Proper Box Set

We've gone out of our way to highlight this series because we want to make sure that all of our customers are aware of it and so have the opportunity to take advantage of this tremendous value from the folks at Proper Music.

Produced on a semi-regular schedule in London, England, each of the Proper Records Box Sets contains four CDs and a booklet of 40 to 68 pages in length.  Each CD is packed to its limit, so every set holds close to five hours of music -- which in most cases translates to around 100 individual tracks.  And what music!  High quality mastering accompanies an extremely discerning selection of the finest recordings of popular music of the first half of the 20th Century.  While the focus is on Jazz -- and let’s face it:  that’s where the majority of the best music was being made (or at least recorded) during the period 1900 -1955 -- there is nevertheless quite a variety to choose from:  the great male and female vocalists, swing, blues, bluegrass, country & western, celtic, doo-wop, ska, funk, gospel and more; with new additions coming every few months or so.  And everything is good, especially the price. Through the combination of employing several different sources and increasing our volume, we are currently able to offer each set for the copacetic price of only $29.75 per box!

Here’s a list of all the boxes currently available for sale.
If you would like to view this list in alphabetical order, click here.
(parenthetical comments are ours):

SPECIAL NOTE:  You may now purchase Proper Boxes 1 through 134 directly over the web (payments through PayPal) from The Proper Box Zone at Copacetic 2.0., our new 24/7 eCommerce site.  We'll add the more recent Boxes as soon as we can.

PROPERBOX172  Various Artists  Drunk: 100 Smashed Hits ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX171  Miles Davis  Esential Miles ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX170  Various Artists  Ramblers, Gamblers, Vagabonds & Rebels: American Roots Music ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX169  Bill Evans  The Way To Play ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX168  Various Artists  Lonesome Whistle: American Railroad Song ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX167  Edith Piaf  No Regrets ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX166  Willie Dixon  The Willie Dixon Story ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX165  Various Artists  The Big Blast: 100 Classic Big Bands ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX164  Lightin' Hopkins  The Houston Hurricane ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX163  John Lee Hooker  Motor City Blues Master ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX162  ?   ?   ?      ?   ?   ?   ?                    
PROPERBOX161  Sonny Clark  Sonny's Conception
PROPERBOX160  Joe Harriott  The Joe Harriot Story
PROPERBOX159  Phil Seamen  Seamen's Mission
PROPERBOX158  Serge Chaloff Boss Baritone
PROPERBOX157  Cannonball Adderly  'Dis Here'
PROPERBOX156  Louis Prima  Buono Sera 
PROPERBOX155  Various Artists  Larkin's Jazz
PROPERBOX154  Howlin' Wolf  The Best of (3 CD + DVD)
PROPERBOX153  Charlie Poole  The Essential
PROPERBOX152  Muddy Waters  Steppin' Stone (3 CD + DVD
PROPERBOX151  Charlie Patton   The Definitive (3 CD + DVD)
PROPERBOX150  Various Artists  Roots of Bob Dylan (3 CD + DVD) 
PROPERBOX149  Various Artists  Roots of Led Zeppelin (3 CD + DVD)
PROPERBOX148  Leadbelly The Definitive 
PROPERBOX147  Various Artists  Little Red Book of Protest Songs
(3 CD + DVD)
PROPERBOX146  Various Artists  Rare Rock 'n' Roll Rampage

PROPERBOX145  Various Artists  Little Walter and the Kings of the Blues Harmonica
PROPERBOX144  Art Pepper        Work of Art 
PROPERBOX143  Various Artists  Rockin' Memphis
PROPERBOX142  Various Artists  Steelin' It: The Steel Guitar Story
PROPERBOX141  Cab Calloway & His Orchestra  This Is Hep
PROPERBOX140  Various Artists  With My Little Ukelele In My Hand
PROPERBOX139  Jimmy Smith  Electrifyin' 
PROPERBOX138  Fats Domino  The King of New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll 
PROPERBOX137  Elvis Presley  The Tupelo Mississippi Flash
PROPERBOX136  John Coltrane  Early Trane
PROPERBOX135  Various Artists  Rock 'n' Skiffle: Brit Beat Beginnings 
PROPERBOX134  Les Paul & Mary Ford  In Perfect Harmony 
PROPERBOX133  Ray Charles  The Way I Feel  
PROPERBOX132  Art Blakey  The Prime Source
PROPERBOX131  Ronnie Scott  Boppin' with Scott 
PROPERBOX130  Maxine Sullivan   It's Wonderful 
PROPERBOX129  Vaious Artists   The Cosimo Matassa Story
PROPERBOX128  Various Artists   Gypsy Jazz
PROPERBOX127  The Carter Family   Country Folk 
PROPERBOX126  Milt Jackson   Bags of Soul
PROPERBOX125  Jimmy Lunceford   Strictly Lunceford
PROPERBOX124  Sonny Rollins   Sax Symbol 
PROPERBOX123  Lightin' Hopkins   Texas Thunderbolt

