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Hot Fives, Sevens, Reissued Again

So, you wanted Columbia/Legacy’s Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings box set when it came out in 2000, but you couldn’t, or didn’t want to, pony up the scoots to make the purchase? We understand. Columbia/Legacy understands too, and they also see a way to make even more cash money off these recordings, which are now ¾ of a century old.

Next week your local music shop will boast three new, individually packaged CDs which cover most of Louis Armstrong’s seminal group recordings for the Okeh label. The 2000 box set included tracks recorded under different names and in different configurations during the Hot Five and Hot Seven groups’ existence. That material, 25 tunes, isn’t included on any of these new CDs. Call these the pure Hot Five and Hot Seven collections.

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