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The Complete Wolverines: 1924–1928
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The Complete Wolverines: 1924–1928
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Bring On The Wolves! All of ‘em!
The Wolverine Orchestra was the talk of the music world and the rage of college campuses—albeit for a very short time. They were truly modern for their time and the records are amazingly fresh and vital today. Their 1924 recordings featuring cornetist Bix Beiderbecke are essential jazz classics, and the rarely reissued sides with Jimmy McPartland are rare delights. However, past reissues of the band have two recurring problems: Sound quality that suffers from over filtering and too much "restoration" and incorrect pitch and ignoring the complete output of the band. Off The Record's new release fixes these problems.

From the producers of "King Oliver, Off the Record," comes the definitive reissue of the Wolverines!
Famous for its ground-breaking reissue of King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Off The Record has collected all of the titles by the Wolverine Orchestra—including the two often-missing Jimmy McPartland sides, and the electrically-recorded sides by the Original Wolverines, featuring McPartland and two other Wolverine alumni—and reissued them in stunning new transfers!

Off The Record engineer Doug Benson and researcher David Sager have combed the collecting fraternity and have come up with the best available copies of all the Wolverines and Wolves-related titles. Doug Benson made all-new transfers, carefully chose playback speeds, and applied as little filtering as possible, to provide the most alive restoration of the Wolverines and friends yet! David Sager, whose highly-regarded notes for "King Oliver" garnered a Grammy nomination, has penned a fascinating, informative essay on the Wolverines, with a new spin on their importance and place in jazz history.

Bix's First
These recordings include the first made by jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke, who was not quite 21 years old when he first stepped before the recording horn; his uniquely lyrical style, advanced harmonic approach, and sheer rhythmic drive was already developed and recognizable. Though nervous and inexperienced, Bix's first outing on "Fidgety Feet" and "Jazz Me Blues" shows him already well on his way to mastery: succinct, clear-toned, in control. Thanks to these simple and profound restorations, we now hear these classics as never before!

A Hoagy Carmichael Classic!
The great Hoagy Carmichael, composer of "Stardust," "Georgia on My Mind" and so many classic American popular songs, wrote an instrumental ditty especially for the Wolverines. Although he called it "Free Wheeling," the boys in the band settled upon "Riverboat Shuffle" as a more fitting and memorable title when they recorded it at their second session.

Bix Extras
Included also are two other Beiderbecke sessions made shortly after he left the Wolverines. Here in stunning audio quality are the Sioux City Six, featuring Frank Trumbauer and Miff Mole, the latter's agile trombone featured on "I'm Glad." And don't forget Bix & his Rhythm Jugglers, with Tommy Dorsey and Don Murray. This legendary gin-drenched session produced the classic premier recording of Bix's own "Davenport Blues."

Jimmy McPartland Too!
Many past reissues of the Wolves do not include their final recordings, made after Bix's departure. Off The Record proudly presents "the rest of the story" for the Wolverines' discography. Cornetist Jimmy McPartland replaced Bix and made the band's final 1924 sides. He also took place in four "reunion" recordings with two other ex-Wolves: Dick Voynow and Vic Moore. These records by the "Original Wolverines," recorded electrically in 1927, are stunning examples of authentic Chicago Jazz. "Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble" captures him in exciting relief! Wrapping up the set are two "Original Wolverines" sides from 1928 that feature a revolutionary, style-setting clarinetist, and Bix disciple, Frank Teschemacher.

Lavish Booklet
Included in the set is a lavishly illustrated thirty-two page booklet, chock full of rare photographs—a few of them unpublished—and rare artifacts: news articles, ads and record labels. Designed by Archeophone's Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey, the booklet is alone a delight to the eye!

CD Details

  • Catalogue number: ARCH OTR-03
  • UPC: 778632905696
  • Original release date: April 10, 2012
  • Running length: 75:56 / 27 tracks
  • Booklet: 32-page
  • Tracks recorded: 1924-1928

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1. Fidgety Feet—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
2. Jazz Me Blues—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
3. Oh Baby—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
4. Copenhagen—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
5. Riverboat Shuffle—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
6. Susie [take A] —Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
7. Susie [take B] —Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
8. I Need Some Pettin'—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
9. Royal Garden Blues—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
10. Tiger Rag—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
11. Sensation—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
12. Lazy Daddy [take A] —Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
13. Lazy Daddy [take B] —Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
14. Tia Juana—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
15. Big Boy—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
16. Flock O' Blues—Sioux City Six (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
17. I'm Glad—Sioux City Six (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
18. Toddlin' Blues—Bix & His Rhythm Jugglers (1925) Listen Listen Listen Listen
19. Davenport Blues—Bix & His Rhythm Jugglers (1925) Listen Listen Listen Listen
20. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
21. Prince of Wails—Wolverine Orchestra (1924) Listen Listen Listen Listen
22. Royal Garden Blues—The Original Wolverines (1927) Listen Listen Listen Listen
23. Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble—The Original Wolverines (1927) Listen Listen Listen Listen
24. A Good Man Is Hard To Find—The Original Wolverines (1927) Listen Listen Listen Listen
25. The New Twister—The Original Wolverines (1927) Listen Listen Listen Listen
26. Limehouse Blues—The Original Wolverines (1928) Listen Listen Listen Listen
27. Dear Old Southland—The Original Wolverines (1928) Listen Listen Listen Listen
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