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John Mccormack Vol. 2
John Mccormack Vol. 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars John McCormack Edition 2 (1910-1911): 22 songs; many rare gems making CD debut; good sound; more for collectors & completists!, May 11 2016
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This review is from: John Mccormack Vol. 2 (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

'John McCormack Edition, Volume 2: The Acoustic Recordings (1910-11)', released by Naxos from UK in 2005, contains 22 songs from 1910-11. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including label & number and release date)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955, thanks to Joel Whitburn''s Pop Memories book):

01 THE DEAR LITTLE SHAMROCK (Victor 64153)(uncharted, April 1910)
02 RIGOLETTO: BELLA FIGLIA DELL'AMORE (HMV 2-054025)(uncharted, May 1910)*rare gem; CD debut; sung in Italian
03 FAUST: ALL'ERTA! ALL'ERTA*unpublished on HMV, May 1910; rare gem; CD debut; sung in Italian
04 FAUST: ALL'ERTA! ALL'ERTA (Victor 15-1019)(uncharted, May 1910)*rare gem; CD debut; both with Nellie Melba, soprano and Mario Sammarco, baritone; sung in Italian
05 THE IRISH EMIGRANT (Victor 74237)(uncharted, March 1911)
06 KATHLEEN MAVOURNEEN (Victor 74236)(a-side, US 3(1)/March 1911)*rare gem; CD debut; first original version; 'mavourneen' means 'my love' or 'my dear'
07 I HEAR YOU CALLING ME (Victor 64120)(uncharted, March 1911/June 1921)
08 BELIEVE ME IF ALL THOSE ENDURING YOUNG CHARMS (Victor 64180)(a-side, US 10/March 1911)
09 AH! MOON OF MY DELIGHT (Victor 74232)(uncharted, March 1911)*rare gem; CD debut
10 MOLLY BAWN (Victor 74175)(uncharted, March 1911)*rare gem; CD debut; 1911 version sung in E, a semitone higher than 1910 version (found Vol.1) in E flat
11 MOTHER MACHREE (Victor 64181)(a-side, US 1(5)/March 1911)*his second No. 1 song
12 I'M FALLING IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE (Victor 64174)(a-side, US 1(7)/March 1911)*his first No. 1 song
13 MACUSHLA (Victor 64205)(uncharted, March 1911)
14 AN EVENING SONG (Victor 74243)(uncharted, March 1911)*rare gem; CD debut
15 SHE IS FAR FROM THE LAND (Victor 74242)(uncharted, March 1911)*rare gem; CD debut
16 THE HAPPY MORNING WAITS (Victor 64250)(uncharted, March 1911)*rare gem; CD debut
17 LES PECHEURS DE PERLES: DEL TEMPIO AL LIMITAR (HMV 2-054018)(uncharted, March 1911)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut; with Mario Sammarco, baritone; sung in Italian
18 LES PECHEURS DE PERLES: DEL TEMPIO AL LIMITAR (Victor 87082)(uncharted, March 1911)* rare gem; CD debut; with Mario Sammarco, baritone; sung in Italian
19 LI MARINARI (Victor 87078)(uncharted, April 1911)*rare gem; CD debut; sung in Italian
20 MIRA LA BIANCA LUNA (HMV 2-054019)(uncharted, June 1911)*rare gem; CD debut; with Emmy Destinn, soprano; sung in Italian
21 IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA: O IL MEGLIO MI SCORDAVO (HMV 2-054021)(uncharted, July 1911)*rare gem; CD debut; with Mario Sammarco, baritone; sung in Italian
22 LA GIOCONDA: O GRIDO DI QUEST' ANIMA (HMV 2-054022)(uncharted, July 1911)*rare gem; CD debut; with Mario Sammarco, baritone; sung in Italian

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the second of 11 volumes of detailed output by John McCormack, concentrating in his output from 1910-1911. Although I have purchased the fantastic 5CD 'John McCormack Collection' (Acrobat Music, 2016, 5CDs, 120 songs), I found myself thirsting for more. Being a completist, I have purchased all 11 volumes and will review each separately. In volume 2, as noted above, there are many rare gems making their CD debut.
2 Compared to Volume 1, the sound here is very well restored and remastered and sounds much fuller.
3 There is an 6-page booklet, with a detailed informative essay by John Scarry. Label and number and dates of recordings were all listed. Excellent job!
4 The songs are sequenced chronologically.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None

FINAL THOUGHTS:

John McCormack was born on June 14, 1884 in Athlone, Ireland. He was the legendary tenor singer. He became an American sensation in 1910, and was so popular that he largely abandoned opera to concentrate on solo concert performances. Along with Enrico Caruso, he firmly established the value of commercial recordings in the United States. He died on September 16, 1945 (age 61).

If you just want one single set on John McCormack, I would very highly recommend 'John McCormack Collection' by Acrobat Music, as stated above, with wide coverage and heavenly sound. In this set, it is worthwhile to note that two of McCormack's rarest Victor records, 'I Hear You Calling Me' and 'Molly Bawn', both recorded in 1910 (in Volume 1), were replaced within a year by alternative versions. The 1911 recording of 'Molly Bawn' incidentally, is sung in E, a semitone higher than the 1910 version in E flat. The other rare gems include 'The Happy Morning Waits' and 'Les Pecheurs de Perles: Del tempio al limitar' (track #17, never released on Victor). John McCormack was such a great singer, and the entire set, with so many rare gems making CD debut, is totally enjoyable. This set is highly recommended to all John McCormack fans, but more for collectors and completists.

Mccormack John
Mccormack John
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5.0 out of 5 stars John McCormack Edition, Vol. 1 (1910): 21 songs; many rare gems making CD debut; good sound; more for collectors & completists!, May 11 2016
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CONTENT:

'John McCormack Edition, Volume 1: 1910 The Acoustic Recordings', released by Naxos from UK in 2004, contains 21 songs from 1910. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including label & number and release date):

01 LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR: FRA POCO A ME RICOVERO (Victor 74223)(uncharted, January 1910)*rare gem; CD debut; first recording on Victor; label number not arranged chronologically
02 LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR: TU CHE A DIO SPIEGASTI L'ALI (Victor 74224)(uncharted, March 1910)*rare gem; CD debut
03 KILLARNEY (Victor 74157)(a-side, US 5/January 1910)*first charted recording on Victor
04 CARMEN, ACT II: IL FIOR CHE AVEVI A ME (Flower Song)(Bizet)(Victor 74218)(a-side, US 10/January 1910)
05 COME BACK TO ERIN (Victor 74158)(a-side, US 9/February 1910)
06 LA BOHEME: CHE GELIDA MANINA (Victor 74222)(uncharted, February 1910)*rare gem; CD debut
07 L'ELISIR D'AMORE: UNA FURTIVA LAGRIMA (Victor 74219)(uncharted, February 1910)
08 THE MINSTREL BOY (Victor 64117)(uncharted, February 1910)
09 DRINK TO ME ONLY WITH THINE EYES (Victor 74204)(a-side, US 6/March 1910)
10 ANNIE LAURIE (Victor 64138)(a-side, US 8/March 1910)
11 LA TRAVIATA: LUNGE DA LEI PER ME NON V'HA DILETTO!...DE' MIEI BOLLENTI SPIRITI (Victor 74328)(uncharted, March 1910)*rare gem; CD debut
12 FAUST: SALVE DIMORA, CASTA E PURA (Victor 74220)(uncharted, March 1910)*rare gem; CD debut
13 I HEAR YOU CALLING ME (Victor 64120)(uncharted, March 1911)*re-released in June 1921
14 WHEN SHADOWS GATHER (Victor 64127)(uncharted, March 1910)*rare gem; CD debut
15 LA BOHEME: AH MIMI, TU PIU NON TORNI (Victor 89044)(uncharted, March 1910)*rare gem; CD debut
16 LA FILLE DU REGIMENT: PER VIVER VICINO A MARIA (Victor 74221)(uncharted, March 1910)*rare gem; CD debut
17 THE SNOWY BREASTED PEARL (Victor 74166)(uncharted, March 1910)
18 LAKME: IMMENSO VIENTESO'A VIEN AL BOSAGLIA (Victor 64171)(uncharted, March 1910)*rare gem; CD debut
19 MY LAGAN LOVE (Victor 64154)(uncharted, March 1910)
20 MOLLY BAWN (Victor 74175)(uncharted, March 1910)*rare gem; CD debut; original Gaelic 'bain' meaning 'light' or 'fair'
21 HAS SORROW THY YOUNG DAYS SHADED? (Victor 74184)(uncharted, March 1910)*rare gem; CD debut

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first of 11 volumes of detailed output by John McCormack, starting in 1910. Although I have purchased the fantastic 5CD 'John McCormack Collection' (Acrobat Music, 2016, 5CDs, 120 songs), I found myself thirsting for more. Being a completist, I have purchased all 11 volumes and will review each separately. In volume 1, as noted above, there are many rare gems making their CD debut.
2 Considering the age of the recordings, the sound is very well remastered. For the earliest recordings, there was a layer of hiss, which is quite acceptable.
3 There is an 8-page booklet, with a detailed informative essay by John Scarry. Label and number and dates of recordings were all listed. Excellent job!
4 All the songs are sequenced chronologically.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

John McCormack was born on June 14, 1884 in Athlone, Ireland. He was the legendary tenor singer. He became an American sensation in 1910, and was so popular that he largely abandoned opera to concentrate on solo concert performances. Along with Enrico Caruso, he firmly established the value of commercial recordings in the United States. He died on September 16, 1945 (age 61).

