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The Golden Age Of American Popular Music: The Jazz Hits From The Hot 100: 1958-1966 [Import]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B000A1QKQC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,412 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Watermelon Man - HERBIE HANCOCK (single version)
3. Comin' Home Baby - MEL TORME
4. Desafinado - STAN GETZ / CHARLES BYRD
5. Soul Sauce (Guarachi Guaro) - CAL TJADER
6. Like Young - ANDRE PREVIN
7. Walk On The Wild Side Parts 1 & 2 - JIMMY SMITH & THE BIG BAND
9. The Sidewinder Part 1 - LEE MORGAN
10. The Swingin' Shepherd Blues - MOE KOFFMAN QUARTETTE
11. The 'In' Crowd - RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO
12. Cast Your Fate To The Wind - VINCE GUARALDI TRIO
13. African Waltz - JOHNNY DANKWORTH
14. The Girl From Ipanema - STAN GETZ with ASTRUD GILBERTO
15. Misty - 'GROOVE' HOLMES
16. Shake A Lady - RAY BRYANT
17. Exodus - EDDIE HARRIS
18. Wack Wack - YOUNG HOLT TRIO
19. The Shampoo - LES McCANN
20. The Greasy Spoon - HANK MARR
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Editorial Reviews

2008 release. The Golden Age Of American Popular Music is fast-becoming as successful series as Ace Records' Golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll. This spin-off from the main series is a collection of Jazz Hits from the core years of 1958-66. Although some of the titles will be familiar to pop fans such as Dave Brubeck's 'Take Five' or 'The Girl From Ipanema' by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, as ever these are leavened by the much less familiar and sometimes quite rare. We've also insisted on the single versions of the tracks, which haven't been available elsewhere, such as 'Watermelon Man' by Herbie Hancock and 'The Sidewinder' by Lee Morgan. Ace.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leave It To Ace August 6, 2008
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Jazz, in all its forms, was never a genre to have a selection routinely make an appearance in the Billboard Pop Hot 100, unlike Country and R&B which boasted frequent cross-overs. But every now and then a pure jazz tune would not only enter the Hot 100, but in a few instances climb well up those charts. As a collector of hit singles I always wondered why no distributor had ever tried to gather a bunch together in one compilation.

I need wonder no longer as Ace of London has come up with this entry in their Golden Age Of American Popular Music spin-off series from the excellent Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll volumes. As usual, the sound is immaculate and the volume accompanied by the most comprehensive liner notes you will ever see, some 23 pages written by Rob Finnis. Sprinkled throughout are photos of the actual 45's from Verve, Blue Note, London Atlantic, MGM, Chess, Vocalion, Coral, Pacific Jazz, King, Tuba and Josie, as well as many vintage posters.

Artist pictures include Mongo Santamaria, Herbie Hancock, André Previn, Jimmy Smith. Moe Koffman, Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto, "Groove" Holmes, Les McCann, Jimmy McGriff, Cozy Cole and, on the last oage, a nice shot of Cal Tjader. The reverse of the CD provides a complete discography of the contents.

If there's a criticism (and it's a minor one) it was the inclusion of tunes that fell outside the sub-title "The Jazz Hits From The Hot 100 1958-1966.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's on ACE, UK, so it is as good as it gets. September 10, 2008
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As usual Ace does a superior job of collecting the best versions, jazz this time, that made the cut to the pop charts,I would have given it five stars if it wasn't for the fact that I already have most of these songs on CD.Many times I buy a CD for one or two cuts, songs that I have been searching for for 20 years or more. The mind blower on this compilation is the never before on CD, A Taste of Honey by Victor Feldman. This was a minor hit in August of 1962 and in my opinion, the best version of the song which is saying a lot because the version by Martin Denny was incredible also.

Most the other songs are also great, the original recordings and the cleanest versions available. That is what ACE does, all of the time.
I own over 200 Ace CDs, not one loser among them.

Paul Goddard
Former bass player for ARS
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another reason ace is simply the best September 1, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have been looking for another copy of Like Young by Andre Previn for almost fifty years. I had the original MGM single from 1959, and was possibly the only thirteen year old on the planet that had it. The inclusion of it on this disc is amazing. Never mind the other treasures, this one is for all discerning ears and minds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you so much, again, ACE! July 23, 2010
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I was happy to see that after issuing the 50s and 60s pop and instrumental music compilations, Ace did not overlook Jazz. But there is a lot of Jazz around, so why choose this Cd? Simple: ACE is the best of the best, only equaled sometimes by Eric Records. So that is why I have almost all ACE compilation Cd's. What makes this label stand out?
1) Every single compilation they release lives up to the title, because the songs really represent what the Cd cover states. We all know that wonderful feeling to hear a song again we were looking for, or hear something new but wonderful, thinking; yes this is exactly what I hoped this Cd would contain. Ace has given me that listening enjoyment on every compilation I have bought from them.
2) You get truly rare songs, some never before issued on Cd.
3) There are always many tracks on the CD, unlike Time Life or Rhino or some other reissue labels, that give you 58 minutes or so.
4) All tracks are in good, to best, sound quality.
5) And then last but not least the booklet, that is the best I have seen anywhere: packed with background information about the style of that particular music, the artists, the particular tracks.
This Cd was no exception. Great!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior jazz & swing September 6, 2009
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If you are a jazz or swing fan, this album is superior. You will play it over and over again. The quality of these 4 CD's and the skill of the artists will give you many hours of listening pleasure.
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