This collector's LP lives up to its title. The first two numbers, by the Syncopated Five, were cornetist Red Nichols' earliest recordings. Only 25 copies were originally printed and just two were known to exist at the time that this album was released. Nichols is also heard in a variety of other settings including with Freddie Rich, Billy Wynne's Greenwich Village Inn Orchestra, with Jack Albin, backing singer Peggy English (on a memorable version of "High, High, High Up in the Hills"), with Don Voorhees, the Captivators, the Louisiana Rhythm Kings and in three cases with his own band (including a song from a 1935 movie short). This LP is one for true Red Nichols fans to search for, along with its equally rewarding second volume.
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