If you just want one single set on John McCormack, I would very highly recommend 'John McCormack Collection' by Acrobat Music, as stated above, with wide coverage and heavenly sound. In this set, along with the operatic items, there are many beloved Irish songs, including 'I Hear You Calling' and 'My Lagan Love'. John McCormack is such a great singer, and this set represents his earliest output. One can hear his progression and maturity in future later volumes. The entire set is totally enjoyable, but is recommended to all John McCormack fans, but more for collectors and completists.

Now 58: That's What I Call Music
Now 58: That's What I Call Music
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3.0 out of 5 stars Now 58 (1CD): 22 songs; most songs very dated; very few major pop hits; good sound; disappointed!, May 11 2016
CONTENT:

“Now 58”, released by Capitol Records from US in 2016, contains 22 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with chart position and personal comments)(US=Billboard Hot 100; BB C&W=Billboard Country Chart; US DANCE=Billboard Dance Chart; US RAP=Billboard Rap Chart; UK=UK Singles Chart; SWISS=Swiss Singles Chart):

01 PIECE BY PIECE – Kelly Clarkson (US 8/2015; UK 95/2015)*Idol version
02 LOVE YOURSELF – Justin Bieber (UK 1(6)/2016; US 1(1)/2016; BB AC 1(2)/2016)*should have been 7 weeks at No. 1 in UK if he asked his fans to support the song “Bridge Over You” to be #1 Christmas single
03 HANDS TO MYSELF – Selena Gomez (UK 14/2016; US 7/2016)*follow-up to “Same Old Love”; from album “Revival”
04 ROSES – The Chainsmokers, featuring Rozes (UK 16/2015; US 6/2015; US DANCE/ELECTRONIC 1/2015)*from album “Bouquet”
05 ME, MYSELF & I – G-EazyxBebe Rexha (UK 13/2015; US 7/2015; US RAP 1/2015)*from album “When It’s Dark Out”
06 PILLOWTALK – Zayn (UK 1(1)/2016; US 1(1)/2016)*debut at No. 1 in UK and even in US, a rare feat!
07 IN THE NIGHT – The Weeknd (UK 48/2015; US 12/2015)
08 OUT OF THE WOODS – Taylor Swift (US 18/2016; UK 136/2016)
09 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE – Ellie Goulding (US 43/2016; UK 51/2016)
10 DON’T – Bryson Tiller (US 13/2015; UK 71/2015)
11 MIDDLE – DJSnake, featuring Bipolar Sunshine)(US 20/2015; UK 12/2015)
12 WILD THINGS – Alessia Cara (US 52/2016; UK 75/2015; CAN 14/2016)*from album “Know-It-All”
13 SUGAR – Robin Schulz, featuring Francesco Yates (US 44/2015; US DANCE 5/2015; UK 21/2015; SWISS 1/2015)
14 YOUTH – Troye Sivan (US 23/2015; UK 96/2015)*from album “Blue Neighbourhood”
15 LET IT GO – James Bay (US 30/2014; UK 10/2014)*from album “Chaos and the Calm”
16 STAND BY YOU – Rachel Platten (US 37/2015)*follow-up to her popular “Fight Song”; from album “Wildfire”
WHAT’S NEXT:
17 THINKING FOR A WHILE – Andrew Grant
18 SALLY – Bibi Bourelly
19 LOW LIFE – That Poppy
20 CHRONIC – Phoebe Ryan
21 I’LL BE THAT FRIEND – Jodie Abacus
22 FIX – Chris Lane

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 The sound is very well remastered.
2 There is a nice booklet with pictures of albums and new artists.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 When this set is compared to the last one (Now 57), the choice of songs seems outdated. Many top songs are left out, such as:
(1) Work – Rihanna featuring Drake (US 1(10)/2016; UK 2/2016)
(2) 7 Years – Lukas Graham (US 2/2016; UK 1(5)/2016)
(3) I Took A Pill in Ibiza – Mike Posner (US 4/2016; UK 1(4)/2016)
(4) Work from Home – Fifth Harmony (US 5/2016; UK 2/2016)
(5) One Dance – Drake (US 1/2016; UK 1(4)/2016)
(6) Panda – Desiigner (US 1(2)/2016; UK 15/2016)
Like Now 57 with Thomas Rhett’s mega-country hit, how about “You Should Be Here” by Cole Swindell (BB C&W 1(4)/2016).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Considering the song listing, I am disappointed with the current Now 58 with so many “dated” songs and very few major pop hits. I just feel you could have done much better. This US Now 58 set is definitely more inferior to Now 57 and its UK counterpart, Now 93. One saving grace is at least the sound is excellent.

On the Street Where You Live//Livliest
On the Street Where You Live//Livliest
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone On The Street Where You Live/Liveliest (1CD): 2 wonderful albums on Capitol; 23 songs; good sound; great collection!, May 10 2016
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CONTENT:

“On The Street Where You Live/The Liveliest: at Basin Street East”, released by EMI (UK) in 2003, contains 2 complete albums. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number and year of release):

DISC 1:
LP “ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE” (Capitol ST 2133)(1963):
01 On The Street Where You Live (Capitol 5262)(uncharted a-side, 1964)
02 I Am In Love
03 Younger than Springtime
04 Tonight
05 I Could Write A Book
06 Till There Was You
07 Maria (Capitol 5262)(b-side, 1964)
08 The Sound of Music
09 Something’s Coming
10 Lost in the Stars
11 She Loves Me
LP “THE LIVELIEST: AT BASIN STREET EAST” (Capitol ST 1944)(1963):
12 You and the Night and the Music
13 When Your Lover Has Gone
14 What Kind of Fool am I
15 At Long Last Love
16 Fascinating Rhythm
17 They Can’t Take That Away From Me
18 The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
19 Adios
20 I Left My Heart in San Francisco
21 A Lot of Livin’ To do
22 You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You
23 On The Street Where You Live

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 I always wanted to get Vic’s “On The Street Where You Live” album on CD. Now we have a twofer, the second album becoming a bonus. Be careful, there are lots of CDs out there with this title, but they are NOT the original album.
2 The song is very well remastered.
3 There is an 8-page booklet, with the two front and back album cover pictures, each occupying an entire page. This is simply the correct way that booklets should be done. Unfortunately, in recent years, those album covers are shrunk down to small pictures with no back cover.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no bonus tracks.
2 There was no essay.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is a wonderful twofer by Vic Damone. He was in top form and the entire set is totally enjoyable, and is recommended to all Vic Damone fans.

Ultra-Lounge: Wild Cool & Swingin' - Artist Series, Vol. 1: Louis Prima & Keely Smith by Capitol
Ultra-Lounge: Wild Cool & Swingin' - Artist Series, Vol. 1: Louis Prima & Keely Smith by Capitol
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5.0 out of 5 stars Louis Prima Ultra-Lounge Vol. 1 (2CDs): 44 songs; singles + rare album tracks; great remastered sound; highly recommended!, May 10 2016
CONTENT:

“Ultra-Lounge: wild, Cool & Swingin’: Louise Prima and Keely Smith with Sam Butera & the Witnesses”, released by Capitol Records from US in 1999, is a 2-CD set with 44 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, release date)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB200=Billboard Album Chart):

