Very Best Of Les Paul & Mary Ford Import
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If you admire the jazz side of Les Paul, then you would enjoy it very much. But I'm going to look for something more pop-orientated and with more vocal contribution from Mary, maybe more of their Columbia period (1957-1963).
specifically for the tracks "Josephine" and "Little
Rock Getaway" which, among other titles, were in my
late dad's record collection. "Walkin' and Whistlin'
Blues" I had heard on an album about 20 years ago.
Talk about memories.
What's interesting about this collection, as other
reviewers have noted, is that it contains mostly
Les Paul instrumentals--not quite so much Mary Ford
(curiously, "Jealous" has been included, which was
not one of their hits, but was on the flip-side of
one of their better-known tracks--possibly "How High
The Moon", but I'm not sure). For those of you who
want more of Mary's vocals, I recommened that you bypass
this CD and get "The best of the Capitol masters--90th
birthday edition"(I have a previously-releaesd version
of this CD, which only contains the tracks from "Lover"
to "Hummingbird", plus some of the funniest liner notes
from Les himself that I've ever read! I don't know if
the liner notes were retained). I believe another reviewer
wrote about the sound quality. Personally, I believe
"Josephine" sounds EXACTLY as it did on my dad's 45.
Preserving artistic integrity is usually the goal when
reissuing analog-recorded music, and EMI/Capitol has
done a fabulous job here in my opinion. It's also noteworthy
that, with the exception of "The Kangaroo" and "Mandolino",
this CD contains all of Les's HIT instrumentals, plus other
good tunes, like his take on Duke Ellington's "Caravan", an
interesting version of "The Man On The Flying Trapeze", etc.
Many of his instrumentals were on flip-sides of the vocal
records with Mary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This collection is timeless and the copy I bought is in very pristine condition. Happy with it. Heard some of these songs "live" and this brought sweet memories.Published 13 days ago by Doris Sanderson
THE MUSIC WASN'T AS I HAD REMEMBERED.YOU MIGHT I WAS DISENCHANTEDPublished 7 months ago by Vern Solomon
A good selection of Les Paul/Mary Ford. Pop stuff, but good to hear again.Published 10 months ago by John Bohannon
The first multiple recordings done on an Ampex multi-track recorder. No distortion, as was the case with over dubbing at the time. A technological wonder! Great music.Published 11 months ago by S. Sweeney
I grew up loving Led Paul & Mary Ford. I smile every time I think of Les playing in his studio downstairs, while Mary's singing thru a specially mounted microphone at the kitchen... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michiganmichael