Update On Links

March 18, 2013 - I'm now using various file sites with varying success. With over 200 albums listed here, obviously I cannot upload everything at once. So if you're dying to hear something, please post a comment on that particular post and I will move it up in the priority queue. Enjoy!

Any posts taken down as a result of the sniveling coward will be re-upped. Check the link below for where to find them in the event that this site is unable to repost them. Don't forget to bookmark http://whereismrvolstead.blogspot.com/ in the event that the internet terrorists shut this page down.

31 January 2009

Glen Island Hop

Bea Wain is another favorite singer of mine and when I first I heard Martha I had to find more. Larry Clinton was known for arranging swing versions of classical music. It was unique and it worked. I've got two more Clinton collections to post later. For a good biography of Clinton with a 2004 interview with Bea Wain, click here. Enjoy. +


1. Dipsy Doodle
2. Glen Island Hop
3. Whistle While You Work
4. Let 'Er Go
5. Hollywood Pasttime
6. Where in the World
7. Chris and His Gang
8. Zig Zag
9. Feeling Like a Dream
10. Saving Myself for You
11. Remember
12. I Double Dare You
13. Martha
14. Sugar Foot Stomp
15. You Got to My Head
16. I Want to Rock

30 January 2009

Auburn Avenue Stomp

This second volume of Jazz the World Forgot is another must-have collection of tunes by territory bands of the 1920s. There are some recognizable names and many rarities, and the sound quality is very good. For whatever reason, I never did pick up a copy of Volume 1 so if anyone would like to share that please do. Scans of the booklet are included. Enjoy. +


1. Auburn Ave. Stomp - J. Neal Montgomery And His Orchestra
2. Everybody's Talking About Sammy - Sam Morgan's Jazz Band
3. Rush Inn Blues - The Whoopee Makers
4. I Found a New Baby - Andy Peer And The Cotton Club Orchestra
5. New Orleans Wiggle - George McClennon's Jazz Devils
6. Pail In My Hand - Edna Winston
7. Pretty Audrey - Louis Dumaine'S Jazzola Eight
8. Wild Cat Blues - Clarence William's Blue Five
9. Crazy Quilt - Dixon'S Jazz Maniacs
10. Don't You Wanna Know? - Ross De Luxe Syncopaters
11. The Ramble - Paul Howard'S Quality Serenaders
12. Kater St. Rag - Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra
13. Big Ben - Bennett's Swamplanders
14. Ain't Got No Gal Now - Phil Bazter And His Orchestra
15. The Mess - Thomas Morris And His Seven Hot Babies
16. The Swing - Johnny De Droit And His New Orelans Orchestra
17. Merry Widow's Got a Sweetie Now - Lou Weimer'S Gold And Black Aces
18. My Mammy's Blues - Reb Spikes Majors And Minors
19. Butter Fingers Blues - Charles Creath's Jazz-O-Matics
20. Sobbin' Blues - King Oliver's Jazz Band
21. Goofus - Slim Lamar'S Southerners
22. Alabama Shuffle - Five Hot Chocolates
23. White Ghost Shivers - The New Orleans Owls

29 January 2009

Whatcha Gonna Do When There Ain't No Swing?

Whatcha Gonna Do When There Ain't No Swing? I don't want to think about it. This and Midnight Blue are two of my favorite Henry "Red" Allen tracks. Not much for me to say but enjoy some great music. This is a re-post because apparently the final track was corrupted.

Update: Apparently one track was still messed up, so for those who downloaded already it is below. I've also posted a new link of the entire cd here. Enjoy. +


1. Midnight Blue
2. Lost In My Dreams
3. Sitting On The Moon
4. Whatcha Gonna Do When There Ain't No Swing?
5. Did You Mean It?
6. In The Chapel In The Moonlight
7. Here's Love In Your Eye
8. When My Dream Boat Comes Home
9. I Adore You
10. He Ain't Got Rhythm
11. This Year's Kisses
12. Let's Put Our Heads Together
13. After Last Night With You
14. Goodnight, My Lucky Day
15. There's A Kitchen Up In Heaven
16. I Was Born To Swing
17. Sticks and Stones
18. Meet Me In The Moonlight
19. Don't You Care What Anyone Says?
20. A Love Song Of Long Ago

