Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey: Swingin' In Hollywood Film Soundtrack Anthology
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Rhino has lovingly created this compilation of the Dorsey brothers' film music, and the resulting 21 tracks all make for a fun listen of some of the finest musical work the siblings performed. Tunes from Jimmy's I Dood It ("Star Eyes," "So Long, Sarah Jane") and Lost in a Harem ("Noche de Ronda," "I Know It's Wrong") and Tommy's Thrill of a Romance ("Battle of the Balcony Jive," "The Guy with the Slide Trombone") are all highlights. The pair's melding of Dixie and pop idioms is near perfect. And though it's an album of contrasts--Jimmy's ensemble specialized in playing fast and swinging hard, while Tommy's went for mood and tone--all of the tunes originate from the early '40s, a great vintage when both Dorseys were in their prime, working for MGM. Nostalgia abounds. --Jason Verlinde
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A really revelatory track on this CD, is "Fascinating Rhythm" featuring MICKEY ROONEY[!] playing a startling virtuoso piano solo. Ear Candy to the max, recommended to folk who love big band music and want to hear what the originals would have sounded like in high-fidelity stereo sound. Remember, these are early 40s recordings in [several tracks] STEREO sound and in vastly improved fidelity from the regular 78 rpm disc recording process widely in use back in the day. Very low noise, much lower distortion, clear and extended trebles, and longer playing times are salient features of the tracks on this CD.
The Dorsey brothers made eight films for MGM. Jimmy specialized in speed as in "One O'Clock Jump" from the movie I DOOD IT in 1943. Tommy was a master of mellow sounds as in "Katie Went To Haiti" from the film DUBARY WAS A LADY which was also made in 1943.
Sound quality is glorious, most of the material was unreleased before, and thirteen tracks are in stereo. Rhino has produced a 24-page booklet of notes by Will Friedwald, together with a filmography, which makes it a must for fans of big bands and/or films.
The extended version of Jimmy's One O'clock Jump is worth the price by itself.
You would probably like Hep CD59, also, The two great bands on the smame shows from Casino Garden September 1946. Battle of the bands. Let the battles begin!!!