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The Essential Count Basie, Vol. 2

Count BasieAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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listen  1. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (Album Version)Count Basie 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie (Album Version)Count Basie & His Orchestra; with Lester Young 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dickie's Dream (Album Version)Count Basie & His Orchestra; with Lester Young 3:05$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lester Leaps In (Album Version)Count Basie & His Orchestra; with Lester Young 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Apple Jump (78rpm Version)Count Basie 2:55$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Left My Baby (Alternate Take)Count Basie 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Volcano (Album Version)Count Basie 2:48$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Album Version)Count Basie 2:31$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Never Knew (Album Version)Count Basie 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tickle Toe (78rpm Version)Count Basie 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Louisiana (Alternate Take)Count Basie 2:23$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen12. Easy Does It (Album Version)Count Basie 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Let Me See (Album Version)Count Basie 2:44$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen14. Blow Top (Album Version)Count Basie 2:52$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen15. Gone With "What" Wind (Album Version)Count Basie 2:44$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen16. Super Chief (Album Version)Count Basie 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026C3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The second compilation of Basie's Columbia recordings, from 1939 to 1940, shows the band at its peak, at various points including trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry Edison, trombonists Dickie Wells, Benny Morton, and Vic Dickenson, and saxophonists Buddy Tate and Tab Smith among the soloists. Surmounting it all is Lester Young, at the height of his powers and creating an approach that would revolutionize jazz, floating across the band's punching rhythms with consummate ease and rare invention. Six decades after they were recorded, tunes like "Tickle Toe," "Blow Top," and "Super Chief" still define the idea of swing. Two small-group masterpieces by Basie's Kansas City Seven, "Dickie's Dream" and "Lester Leaps In," are also included. --Stuart Broomer

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5.0 out of 5 stars perhaps the best of the 3 volumes -- get it. August 15, 1998
Format:Audio CD
great stuff here -- Easy Does It is a masterpiece for the piano and Lester Young's solo, and the mood overall. Dickie's Dream is a classic. So are they all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent, but deserves better mastering April 27, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Recent engineering efforts in the classic jazz field have demonstrated that even recordings from the late 1930's can be processed so that they sound both more pleasing and more accurate than the original 78rpm record. Unfortunately, this particular volume does not benefit from such treatment, though the sound quality is certainly acceptable given the age of the masters used (1939 & 40).

This collection contains some of Basie's best songs and is therefore a necessity for classic jazz fans, as are the first and third volumes in this series. The band swings hard here, and there is a palpable energy that seems to have been toned down in his later recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, all on one CD buy it, if you can't, steal it April 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Though I have had this stuff on vinyl, tape, and now CD it boggles the mind that I could have lived my life about 30 years without ever owning or hearing most of these sides. These are the height of Columbia period with Basie, the greatest pieces done when the band was smoothed out, organized, and arrange to act as a platform for Lester, blowing his greatest music.

I could just salute the acknowledged world-class masterpieces on this CD like Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie, Lester Leaps in, Tickle Toe, and Dickie's Dream. But then, a person who doesn't know that that these sides should be possessed by anyone with ears, is in need of serious counselling and rehabilitation.

What I like is some of the lesser known Gems here that shine so bright. Jimme Rushing's "I can't believe that You're in Love with Me", is THE recording of this song. Once you hear it, it will grow on you and stay with you and you will realize Jimmie is putting the real feeling into that song. Jimmie always saw himself as a ballad singer, not a bluesman, though, he is of course one of the greatest blues singers ever to walk the Earth.

Volcano and Louisiana are two great hard blowing hard arranged musical pieces that belong in the same category of Jumpin at the Woodside, Swinging the Blues, etc, and really show off the powers of the sax sections and trumpet leads by Clayton, Edison, and I believe Al Killian. However, on Louisiana, we have the rare treat of a hard core solo by Jack Washington, Basie's baritone saxist who rarely took solos, although members of the band have testified that even Lester Young was afraid of Washington in a cutting contest.

Sad to say, there are other things I must do in my life besides write about this marvelous CD. I just want you to share the pleasure too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Agree, this deserves better mastering June 2, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
I bought one track from this album, "Let Me See". These Columbia transfers were done before computerized noise reduction software became common, and the chief method of noise reduction used here was to roll off the high frequencies. So while the sound is smooth, it lacks high end detail. That said, the music is marvelous, and this may be the most convenient way to get these tracks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent, but desrves better mastering April 28, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Recent engineering efforts in the classic jazz field have demonstrated that even recordings from the late 1930's can be processed so that they sound both more pleasing and more accurate than the original 78rpm record. Unfortunately, this particular volume does not benefit from such treatment, though the sound quality is certainly acceptable given the age of the masters used (1939 & 40).

This collection contains some of Basie's best songs and is therefore a necessity for classic jazz fans, as are the first and third volumes in this series. The band swings hard here, and there is a palpable energy that seems to have been toned down in his later recordings.
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