DISC 1:
01 THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC (with Keely Smith)(Capitol F4063)(a-side, BB Pop 18/November 1958)
02 5 MONTHS, 2 WEEKS, 2 DAYS (with Sam Butera & the Witnesses)(Capitol F3566)(uncharted a-side, 1956)*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
03 SHOULD I/I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH ME*from album “Las Vegas Prima Style” (Capitol T1010)(BB200 12/1958)
04 THE CLOSER TO THE BONE (THE SWEETER IS THE MEAT)*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
05 HEY, BOY! HEY, GIRL”*from album soundtrack “Hey Boy! Hey Girl!” (Capitol T1160)(BB 200 37/1959)
06 I’LL BE GLAD WHEN YOU’RE DEAD YOU RASCAL! YOU*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
07 AUTUMN LEAVES*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
08 THE MUSIC GOES ‘ROUND AND ‘ROUND*from album “His Greatest Hits” (Dot DLP 3262)(1960)
09 JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS*from album “The Wildest Comes Home” (Capitol T1723)(1962)
10 FELICIA NO CAPICA*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
11 OH, MARIE*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
12 GREENBACK DOLLAR BILL*from album “Las Vegas Prima Style” (Capitol T1010)(BB200 12/1958)
13 WHEN YOU’RE SMILING – THE SHEIK OF ARABY*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
14 SCUBA DRIVER*from album “Lake Tahoe Prima Style” (Capitol T1797)(1962)
15 THREE HANDED WOMAN*from album “The Wildest Come Home” (Capitol T1723)(1962)*with Sam Butera & the Witnesses
16 LAZY RIVER*from album soundtrack “Hey Boy! Hey Girl!” (Capitol T1160)(BB 200 37/1959)
17 EMBRACEABLE YOU – I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN’T GOOD (with Keely Smith)*from album “Las Vegas Prima Style” (Capitol T1010)(BB200 12/1958)
18 PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (Capitol HF 145)(b-side, 1958)(Netherlands)*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
19 THE LIP (featuring Keely Smith)(Capitol CL 14862)(UK b-side, 1958)*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
20 ROBIN HOOD/OH BABE (with Keely Smith and Sam Butera & the Witnesses)*from album “The Wildest Show at Tahoe” (Capitol T908)(1957)
21 FEE FIE FOO*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
22 (NOTHING’S TOO GOOD) FOR MY BABY*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)

DISC 2:
01 I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN (with Keely Smith)(Capitol F4140)(a-side, BB Pop 95/1959)
02 JUMP JIVE AN’ WAIL (Capitol HF 200)(b-side, 1960)(Netherlands)*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
03 ANGELINA – ZOOMA ZOOMA*from album “The Wildest Show at Tahoe” (Capitol T908)(1957)
04 MOONGLOW*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
05 I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
06 LOVE OF MY LIFE (O SOLE MIO)*from album “Las Vegas Prima Style” (Capitol T1010)(BB200 12/1958)
07 JOHN PING PING*previously unreleased.
08 THE PUMP SONG (Capitol HF 198)(b-side, 1958)(Netherlands) )*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
09 BANANA SPLIT FOR MY BABY (with Sam Butera & the Witnesses)(Capitol F3566)(b-side, 1956)
10 TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS*from album “Las Vegas Prima Style” (Capitol T1010)(BB200 12/1958)
11 DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME (Capitol F4140)(b-side, 1959)*rare gem; a-side “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
12 BUONA SERA (Capitol F3856)(uncharted a-side, November 1957)*with Sam Butera & the Witnesses; from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
13 DON’T WORRY ‘BOUT ME/I’M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE*from album “The Wildest Show at Tahoe” (Capitol T908)(1957)
14 THERE’LL BE NO NEXT TIME*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
15 SHADRACK*from album “Lake Tahoe Prima Style” (Capitol T1797)(1962)
16 BASIN STREET BLUES/WHEN IT’S SLEEPY TIME DOWN SOUTH*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
17 YOU’RE JUST IN LOVE*from album “The Wildest Come Home” (Capitol T1723)(1962)*with Sam Butera & the Witnesses
18 THE BIRTH OF THE BLUES*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
19 THEM THERE EYES/HONEYSUCKLE ROSE*from album “Las Vegas Prima Style” (Capitol T1010)(BB200 12/1958)
20 SING SING SING*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
21 (NOTHING’S TOO GOOD) FOR MY BABY*previously unreleased, 1958
22 JUST A GIGOLO – I AIN’T GOT NOBODY*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent collection of 44 wonderful songs by the great team of Louis Prima, Keely Smith and Sam Butera. There are some rare singles and many album tracks.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered by Bob Norberg.
3 There is a 12-page booklet, with an informative essay by R.J. Smith. There is also a recipe for cooking a suckling pig!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is no label & number, no chart position, and no identification of source albums.
2 22 songs in both discs. Capitol Records could have filled up the remaining discs with many other songs.
3 Because this was a Capitol Records release, naturally, singles on Dot Records were not included.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Louis Prima was born on December 7, 1910 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a great jazz trumpeter, singer, composer and bandleader. He and Keely Smith were married from 1953 – 1961. He first joined the Hotcha Trio in 1933 and later started his New Orleans Gang and later his own orchestra. In 1967, he made an acclaimed cameo in Walt Disney’s animated film, “The Jungle Book”, providing the voice of King Louie the Orangutan, and a duet with Phil Harris on “I Wanna Walk Like You.” He has a long recording career by himself, and also with Keely Smith and Sam Butera. He sadly died on August 24, 1978 (age 67).

If money is no object, of course, one can always get the Bear Family box set. For me, my reference is “Collectors Series” (Capitol, 1991, 26 songs). However, this current set is a nice complement to the “Collectors Series” with great sound and is totally enjoyable. This set is still recommended to all Louis Prima fans.

Collectors Series
Collectors Series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Louis Prima Collectors Series (1CD): 26 songs from Capitol; fantastic sound from Original Master Tapes; a Must-Own!, May 10 2016
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CONTENT:

“Collectors Series” by Louis Prima, released by Capitol Records from US in 1991, contains 26 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, release date)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB200=Billboard Album Chart):

01 JUST A GIGOLO – I AIN’T GOT NOBODY*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
02 OH, MARIE*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
03 BUONA SERA (Capitol F3856)(uncharted a-side, November 1957)*with Sam Butera & the Witnesses; from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
04 JUMP JIVE AN’ WAIL (Capitol HF 200)(b-side, 1960)(Netherlands)*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
05 BASIN STREET BLUES/WHEN IT’S SLEEPY TIME DOWN SOUTH*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
06 THE LIP (featuring Keely Smith)(Capitol CL 14862)(UK b-side, 1958)*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
07 WHISTLE STOP (with Sam Butera & the Witnesses)(Capitol F3615)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
08 5 MONTHS, 2 WEEKS, 2 DAYS (with Sam Butera & the Witnesses)(Capitol F3566)(uncharted a-side, 1956)*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
09 BANANA SPLIT FOR MY BABY (with Sam Butera & the Witnesses)(Capitol F3566)(b-side, 1956)*rare gem
10 THERE’LL BE NO NEXT TIME (featuring Sam Butera)*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
11 WHEN YOU’RE SMILING – THE SHEIK OF ARABY*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
12 BABY, WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME (with Keely Smith)(Capitol F3663)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
13 I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
14 PENNIES FROM HEAVEN*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
15 ANGELINA – ZOOMA ZOOMA*from album “The Wildest Show at Tahoe” (Capitol T908)(1957)
16 BEEP! BEEP! (Capitol F3856)(b-side, 1957)*rare gem’
17 EMBRACEABLE YOU – I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN’T GOOD (with Keely Smith)*from album “Las Vegas Prima Style” (Capitol T1010)(BB200 12/1958)
18 SING SING SING*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959); previously unreleased in stereo
19 THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC (with Keely Smith)(Capitol F4063)(a-side, BB Pop 18/November 1958)*b-side “You Are My Love” not included here
20 THE MUSIC GOES ROUND AND ROUND*previously unreleased
21 HEY, BOY! HEY, GIRL”*from album soundtrack “Hey Boy! Hey Girl!” (Capitol T1160)(BB 200 37/1959)
22 LAZY RIVER*from album soundtrack “Hey Boy! Hey Girl!” (Capitol T1160)(BB 200 37/1959); previously unreleased, unedited stereo version
23 I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN (with Keely Smith)(Capitol F4140)(a-side, BB Pop 95/1959)*rare gem
24 YOU’RE JUST IN LOVE*from album “The Wildest Come Home” (Capitol T1723)(1962)*with Sam Butera & the Witnesses
25 TWIST ALL NIGHT*from album “The Wildest Come Home” (Capitol T1723)(1962)*with Sam Butera & the Witnesses
26 ST. LOUIS BLUES*from album “The Wildest Come Home” (Capitol T1723)(1962)*with Sam Butera & the Witnesses

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set, released in 1991, remains my reference all these years. There is a good mix of rare singles and album tracks.
2 The most outstanding aspect of this set is the sound, remastered by Bob Norberg using original master tapes. It was produced by Bob Furmanek.
3 There is a 16-page booklet with an informative essay by Scott Shea. Information about label and number, chart position, dates of releases plus names of source albums was all included.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Being Collectors Series, the songs belonged only to Capitol Records. Singles on Dot Records are naturally not included.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Louis Prima was born on December 7, 1910 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a great jazz trumpeter, singer, composer and bandleader. He and Keely Smith were married from 1953 – 1961. He first joined the Hotcha Trio in 1933 and later started his New Orleans Gang and later his own orchestra. In 1967, he made an acclaimed cameo in Walt Disney’s animated film, “The Jungle Book”, providing the voice of King Louie the Orangutan, and a duet with Phil Harris on “I Wanna Walk Like You.” He has a long recording career by himself, and also with Keely Smith and Sam Butera. He sadly died on August 24, 1978 (age 67).

