Duke Ellington

Gold Collection [Fine Tune]

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There are no liner notes on Fine Tunes' The Gold Collection, nor is there any indication to when the music was made. It is clear that many of Duke's most famous songs, from "East St. Louis Toodle-OO" to "Sophisticated Lady" and "Take the 'A' Train," are on the collection, but these are neither best nor the most popular versions of these songs. Most likely, these are latter-day versions from Ellington, which may interest some collectors -- provided that the documentation was clear. Casual fans, however, would be more interested in better, more comprehensive collections than this one, which isn't even a good choice for the budget-minded.

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