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Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings

Joe Williams, Count BasieAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Every Day I Have The BluesElla Fitzgerald 5:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The ComebackCount Basie 5:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Alright, Okay, You WinCount Basie 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down)Joe Williams 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Roll 'Em PeteCount Basie 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Teach Me TonightCount Basie 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. My Baby Upsets MeJoe Williams 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Please Send Me Someone To LoveJoe Williams 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ev'ry Day (I Fall In Love)Joe Williams 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. As Long As I Love YouCount Basie 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Stop! Don't!Count Basie 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Too Close For ComfortCount Basie 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000046RR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The 1955 album that revived the careers of both Basie and Williams is reissued here with three bonus tracks. Williams's elegant style on blues and ballads is a perfect complement to the band's brashness; one highlight, of course, is "Every Day I Have the Blues," the Memphis Slim song that became a Williams signature. But the team also clicks on material as diverse as "Teach Me Tonight" and Percy Mayfield's proto-protest "Please Send Me Someone to Love." --Rickey Wright

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
That quote, from Joe Williams as part of the liner notes for this remarkable re-issue, emphasizes that blues is not so much a rudimentary style as an approach to music and, especially, lyrics. It's a lesson Basie, Williams, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bobby Bland, and a generation's country, R&B, and blues performers taught the rock and roll revolution that so quickly followed and incorporated them.
"Basie Swings - Williams Sings" joins jazz vocal panache to Basie's rollicking big-band punch. Williams sings circles around the melodies of "The Comeback," (with its stick-and-move sax punctuation) Joe Turner's "Roll 'Em Pete," (with Williams trilling "Ohwellohwellohwell..." as if he discovered a new instrument) and the huge R&B hit, "Everyday I Have The Blues" (later a B.B. King theme song). Credit Frank Foster's inventive, galloping arrangements (brought to the fore by Phil Schaap's excellent remastering) for bringing fire and funk to what otherwise would've been a swing-era holdover. On the ballad side, "In the Evening" brings flutes and clarinets into a sleepy blues tune that recalls Bland's later, "If You Could Read My Mind."
This LP and its long-running success deservedly expanded and extended Basie and Williams' careers, stretching across pop culture from Basie's three LPs with Frank Sinatra (and a band still performing Foster's arrangements today) to Williams' casting on the "Cosby Show." Most importantly, "Basie Swings - Williams Sings" redefined big band music for the post-rock and roll era, making it essential to jazz, blues, and early rock and roll fans all.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dying for a re-issue! February 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
One of the all time greatest albums. Nearly every track fills you with excitement and joy. But...this is one album that is begging for a high-resolution re-mastering and re-issue. The recording is scratchy, lacks depth, and the bass is nearly non-existent.
Verve Records - Please Please PLEASE! Re-issue this classic album as a Master Edition! This should be one of the 10 most essential jazz CDs in every person's library, but it won't happen without a CD that meets the modern auditory expectation for jazz classics of this era.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great stuff June 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
An excellent album. Great variety and the Basie band really smokes on this one. One of the other reviews talked about the Sinatra/Basie lps, and they're unquestionably excellent--especially the first one. But this title has an explosive quality all its own. Well worth your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Knockout with COUNT & Joe with the vocals!! January 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
You won't believe this album was recorded way back in 1955-56. The linear notes say it's Count and Joe's first together, with Joe "acting as a catalyst for this new band's self-discovery". I first heard/bought this vinyl around 1975, when I was fleeing from the top 40 pop of the time, and this album helped initiate me into classic swing/big band sounds, which has never left. Any quick first listening will quickly show how much rock and roll-type pop pales in comparison. Listening to these guys at their best is like working out with a punching bag that never quits. The CD also has three extras, one of which may be a standard, but I'd never heard it before or since, as far as I remember. It's the beautiful "As I Love You" , a nice quiet moment during an otherwise incredible up-tempo experience. The Basie catalogue is long, and at times mixed, but his band from this time into the early's 60's was the top, maybe the #1 of them all. Even more amazing that during this time, Count was in his 50's. Which just proves once more the timeless quality of his music, contrasted to the embarrassing stuff that most older rockers are still doing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB! Five Stars Aren't Enough! March 3, 2002
By jmoney
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely fantastic! Joe Williams is awesome and Count Basie's orchestra is in fabulous form. This album totally knocks me out. My dad had the original vinyl recording and I loved it from the very first time I heard it as a kid. Every song is top-notch. I'd give it a hundred-star rating, if I could. I consider it an essential CD for any serious music lover's collection.
To "a music fan" in Atlanta: Yeah, Frankie is excellent -- in fact, I'm a huge, huge fan of his music -- but c'mon, there ARE other noteworthy artists out there, and Joe Williams is certainly one of them. Sheesh!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful songs, one small drawback to CD September 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was looking for something to complement my music collection comprised mostly of rock. This CD does an excellent job.
The only drawback is that some of the tracks have a bit more noise, or background hiss, than I would like; undoubtedly due to the recording equipment of the day. But I like the songs so much that that cannot deter me from giving this CD 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great seminal piece of jazz!! June 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I loved it the first time I was introduced to it on wax and I love it now on CD. This collaboration is a seminal piece in any jazz library.

IMO, I think that those who criticize the recording quality (which I love), are ignoring the nostalgic effect that Joe's crooning helps to produce. I like the scratchiness and the tinniness; it adds real character to an already wonderful album.

And to the Sinatra fan...whatever. Two different artists, two different styles, two different followings. Don't hate Joe 'cause you love Sinatra; it ain't becoming.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Published 2 months ago by dr. paul a. kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Count thanks for your band, Rushing and Williams. Jamie fmr WEA Rep NYC
Published 3 months ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Much Better Than This
Joe's great. I truly enjoy listening to his deep voice and his delivery especially with the Count backing him up
Published 11 months ago by Karen A. Jasik
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe can really wail
This was recorded when Joe was young and Basie was still alive. It's the best of that combination. All of the Basie/Williams classics
Published 14 months ago by Edward C. Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah it needs re-issue but is one of greats of all times
Think anybody who does not rate this a 5 has no ear or taste.Don't usually get as pointed as that but this is one of the top 1000 and in vocals one of the top 100 vocals L/CD's of... Read more
Published on September 19, 2008 by C. Katz
4.0 out of 5 stars The Count and Joe
Great stuff, Count Basie and Joe Williams say it all. Swinging blues, nice and easy.
Published on September 16, 2007 by RS
5.0 out of 5 stars LOUD, BRASSY AND SMOOTH
Published on September 14, 2007 by COMPUTERJAZZMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars strong Band leader&Vocals
Count Basie had a Distinctive Style on the Piano&also as a Band leader. you always knew his arrangements&the overall Groove of his Band. Read more
Published on July 30, 2006 by mistermaxxx08
2.0 out of 5 stars Good music, but the quality is awful
I love Joe Williams' voice. Every Day I Have the Blues is great. But the quality of the recording [stinks]. It sounds like it was recorded in the 1920s. Read more
Published on November 27, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh lord!
This is the DEFINITIVE Count Basie + Williams album! IT DOES NOT get any better than this!
Of special credit:
"Everyday" <--Easily the best... Read more
Published on October 7, 2003 by Andrew
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