Ken Colyer's Jazzmen, New Orleans To London / Chris Barber's Jazz Band, New Orleans Joys

LPs originally released in 1953 and 1954 and reissued in 2007 by Membran Music Ltd; Available from various Internet sellers, including Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Canada, and Amazon USA.

To my knowledge, this new CD marks the first time that these two classic and indispensable 1950s 10-inch LP records have appeared together on the same CD, although there have been recent releases of both sets of tracks quite recently on the Lake Records label. Thus, for any Barber or Colyer fans who don't already have the two LPs on one CD or another, this new version of the complete New Orleans To London (by Ken Colyer's Jazzmen) and New Orleans Joys (by Chris Barber's Jazz Band) makes a very attractive proposition.

The presentation of the CD is also very attractive: the disk itself is designed to resemble an LP, and a very well produced and informative booklet is part of the package. This includes reproductions of the front and back covers of the original LPs, as well as the full English text of each set of sleeve notes. The discographical information is complete and accurate, and the package is completed with an informative essay about the background to the formation and demise of the Colyer Band and its rebirth under Barber's leadership. The CD is obviously aimed at the international market, since the essay is printed in English, German, and French.

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