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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B00005R8ET
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Editorial Reviews

His achievements spanned decades, but some of Les Paul's most rewarding efforts were his '40s Decca sides-12 of the best of which are collected here! Includes his appearance on Bing Crosby's 1945 #1 hit It's Been a Long, Long Time ; his own debut hit, Rumors Are Flying (with the Andrews Sisters), plus Caravan; Blue Skies; Dark Eyes; Guitar Boogie; Steel Guitar Rag , and more!

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for music...one star for length June 7, 2002
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I see that the other reviewers are rating this CD on the basis of the wonderful music on it. I agree completely that it is nearly magical. However, one really wonders, could they only find 33 minutes worth of material to include on a "Best Of" for one of the most important and innovative American musicians ever? I think it is absolutely insulting to Les. His accomplishments could easily (and probably have) fill a boxed set. However, try to not let it bother you that you have been [messed over] by Decca/MCA and just enjoy the music. It is truely majestic.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little-known Les Paul November 2, 2001
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Les Paul "The Best Of Les Paul - Millennium Collection" (MCA/Universal, 2001)</b>

Guitar whiz Les Paul is best known for his groundbreaking 1950s pop/instrumental work on the up-and-coming Capitol label. This WWII-era material on Decca Records is relatively unknown to most music fans. Some of it is session work, with Paul adding some sweet licks to pop tunes sung by Bing Crosby, Dick Haymes, and the Andrews Sisters. Most of this album, though, is devoted to straight jazz recordings, mellow small-combo material with plenty of standards such as "Blue Skies" and "Begin The Beguine"... It's nice stuff, a bit off the beaten track, and a nice glimpse at his career in the years before he experimented with multitracking and all the other studio wizardry he's reknowned for pioneering.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Les Paul enthusiasts May 10, 2007
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I suppose I am fortunate enough to have seen Les Paul live at the Iridium Jazz Club on Broadway in NYC on April 30, 2007 and aquire this CD and then have the cover autographed by Les Paul himself. His contribution as an inventor, innovator, musician and most importanlty a wholesome person is what makes his existance so very impacive to the music world.

This best of CD in my opinion is just a a sample of the rest of his best of material. Yes, this is a must have, but there is so much more out there of Les as well as it's hard to capture the man and his music in such a small sampling. Take for instance his work with Bing Crosby and other legends such as Chet Atkins who Les and Chey put out a Grammy winning album in one take (yes, one take - Amazing!).

I also suggest reading about the impact Les has had on many of the greatest musicians to play the guitar, including many of those not featured on thi CD such as Jimmy Page and others.

If you can ever make the trip to the Iridium, I highly recommend it. Les is getting any younger, and I am glad I had the chance t see this living legend play while he still is able to do so. Les is a class act and a gem to listen to.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little-known Les Paul November 2, 2001
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Les Paul "The Best Of Les Paul - Millennium Collection" (MCA/Universal, 2001)</b>

Guitar whiz Les Paul is best known for his groundbreaking 1950s pop/instrumental work on the up-and-coming Capitol label. This WWII-era material on Decca Records is relatively unknown to most music fans. Some of it is session work, with Paul adding some sweet licks to pop tunes sung by Bing Crosby, Dick Haymes, and the Andrews Sisters. Most of this album, though, is devoted to straight jazz recordings, mellow small-combo material with plenty of standards such as "Blue Skies" and "Begin The Beguine"... It's nice stuff, a bit off the beaten track, and a nice glimpse at his career in the years before he experimented with multitracking and all the other studio wizardry he's reknowned for pioneering.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A talent ready to explode April 22, 2007
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Before Les Paul landed at Capitol Records in the 50's, he recorded these sides as a small combo leader and sideman for Decca. I had never heard any of these before. Early recordings are often the most revealing. Finding these is a wonderful surprise!

There is nothing slick or contrived here. Just Les' wonderful talent in a very satisfying context. This cd showcases young Les Paul on the launching pad ready to take off on his amazing and influential career.

This cd will remain in my changer in heavy rotation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars if you like that. 1940's shredding if you will August 31, 2014
By gk
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1st few cuts are frantic, jam all the notes in you can, if you like that. 1940's shredding if you will. Then Bing Crosby starts in and it mellows. Now that, my mom would like. I'm ok with it. I even enjoy it, so I'll keep it. Probably buy one for my 90 year old Mum.
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Most of the tracks here did not "sound" like the Les Paul "sound". These must have been early in his career. I will need to shop some more to find what I was looking for. It was interesting that he accompanied Bing Crosby earlier in his career......a real credit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Fathers of Electric Guitar May 18, 2013
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This stands as some of the best and earliest electric guitar work recorded. While Les Paul is famous for his innovations to the instrument, multi-track recording and his work with Mary Ford, this collection showcases his talent in a variety of ensembles. As is the case with the 20th Century Masters series, this is an excellent collection from a master of his art.
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Bought for my husband and he loves it. One of the greatest musicians ever. The music is definitely older but very enjoyable to listen to
Published on June 9, 2013 by momofmany
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection of some of his most popular work.
If you are just starting your Les Paul Collection, like me, this is probably the perfect starter collection. All popular and good quality for the time.
Published on February 9, 2013 by woodnknoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Paul is Incomparable
All the great hits and what I was looking for and at the right price. If you have never heard of Les Paul or his contributions to guitar and recording, check him out.
Published on January 2, 2013 by Rich H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Choice
I ordered 3 of his works and every CD was good especially the ones with Mary on them too. I'm old and remember when their songs were at the top of the charts.
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