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Swing Time: The Fabulous Big Band Era 1925-1955 Box set

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sweet Georgia Brown - California Ramblers
  2. Sugar Foot Stomp - Fletcher Henderson
  3. Birmingham Breakdown - Mc Kinney Cotton Pickers
  4. Crazy Rhythm - Fred Elizalde
  5. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) - Benny Goodman
  6. Sugar Is Back In Town - Ambrose
  7. Panama - Luis Russell
  8. San Sue Strut - Casa Loma Orch.
  9. Happy Feet - Paul Whiteman
  10. Hot and Anxious - Fletcher Henderson
  11. Royal Garden Blues - Ted Lewis
  12. Walkin' My Baby Back Home - Louis Armstrong
  13. I Got Rhythm - Don Redman
  14. It Don't Mean A Thing - Duke Ellington
  15. Dinah - Cab Calloway
  16. Everybody Loves My Baby - Red Nichols
  17. I Love You Because I Love You - Earl 'Fatha' Hines
  18. Under A Blanket Of Blue - Casa Loma Orch.
  19. Bugle Call Rag - Benny Goodman
  20. Three Little Words - Claude Hopkins
  21. Stompin' At The Savoy - Chick Webb
  22. Who Walks In When I Walk Out - Ray Noble

Disc: 2

  1. Uptown Rhapsody - Teddy Hill
  2. Deep Blue Melody - Earl 'Fatha' Hines
  3. Organ Grinder's Swing - Joe Haymes
  4. Mr. Ghost Goes To Town - Hudson-delange Orch.
  5. Jimtown Blues - Ben Pollack
  6. St. Louis Wiggle Rhythm - Blue Rhythm Band
  7. Cross Patch - Louis Prima
  8. Big John's Special - Erskine Hawkins
  9. Emperor Jones - Charlie Barnet
  10. Marie - Tommy Dorsey
  11. Blue Lou - Bunny Berigan
  12. South Rampart Street Parade - Bob Crosby
  13. Stealin' Apples - Fletcher Henderson
  14. Remember - Red Norvo
  15. Shuffle Rhythm - Jan Savitt
  16. The Nightmare - Artie Shaw
  17. Caravan - Eddie Stone
  18. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart - Duke Ellington
  19. Cherokee - Ray Noble
  20. In The Mood - Glenn Miller
  21. Stardust - Jack Jenney
  22. All Or Nothing At All - Harry James

Disc: 3

  1. Let's Dance - Benny Goodman
  2. 'tain't What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It) - Jimmie Lunceford
  3. Sweet Lorraine - Teddy Wilson
  4. Beale Street Blues - Jack Teagarden
  5. Celery Stalks At Midnight - Will Bradley
  6. Slow Freight - Benny Carter
  7. Moten Swing - Count Basie
  8. Green Eyes - Jimmy Dorsey
  9. Let Me Off Uptown - Gene Krupa
  10. Take The 'A' Train - Jimmie Lunceford
  11. Jersey Bounce - Red Norvo
  12. One O'clock Jump - Count Basie
  13. Why Don't You Do Right? - Benny Goodman
  14. I'm Beginning To See The Light - Harry James
  15. Leap Frog - Les Brown
  16. Caldonia - Woody Herman
  17. Arab Dance - Claude Thornhill
  18. The Peanut Vendor - Stan Kenton
  19. Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington
  20. Elevation - Elliot Lawrence
  21. What A Little Moonlight Can Do - Benny Goodman
  22. Perdido - Harry James

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 2, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: February 2, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
  • ASIN: B0000028QM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Consider this three CD set from Columbia as a sort of start-up kit into the fabulous world of Big Band music. I'm one of those souls who always feel they were born in the wrong era and for a nostalgia nut like me these recordings still give off a vibe both jazzy and innocent. This was a time when men and women made music without the use of any technological recording wizardry and through a combination of craftsmanship and sheer moxie created a sound that was the "rock" and "rap" for whom some call the "greatest generation." There's a youthful exhuberance here. Just close your eyes when you here the first cut of "Sweet Georgia Brown" by the California Ramblers (featuring future Big Band stars Red Nicols and Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey) and you soon realize that your hearing not your granddad but guys in their twenties and thirties letting loose and sharing in what was primarily a Black American art form.

"Swing Time" is a wonderfully designed package that includes a lavish booklet featuring both history and enlightening analysis of the era from writer Michael Brooks. Some musicologists will no doubt gripe about what may or may not be included here. No matter, for my untrained ears these 66 cuts speak for themselves brilliantly. .
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This is hardly a definitive collection - how can there be an ultimate swing set with only three discs? - but it IS a great collection for the novice, or just for the collector.
My favorite disc is disc one, which gives an overview of the roots of swing from the 1920's and early '30's. Some hoppin' tunes here, the kind of Jazz that had parents fretting over the music their children were listening to. Yes, that's something that many younger folks are not aware of. This period in time was the beginning of the teenager as a rebellious sort, and that continued on until the Great Depression put an end to the frivolousness of their ways - driving fast and wild in their automobiles, wearing outrageous clothes, crazy bobbed haircuts, diggin' these hep cat grooves while dancin' as if they were possessed. And you thought that the teen's of the 1950's were out of control! My grandmother and her sisters were part of the roaring twenties scene and turned their mother's hair white!
The Great Depression and the unrest in Europe of the 1930's didn't stop the swinging sounds that came out of the big American cities. The youth of the day needed a release, and the edgy music of Swing was IT. Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers, Chick Webb, and so many more kept the sounds coming and the kids alive, allowing them to forget their troubles for a few minutes while Tain't What You Do, Let's Dance, and Stompin' At the Savoy played on.
Of course, WWII soon came to America and, although there were some swinging cuts, for the most part the music began to ease on the jumpin' and jumped on the vocal sounds instead.
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The collection has a good mix of music of the period all done in a quality package. Includes a wonderful book too. Some great numbers are included in this set.
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