Charley Christian The Genius of the Electric Guitar (4-CD)

The Genius of the Electric Guitar (4-CD)
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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
Item:  SNY 30352

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 12/26/02, p.114
Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's list of 2002's "10 Best Reissues" - "...Christian died in 1942...a decade before the birth of rock. But this four-CD box...is evidence of his paternity."
Q - 11/02, p.122
4 stars out of 5 - "...Christian's astonishing single-string flights of fancy can still sound like a 21st century jazz guitarist jamming to a scratchy old 78..."
JazzTimes - 9/02, p.90
"...This well-appointed 4-CD set documents how Christian's attack, tone and phrasing laid the foundation for all who followed him..."
JazzTimes - 9/02, p.90
"...This well-appointed 4-CD set documents how Christian's attack, tone and phrasing laid the foundation for all who followed him..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 1/03, p.73
Ranked #4 in Mojo's "Best Box Sets & Compilations of 2002"
Mojo (Publisher) - 10/02, p.113
"...Christian...changed the face of jazz...[there's] a remastered sonic clarity that makes these 60-year old recordings sound fresh...

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Flying Home
  • 2.Rose Room
  • 3.Stardust
  • 4.Memories Of You
  • 5.Soft Winds
  • 6.Seven Come Eleven
  • 7.Shivers
  • 8.AC/DC Current
  • 9.I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  • 10.Till Tom Special
  • 11.Gone With What Wind
  • 12.The Sheik Of Araby
  • 13.Untitled Tune
  • 14.Poor Butterfly
  • 15.I Surrender, Dear
  • 16.Boy Meets Goy (Grand Slam)
  • 17.These Foolish Things
  • 18.Flying Home [First Alternate Take]
  • 19.Memories Of You [Alternate Take]
  • 20.Soft Winds [Alternate Take]
  • 21.Shivers [Alternate Take]
  • 22.Gone With What Wind [Alternate Take]
  • 23.The Sheik Of Araby [Alternate Take]
  • 24.I Surrender, Dear [Alternate Take]
  • 25.Boy Meets Goy (Grand Slam) [Alternate Take]
  • 26.These Foolish Things [Alternate Take]

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me)
  • 2.Good Enough To Keep (Air Mail Special)
  • 3.Ad Lib Blues
  • 4.Wholly Cats
  • 5.Charlie's Dream
  • 6.I Never Knew
  • 7.Lester's Dream
  • 8.Wholly Cats
  • 9.Wholly Cats
  • 10.Royal Garden Blues
  • 11.As Long As I Live
  • 12.Benny's Bugle
  • 13.Gilly
  • 14.Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me) [First Alternate Take]
  • 15.Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me) [Alternate Take]
  • 16.Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me) [Alternate Take]
  • 17.Good Enough To Keep (Air Mail Special) [Alternate Take]
  • 18.Good Enough To Keep (Air Mail Special) [Alternate Take]
  • 19.Wholly Cats [Alternate Take]
  • 20.Wholly Cats [Alternate Take]
  • 21.Wholly Cats [Alternate Take]
  • 22.Royal Garden Blues [Alternate Take]
  • 23.Royal Garden Blues [Alternate Take]
  • 24.As Long As I Live [Alternate Take]
  • 25.Gilly [Alternate Take]
  • 26.Gilly [Alternate Take]

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Breakfast Feud
  • 2.I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  • 3.Breakfast Feud
  • 4.On The Alamo
  • 5.I Found A New Baby
  • 6.Gone With What Draft
  • 7.A Smo-o-o-oth One
  • 8.Air Mail Special (Good Enough To Keep)
  • 9.Breakfast Feud [First Alternate Take]
  • 10.Breakfast Feud [Alternate Take]
  • 11.Breakfast Feud [Alternate Take]
  • 12.Breakfast Feud [Alternate Take]
  • 13.I Can't Give You Anything But Love [Alternate Take]
  • 14.I Can't Give You Anything But Love [Alternate Take]
  • 15.Breakfast Feud [Alternate Take]
  • 16.Breakfast Feud [Alternate Take]
  • 17.Breakfast Feud [Alternate Take]
  • 18.I Found A New Baby [Alternate Take]
  • 19.Gone With What Draft [Alternate Take]
  • 20.Gone With What Draft [Alternate Take]
  • 21.Smo-o-o-oth One [Alternate Take], A
  • 22.Smo-o-o-oth One [Alternate Take], A
  • 23.Air Mail Special (Good Enough To Keep) [Alternate Take]

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.All Star Strut
  • 2.Honeysuckle Rose
  • 3.Li'l Boy Love
  • 4.Solo Flight [78 rpm Version]
  • 5.All Star Strut [Alternate Take]
  • 6.Li'l Boy Love [Alternate Take]
  • 7.Solo Flight [Alternate Take]
  • 8.Untitled Tune [Breakdown]
  • 9.Poor Butterfly [False Start]
  • 10.I Surrender, Dear [Breakdown]
  • 11.I Surrender, Dear [Breakdown]
  • 12.Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me) [Breakdown]
  • 13.Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me) [False Start]
  • 14.These Foolish Things [False Start]
  • 15.Tune Up & Blues [False Start]
  • 16.Wholly Cats [Breakdown]
  • 17.Breakfast Feud [False Start]
  • 18.Breakfast Feud [False Start]
  • 19.Gilly [Breakdown]
  • 20.All Star Strut [Breakdown]
  • 21.Benny's Bugle [Rehearsal Sequence - Part One]
  • 22.Benny's Bugle [Rehearsal Sequence - Part Two]
  • 23.March 13, 1941 Jam Session: Riffin' Around / Waitin' For Benny (A Smo-o-o-oth One)/I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me / Rose Room / I Hadn't Anyone Till You / Blues In B

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Charlie Christian (electric guitar); Benny Carter (alto saxophone): George Auld, Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Cootie Williams, Buck Clayton, Harry James (trumpet); Jack Teagarden (trombone); Benny Goodman (clarinet); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone); Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Johnny Guarnieri, Dudley Brooks, Ken Kersey, Jess Stacy (piano); Freddie Green (guitar); Artie Bernstein, Walter Page (bass); Nick Fatool, Jo Jones, Harry Jaeger, Dave Tough, Gene Krupa (drums).
Producer: John Hammond.
Compilation producers: Michael Brooks, Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded between 1939 & 1941. Includes liner notes by Les Paul, Peter BRoadbent and Loren Schoenberg.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
THE GENIUS OF THE ELECTRIC GUITAR was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards For Best Historical Album.
Liner Note Author: Peter Broadbent.
Recording information: 711 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY (10/02/1939/11/22/1939); Los Angeles, CA (10/02/1939/11/22/1939); New York, NY (10/02/1939/11/22/1939); World studios, New York, NY (10/02/1939/11/22/1939); 711 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY (12/20/1939/02/07/1940); Los Angeles, CA (12/20/1939/02/07/1940); New York, NY (12/20/1939/02/07/1940); World studios, New York, NY (12/20/1939/02/07/1940); 711 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY (1940-04-03&1940-04-10&1940-); Los Angeles, CA (1940-04-03&1940-04-10&1940-); New York, NY (1940-04-03&1940-04-10&1940-); World studios, New York, NY (1940-04-03&1940-04-10&1940-); 711 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY (1940-10-28&1940-11-07&1940-); Los Angeles, CA (1940-10-28&1940-11-07&1940-); New York, NY (1940-10-28&1940-11-07&1940-); World studios, New York, NY (1940-10-28&1940-11-07&1940-).
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