If money is no object, of course, one can always get the Bear Family box set. For me, this current set with great sound is totally enjoyable, and is still highly recommended to all Louis Prima fans.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Louis Prima The Very Best Of (2CDs): 50 songs; singles + many rare album tracks; great varieties; good sound; low price!, May 10 2016
CONTENT:

“The Very Best of Louis Prima”, released by Not Now Music from UK in 2016, is a 2-CD set with 50 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, release date)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB200=Billboard Album Chart):

DISC 1:
01 OH, MARIE (Columbia 4-39969)(b-side, March 1953)*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
02 BUONA SERA (Capitol F3856)(uncharted a-side, November 1957)*with Sam Butera & the Witnesses; from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
03 THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC (with Keely Smith)(Capitol F4063)(a-side, BB Pop 18/November 1958)*b-side “You Are My Love” not included here
04 JUST A GIGOLO – I AIN’T GOT NOBODY*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
05 THE GLOW WORM*from album “The Wildest Come Home” (Capitol T1723)(1962)*with Sam Butera & the Witnesses
06 FEVER (with Keely Smith and Sam Butera & the Witnesses)*from album soundtrack “Hey Boy! Hey Girl!” (Capitol T1160)(BB 200 37/1959)
07 BEI MIR BIST DU SCHON (with Keely Smith)(Dot 45-15956)(a-side, BB Pop 69/July 1959)*b-side “I Don’t Know Why” disc 1, track #18
08 I’M CONFESSIN’ (THAT I LOVE YOU)(with Keely Smith)(Dot 45-15978)(a-side, BB Pop 115/August 1959)*b-side “Night and Day” not included here
09 (NOTHING’S TOO GOOD) FOR MY BABY*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
10 5 MONTHS, 2 WEEKS, 2 DAYS (with Sam Butera & the Witnesses)(Capitol F3566)(uncharted a-side, 1956)*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
11 AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’/WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS*from album “The Wildest Come Home” (Capitol T1723)(1962); with Sam Butera & the Witnesses
12 FEE FIE FOO*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
13 LOVER COME BACK TO ME*from album “The Wildest Come Home” (Capitol T1723)(1962)*with Sam Butera & the Witnesses
14 ROBIN HOOD/OH BABE (with Keely Smith and Sam Butera & the Witnesses)*from album “The Wildest Show at Tahoe” (Capitol T908)(1957)
15 IF YOU WERE THE ONLY GIRL (Capitol HF 157)(uncharted a-side, 1959)(Netherlands)*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
16 THAT’S MY HOME (Capitol HF 157)(b-side, 1959)(Netherlands)*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
17 WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
18 I DON’T KNOW WHY (Dot 45-15956)(b-side, July 1959)
19 I’VE GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES*from album “The Wildest Show at Tahoe” (Capitol T908)(1957)
20 BOURBON STREET BLUES*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
21 PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (Capitol HF 145)(b-side, 1958)(Netherlands)*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
22 I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING (Capitol HF 145)(uncharted a-side, 1958)(Netherlands)*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
23 ROUTE 66*from album “Doin’ The Twist with Louis Prima” (Dot DLP 3410)(1961); with Sam Butera & the Witnesses
24 THE PUMP SONG (Capitol HF 198)(b-side, 1958)(Netherlands) )*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
25 THE HONEYDRIPPER*from album “Doin’ The Twist with Louis Prima” (Dot DLP 3410)(1961); with Sam Butera & the Witnesses

DISC 2:
01 JUMP JIVE AN’ WAIL (Capitol HF 200)(b-side, 1960)(Netherlands)*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
02 ALRIGHT, OKAY, YOU WIN*from album “Doin’ The Twist with Louis Prima” (Dot DLP 3410)(1961); with Sam Butera & the Witnesses
03 SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY (with Keely Smith and Sam Butera & the Witnesses)*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
04 JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS*from album “The Wildest Comes Home” (Capitol T1723)(1962)
05 FELICIA NO CAPICA*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
06 GOTTA SEE BABY TONIGHT*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
07 MOONGLOW*from album “Strictly Prima” (Capitol T1132)(1959)
08 HEY BOY! HEY GIRL! (with Keely Smith)*from album “Hey Boy! Hey Girl!” (Capitol T1160)(BB200 37/1959)
09 WONDERLAND BY NIGHT (Dot 45-16151)(a-side, BB Pop 15/November 1960)*from album “Wonderland by Night” (Dot DLP 25352)(BB200 9/1961)
10 CHEEK TO CHEEK*from album “Louis And Keely!” (Dot DLP 3210)(BB200 37/1959)
11 LAZY RIVER*from album “Hey Boy! Hey Girl!” (Capitol T1160)(BB200 37/1959)
12 BLOW, RED, BLOW*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
13 I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE*from album “Louis And Keely!” (Dot DLP 3210)(BB200 37/1959)
14 GREENBACK DOLLAR BILL*from album “Las Vegas Prima Style” (Capitol T1010)(BB200 12/1958)
15 AUTUMN LEAVES*from album “Call of the Wildest” (Capitol T836)(1957)
16 COME BACK TO SORRENTO*from album “The Wildest Show at Tahoe” (Capitol T908)(1957)
17 EVERYBODY KNOWS (Capitol F4732)(b-side, 1962)
18 ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET*from album “The Wildest Show at Tahoe” (Capitol T908)(1957)
19 DON’T WORRY ‘BOUT ME/I’M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE*from album “The Wildest Show at Tahoe” (Capitol T908)(1957)
20 LET’S TWIST AGAIN*from album “Doin’ The Twist with Louis Prima” (Dot DLP 3410)(1961); with Sam Butera & the Witnesses
21 MAKE LOVE TO ME*from album “Louis And Keely!” (Dot DLP 3210)(BB200 37/1959)
22 ALL I DO IS DREAM OF YOU*from album “Louis And Keely!” (Dot DLP 3210)(BB200 37/1959)
23 BASIN STREET BLUES/WHEN IT’S SLEEPY TIME DOWN SOUTH*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
24 NIGHT TRAIN*from album “The Wildest” (Capitol T755)(1956)
25 TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS*from album “Las Vegas Prima Style” (Capitol T1010)(BB200 12/1958)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent collection of Louis Prima, Keely Smith and Sam Butera from 1956 – 1962. The coverage involves two main labels (Capitol and Dot). As noted above, three out of four charted singles (a-sides) are included. Besides there are many rare album tracks (from “The Wildest, The Call of the Wildest, Strictly Prima, Wonderland by Night, The Wildest Comes Home, Louis and Keely!, Doin’ The Twist with Louis Prima, Hey Boy! Hey Girl! and The Wildest Show at Tahoe”).
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 There is a four-page booklet, with a short essay by Fred Dellar. The year of release for each song was included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 All the charted singles together with their b-sides should have been included first. The missing songs are:
(1) You Are My Love (Keely Smith)(b-side to “That Old Black Magic”
(2) I’ve Got You Under My Skin (a-side, BB Pop 95/1959)
(3) Don’t Take Your Love from Me (Keely Smith)(b-side to “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
(4) Night and Day (b-side to “I’m Confessin’”
(5) Ol’ Man Mose (b-side to “Wonderland by Night”
2 In the booklet, there is no mention of label and number, chart position, and no identification of album source.
3 As per usual practice with most reissue labels from UK, compilation would stop in 1962 because of local Public Domain laws.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Louis Prima was born on December 7, 1910 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a great jazz trumpeter, singer, composer and bandleader. He and Keely Smith were married from 1953 – 1961. He first joined the Hotcha Trio in 1933 and later started his New Orleans Gang and later his own orchestra. In 1967, he made an acclaimed cameo in Walt Disney’s animated film, “The Jungle Book”, providing the voice of King Louie the Orangutan, and a duet with Phil Harris on “I Wanna Walk Like You.” He has a long recording career by himself, and also with Keely Smith and Sam Butera. He sadly died on August 24, 1978 (age 67).

This current set, with great varieties, good sound and low price, is totally enjoyable, and is highly recommended to all Louis Prima fans.

