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listen  1. Hunkadola (1991 Remastered - Take 1)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hunkadola (Remastered 1991 - Take 2)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I'm Livin' in a Great Big Way (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Buddy Clark 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hooray for Love (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Dixieland Band (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Japanese Sandman (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. You're a Heavenly Thing (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Restless (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Always (1991 Remastered [)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Horace Henderson 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Get Rhythm in your Feet (and Music in Your Soul) (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ballad In Blue (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Blue Skies (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Dear Old Southland (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:20$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sometimes I'm Happy (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. King Porter Stomp (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. (You've Got Me In Between) The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Jingle Bells (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Santa Claus Came in the SpringBenny Goodman and His Orchestra;Joe Harris 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Good-Bye (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Madhouse (Remastered 1991 - Take 1)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:50$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen21. Madhouse (Remastered 1991 - Take 2)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:52$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen22. Sandman (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Yankee Doodle Never Went to Town (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. No Other One (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:44$0.69  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Eeny Meeny Miney Mo (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Basin Street Blues (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Joe Harris 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. When Buddha Smiles (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. It's Been So Long (From "The Great Ziegfeld") (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Stompin' at the Savoy (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Goody Goody (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Breakin' In a Pair Of Shoes (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:34$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Get Happy (Remastered)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Christopher Columbus (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Know That You Know (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Stardust (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:36$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Glory of Love (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Remember (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Walk, Jennie, Walk (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 1:59$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen17. House Hop (Remastered 1991 - Take 2)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. House Hop (Remastered 1991 - Take 3)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Sing Me a Swing Song (And Let Me Dance) (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. (I Would Do) Anything For You (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. In a Sentimental Mood (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. I've Found A New Baby (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Swingtime in the Rockies (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. There's a Small Hotel (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. You Turned the Tables on Me (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Here's Love in Your Eyes (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Pick Yourself Up (From "Swing Time") (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Down South Camp Meeting (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. St. Louis Blues (Remastered 1991 - Take 1)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. St. Louis Blues (Remastered 1991 - Take 2)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Love Me Or Leave Me (Remastered 1991 - Take 1)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Love Me Or Leave Me (Remastered 1991 - Take 2)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Bugle Call Rag (#1) (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:36$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen11. When a Lady Meets a Gentleman Down South (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. You're Giving Me a Song and a Dance (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Organ Grinder's Swing (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Peter Piper (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Riffin' at the Ritz (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Alexander's Ragtime Band (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Somebody Loves MeBenny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. 'Tain't No Use (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Bugle Call Rag (#2) (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:59$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen20. Jam Session (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Jimmy Mundy 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Goodnight, My Love (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Ella Fitzgerald 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Take Another Guess (1991 Remaastered)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Ella Fitzgerald 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Did You Mean It? (1991 Remastered)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Ella Fitzgerald 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 12, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WGI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As a phenomenon in popular music, the swing era can be dated from one night, August 21, 1935, when Benny Goodman's big band arrived to a tumultuous throng at Los Angeles's Palomar Ballroom, the young audience inspired by his broadcasts on an East Coast radio show that had already been cancelled. It would begin the greatest period of popularity ever achieved by a jazz style, and Goodman's was the band most responsible. All of Goodman's RCA recordings from this period are included in this three-CD set, which contains some of the popular songs of the day as well as much inspired jazz. Goodman's clarinet swirls elegantly through the music, and the horn sections are precise and swinging in arrangements by Fletcher and Horace Henderson and Jimmy Mundy. There are electric moments from Bunny Berigan's brief stay in the band, while Gene Krupa's drumming is a constant stimulus to swing. --Stuart Broomer

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If you love BG or just great swing music you can't go wrong here.
Stewart Russell
One of my favorite tunes in the collection, "Goody-Goody," is marred by muddy sound, digital artifacts, and irritating artificial reverb--it's really atrocious.
"Gimpy" Peach Johnson
This is an absolutely amazing collection which is actually Benny's complete discography from RCA, 1935-1937, takes and all.
"scotsladdie"

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on April 7, 2004
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Benny Goodman didn't invent the jazz style known as `swing.' Bands such as McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra, and Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra had been swinging hard since the late 1920s. Even an all-white swing band, The Casa Loma Orchestra, had already made an impression on young listeners. But the title of this 3-CD collection, "Benny Goodman: The Birth of Swing," is close to being dead on the money. During 1935 and 1936, the years covered in these studio recordings, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra turned swing into a national phenomenon, and jazz reached its peak of popularity in America (never again would jazz be the popular music of the country -- a rather sad realization). Maybe it wasn't the `birth' of swing, but it was the birth of the swing movement.