Maniac's Ball

Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, named for a Toronto hotel where they never actually played, was one of the top dance bands of the 1930s that inspired many other bands for their swinging music. Cover scans are here. Enjoy. +


1. Maniac's Ball
2. Linger A While
3. The Man I Love
4. Can't We Be Friends
5. White Star Stomp
6. Loveless Love
7. Stompin' Around
8. Black Jazz
9. Limehouse Blues
10. Sunny Disposish
11. Wolverine Blues
12. Copenhagen
13. Ol' Man River
14. Chinatown My Chinatown
15. Should I
16. Walkin' The Dog

28 January 2009

Do What You Did Last Night

Ethel Waters is just one of my favorite singers, period. Scans are included in the file. Enjoy. + updated link

1. He Brought Joy to My Soul
2. Take What You Want
3. I'm Coming Virginia
4. We Don't Need Eash Other Any More
5. My Special Friend Is Back in Town
6. Jersey Walk
7. Weary Feet
8. Smile!
9. Home (Cradle of Happiness)
10. Take Your Black Bottom Outside
11. I Want My Sweet Daddy Now
12. One Sweet Letter from You
13. Someday, Sweetheart
14. Some of These Days
15. Lonesome Swallow
16. Guess Who's in Town
17. My Handy Man
18. Do What You Did Last Night
19. West End Blues
20. Organ Grinder Blues
21. Get Up Off Your Knees
22. My Baby Sure Knows How to Make Love
23. Birmingham Bertha
24. Am I Blue?

27 January 2009

Chicago Mess Around

I believe I picked up this one solely because it was produced by Classics. Ah, the power of packaging and marketing! From Allmusic.com, "One of the first important female bandleaders in jazz, Lovie Austin deserves to be much better known. After studying music in college, she toured on the vaudeville circuit, settling in Chicago in 1923. During 1924-1926, she recorded frequently with her Blues Serenaders, a group that at various times had Tommy Ladnier, Bob Shoffner, Natty Dominique, or Shirley Clay on cornet; Kid Ory or Albert Wynn on trombone; and Jimmy O'Bryant or Johnny Dodds on clarinet, along with banjo and occasional drums. Fortunately, a Classics CD has collected all of those recordings. Austin (as house pianist for Paramount) also backed many blues singers (including Ida Cox, Ma Rainey, and Alberta Hunter). But after 1926, her recording activity largely came to a halt. Austin worked for 20 years as the musical director for the Monogram Theatre and later on as a pianist at a dancing school, only returning to record in 1961 as part of Riverside's Living Legends series. Although mostly an ensemble pianist, Lovie Austin was a skilled arranger." Enjoy. +


1. Jelly Roll Blues
2. Skeeg-A-Lee Blues
3. I'm Three Times Seven
4. Steppin' on the Blues
5. Traveling Blues
6. Charleston Mad
7. Charleston (South Carolina)
8. Heebie Jeebies
9. Peepin' Blues
10. Mojo Blues
11. Don't Shake It No More
12. Rampart Street Blues
13. Too Sweet for Words
14. Jackass Blues
15. Frog Tongue Stomp
16. Who's Gonna Do Your Loving (When Your Good Man's Gone Away)?
17. Nobody Else Will Do
18. Sunday Morning Blues
19. You Don't Mean Me No Good
20. Out Bound Train Blues
21. Walk Easy 'Cause My Papa's Here
22. Chicago Mess Around
23. Gallon Stomp
24. In the Alley Blues
25. Merry Maker's Twine

23 January 2009

Riffin' The Scotch

Here's some nice music from Mr. Goodman. A short cd, only 42 minutes, but it swings nonetheless. These were recorded in 1934 and I don't think there's a bad tune in the batch. For whatever reason Biograph decided to improve their cover from a beige background to this. I wonder if it improved sales? According to the internet, the personnel are: Benny Goodman (clarinet); Red McKenzie (vocals); Dick McDonough (guitar); Art Rollini (tenor saxophone); Mannie Klien, Bunny Berigan (trumpet); Jack Jenny (trombone); Arthur Schutt (piano); Artie Bernstein (bass guitar); Gene Krupa, Stan King (drums). The only vocal however is on the last track. Enjoy. I've been listening to these rips for over an hour, so they should be good. +


