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April 2009: From Sarah Vaughan to Little Richard

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After a short hiatus, The Vault has reopened to review the latest in jazz and blues reissues, DVDs, books and other irresistible items. This month, we have books on the jazz age and Atlantic Records, CDs from Sarah Vaughan and Buddy Guy, and DVDs of Little Richard and Muddy Waters. Hazen Schumacher and John Stevens have put together a two-CD music set and an accompanying book for this NPP Books/Voice Of Lyrics Records package. The CDs contain ...

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DVD Round-Up: Ahmet Ertegun, Les Paul, Cowboy Jack Clement, Johnny Cash Christmas Specials and Before The Music Dies

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While several recent DVD releases focus on the preservation of modern music history, other releases question its current trajectory. Shout Factory released two DVD's of Johnny Cash's brooding Christmas Specials, one from 1976 and the other from 1977. An Atlantic Records release celebrates the life and times of Ahmet Ertegun, Shout Factory's celebrates the life and times of Jack Clements, while Koch Vision's release examines the life and music of Les Paul. The final and most curious release from B-Side ...

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Shout Factory Celebrates the Best of the Vee-Jay Years with Jimmy Reed, The Dells, Jerry Butler and The Staple Singers

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On infrequent occasions only does a collection of one artist's work embrace the breadth and vitality of his or her many years as a recording artist. Usually, these themed collections provide windows into a specific time and place in an artist's career. From 1953 until about 1966, Vee-Jay was one of the top indie labels that regularly turned out super R&B and urban blues performances, as well as a few sides by one “small band from England called, The Beatles. ...

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Les Paul: Chasing Sound!

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Les Paul Chasing Sound! Koch Vision 2007

I dare anyone to spend the time to find one musician who can say they have not had their musical career influenced by Les Paul. Maybe they aren't aware of his career as a country and jazz great, but if they play guitar, record or listen to music from the last 50 years, they have been touched in part by the master, the wizard, himself, ...

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Various Artists: House Rockin' and Blues Shoutin': Celebrating 15 Years of The Rhythm Room

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Does it get any hotter than the average temperature in Phoenix (Arizona) in mid-August? Well, yes, if you enter the four walls of the Rhythm Room. Blue Witch Record has released House Rockin' and Blues Shoutin'--a fourteen-song compilation of live cuts from the last fifteen years produced by the club's owner and harmonica player, Bob Corritone. I wish I could tell you more about the club or the nights of each performance, but the packaging of this ...

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January 2006

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Welcome to a new year of great music!

It's time to whip out those gift cards or return credits that you have and start building up your music collection for 2006. Here's a great place to start and the line-ups for the subsequent months look to be quite bountiful.

Here are this month's new crop of reissues and special event records.

January 3, 2006 From Various Labels: Various Artists All ...

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The Vault Top Ten: 2005

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The Vault would like to highlight the ten releases we enjoyed in 2005. 1. Gillespie and Parker Town Hall New York City, June 22, 1945 (Uptown)

Despite the substandard sound quality and hiss in the beginning, I found myself blasting this recording in the car when I got it. The tone is set when Symphony Sid wonders aloud where Charlie Parker is and within 30 seconds of the band kicking into “Be Bop" ...

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Various Artists: Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats

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Shout Factory has again released a companion boxset to a PBS special scheduled for December, this time dealing with the golden era of doo-wop music. The founders of Shout Factory (the brothers Foos) released a similar boxed collection of doo wop in an earlier incarnation at Rhino to critical and consumer acclaim, and they hit the same mark this time around by collecting and documenting this aurally pleasing and satisfying era in American music. The collection contains ...

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Prestige Profile Reissue Series

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Like many of the great independent labels of the mid-twentieth century (i.e. Dial, Commodore, King, Stax to name a few), Prestige began out of a solely owned record store. Who better to best assess the current sounds and demands of the customer than the record shop proprietor. Bob Weinstock began the transition from record store to record label in 1949 and thus began a twenty plus year schedule of great jazz releases. The new team of Fantasy and Concord reissued ...

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November 1st Through The 29th

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Christmas is right around the corner and what better gift than super jazz from the past. Here is this month's new crop of reissues and special event records. Attention record labels! Please email me your reissue schedules so I can include them in future lists.

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November 1st:

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October 4th - 25th

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Leaves are changing and falling from the sky as record labels begin to drop reissues into the marketplace in time for the holiday season. Here are just a few of the top reissues for the month of October.Attention record labels! Please email me your reissue schedules so I can include them in future lists.

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Reissue Round-Up

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Quite a few new reissues hit the market in the past few months, here is a round up of a few we here at the vault feel deserve your attention.Shout! Factory's Bethlehem Reissue Series: Mel Torme, The Bethlehem Years. Continuing in their efforts to bring you the gems of the Bethlehem label, Shout Factory presents the transitional period of Torme's career from pop star to swinging jazz vocalist. Culminated from several of his 1950's releases, ...