Vol. 1: The Early Years 1930-1934

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065900823
  • Catalog Number: 908
  • Sales rank: 51,753

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gotta Darn Good Reason Now (For Bein' Good) (3:20)
  2. 2 St. Louis Blues (2:59)
  3. 3 Sweet Jennie Lee (3:02)
  4. 4 Happy Feet (2:38)
  5. 5 Yaller (3:18)
  6. 6 The Viper's Drag (3:23)
  7. 7 Is That Religion? (2:54)
  8. 8 Some of These Days (2:59)
  9. 9 Nobody's Sweetheart (3:20)
  10. 10 St. James Infirmary (3:05)
  11. 11 Dixie Vegabond (3:03)
  12. 12 So Sweet (2:57)
  13. 13 Minnie the Moocher (3:14)
  14. 14 Doin' the Rumba (2:58)
  15. 15 Mood Indigo (2:37)
  16. 16 Farewell Blues (2:42)
  17. 17 I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby (2:35)
  18. 18 Creole Love Song (Creole Love Call) (2:56)
  19. 19 The Levee Low-Down (2:56)
  20. 20 Blues in My Heart (2:51)
  21. 21 My Honey's Lovin Arms (2:58)
  22. 22 The Nightmare (2:45)
  23. 23 It Looks Like Susie (2:55)
  24. 24 Sweet Georgia Brown (2:34)
  25. 25 Basin Street Blues (2:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Black Rhythm (3:19)
  2. 2 Six or Seven Times (3:28)
  3. 3 Bugle Call Rag (2:33)
  4. 4 You Rascal, You (3:16)
  5. 5 Stardust (3:30)
  6. 6 You Can't Stop Me from Lovin' You (2:56)
  7. 7 You Dog (3:02)
  8. 8 Somebody Stole My Gal (2:51)
  9. 9 Ain't Got No Gal in This Town (3:15)
  10. 10 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (3:05)
  11. 11 Trickeration (2:55)
  12. 12 Kickin' the Gong Around (3:14)
  13. 13 Downhearted Blues (2:56)
  14. 14 Without Rhythm (2:47)
  15. 15 Corrine, Corrina (3:06)
  16. 16 Stack O' Lee Blues (3:07)
  17. 17 The Scat Song (3:08)
  18. 18 Cabin in the Cotton (4:03)
  19. 19 A Strictly Cullud Affair (3:04)
  20. 20 Aw You Dawg (2:48)
  21. 21 Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day (3:09)
  22. 22 Dinah (3:07)
  23. 23 How Come You Do Me Like You Do? (2:52)
  24. 24 Old Yazoo (2:52)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Angeline (2:50)
  2. 2 I'm Now Prepared to Tell the World It's You (2:53)
  3. 3 Swanee Lullaby (2:38)
  4. 4 Reefer Man (2:55)
  5. 5 The Old Man of the Mountain (2:51)
  6. 6 You Gotta Ho-De-Ho (To Get Along With Me) (3:05)
  7. 7 Strange as It Seems (3:17)
  8. 8 This Time It's Love (2:56)
  9. 9 Git Along (2:41)
  10. 10 Hot Toddy (2:40)
  11. 11 I've Got the World on a String (3:07)
  12. 12 Harlem Holiday (2:47)
  13. 13 Dixie Doorway (3:00)
  14. 14 Wah-Dee-Dah (2:58)
  15. 15 Sweet Rhythm (2:49)
  16. 16 Beale Street Mama (3:06)
  17. 17 That's What I Hate About Love (3:08)
  18. 18 The Man from Harlem (3:03)
  19. 19 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (3:12)
  20. 20 My Sunday Gal (2:55)
  21. 21 Eadie Was a Lady (2:51)
  22. 22 Gotta Go Places and Do Things (2:44)
  23. 23 Hot Water (2:46)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Evenin' (2:47)
  2. 2 Harlem Hospitality (2:38)
  3. 3 The Lady With the Fan (3:18)
  4. 4 Harlem Camp Meeting (3:07)
  5. 5 Zaz Zuh Zaz (3:26)
  6. 6 Father's Got His Glasses On (3:10)
  7. 7 Minnie the Moocher (3:35)
  8. 8 Scat Song (2:43)
  9. 9 Kickin' the Gong Around (3:19)
  10. 10 There's a Cabin in the Cotton (3:25)
  11. 11 I Learned About Love from Her (3:04)
  12. 12 Little Town Girl (3:14)
  13. 13 'Long About Midnight (3:05)
  14. 14 Moon Glow (3:11)
  15. 15 Jitter Bug (3:10)
  16. 16 Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz (3:13)
  17. 17 Margie (3:08)
  18. 18 Emaline (2:52)
  19. 19 Chinese Rhythm (2:45)
  20. 20 Moonlight Rhapsody (3:18)
  21. 21 Avalon (3:22)
  22. 22 Weakness (3:01)
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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
Al Morgan String Bass
Benny Payne Piano, Celeste, Vocals
Earres Prince Piano
Edwin Swayzee Trumpet
Walter Thomas Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
De Priest Wheeler Trombone
Morris White Banjo, Guitar
Lammar Wright Sr. Trumpet
Chick Bullock Vocals
Harry White Trombone, Announcer
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Alberta Hunter Composer
Elton John 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
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Leon Roppolo Composer
Riley Composer
Herman Ruby Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Edwin Swayzee Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Ned Washington Composer
De 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
John R.T. Davies Remastering
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
Al 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
Donaldson Composer
Alan Carvell Composer
Alan Whitney Composer
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