PROPERBOX122  Various Artists   Classic Rockabilly 
PROPERBOX121  Tony Bennett   Young Tony
PROPERBOX120  Kenny Clarke   Klook's the Man
PROPERBOX119  Lefty Frizzell   Give Me More, More, More
PROPERBOX118  Bill Haley   From Western Swing to Rock
PROPERBOX117  Tubby Hayes   The Little Giant
PROPERBOX116  Ella Fitzgerald   Dearly Beloved
PROPERBOX115  Woody Guthrie   Some Folk
PROPERBOX114  Various Artists   Squeeze Me - The Jazz & Swing Accordian Story
PROPERBOX113  Jelly Roll Morton   Doctor Jazz
PROPERBOX112  Earl Bostic   The Earl Bostic Story
PROPERBOX111  John Lee Hooker   The Boogie Man
PROPERBOX110  Various Artists   The Louisiana Hayride Story
PROPERBOX109  Benny Goodman   The Essential BG
PROPERBOX108  Peggy Lee   Miss Wonderful
PROPERBOX107  Red Foley   Hillbilly Fever
PROPERBOX106  Mahalia Jackson   Come to Jesus
PROPERBOX105  Doris Day   Sentimental Journey
PROPERBOX104  Dean Martin   Young Dino
PROPERBOX103  Various Artists   From Boppin' Hillbilly to Red Hot Rockabilly
PROPERBOX102  Muddy Waters   King of Chicago Blues
PROPERBOX101  Thelonious Monk   Monk's Moods
PROPERBOX100  Various Artists   We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll
PROPERBOX99  Charlie Parker   Chasin' the Bird
PROPERBOX98  Charlie Christian   The Original Guitar Genius
PROPERBOX97  Chick Webb   Stomping at the Savoy
PROPERBOX96  Gerry Mulligan   Jeru
PROPERBOX95  Various Artists   Blazing Bluegrass
PROPERBOX94  Oscar Peterson   Piano Power
PROPERBOX93  Louis Armstrong   King Louis  (ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY)
PROPERBOX92  Shorty Rogers  West Coast Jazz
PROPERBOX91  Various Artists   Cajun Capers: Cajun Music 1928-1954
PROPERBOX90  Dave Brubeck   Time Was
PROPERBOX89  Big Joe Turner   Shout, Rattle and Roll
PROPERBOX88  Various Artists   Jazz in Britain 1919 - 1950
PROPERBOX87  Sons of the Pioneers   My Saddle Pals and I
PROPERBOX86  Clifford Brown   Joy Spring 
PROPERBOX85  Artie Shaw    The Artie Shaw Story
PROPERBOX84  Chet Baker   The Early Years
PROPERBOX83  Various Artists   Stompin' Singers & Western Swingers
PROPERBOX82  Various Artists   Jazz at the Philharmonic
PROPERBOX81  Lonnie Johnson   The Original Guitar Wizard
PROPERBOX80  Jack Teagarden   Big "T"
PROPERBOX79  Various Artists   Doo-Wop Delight
PROPERBOX78  Bessie Smith   Chattanooga Gal
PROPERBOX77  Charlie Mingus   The Young Rebel
PROPERBOX76  Various Artists   The Arranger's Touch
PROPERBOX75  Various Artists   Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys
PROPERBOX74  Ella Fitzgerald   Romance and Rhythm
PROPERBOX73  Mel Torme   Jazz and Velvet
PROPERBOX72  Various Artists   Kings of Komedy
PROPERBOX71  "Fats" Waller   Handful of Keys  (YES!!!)
PROPERBOX70  Roy Acuff   King of Country Music
PROPERBOX69  Roy Eldridge   Little Jazz Trumpet Giant
PROPERBOX68  Benny Carter   The Music Master
PROPERBOX67  Eddy Arnold   Eddy's Song
PROPERBOX66  Bix Beiderbecke   The Bix Beiderbecke Story
PROPERBOX65  Sonny Stitt   Sax O' Bop
PROPERBOX64  Lennie Tristano   Intuition
PROPERBOX63  The Hoosier Hot Shots   Everybody Stomp
PROPERBOX62  Slim Gaillard   Laughing In Rhythm (VOUT OREENEE!)
PROPERBOX61  Various Artists   The Big Horn
PROPERBOX60  Art Tatum   Piano Grand Master
PROPERBOX59  Milton Brown   Daddy of Western Swing