Complete US & UK Hits 1942-62
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nat King Cole Complete US & UK Hits (5CDs): 113 songs 1942-1962; singles, mostly As; great sound & booklet; fantastic value!, May 8 2016
POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first collection of Nat King Cole’s singles from 1942 to 1962 in a single set: 113 songs arranged in chronological order starting with the King Cole Trio. His major singles during this period are all included, including those from UK, with quite a few released in UK only.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered, as per usual high standards at Acrobat Music.
3 There is a wonderful 28-page booklet, with an informative essay by Paul Watts. The song listing includes names of orchestra, label & number, chart position and recording date.
4 Reasonable price for such a large set with 5 CDs.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The word “Complete” is a little misleading. There are many a-sides during this period that are still missing. Most of the b-sides are missing. Here, Acrobat Music is very careful in the title calling “Complete US & UK HITS” not Singles As & Bs as in the past. The definition of “Hits” is really up to the individual. I have done a Complete Singles Discography and found that Nat has 239 singles (478 songs) from 1936 – 1997.
2 No picture sleeves, no label pictures. It is probably due to legal issues.
3 As per usual practice with most UK reissue labels, such as Jasmine, Sepia and Real Gone Music (UK), compilation would stop in 1962 because of local Public Domain laws. This is unfortunately because Nat still has many big singles after 1962.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Nat “King” Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Cole on March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama. He first recorded in 1936, later formed The King Cole Trio, with Oscar Moore (guitar) and Wesley Prince (bass). He has an illustrious singing career. His voice is effortless and oh so soothing. He is one of my all-time favourite singers. He unfortunately died of lung cancer on February 15, 1965 (age 45).

If you are a Nat King Cole fan, you must have the two gorgeous Bear Family box sets “Stardust” and “Love,” but they are rather expensive now. This current set, with great sound and reasonable price, is very highly recommended.

PS. I purposely put the entire song listing at the end of the review because of its length and not to waste your time. I have included the chart positions (US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; BB C&W=Billboard Country Chart; UK=UK Singles Chart) to illustrate that most of the songs are significant singles and his achievements. If you are really interested to find out just how fantastic this box set is, please read on:

DISC 1:
01 THAT AIN’T RIGHT (The King Cole Trio)(Decca 8630)(a-side)(US 27/1941; BB R&B 1(1)/1942)
02 ALL FOR YOU (The King Cole’s Trio)(Capitol 139)(a-side)(US 19/1942; BB R&B 1(2)/1943)
03 STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 154)(a-side)(US 9/1943; BB C&W 1(6)/1944; BB R&B 1(10)/1944)*#73 hit for DeJohn Sisters in 1958
04 I JUST CAN’T SEE FOR LOOKIN’ (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 154)(b-side, US 24/1944; BB C&W 2(1)/1944; BB R&B 2(1)/1944)
05 I REALIZE NOW (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 169)(b-side, BB R&B 9/1944)
06 GEE, BABY, AIN’T I GOOD TO YOU (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 169)(a-side)(US 20/1944; BB R&B 1(4)/1944)
07 I’M LOST (The King Cole Trio)(Excelsior 2986)(a-side)(BB R&B 4/1944)
08 IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 20012)(a-side)(BB R&B 5/1944)
09 IF YOU CAN’T SMILE AND SAY YES (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 192)(a-side)(BB R&B 3(1)/1945)
10 I’M A SHY GUY (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 208)(a-side)(BB R&B 2(2)/1945)
11 THE FRIM FRAM SAUCE (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 224)(a-side)(US 19/1946)
12 COME TO BABY, DO! (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 224)(b-side, BB R&B 3(2)/1946)
13 (GET YOUR KICKS ON) ROUTE 66 (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 256)(a-side)(US 256)(a-side)(US 11/1946; BB R&B 3(1)/1946)*#61 hit for Depeche Mode in 1988
14 YOU CALL IT MADNESS (BUT I CALL IT LOVE)(The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 274)(a-side)(US 10/1946)*#5 hit for Russ Columbo in 1931
15 (I LOVE YOU) FOR SENTIMENAL REASONS (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 304)(a-side)(US 1(6)/1946; BB R&B 3(2)/1946)*#17 hit for Sam Cooke in 1958
16 THE BEST MAN (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 304)(b-side, US 14/1946)
17 THE CHRISTMAS SONG (MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU)(The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 311)(a-side)(US 3/1946; BB R&B 3(3)/1946)
18 MEET ME AT NO SPECIAL PLACE (AND I’LL BE THERE AT NO PARTICULAR TIME)(The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 393)(a-side)(BB R&B 3(1)/1947)
19 THOSE THINGS MONEY CAN’T BUY (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 15011)(a-side)(BB R&B 9/1948)
20 WHAT’LL I DO (the King Cole Trio)(Capitol 15019)(a-side)(US 22/1948; BB R&B 8/1948)
21 NATURE BOY (King Cole)(Capitol 15054)(a-side)(US 1(8)/1948); BB R&B 2(1)/1948)*#40 hit for Bobby Darin in 1961
22 PUT ‘EM IN A BOX, TIE ‘EM WITH A RIBBON (AND THROW ‘EM IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA)(The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 15080)(a-side)(US 30/1948)*from film “romance On The High Seas”

DISC 2:
01 LILLETTE (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 15224)(a-side)(BB R&B 12/1948)
02 KEE-MO KY-MO (THE MAGIC SONG)(The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 15240)(a-side)(BB R&B 10/1949)
03 FLO AND JOE (The King Cole Trio)(Capitol 15320)(a-side)(BB R&B 7/1949)
04 EXACTLY LIKE YOU (Nat King Cole & The Trio)(Capitol 1036)(b-side, BB R&B 9/1949)
05 MY MOTHER TOLD ME (Nat King Cole & The Trio)(Capitol 1036)(a-side)(BB R&B 6/1950)
06 I ALMOST LOST MY MIND (Capitol 889)(a-side)(US 26/1950; BB R&B 7/1950)*#1 R&B hit for Ivory Joe Hunter in 1950; #1 hit for Pat Boone in 1956
07 MONA LISA (Capitol 1010)(a-side)(US 1(8)/1950; BB R&B 1(4)/1950)*from film “Capt. Carey, U.S.A.” starring Alan Ladd; #25 hit for Carl Mann in 1959
08 HOME (WHEN SHADOWS FALL)(Capitol 1133)(a-side)(US 22/1950)*rare gem; #2 hit for Peter Van Steeden in 1932
09 FROSTY THE SNOWMAN (Capitol 1203)(a-side)(US 9/1951)*with the Singing Pussy Cats (Chipmunk voices)
10 JET (Capitol 1365)(a-side)(US 20/1951; BB R&B 8/1951)*with Ray Charles Singes backing vocals
11 ALWAYS YOU (Capitol 1401)(a-side)(US 28/1951)*adapted from Tchaikovsky’s “Romance”
12 TOO YOUNG (Capitol 1449)(a-side)(US 1(5)/1951; BB R&B 3(1)/1951)
13 RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET (Capitol 1468)(a-side)(US 24/1951)*from Broadway musical “Provincetown Follies”
14 BECAUSE OF RAIN (Capitol 1501)(a-side)(US 17/1951)
15 UNFORGETTABLE (Capitol 1689)(a-side)(US 12/1951)*the 1961 remake of this song by Cole charted in 1991 with Natalie Cole’s vocals dubbed in (#14)
16 WALKIN’ (Capitol 1863)(a-side)(BB R&B 5/1952)
17 SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY (Capitol 2069)(a-side)(US 8/1952; UK 3/1952)*#67 hit for Steve Lawrence in 1961
18 FUNNY (NOT MUCH)(Capitol 2130)(b-side, US 26/1952)*a-side “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” not included here
19 BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE (Capitol 2212)(a-side)(US 16/1952)*title song from film starring Mario Lanza
20 FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS (Capitol 2230)(b-side, US 24/1952; a-side, UK 10/1953)
21 THE RUBY AND THE PEARL (Capitol 2230)(a-side)(US 23/1952)*from film “Thunder In The East” starring Alan Ladd
22 I’M NEVER SATISFIED (Capitol 2212)(b-side, US 22/1952)