1.Old Man Harlem
2.Keep On Doin' What You're Doin'
3.Nobody's Sweetheart Now
4.Ain't Cha Glad
5.Doctor Heckle And Mr. Jibe
6.Georgia Jubilee
7.Texas Tea Party
8.Honeysuckle Rose
9.Sweet Sue
10.A Hundred Years From Today
11.Riffin' The Scotch
12.Your Mother's Son-in-law
13.Love Me Or Leave Me
14.I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby
15.I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

Chick Webb

The Chick Webb cd I posted is apparently corrupted so apparently I've lost some tunes with that disc. However I do have one other collection of his music from the Classics label which I'll post in when I find time to rip and upload. Sorry about the bad file.

19 January 2009

I'm Nuts About Screwy Music

Lunceford is another I picked up solely because I like the Classics series, and I wasn't disappointed. His swing band rivaled those of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Count Basie and was known for professionalism and showmanship and a sound that made a dance hall jump. Swing, gate. +


1. My Blue Heaven
2. I'm Nuts About Screwy Music
3. The Best Things in Life Are Free
4. The Melody Man
5. Organ Grinder's Swing
6. On the Beach at Bali-Bali
7. Me and the Moon
8. Living from Day to Day
9. Tain't Good (Like a Nickel Made of Wood)
10. Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)
11. I Can't Escape from You
12. Harlem Shout
13. (This Is) My Last Affair
14. Running a Temperature
15. Count Me Out
16. I'll See You in My Dreams
17. He Ain't Got Rhythm
18. Linger Awhile
19. Honest & Truly
20. Slumming on Park Avenue
21. Coquette
22. The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
23. Ragging the Scale

Irving Berlin

What I really like about ASV is that their 'various artists' collections included many of the familiar songs by the composer, but not necessarily by the artist most associated with the hit. For instance, I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket, We Saw The Sea, The Cheek to Cheek were all popularized by Fred Astaire in his films. But instead of another cd compilation of the usual suspects, these tunes are covered by the Boswell Sisters, Harry Roy and his Orchestra, and Lew Stone & His Band respectively. And because ASV is based in London, we gain access to artists outside the US. Hi-res scans of front and back are here. Let yourself go! +


1. A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody - Roy Fox & His Band
2. Alexander's Ragtime Band - Geraldo & His Orchestra
3. Blue Skies - Benny Goodman Orchestra
4. I Never Had a Chance - Teddy Jones & His Band
5. He Ain't Got Rhythm - Nat Gonella & His Georgians
6. I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket - The Boswell Sisters
7. We Saw the Sea - Harry Roy & His Orchestra
8. You Keep Coming Back Like a Song - Bob Farnon & His Orchestra
9. Let Me Sing and I'm Happy - Al Jolson
10. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Carrol Gibbons & Savoy Orpheans
11. All Alone - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
12. Let Yourself Go - Ray Noble & His Orchestra
13. The Piccolino - Harry Roy & His Orchestra
14. This Year's Kisses - Hildegarde
15. Heat Wave - Bob Farnon & His Orchestra
16. Let's Face the Music and Dance - Harry Roy & His Orchestra
17. Slumming on Park Avenue - Alice Faye
18. Because I Love You - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
19. Cheek to Cheek - Lew Stone & His Band
20. Marie - Orchestra conducted by Ronnie Munro, vocal Al Bowlly
21. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails - Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
22. White Christmas - Geraldo Orchestra & Singers

