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Platinum Series: The Boswell Sisters (Remastered)

The Boswell Sisters

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Album Review

Put out by Columbia Special Products in 1982, this three-LP boxed set only contains around 90 minutes of music (15 minutes per side) but hits many of the highpoints of the Boswell Sisters' relatively brief recording career. During the 1931-33 period the Boswells were often accompanied by top jazz all-stars including trumpeters Bunny Berigan and Manny Klein, trombonist Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey on clarinet and alto, violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang. Many of their top jazz-oriented performances are on this box including "Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On," "We've Got to Put That Sun Back in the Sky," "Everybody Loves My Baby," "There'll Be Some Changes Made," "Down Among the Sheltering Palms," "Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia" and "Crazy People." The only thing that keeps the release from being considered definitive is that it is long out-of-print and difficult to find.

Biography

Formed: 1925 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s

Definitely the most talented and arguably the all-around best jazz vocal group of all time, the Boswell Sisters parlayed their New Orleans upbringing into a swinging delivery that featured not only impossibly close harmonies, but countless maneuvers of vocal gymnastics rarely equalled on record. Connee (sometimes Connie), Helvetia (Vet), and Martha Boswell grew up singing together, soaking up Southern gospel and blues through close contact with the black community. They first performed at vaudeville...
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