DISC 3:
01 STRANGE (Capitol 2309)(a-side)(US 20/1953)
02 PRETEND (Capitol 2346)(a-side)(US 2(1)/1953; BB R&B 10/1953; UK 2/1953)
03 CAN’T I (Capitol 2389)(a-side)(US 16/1953; BB R&B 7/1953; UK 6/1953)
04 I AM IN LOVE (Capitol 2459)(a-side)(US 19/1953)*from Broadway musical “Can-Can” starring Lilo
05 RETURN TO PARADISE (Capitol 2498)(a-side)(US 15/1953)*from film “Return to Paradise” starring Gary Cooper
06 A FOOL WAS I (Capitol 2540)(a-side)(US 17/1953)
07 MOTHER NATURE AND FATHER TIME (Capitol UK CL 13912)(UK a-side, UK 7/1953)
08 ANSWER ME, MY LOVE (Capitol 2687)(a-side)(US 6/1954)
09 TENDERLY (Capitol UK CL 14061)(UK a-side, UK 10/1954)
10 IT HAPPENS TO BE ME (Capitol 2754)(a-side)(US 16/1954)
11 MAKE HER MINE (Capitol 2803)(a-side)(US 19/1954; UK 11/1954)
12 SMILE (Capitol 2897)(a-side)(US 10/1954; UK 2/1954)*music written by Charlie Chaplin for the 1936 film “Modern Times”; #42 hit for Timi Yuro in 1961
13 HAJJI BABA (PERSIAN LAMENT)(Capitol 2949)(a-side)(US 14/1954)*from film “The Adventures of Hajji Baba” starring John Derek
14 A BLOSSOM FELL (Capitol 3095)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(1)/1955; UK 3/1955)
15 DARLING JE VOUS AIME BEAUCOUP (Capitol 3027)(a-side)(BB Pop 7/1955)
16 THE SAND AND THE SEA (Capitol 3027)(b-side, BB Pop 23/1955)
17 IF I MAY (Capitol 3095)(b-side, BB Pop 8/1955)
18 MY ONE SIN (Capitol 3136)(a-side)(BB Pop 24/1955; UK 17/1955)
19 FORGIVE MY HEART (Capitol 3234)(b-side, BB Pop 13/1955)
20 SOMEONE YOU LOVE (Capitol 3234)(a-side)(BB Pop 13/1955)
21 TAKE ME BACK TO TOYLAND (Capitol 3305)(a-side)(BB Pop 47/1955)
22 I’M GONNA LAUGH YOU RIGHT OUT OF MY LIFE (Capitol 3305)(b-side, BB Pop 57/1956)

DISC 4:
01 DREAMS CAN TELL A LIE (Capitol UK CL 14513)(UK a-side, UK 10/1956)
02 ASK ME (Capitol 3328)(a-side)(BB Pop 18/1956)
03 NOTHING EVER CHANGES MY LOVE FOR YOU (Capitol 3328)(b-side, BB Pop 72/1956)
04 TOO YOUNG TO GO STEADY (Capitol 3390)(a-side)(BB Pop 21/1956; UK 8/1956)*from musical “Strip For Action”
05 NEVER LET ME GO (Capitol 3390)(b-side, BB Pop 79/1956)*from film “The Scarlet Hour” starring Carol Ohmart
06 MY DREAM SONATA (Capitol 3456)(b-side, BB Pop 59/1956)
07 THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO THAT (Capitol 3456)(a-side)(BB Pop 16/1956; BB R&B 15/1956)*Nat King Cole with the Four Knights
08 LOVE ME AS THOUGH THERE WERE NO TOMORROW (Capitol UK CL 14621)(UK a-side, UK 11/1956)*from musical “Strip For Action”
09 NIGHT LIGHTS (Capitol 3551)(a-side)(BB Pop 11/1956)
10 TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (Capitol 3551)(b-side, BB Pop 25/1956)
11 BALLERINA (Capitol 3619)(a-side)(BB Pop 18/1956)
12 YOU ARE MY FIRST LOVE (Capitol 3619)(b-side, BB Pop 65/1956)*from film “It’s Great To be Young” starring John Mills
13 WHEN I FALL IN LOVE (Capitl UK CL 14709)(UK a-side, UK 2/1957)
14 WHEN ROCK ‘N ROLL CAME TO TRINIDAD (Capitol 3702)(a-side)(BB Pop 48/1957; UK 28/1957)
15 STARDUST (Capitol UK CL 14787)(BB Pop 79/1957; UK a-side, UK 24/1957)*in US from EP track
16 MY PERSONAL POSSESSION (Capitol UK CL 14765)(UK a-side, UK 21/1957)(Capitol 3737)(US b-side, BB Pop 21/1957)*with the Four Knights
17 SEND FOR ME (Capitol 3737)(a-side)(BB Pop 6/6/1957; BB R&B 1(2)/1957)*McCoy Boys (backing vocals)
18 WITH YOU ON MY MIND (Capitol 3782)(a-side)(BB Pop 30/1957)*McCoys Boys (backing vocals)
19 ANGEL SMILE (Capitol 3860)(a-side)(BB Pop 33/1958)
20 DO I LIKE IT? (Capitol 3939)(b-side, BB Pop 67/1958)
21 LOOKING BACK (Capitol 3939)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1958; BB R&B 2/1958)
22 COME CLOSER TO ME (ACERCATE MAS)(Capitol 4004)(a-side)(BB Pop 38/1958)
23 NOTHING IN THE WORLD (Capitol 4004)(b-side, BB Pop 99/1958)

DISC 5:
01 NON DIMENTICAR (DON’T FORGET)(Capitol 4056)(a-side)(BB Pop 45/1958)
02 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE (Capitol 4125)(a-side)(BB Pop 82/1959)
03 MADRID (Capitol 4125)(b-side, BB Pop 85/1959)*melody is from the Bizet opera Carmen
04 YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU (Capitol 4184)(a-side)(BB Pop 45/1959; UK 22/1959)
05 I MUST BE DREAMING (Capitol 4184)(b-side, BB Pop 69/1959)
06 MIDNIGHT FLYER (Capitol 4248)(a-side)(BB Pop 51/1959; BB R&B 12/1959; UK 23/1959)*won Grammy: Pop Male Vocal
07 SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (Capitol 4248)(b-side, BB Pop 96/1959)
08 TIME AND THE RIVER (Capitol 4325)(a-side)(BB Pop 30/1960; BB R&B 27/1960; UK 23/1960)
09 WHAT ‘CHA GONNA DO (Capitol 4325)(b-side, BB Pop 92/1960; BB R&B 15/1960)
10 THAT’S YOU (Capitol 4369)(a-side)(BB Pop 101/1960; UK 10/1960)
11 JUST AS MUCH AS EVER (Capitol UK CL 15163)(UK a-side, UK 18/1960)
12 THE CHRISTMAS SONG (MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU)(Capitol 3561)(a-side)(BB Pop 80/1960)*original version by The King Cole Trio hit #3 in 1946; the most common version was recorded in 1954 with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra; hit #1 on the Christmas chart in 1968 and 1972
13 IF I KNEW (Capitol 4481)(a-side)(BB Pop 86/1960)
14 THE WORLD IN MY ARMS (Capitol 4481)(US b-side, 1960)(Capitol UK CL 15178)(UK a-side, UK 36/1960)
15 ILLUSION (Capitol 4519)(a-side)(BB Pop 108/1961)
16 TAKE A FOOL’S ADVICE (Capitol 4582)(a-side)(BB Pop 71/1961; BB C&W 14/1961)
17 LET TRUE LOVE BEGINS (Capitol 4623)(a-side)(BB Pop 73/1961; BB C&W 73/1961; UK 29/1961)
18 CAPPUCINA (Capitol 4623)(b-side, BB Pop 115/1961)
19 STEP RIGHT UP (AND SAY YOU LOVE ME)(Capitol 4672)(a-side)(BB Pop 106/1962)
20 BRAZILIAN LOVE SONG (ANDORHINA PRETA)(Capitol UK CL 15241)(UK a-side, UK 34/1962)
21 THE RIGHT THING TO SAY (Capitol 4714)(a-side)(BB Pop 110/1962; UK 42/1962)
22 LET THERE BE LOVE (Capitol UK CL 15257)(UK a-side, UK 11/1962)*with George Shearing Quintet
23 RAMBLIN’ ROSE (Capitol 4804)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(2)/1962; BB R&B 7/1962; UK 5/1962)*in booklet stated #1 in US C&W Chart; but I could not confirm this
24 DEAR LONELY HEARTS (Capitol 4870)(a-side)(BB Pop 13/1962; BB R&B 15/1962; UK 37/1962)

I hope the above information is helpful to you.

