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Essential Benny Goodman

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This fantastic new 2CD has Benny Goodman's voluminous output to two "essential" CDs and 40 songs including the previously un-issued master takes of "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "Don't Be That Way".. It represents his most vital and accessible recordings mostly from the 1930s and early 1940s, when Goodman did his most innovative swing jazz work and was working with his best musicians. The set is divided into four equal portions one each for "Benny's Big Band Arrangers," "Benny Visits Tin Pan Alley," "Benny's Small Groups," and "Benny Live" allowing listeners to experience and sample four different sides of his early work. Goodman accompanists who would become stars in their own right Lionel Hampton, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Charlie Christian, Peggy Lee, and Teddy Wilson are all heard on this great album.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000P46Q2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,168 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By S. Ferguson on June 12, 2007
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The sound quality of this anthology is excellent, particularly considering most of the tracks are from the 1930s/1940s. The booklet could be more comprehensive and the track selection feels a little arbitrary, but the Goodman magic is still wonderfully evident on every track. Did anyone ever play so fluidly and so magically?
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Richard K. Mulder on November 22, 2007
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This was the best collection of Benny Goodman that I have heard. I have collected many Benny Goodman recordings and this has become my favorite.
Richard
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clyde K. Taverner on June 26, 2012
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If you have ever wondered who is the best drummer, trumpet, or clarinet player of all time, just listen to "Sing, Sing, Sing" I think you will agree that it is Gene Kruppa, Harry James, and Benny Goodman. At least I have never heard better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By garyelcrrt on January 5, 2013
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You can't get any better than Benny Goodman, and this album is truly superior in terms of sound/noise as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rich Flynn on August 6, 2012
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Not much new here, but the mix of different sources on these superlative Goodman performances fulfills the album title very well. Excellent for those not deeply familiar with BG's work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mjthomas311 on March 9, 2012
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Great catalog of recordings of one of the most inspired jazz clarinetists ever! A great find and a great price
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joan Lillquist on September 12, 2009
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I was trying to find a CD that contained the original 78rpm version of "Oh Baby" by Benny Goodman. This CD has that version, and it was good to have it again, seeing as my 78rpm collection is long gone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig A. Adams on July 13, 2010
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Considering the quality available at the time the original material was recorded, the fidelity is excellent. Anyone looking for a solid intro to "The King of Swing" should get this.
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