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Various Artists: The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings, Volume 3

The Hit of the Week label was quite unique. Every Thursday during much of 1929-32, a one-sided record was released on a piece of cardboard and sold at newsstands for 15 cents. Most of the performances were as much dance music as jazz, although Duke Ellington recorded two numbers for the label and some of the other orchestras included trumpeter Bunny Berigan and the Dorsey Brothers among the sidemen. The Archeophone label, which usually concentrates on reissuing in definitive fashion rare music from the 1890-1920 period, recently put out the third of four two-CD sets, The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings, Volume 3, that reissue the entire output of the label including some five-minute (rather than three-minute) performances and some intriguing commercials. These performances form a time capsule of the popular music from the darkest days of the Depression.

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