Absolutely Essential (3 CD)
Absolutely Essential (3 CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Barber Absolutely Essential Collection: 60 songs; singles + album tracks; many rare gems; wide coverage 54-62; great sound, May 8 2016
CONTENT:

“The Absolutely Essential Collection” by Chris Barber, released by Big 3 Records in 2015, is a 3-CD set with 60 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label and number, chart position, release date)(UK=UK Singles Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

DISC 1:
01 CHIMES BLUES (Decca F-10417)(uncharted UK a-side, December 1954)*first single on Decca
02 MERRYDOWN RAG (Decca F-10417)(UK b-side, December 1954)
03 MAGNOLIA’S WEDDING DAY*from album “Here Is Chris Barber” (Atlantic 1292)(1959)
04 SING ON (Columbia 45-DC 750)(uncharted UK a-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut
05 TAKE MY HAND, PRECIOUS LORD (featuring Lonnie Donegan)(Columbia DB 3850)(UK b-side, November 1956)*rare gem; CD debut
06 SHOUT ‘EM AUNT TILLIE (Columbia DW 5744)(UK b-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut
07 ST. PHILIP STREET BREAKDOWN (Storyville A-45007)(uncharted UK a-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut
08 BOBBY SHAFTOE (Decca F-10492)(uncharted UK a-side, March 1955)
09 THE MARTINIQUE (Decca F-10492)(UK b-side, March 1955)
10 CAMP MEETING BLUES (Metronome B 45-1145)(uncharted UK a-side, 1955)*rare gem; CD debut
11 TUXEDO RAG (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2004)(uncharted UK a-side, June 1958)*rare gem; CD debut
12 WEEPING WILLOW BLUES (featuring Ottilie Patterson)(Decca F-10621)(UK b-side, October 1955)
13 BROWN SKIN MAMA (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2004)(UK b-side, June 1958)
14 TIGER RAG (Tempo A-116)(uncharted UK a-side, March 1956)*rare gem; CD debut
15 SARATOGA SWING (Tempo A-132)(uncharted UK a-side, March 1956)*rare gem; CD debut
16 ICE CREAM (Tempo A-132)(UK b-side, March 1956)
17 TISHOMINGO BLUES (Metronome B 45-1145)(UK b-side, 1955)*rare gem; CD debut; also from album “Chris Barber Plays” (Pye Nixa NJT 500)(1955)
18 EVERYBODY LOVES MY BABY*from album “Chris Barber Plays” (Pye Nixa NJT 500)(1955); rare gem; CD debut
19 NEW ORLEANS BLUES*from EP “New Orleans Blues” (Decca DFE 6463)(1955); rare gem; CD debut; Lonnie Donegan on banjo
20 JAIL HOUSE BLUES (featuring Ottilie Patterson)(Pye Jazz 7NJ 2015)(UK b-side, 1958)*rare gem; CD debut

DISC 2:
01 HIGH SOCIETY (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2007)(uncharted UK a-side, July 1958)
02 PAPA DE DA DA (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2007)(UK b-side, July 1958)*rare gem; CD debut
03 CARELESS LOVE (featuring Ottilie Patterson)(Metronome B 45-1184)(uncharted Danish a-side, 1958)*rare gem; CD debut
04 WILDCAT BLUES (featuring Monty Sunshine)(Laurie 3022)(US b-side, January 1959)*US b-side to “Petite Fleur”
05 WHISTLIN' RUFUS (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2011)(uncharted UK a-side, February 1958)
06 BABY*from album “Echoes of Harlem” (Pye Nixa NJL 1)(1959)
07 BIG HOUSE BLUES*from album “Chris Barber Plays Volume 2” (Pye Nixa NJT 502)(1956); rare gem; CD debut
08 DIGA DIGA DOO*from album “Echoes of Harlem” (Pye Nixa NJL 1)(1959)
09 I LOVE MY BABY (featuring Ottilie Patterson)(1957)(Pye 7N 15109)(UK b-side, November 1957)*rare gem; CD debut
10 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND (Atlantic 45-2016)(uncharted US a-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut
11 ONE SWEET LETTER FROM YOU (Metronome MEP 1111)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
12 KAY CEE RIDER (featuring Ottilie Patterson)(Pye 7N 15109)(uncharted UK a-side, November 1957)
13 HUSHABYE (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2011)(UK b-side, February 1958)*a-side “Whistlin’ Rufus” disc 2, track #5
14 THRILLER RAG (Laurie 3026)(uncharted US a-side, 1959)
15 JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE (featuring Ottilie Patterson)*from album “Chris Barber Plays Volume IV” (Pye Nixa NJT 508)(1957)
16 SWEET GEORGIA BROWN (Pye Nixa NH 5003)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
17 PETITE FLEUR (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2026/Laurie 3022)(a-side, UK 3/January 1959; BB Pop 5/1959)*his biggest hit!
18 WABASH BLUES*from album “Chris Barber Plays Volume 3” (Pye Nixa NJT 505)(1957)
19 LONESOME ROAD (featuring Ottilie Patterson)*from album “Chris Barber in Concert” (Marble Road Arch 727)(1967)
20 BUGLE CALL RAG*from album “Chris Barber Plays Volume 3” (Pye Nixa NJT 505)(1957)

DISC 3:
01 BOURBON STREET PARADE (Pye Nixa NH 5018)(b-side, 1959)(Netherlands)*rare gem; CD debut
02 NEW BLUES (Pye Nixa NH 5018)(uncharted a-side, 1959)(Netherlands)*rare gem; CD debut
03 STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN EVERY DAY (featuring Ottilie Patterson)(Pye Nixa NH 5015)(b-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut
04 WILLIE THE WEEPER*from album “Here Is Chris Barber” (Atlantic 1292)(1959)
05 PANAMA RAG (Storyville A-45043)(b-side, 1956)(Denmark)
06 WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN (featuring Ottilie Patterson)(Columbia DB 4817)(uncharted UK a-side, April 1962)
07 OLD RUGGED CROSS (featuring Monty Sunshine)(Pye Jazz 7NJ 2020)(uncharted a-side, November 1957)
08 POUND OF BLUES*from album “Chris Barber Plays Volume 4” (Pye Nixa NJT 508)(1957)
09 BYE AND BYE (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2020)(UK b-side, November 1957)*a-side “Old Rugged Cross” disc 3, track #7
10 BAD SPELL BLUES (featuring Ottilie Patterson)*from “Chris Barber’s Blues Book Vol. 1” (Columbia 33SX 1333)(1961)
11 BILL BAILEY (featuring Monty Sunshine)(Pye Jazz 7NJ 2030)(uncharted UK a-side, May 1960)
12 LONESOME (SI TU VOIS MA MERE)(featuring Monty Sunshine)(Columbia DB 4333)(UK a-side, UK 27/July 1959)*his second charted single
13 GIVE ME YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER (Metronome B 45-1361)(b-side, 1959)(Germany)*a-side “Lonesome”
14 I CAN’T AFFORD TO DO IT (featuring Ottilie Patterson)*from “Chris Barber’s Blues Book Vol. 1” (Columbia 33SX 1333)(1961)
15 SWIPSY CAKEWALK (Columbia SCD 2156)(UK b-side, August 1961)*rare gem; CD debut; in the CD, title was listed as “Swipesy Cakewalk”; sloppy editing
16 ST. GEORGE’S RAG (Columbia DB 4640)(uncharted UK a-side, May 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
17 KANSAS CITY BLUES (featuring Ottilie Patterson)*from “Chris Barber’s Blues Book Vol. 1” (Columbia 33SX 1333)(1961)
18 THE ENTERTAINER*from album “The Fabulous Chris Barber” (Metronome 2001)(1960)
19 RIVIVAL (Columbia SCD 2166)(UK a-side, UK 43/December 1961)*his third & last charted single
20 MAMA, HE TREATS YOUR DAUGHTER MEAN (with Ottilie Patterson)(Columbia SCD 2156)(uncharted UK a-side, August 1961)*rare gem; CD debut

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This current 3-CD set represents a comprehensive coverage of Chris Barber’s output from 1954 to 1962, crossing through labels like Decca, Pye and Columbia. As noted above, there are many rare gems, both singles and album tracks, which are making their CD debut. All his 3 charted singles are included. I painstakingly listed the singles labels and album source just to illustrate that the songs are not fillers.
2 The sound is very good.
3 If you like Ottilie Patterson’s singing, you will be pleased to know that there are 13 tracks by her in this set.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 20 songs per CD. Big 3 could have filled up the remaining space with more songs. Chris Barber has an extensive discography.
2 There is no booklet, no label and number, no chart position and no identification of album source.
3 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.
4 Sloppy editing in misspelling of Swipsy as “Swipesy”

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Chris Barber has 3 charted singles on UK Singles Chart. I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and found that he actually has 71 singles from 1952 to 1985 (charted & uncharted, As & Bs from different countries). His main labels are (1) Memory Jazz (1952), (2) Decca (1954 – 1956), (3) Pye (1957 – 1960), (4) Columbia (1960 – 1966), (5) Marmalade (1967 – 1969), (6) RCA Victor (1970), (7) Black Lion (1976), (8) Ultra (1977), and (9) Sonet (1976 – 1985).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Chris Barber was born Donald Christopher 'Chris' Barber on April 17 1930. He is a British jazz musician, best known as a bandleader and trombonist. As well as scoring a UK top twenty trad jazz hit, he helped the careers of many musicians, notably the blues singer Ottilie Patterson, who was at one time his wife, and vocalist/banjoist Lonnie Donegan, whose appearances with Barber triggered the skiffle craze of the mid-1950s and who had his first transatlantic hit, "Rock Island Line", while with Chris Barber's band.

