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Published: 2012/07/11

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Readies 50th Anniversary Box Set

New Orleans legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band have announced the upcoming release of their 50th Anniversary Collection. The 4-CD, 58-track deluxe box set will feature five previously unreleased tracks recorded between the ‘60s and the ‘80s, which have been restored after being damaged during Hurricane Katrina. The collection draws from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 19 albums recorded and released between 1962 and 2010 and also includes tracks from a bonus CD with special guests Andrew Bird, Tom Waits, Pete Seeger and Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket.

The box set will also feature song-by-song annotations by Ben Jaffe, longtime producer of the band and son of founding member Allan Jaffe. Jaffe wrote various personal anecdotes in his notes, with one telling the story of Pete Seeger and grandson Tao’s collaboration with the band:

Mr. Seeger was a hero to my parents. He was an inspiration to them, a guiding light, and acted as a steadfast moral gauge. I remember meeting Mr. Seeger for the first time almost 30 years ago late at night, down on the Canal Street wharf on the SpanishPlaza right where the U.S.S. President used to dock. During Jazz Fest, there used to be late night shows on the President. Mr. Seeger was sitting by the dock. He and our Dad exchanged a few niceties. I remember Mr. Seeger putting me on his lap and singing me a lullaby. It felt like being back in the womb. Being at Preservation Hall, playing ‘We Shall Overcome’ with Mr. Seeger and his grandson Tao, was one of the most beautiful and proudest moments of my life. I think our Dad would have really enjoyed being there that day.

Through the varied collection of songs from throughout the band’s long career and Ben Jaffe’s annotations, the set offers a comprehensive history of the legendary group and serves as a tribute to the late Allan Jaffe. Details on the collection, which will be available September 25, are below.

The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection Tracklisting

Disc: 1
1. Band introduction by Allan Jaffe (live, 1972)
2. Eh La Bas
3. Oh, Didn t He Ramble
4. I Get The Blues When It Rains (1986, previously unissued)
5. St. James Infirmary (King Britt Remix)
6. Ice Cream
7. In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down) (1967, previously unissued)
8. Down By The Riverside
9. Corinna, Corinna
10. I’m Alone Because I Love You
11. El Manicero
12. Do Lord
13. St. James Infirmary
14. Just A Little While To Stay Here
15. Complicated Life
16. We Shall Overcome

Disc: 2
1. His Eye Is On The Sparrow
2. Shake It And Break It
3. Nellie Grey (1986, previously unissued)
4. When The Saints Go Marchin’ In
5. Little Liza Jane
6. (True) You Don t Love Me
7. In The Sweet Bye And Bye
8. I’ll Fly Away
9. That Bucket’s Got A Hole In It
10. Love Song Of The Nile
11. Blue Yodel #9
12. Shine
13. Burgundy Street Blues
14. I Want A Little Girl (live, 1972)
15. Chimes Blues

Disc: 3
1. Whenever You’re Lonesome
2. Lord, Lord, Lord, You Sure Been Good To Me
3. Sing On
4. Joe Avery
5. Louisiana Fairytale
6. Shake That Thing
7. Short Dressed Gal
8. Freight Train Blues
9. Over In The Gloryland
10. A Good Man Is Hard To Find
11. Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning
12. I Ain’t Got Nobody
13. Amen

Disc: 4
1. Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing
2. Bourbon Street Parade
3. I’m Confessin’
4. Le Petit Fleur
5. One More ‘Fore I Die
6. Shake It And Break It
7. C. C. Rider (1981, previously unissued)
8. That s A Plenty
9. Westlawn Dirge
10. Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well?
11. Peanut Vendor
12. Trouble In Mind
13. A Good Gal Is Hard To Find
14. Precious Lord (1970, previously unissued)

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