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Very Best Of Les Paul & Mary Ford [Import]

Mary Ford, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Les PaulAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • ASIN: B0000087K3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sleep
2. Lady Of Spain
3. Lover
4. The Man On The Flying Trapeze
5. By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
6. What Is This Thing Called Love
7. Nola
8. South
9. Whispering
10. Tiger Bag
11. Running Wild
12. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
13. Brazil
14. Hip Billy Boogie
15. Caravan
16. Meet Mr Callaghan
17. Little Rock Getaway
18. Deep In The Blues
19. St Louis Blues
20. Walking And Whistling Blues
See all 30 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

1997 EMI reissue of 1990 Capitol compilation featuring 30 ofthe greatest tracks by American guitar hero & his singing partner, including 'Brazil', 'Hip Billy Boogie', 'Jealous',and 'How High The Moon'.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD if you're a fan of Les Paul & Mary Ford May 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD has all of the songs that were my favorites by Les Paul & Mary Ford, especially "How High the Moon". I had the pleasure of seeing them in person at a local music store demonstration for Gibson guitars back in 1959. They asked for requests and I asked for "How High the Moon". Les didn't know if he could remember it all, but he decided to try it anyway, especially since it had less multi-track effects than some of their other tunes. (Of course Mary had some trouble getting her other 5 voices to be heard) It came out really well anyway (as you would expect), and it was a thrill that they played it at my request. I would recommend this CD to any fan of theirs. I don't think you'll find as many of their hits in one place on any other CD. "Tennessee Waltz" is the only one I can think of that isn't in this collection. If you buy this CD, I know you'll enjoy it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For those who admire jazz March 31, 2005
By John S
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD mainly because I have enjoyed the duet's "16 Most Requested Songs (1958-1961)", which is a superb CD. Sadly, this 30 song collection left me rather frustrated. True, there are 30 fantastic tracks on this CD covering the "golden" era of Les Paul and Mary Ford (1949-1955); yet it means the quality of the remastered tracks is unsteady and stylistically the music appeals to jazz listeners, rather than pop. Moreover, I was disappointed also because out of these 30 tracks only 9 contain Mary's vocal. Also the "booklet" doesn't include any information, just a track listing.

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).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Works October 4, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I love Les Paul and Mary Ford. I grew up on their music. In 35 years, I have yet to hear another guitar player so innovative, ground breaking, inspiring and exciting. I don't think there are many voices as rich and velvety as Mary's. This compilation has almost all of their "good stuff". Even today, their tracks sound crisp and fresh and bright. I like to listen to these tunes just to lift my spirits. You just about can't be depressed or low if you listen to songs like "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise". Very highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I just received this in the mail; had ordered it
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Quality!!!! August 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This has to be the worse CD I've ever listened to. What a disgrace to use these very talented people to sell a reproduction of this poor quality by these history making musicians.... Sounds like a little child's toy guitar was use....It's Tinny and the speed is to fast.... Sounds like when you run a 33 1/3 at 45.... A Real Shame... Buy something else... Doesn't even deserve 1 star....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really takes me back! October 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I loved their music as a kid and I still love it. True that a little more singing from Mary would be good, but almost all the best is there now. Considering how many songs they both did, you can't expect to have it all on one CD. And yes, Waiting For The Sunrise and How High The Moon are their 2 all-time greatest and still beautiful to listen to. The jazz guitar is amazing. Les WAS a jazz guitarist, so if you don't like listening to superb guitar work, then I guess you wouldn't like this recording. For those of us who "remember when", it's THEM, and no doubt of it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing February 25, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
i was so looking forward to this CD as it had many tracks new to me. I was so upset to find it was mostly Les Paul, I wanted to hear Mary Ford sing. The few tracks on which she appeared were short, minimal, and very poor quality. These could not have been the original recordings. Frsnkly I threw it out after the first attempt at listening. CfK 2/25/11
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic disc!
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 more
Published 7 days ago by Michiganmichael
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This man showed very many of the modern rockers how to produce many complicated sounds to be unique.
Published 29 days ago by Renee L. Delenne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This album brings back great memories. This is when music and singing was the best.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Pizek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by DONALD J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ageless~
I bought this for my teenage granddaughter who has developed a love for the guitar. She is intrigued by the "multiple recording" sound, so I told her about Les Paul and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. L. Marsters
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice kick-off for the new fan
major hits and record achievements for these great innovators...who can possibly change the station when VAYA CON DIOS comes on.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Phil S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD of Les Paul & Mary Ford
I downloaded this CD and am enjoying it a great deal, still remembering the 78 rpm vinyl records I owned of some of these recordings, way back in the 1950s. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Harvey S. Leff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Father was happy, it's great we have the technology to preserve old vinyl music production and eliminate most of cracking sounds
Published 20 months ago by Ben Fabian
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent seller!
Love their music. Great for anyone who likes harmony & easy listening. I recommend Les Paul & Mary Ford to everyone.
Published 21 months ago by Linda Hebbard
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that never grows old...
Les Paul and Mary Ford represent a high mark in American music. The combination of Les Paul's genius and Mary Ford's pure voice created a series of recordings that deservedly... Read more
Published on January 5, 2012 by San Martian
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