Chris Barber’s recording career can be divided into three major labels. For his early Decca output, I would recommend “The Complete Decca Sessions 1954-55” (Lake Records, 2009, 2CDs, 29 songs). For his Pye era, surprisingly, the 2CD set of “Pye Anthology” is inadequate and not complete. For his later Columbia Records era, I would highly recommend “The Best of Chris Barber” (EMI, 2002, 1CD, 22 songs)(be careful there are many collection with that title out there) and “Jazz Band Favourites” (EMI Gold, 1991, 1CD, 22 songs).

If you just want one single set covering his entire career, the current set fits the bill, even covering the Pye era better than the “Pye Anthology” CDs. The sound is great. The entire set is totally enjoyable, and is highly recommended to all Chris Barber and jazz fans.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kenny Ball Very Best of (2CDs): 40 songs; singles + album tracks (1960-62); good sound; decent collection!, May 6 2016
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“The Very Best of Kenny Ball”, released by reputable reissue label Not Now Music from UK in 2016, is a 2-CD set with 40 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position, release date)(UK=UK Singles Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart):

DISC 1:
01 MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2049/Kapp K-442X)(a-side, UK 2/October 1961; BB Pop 2(1)/February 1962; BB AC 1(3)/1962)*his biggest hit; based on traditional folk melody “Moscow Nights”
02 SAMANTHA (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2040)(UK a-side, UK 13/February 1961)*his first charted single
03 MARCH OF THE SIAMESE CHILDREN (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2051/Kapp K-451X)(a-side, UK 4/February 1962; BB Pop 88/April 1962)
04 SO DO I (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2056/Kapp K-483X)(UK a-side, UK 14/August 1962)
05 DINAH*from album “Invitation to the Ball” (Pye NJL 24)(1960)
06 YES SHE DO, NO SHE DON’T*from album “Midnight in Moscow” (Kapp KL-1276)(1962)
07 KANSAS CITY STOMP (live)
08 POTATO HEAD BLUES*from album “Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen” (Pye NJL 28)(1961)
09 THE PAY OFF (AMOI DE PAYER)(Pye Jazz 7NJ 2061/Kapp K-494X)(UK a-side, UK 23/September 1962)
10 ORIGINAL DIXIELAND ONE STEP*from album “Invitation to the Ball” (Pye NJL 24)(1960); title in song listing misstated as “Original Dixieland One”; sloppy editing!
11 THEM THERE EYES*from album “Invitation to the Ball” (Pye NJL 24)(1960)
12 I STILL LOVE YOU ALL (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2042)(UK a-side, UK 24/April 1961)
13 BIG NOISE FROM WINNETKA*from album “Midnight in Moscow” (Kapp KL-1276)(1962)
14 ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND (live)
15 I’M CRAZY ‘BOUT MY BABY (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2054)(UK b-side, April 1962)*a-side “The Green Leaves of Summer” disc 2, track #1
16 MY MOTHER’S EYES (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2049)(UK b-side, October 1961)*a-side “Midnight in Moscow” disc 1 track #1
17 HIGH SOCIETY*from album “Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen” (Pye NJL 28)(1961)
18 SOUTH RAMPART STREET PARADE*from album “Invitation to the Ball” (Pye NJL 24)(1960)
19 TIN ROOF BLUES*from album “Midnight in Moscow” (Kapp KL-1276)(1962)
20 SORRY*from album “Invitation to the Ball” (Pye NJL 24)(1960)

DISC 2:
01 THE GREEN LEAVES OF SUMMER (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2054/Kapp K-460X)(a-side, UK 7/April 1962; BB Pop 87/June 1962)*different b-sides in UK and US
02 SUKIYAKI (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2062)(UK a-side, UK 10/January 1963)
03 SOMEDAY (YOU’LL BE SORRY)(Pye Jazz 7NJ 2047)(UK a-side, UK 28/August 1961)
04 AMERICAN PATROL (Kapp K-442X)(US b-side, February 1962)*US b-side to “Midnight in Moscow”
05 DARK EYES*from album “Midnight in Moscow” (Kapp KL-1276)(1962)
06 TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC (Pye 7N 15272)(uncharted UK a-side, June 1960)*his first single on Pye
07 PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ*from album “Midnight in Moscow” (Kapp KL-1276)(1962)
08 SAVOY BLUES*from album “Midnight in Moscow” (Kapp KL-1276)(1962)
09 GEORGIA SWING*from album “Invitation to the Ball” (Pye NJL 24)(1960)
10 I GOT PLENTY O’ NUTTIN’ (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2061)(UK b-side, September 1962)*UK b-side to “The Pay Off”
11 NUAGES (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2040)(UK b-side, February 1961)*a-side “Samantha” disc 1 track #2
12 O MARY DON’T YOU WEEP (live)
13 SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT (live)
14 I SHALL NOT BE MOVED (live)
15 LAZY RIVER*from album “Invitation to the Ball” (Pye NJL 24)(1960)
16 YOU MUST HAVE BEEN A BEAUTIFUL BABY*from album “Midnight in Moscow” (Kapp KL-1276)(1962)
17 OSTRICH WALK*from album “Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen” (Pye NJL 28)(1961)
18 IF I COULD BE WITH YOU (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2051)(UK b-side, February 1962)*rare gem; CD debut
19 CORNET CHOP SUEY (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2056)(UK b-side, August 1962)*UK b-side to “So Do I”; US b-side “All Through the Night” not included here
20 BASIN STREET BLUES (live)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent collection of Kenny Ball’s most well-known hits. There are also many album tracks. For example, in “Invitation to the Ball” we have 9/12 tracks (missing only “Hawaiian War Chant, Riverside Blues and 1919 Rag”. In album “Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen”, we have also 10/12 tracks (missing only “Blue Turning Grey and Fingerbuster.” Also, we have the complete “Midnight in Moscow” album. Of course, there are overlapping tracks in these three albums.
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 There is a 4-page booklet with an informative essay by Patrick Humphries.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 20 songs per CD. Not Now Music could have filled up the remaining space with more songs. Up to 1962, the missing songs (singles) are:
(1) Chimes Blues (b-side to “I Still Love You All”)
(2) Vilia (US b-side to “March of the Siamese Children”)
(3) I Shall Not Be Moved (US b-side to “The Green Leaves of Summer”)
(4) All Through The Night (US b-side to “So Do I”)
(5) Swanee River (b-side to “Sukiyaki”)
There is also ample empty space for those missing album tracks.
2 As per usual practice with most reissue label from UK, their compilation stops in 1962 because of local Public Domain laws. This is really unfortunate because Kenny Ball has six more charted singles after 1962.
3 I do not appreciate the inclusion of “live tracks”. I personally feel that the studio versions of singles, then album tracks, should have priority. Live tracks are only when there is extra space. In this case, we called them “fillers”.
4 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.
5 There are no label & number, no chart position, no identification of source albums.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Kenny Ball has 14 charted singles on the UK Singles Chart, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and found that he actually has 59 singles from 1959 – 1983 (charted & uncharted, As & Bs, US & UK). His singles labels are (1) Collector Records (1959), (2) Pye Jazz (UK)/Kapp (US)(1960 – 1968), (3) Fontana (1969), (4) Pye (1970 – 1976), (5) Spiral (1977), (6) EMI (1977), (7) Breeze (1979), (8) AMI (1980), (9) Mont Music (1982) and (10) PRT (1983).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Kenny Ball was born in Ilford, Essex on May 22, 1930. He was an English jazz musician, best known as the bandleader, lead trumpet player and vocalist in Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. His “Midnight in Moscow” topped the charts around the world. His proudest boast was that he had performed at the wedding reception of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981. He has a lengthy recording career. He died on March 7, 2013 (age 82).

If you really like Kenny Ball, I would highly recommend “Pye Anthology” (Castle, 2001, 2CDs, 50 songs, with the most complete coverage until 1972). If you just want a single CD Greatest Hits, I would recommend “60 Timeless Classics from the Giants of Traditional Jazz: Barber, Ball & Bilk” (not the best of Barber, Ball & Bilk)(Castle, 3CDs, 2003, Kenny Ball CD 20 songs all singles). This current set, with good sound, is still recommended.

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