PROPERBOX58  Johnny Hodges   The Jeep is Jumpin'
PROPERBOX57  Mildred Baily   Mrs. Swing
PROPERBOX56  Various Artists  Swing Tanzen Verboten: Swing & the Nazi Era
PROPERBOX55  Wardell Gray   The Wardell Gray Story
PROPERBOX54  Ernest Tubb    The Texas Troubadour
PROPERBOX53  Django Reinhardt    Swing de Paris
PROPERBOX52  Stan Getz    The Sound
PROPERBOX51  Sister Rosetta Tharpe   The Original Soul Sister
PROPERBOX50  Various Artists   Hillbilly Boogie (TWANGIN')
PROPERBOX49  Illinois Jaquet   The Illinois Jaquet Story
PROPERBOX48  Machito and His Afro-Cubanos   Ritmo Caliente
PROPERBOX47  Louis Jordan    Jivin' with Jordan
PROPERBOX46  Charlie Parker   Boss Bird (KLACTOVEESEDSTENE!)
PROPERBOX45  Peggy Lee   The Peggy Lee Story 
PROPERBOX44  Various Artists   The Dawn of Doo-Wop
PROPERBOX43  Dinah Washington   The Queen Sings
PROPERBOX42  Various Artists   Good News: 100 Gospel Greats (GET THE SPIRIT!)
PROPERBOX41  Charlie Ventura   Bop for the People
PROPERBOX40  George Shearing    From Battersea to Broadway
PROPERBOX39  Hank Williams    Hillbilly Hero
PROPERBOX38  T-Bone Walker    The Original Source
PROPERBOX37  Ben Webster    Big Ben
PROPERBOX36  Jo Stafford    Yes Indeed!
PROPERBOX35  Edith Piaf    Love and Passion
PROPERBOX34  Bing Crosby    It's Easy To Remember
PROPERBOX33  Frank Sinatra    All Or Nothing At All
PROPERBOX32  Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys    Take Me Back To Tulsa
PROPERBOX31  Nat King Cole    Cool Cole, The King Cole Trio Story (MAX SUAVE)
PROPERBOX30  Dizzy Gillespie     The Dizzy Gillespie Story 1939-1950 (TOP BOP)
PROPERBOX29  Various Artists    Bluegrass Bonanza
PROPERBOX28  Various Artists    Gettin' Funky - The Birth Of New Orleans R&B
PROPERBOX27  Sarah Vaughan    Young Sassy
PROPERBOX26  Billie Holiday    The Lady Sings (A REASON TO LIVE)
PROPERBOX25  Duke Ellington    Masterpieces, 1926-1949 (AWE INSPIRING)
PROPERBOX24  Louis Armstrong    Satchmo in the Forties (THIS IS IT!)
PROPERBOX23  Glenn Miller     The Golden Years, 1938-1942
PROPERBOX22  Bud Powell     Tempus Fugue-It (CLASSY)
PROPERBOX21  Anita O'Day     Young Anita (SASSY)
PROPERBOX20  Wynonie Harris    Rockin' The Blues
PROPERBOX19  Count Basie    The Count Basie Story
PROPERBOX18  Sidney Bechet     The Sidney Bechet Story (HOT!)
PROPERBOX17  Miles Davis    Young Miles
PROPERBOX16  Dexter Gordon    Settin' The Pace
PROPERBOX15  Woody Herman    The Woody Herman Story
PROPERBOX14  Coleman Hawkins    The BeBop Years
PROPERBOX13  Stan Kenton    The Stan Kenton Story
PROPERBOX12  Lionel Hampton     The Lionel Hampton Story (JUMPIN')
PROPERBOX11  Fats Navarro    The Fats Navarro Story
PROPERBOX10  Various Artists    Bebop Spoken Here (COOL, AS IN DEFINITIVE)
PROPERBOX9   Various Artists    Hittin' On All Six
PROPERBOX8   Lester Young    The Lester Young Story
PROPERBOX7   Various Artists    Broke, Black and Blue
PROPERBOX6   Various Artists    Doughboys, Playboys and Cowboys (BRONCO BUSTIN')
PROPERBOX5   Spike Jones and his City Slickers    Strictly for Music Lovers
PROPERBOX4   Various Artists    Deep Ska (DEEP)
PROPERBOX3   Various Artists    Farewell to Ireland
PROPERBOX2   Various Artists    The Engine Room (THE JAM!)
PROPERBOX1   Gene Krupa     The Gene Krupa Story (THE MAN!)

