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Queen of Big Band Swing

Helen Ward, Elliott SmithAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • ASIN: B00000DI0W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Moon
2. I Was Lucky
3. Night Wind
4. The Dixieland Band
5. Restless
6. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
7. Eeny Meeny Miney Mo
8. It's Been So Long
9. Goody Goody
10. Mutiny In The Parlour
11. You Can't Pull The Wool Over My Eyes
12. The Glory Of Love
13. Tese Foolish Things
14. There's A Small Hotel
15. You Turned The Tables On Me
16. Here's Love In Your Eye
17. You Came To My Rescue
18. Smoke Dreams
19. How Am I To Know?
20. Feelin' High And Happy
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helen Ward - The Early Years October 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you buy no other "singer collection" from the Big Band era, buy this CD. Few singers could really swing AND handle the slower numbers AND star in true pop tunes. For the true swing tunes, check out "Goody, Goody", "Feelin' High and Happy", and "The Glory of Love". For the slower numbers, "I've Got a Crush on You" and "But Not For Me" wrap around you. No matter how much you may crave a faster song, you cannot press skip when these tunes are on the changer. For a pop tune, "Don't Cry Baby" is years ahead of it's time. It foreshadows Ward's re-union with Goodman in 1953 ("I'll Never Say Never Again Again, "You're a Heaveanly Thing", and the spectacular "What a Little Moonlight Can Do").
The first 3 tracks are rarely found on Goodman collections. The non-Goodman selections provide an incentive to find her other songs with Krupa, James, Crosby and Wilson.
This CD demonstrates the maturation of arguably the finest Big Band singer: from an 18 year old on "Blue Moon" to a few years short of her prime on "Don't Cry Baby". This disc is a must for fans of Big Band vocal stylings.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars helen Ward... The true queen of Swing... July 5, 2000
By Aaron
Format:Audio CD
Benny Goodman was the King of Swing, and his female vocalist Helen Ward is rightfully Queen of Swing. Ward had one of the hardest swinging vocal styles, as heard on "Goody, Goody," her vocals were stong, sultry, and swingin'. Here she is heard on some Goodman dates as well as some great Jukebox oreinted dates with a small jazz combo led by Teddy Wilson, sounding similar to Billie Holiday's nominal recordings with Wilson. All of these sides weather ballads, swingers, or torch songs, Ward handles with elegance and hard driving swing. Helen Ward also was a great jazz vocalist and it is very obvious when given a chance and even when not goiven the chance to "improvise" she usually does, her phrasing, syncopation, and diction are all of a 1st class jazz canarie.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best December 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a fine collection of songs from one of the most underrated vocalists of the swing era. Ward had a distinctive, jazzy style; and she expressed the old standybys in ways that nobody else could. Highly recommended; but Ward's biggest fans would be better off with the complete Helen Ward on Columbia 2-CD set, which has a lot of the harder to find material.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth it October 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Helen Ward while listening to a best of Benny Goodman CD, and was intrigued with her voice. This CD gives a good overview of her work, and it is definitely worth purchasing. For anyone interested in music with vocals from this era, it's a must.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Complete Columbia Recordings January 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The other reviewers have said it all about Helen Ward, one of the top vocalists of the swing band era, and one whom I rank right behind Mildred Bailey. I actually prefer this album to the "Complete Columbia Recordings" because it doesn't have her later work (1950's)which just doesn't have the charm of the 30's and early 40's material, also it is half the price. ASV seems to do a good job at cleaning up their source material, but remember that these are 70 year old recordings. I absolutely love "Night Wind" and "Throwing Stones at the Sun", they capture the spirit of that era.
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