Muggsy Spanier

The Alternative Takes, Vol. 1: 1939-1944

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The limited-edition Neatwork Alternative Takes series was designed to complement the Classics Chronological Series, a phenomenally ambitious and exhaustively well-researched project focusing exclusively upon master takes. Vol. 1 in the portion of the Neatwork catalog devoted to cornetist Muggsy Spanier delves into the recorded evidence dating from the second half of 1939 (the classic sides by Muggsy Spanier's Ragtime Band), a pair of pleasant vocals by Lee Wiley recorded in July 1940, and eight titles (half of which are amended with third alternate takes) waxed by Muggsy Spanier's Ragtimers during April of 1944. The listener does not encounter a double take until track 12; by then Muggsy's magic will hopefully have rendered the victim helpless with joy and additional renderings of "Angry," "Snag It," "Alice Blue Gown," and "Oh, Lady Be Good" will feel like a jigger of Cointreau dumped over the top of a bowl of orange sherbet garnished with a sprig of mint.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:03
2 2:43
3 2:31
4 2:57
5 2:50
6 3:17
7 2:56
8 2:34
9
feat: Lee Wiley
4:31
10
feat: Lee Wiley
4:36
11 2:52
12 2:48
13 3:06
14 3:12
15 3:43
16 3:27
17 3:13
18 4:02
19 3:23
20 3:20
21 3:25
22 4:17
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