¡NEW! - The Proper Deluxe Box Set Series

As best we can tell, this series is simply a revival of the jewel-box format of the first 83 Proper Boxes.  In every way they are identical to the rest of the Proper Boxes (4 discs; 5+ hours; 48 - 64 page booklet; etc).  The boxes do display a seal, however, that states, "Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set."  So, perhaps, these boxes have smaller print runs than the standard Proper Boxes, and will not be kept available
, as the Proper Boxes (generally) are, but allowed to sell out.  We'll let you know if/when we find out more.  Here are the first (and, apparently, only) of the "Deluxe" Boxes:

Proluxe 5001   Buddy Rich   Strike It Rich 

Proluxe 5002   Oscar Pettiford   Oscar Rides Again 


We urge you to visit the Proper Records Site.  Once you're there, just click on "Proper Box sets" under "Proper Products" in the upper left-hand corner, and then once the new page loads scroll down until you find the box you're looking to learn more about.  There are five pages of the Proper Box listings, so it make take a bit of scrolling.  As an alternative, just enter the name of the artist and/or box title that you're looking for into the site's search bar.  Either way, once you've found the box you're looking for you will be able to access all the details about the tracks contained on it.  A real wealth of information is provided, and the details are terrific, especially when it comes to recording dates & track personnel.

Proper Box Set Series:

copacetic price - $29.75

ordering info

SPECIAL NOTE:  You may now purchase Proper Boxes 1 through 134 directly over the web (payments through PayPal) from The Proper Box Zone at Copacetic 2.0., our new 24/7 eCommerce site.  We'll add the more recent Boxes as soon as we can.

A Note on Availability: Every effort is being made to keep the entire Proper Box Series available for immediate shipping at all times.  However, from time to time temporary holes may appear in our stock.  Should it occur that you request a particular box which we are out of stock of at that moment, we will contact you as soon as it is back in stock.  Current stock status is listed below.

Actual Availability (we'll update this as often as possible) as of 30 November 2011:
All Proper Boxes are currently in stock except:   33, 38, 50, 56, 66, 71, 79, 81, 91, 98, 128 & 144

A SPECIAL UPDATE ON THE PROPER BOX SERIES FORMAT: Beginning with Proper Box 84, Proper Records adopted a new compact format for the Proper Box series.  In addition, each time a particular box sells out of stock, it will be reissued in this format (as about half have been so far).  This new format eschews the bulky, petro-chemical consuming jewel case and opts instead for an LP-style jacket to hold each of the four CDs (just so there's no confusion:  there are four LP-style jackets -- one for each disc).  The booklet design has not been affected, but it is 1/2" narrower than originally; however, the quality of paper stock has been improved and there has been, on average, an increased page count for the booklets, so rest assured that there is no skimping going on.   What we have here is a new and improved format that will provide you with the same amount of music with the same high quality and with equal if not superior support materials, but will use less resources to manufacture and -- importantly, as these are made in England -- cost less to ship, enabling us to continue to offer these at the same amazingly low price.  And, as an added bonus, they will take up less than half the space on your shelves at home!

UPDATE ON THE PROPER BOX SERIES FORMAT #2A:  Proper Box numbers 147 through 155 are slimmed down even further and – in most, but not all cases –  contain 3 CDs and 1 DVD instead of simply 4 CDs as had all previous boxes.  Begining with Proper Box 156, the format returns to the above format that it had beginning with Proper Box 84, with the notable exception that the booklets have – so far, since returning to this format with PB 156 – all been 20-24 pages each; leaner than previously.

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