Gal in This Town
  10. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  11. Trickeration
  12. Kickin' the Gong Around
  13. Downhearted Blues
  14. Without Rhythm
  15. Corrine, Corrina
  16. Stack O' Lee Blues
  17. The Scat Song
  18. Cabin in the Cotton
  19. A Strictly Cullud Affair
  20. Aw You Dawg
  21. Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day
  22. Dinah
  23. How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
  24. Old Yazoo

Disc 3

  1. Angeline
  2. I'm Now Prepared to Tell the World It's You
  3. Swanee Lullaby
  4. Reefer Man
  5. The Old Man of the Mountain
  6. You Gotta Ho-De-Ho (To Get Along With Me)
  7. Strange as It Seems
  8. This Time It's Love
  9. Git Along
  10. Hot Toddy
  11. I've Got the World on a String
  12. Harlem Holiday
  13. Dixie Doorway
  14. Wah-Dee-Dah
  15. Sweet Rhythm
  16. Beale Street Mama
  17. That's What I Hate About Love
  18. The Man from Harlem
  19. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  20. My Sunday Gal
  21. Eadie Was a Lady
  22. Gotta Go Places and Do Things
  23. Hot Water

Disc 4

  1. Evenin'
  2. Harlem Hospitality
  3. The Lady With the Fan
  4. Harlem Camp Meeting
  5. Zaz Zuh Zaz
  6. Father's Got His Glasses On
  7. Minnie the Moocher
  8. Scat Song
  9. Kickin' the Gong Around
  10. There's a Cabin in the Cotton
  11. I Learned About Love from Her
  12. Little Town Girl
  13. 'Long About Midnight
  14. Moon Glow
  15. Jitter Bug
  16. Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz
  17. Margie
  18. Emaline
  19. Chinese Rhythm
  20. Moonlight Rhapsody
  21. Avalon
  22. Weakness

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cab Calloway   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Reuben Reeves   Trumpet
Roy Smeck   Guitar
William Thornton Blue   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
R.Q. Dickerson   Trumpet
Arville Harris   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Will Hudson   Announcer
Leroy Maxey   Drums
Morgan   String Bass
Benny Payne   Piano,Celeste,Vocals
Earres Prince   Piano
Edwin Swayzee   Trumpet
Walter Thomas   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Priest Wheeler   Trombone
Morris White   Banjo,Guitar
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Chick Bullock   Vocals
Harry White   Trombone,Announcer
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Alberta Hunter   Composer
Cab Calloway   Composer,Director
Fats Waller   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Michael Hoppé   Composer
Jack Pettis   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Lovie Austin   Composer
Sidney Bechet   Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
D. Browne   Composer
G.W. Wash Burns   Composer
Bo Chatmon   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Edgar Hayes   Composer
Donald Heywood   Composer
Alexander Hill   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Paul Mares   Composer
Leroy Maxey   Composer
Hubert Myers   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Leon Roppolo   Composer
Riley   Composer
Herman Ruby   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Edwin Swayzee   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Priest Wheeler   Composer
Morris White   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer
Harry White   Composer
Lamar Wright   Composer
Sally-Ann Worsfold   Liner Notes
Joe Young   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Frank Perkins   Composer
Leo Wood   Composer
Rafael Lopez   Composer
Nelson Shawn   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Roy Bergere   Composer
Brackman   Composer
Dan Dougherty   Composer
John Robinson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mann Holiner   Composer
Alberta Nichols   Composer
Nick Kenny   Composer
Joe Primrose   Composer
Lew Colwell   Composer
Jeanne Burns   Composer
Alan Whitney   Composer

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