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The greatest tracks by the King of Swing-recorded back when swing was king! Includes Bugle Call Rag; St. Louis Blues; One O'Clock Jump; Exactly Like You; Sweet Georgia Brown; I Know That You Know; Stompin' at the Savoy; After You've Gone; In a Sentimental Mood; Moonglow; King Porter Stomp; Avalon , and more!

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listen  1. Bugle Call RagBenny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. St. Louis Blues (Take 1)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Swingtime In The RockiesBenny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. One O'Clock JumpBenny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Exactly Like YouBenny Goodman Trio;Lionel Hampton 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sweet Georgia BrownBenny Goodman Trio 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Know That You KnowBenny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. And the Angels SingBenny Goodman and His Orchestra;Martha Tilton 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Stompin' at the Savoy (Take 1)Benny Goodman Quartet 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. After You've Gone (Take 2)Benny Goodman Trio 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Avalon (Take 2)Benny Goodman Quartet 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. In a Sentimental MoodBenny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Glory of LoveBenny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Goody Goody (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman and His Orchestra;Helen Ward 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Take 1 - Part 1)Benny Goodman Quartet 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Take 1 - Part 2)Benny Goodman Quartet 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I Cried for You (Take 2)Benny Goodman Quintet 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Moonglow (Take 1)Benny Goodman Quartet 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. King Porter Stomp (Remastered 1991)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing), [Pt. 1 & 2]Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 8:40$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B000050G85
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The sound quality is pretty good.
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Music was meant for listening while sitting.
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Any big band lover will love this CD!
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104 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Comic Online on July 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for a good single-disc collection of Benny Goodman's classic period (late '30s), with...

1. pretty new remastering for the best sound possible...

2. made by RCA/BMG (i.e., not a bootleg)...

3. at an affordable price...

...then you have two choices: The Very Best of Benny Goodman and BlueBird's Best- Benny Goodman: King Of Swing. They are both the same price and were newly mastered in 2000 and 2003 respectively.

The basic difference? "Very Best" has unnaturally deep bass. Don't get me wrong, if we had the technology to hear deep bass as it was recorded, then i am ALL for it. Unfortunately, the added bass on this release muddles out much of the bottom end. The drums, bass, and any other deep notes kinda run together. On the other end, the high end is clipped just slightly. It's got that bass beat that i suppose my generation is supposed to like, but since the mid-upper range is flat, it lacks punch.

Now, the "BlueBird's Best" sounds fantastic. The bass is just a tad on the restrained side, but the middle and upper frequencies are clear and defined. It has great punch, and the intruments are more detailed. Essentially, you HEAR MORE of the music. Besides, you can always turn the bass up slightly if you really need that deep bass. But you will NEVER be able to regain the clarity of the middle/upper frequencies by fiddling with your stereo. That clarity is lost on the "Very Best" collection.

Upon further inspection inside, i realized that even though they were released only 3 years apart, and come from the same company, they have totally different restoration engineers. I suppose since the newer one is clearer and more defined, they found good reason to change the mastering technique.
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Accordino VINE VOICE on February 21, 2002
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It's hard to believe that back in the 1930's music purists of the time considered Benny Goodman a rebel. Music was meant for listening while sitting. Along comes the king of swing and couples are dancing wildly up and down the isles of the paramount Theater in NY and everywhere else starting a new era for modern music. A foundation that led to the Rock N Roll Era. "The Very Best Of Benny Goodman" Is a very affordable overview of Benny's absolute prime. The sound quality thanks to remastering is fantastic and with 20 tracks it makes a fine collection for those who are considering purchasing a Goodman cd for the first time. Some great tunes are stuffed into this package like "And The Angels Sing" featuring vocals by Martha Tilton, "Stompin At The Savoy", "One O 'Clock Jump", "Bie Mir Bist Du Schoen" and of course the Louis Prima Classic "Sing Sing Sing" Featuring one of the greatest drummers of the day Gene krupa. This cd should be mandatory listening for the younger generation so they can appreciate the birth of modern day music as we know it. In some strange way all the kings and queens of modern music, Elvis, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and even Frank Sinatra can thank the king of swing Benny Goodman for paving the way.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2001
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This cd contains original studio recordings of Benny Goodman's peak period: 1935-1939. Although I own many of these tunes on other Goodman cd's, this is a great compilation! Along with big band arrangements featuring Benny's best sidemen, vocalists Helen Ward and Martha Tilton are featured. Add the BG quartet, also an eight minute version of "Sing, Sing, Sing! If you are a swing fan this cd is a must!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Into on April 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Yeah, you can nitpick almost any "best of" compilation CD for the songs that should've been included; and most of us know that "Very/Best," "Greatest Hits," "Essential," and "Definitive," are mostly record label marketing terms...but I don't think it's a nitpick to ask the question in my review title: for my money, leaving "Don't be that Way" out of a "VERY Best of Benny Goodman" collection would be about like leaving, "Take the A Train" out of a Duke Ellington collection.

Most "best of" compilations, esp. those by the "big labels," are nothing more than enticements to get people to buy more albums, but this is one of the more blatant examples of that...esp. when you call up some of RCA's other Benny Goodman compilations, and compare the tracks that were included. If you have to go the "compilation" route--and there's nothing wrong with that, esp. if you are one of the majority of us who can't afford to fork over the big bucks for boxed sets of artists' complete recordings--skip this and search some of the other titles, like the two BG Greatest Hits (find them used or on sale), or the compilation Sing, Sing, Sing. Yeah, the documentation on the RCA Greatest Hits CD's is weak, but if economy is a consideration, isn't it mostly about the music?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Dissinger on May 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I must warn you up front: tracks 2,10,11,15,16,17 and 18 are ALTERNATE TAKES, not the masters you are probably use to. And it is NOT advertised on the package! So if you know these songs by heart, you will either be pleased to have them or very annoyed. Just to warn you.

The transfers are fine but the song selection is missing a bunch of songs that I would consider essential to a "Very Best" collection of Benny's RCA period. It is just not one without "Don't Be That Way", "Loch Lomond", "Goodnight My Love", "Goodbye", "Down South Camp Meeting", "Changes" and "Body & Soul". I would say go with "Pure Gold" or "Sing, Sing, Sing" instead.
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