These CDs hold a treasure chest of American musical heritage, and every cut here, culled from studio sessions between April 1935 and November 1936, is a miniature gem of swing jazz. The Goodman band was hitting its stride in these years with a collection of great musicians (Gene Krupa on drums, Bunny Berigan on trumpet, Jess Stacy on piano, Helen Ward on vocals) and superb arrangers like Jimmy Mundy and Spud Murphy (who is still alive! I've met him!). But it was arranger Fletcher Henderson who gave the band the swinging Harlem style that made it so distinctive and made dancers' feet catch fire. After a popular stint on the radio show "Let's Dance," the band went on a cross-country tour that almost ended in disaster, until in August 1935 at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles they became a smash hit and proceeded to conqueror the rest of the country.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "scotsladdie" on April 28, 2000
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This is an absolutely amazing collection which is actually Benny's complete discography from RCA, 1935-1937, takes and all. Many, and perhaps rightfully so, will consider some of records as curios but they are impressive nevertheless. Take "Hunkadola" for instance: you can hear how swing evolved while listening to this fascinating little instrumental. "Japanese Sandman" is an old 1920 standard which seemingly everyone in the '20's & early thirties recorded and it's interesting as are "Ballad in Blue" (Hoagy Carmichael) and the band's terrific version of "Always" (Berlin). Helen Ward has long been considered Goodman's premier vocalist and here's some proof in the pudding: "Restless" "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" and "You're a Heavenly Thing" All in all a TRULY fascinating excursion into the past, these historical recordings are invaluable to any jazz, swing or big-band enthusiast!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RICHARD ARROYO on January 11, 2001
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I have been checking out Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller records since I was 12 years old from the public library. I turn 25 and finally have money to burn and I buy the Complete Benny Goodman CD set and I am in heaven. I put the first CD in and out comes "Hunkadola" with a sweet albeit cheesy Latin beat. Most of the first CD follows this trend until I hear "Santa Claus came in the Spring" and the sweetness and cheesiness finally get to me and I let out a big toothy grin. That grin did not leave my face until the last song of the third CD when Ella Fitzgerald sings "Did you mean it?" and a small tear rolls down my cheek and I say "yes, sweet voice, I loved all this music" Benny Goodman has way of growling on his clarinet that makes you feel like the sound is reaching in a grabbing your innards and twisting them. Listen to "Pick yourself up" (the theme for the Astair-Rogers movie of the same name.) and "Here's Love in your eyes" and you feel the growl in the former and sweetness in the latter. Read the liner notes, and listen to the all the songs again, and with the help with a glass of wine, or better yet a clean Martini in a comfortable chair, you feel like you were there with Benny, Fletcher, Bunny Berigan, Martha, and sweet, sweet Ella.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on August 9, 2000
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What a marvelous collection this is, showcasing Benny Goodman's golden years, 1935-1937. All of his greatest swing classics are included on this three-CD compilation, including some worthy alternate takes. In some cases, the alternate take is nearly as good as the released version. Listen to Bugle Call Rag, one of Goodman's absolutely mesmerizing standards. The arrangement and instrumentation here are awesome. This is a song you can listen to 1,000 times and never weary of it. Benny's primary vocalist of these years was Liltin' Martha Tilton, and she sings her great hit Goody Goody. Her rendition of this classic should be the standard by which all others are judged.
If you are just beginning to sample Benny Goodman, this is a good place to begin. This set would serve as a worthy introduction to the King of Swing in his glory years.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "Gimpy" Peach Johnson on November 28, 2005
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The mid-1930s were Benny's best years, in my humble opinion. His band has such an optimistic, infectious swing on these records! This CD collects all of his 1935-1936 RCA recordings and presents them nicely. I won't comment too much more on the music itself--other 5-star reviewers here have summed up my thoughts exactly. However, I just had to register my own small complaint with the sound quality on these CDs. It's very uneven. Most tracks sound amazingly fresh and clear, but others sound downright lousy. One of my favorite tunes in the collection, "Goody-Goody," is marred by muddy sound, digital artifacts, and irritating artificial reverb--it's really atrocious. I've got a much better-sounding transfer on an old Reader's Digest LP! A few other tracks like "There's a Small Hotel," and "I'm Lovin' In A Great Big Way" suffer the same problem, although to a lesser extent. I collect music from the 1920s and 1930s and don't expect high fidelity, but neither do I expect such poor quality from records that I know could sound much better. To be fair, the vast majority of selections on these CDs sound wonderful, but it's a shame that a few stand out so sorely. Don't let a few poor-sounding tracks stop you from buying this otherwise excellent set, but hang on to your CDs that may duplicate some of these recordings. You may find you like the sound on those better.
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