15 January 2009

Breezin' Along

From the Art Deco series, this is a collection of English-language tunes by Josephine Baker. From Wikipedia - Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American expatriate entertainer and actress. She became a French citizen in 1937. Most noted as a singer, Baker also was a celebrated dancer in her early career. She was given the nicknames the "Bronze Venus" or the "Black Pearl", as well as the "Créole Goddess" in anglophone nations. In France, she has always been known as "La Baker". Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States (she was offered the leadership of the movement by Coretta Scott King in 1968 following Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, but turned it down), for assisting the French Resistance during the Second World War and being the first American-born woman to receive the highest French military honor, the Croix de Guerre, and for being an inspiration to generations of African American female entertainers and others. That's an impressive bio to say the least. Enjoy. +


1. Bye Bye Blackbird
2. Blue Skies
3. Where Did You Get Those Eyes?
4. Who
5. That Certain Feeling
6. Pretty Little Baby
7. Lonesome Lovesick Blues
8. I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight
9. (What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry
10. I Love Dancing
11. Always
12. Bam Bam Bamy Shore
13. I'm Leaving For Alabamy
14. Dinah
15. (I Want To Go Where You Go, Do What You Do) Then I'll Be Happy
16. I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Me)
17. I Want To Yodel
18. He's The Last Word
19. Hello, Bluebird
20. Breezin' Along With The Breeze

12 January 2009

Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz

The second in the Cab Calloway series, with some pretty good tunes. Zaz Zuh Zaz, Kickin' The Gong Around, etc. Cab turns in more interesting covers (see the 1930-1931 entry) with versions of Eddie Cantor and even Al Jolson. Band members for these included Don Redman and Doc Cheatham among others. Enjoy. +


1. Hot Water
2. Doin' The New Low-Down
3. Evenin'
4. Harlem Hospitality
5. The Lady With The Fan
6. Harlem Camp Meeting
7. Zaz Zuh Zaz
8. Father's Got His Glasses On
9. Minnie The Moocher
10. The Scat Song
11. Kickin' The Gong Around
12. There's A Cabin In The Cotton
13. I Learned About Love From Her
14. Little Town Gal
15. 'Long About Midnight
16. Moon Glow
17. Jitter Bug
18. Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz
19. Margie
20. Emaline
21. Chinese Rhythm
22. Moonlight Rhapsody
23. Avalon

10 January 2009

Boogie Woogie

This collection represents the first recordings by Count Basie as a band leader. The first four tunes were released on Vocalion under the name Jones-Smith, Inc. because Basie was under contract elsewhere at the time. You can find an in-depth review of this collection here. Enjoy. +


1. Shoe Shine Boy
2. Evenin'
3. Boogie Woogie
4. Oh, Lady be Good
5. Honeysuckle Rose
6. Pennies From Heaven
7. Swing' At The Daisy Chain
8. Roseland Shuffle
9. Exactly Like You
10. Boo-Hoo
11. The Glory of Love
12. Boogie Woogie
13. Smarty
14. One O'Clock Jump
15. Listen My Children (And You Shall Hear)
16. John's Idea
17. Good Morning Blues
18. Our Love Was Meant To Be
19. Time Out
20. Topsy
21. I Keep Remembering
22. Out The Window
23. Don't You Miss Your Baby
24. Let Me Dream
25. Georgiana

09 January 2009

I'm On The Crest Of A Wave

Why is it that the French have put out so many good collections of American jazz? Merci! From Allmusic.com: During the late '20s, Bing Crosby was a member of Paul Whiteman's Orchestra, as part of the sideline act the Rhythm Boys but also as an occasional featured vocalist. Though the biggest Whiteman/Crosby hits of the era aren't included on this collection, there is some very obscure material on this Chansons Records disc, including "At Twilight," "Bundle of Old Love Letters," "C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E," "I'm on the Crest of a Wave," "Out O' Town Gal," "I'm Bringing a Red Rose" and "That's My Weakness Now." The sound quality is obviously less than impeccable, but the interest of the recordings more than makes up for it, especially for collectors. Enjoy. +

1. C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E
2. Get Out and Get Under the Moon
3. 'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So
4. I'd Rather Cry Over You (Than Smile at Somebody Else)
5. I'm on the Crest of a Wave
6. That's My Weakness Now
7. Because My Baby Don't Mean 'Maybe' Now
8. Out O' Town Gal
9. I'm Bringing a Red, Red Rose
10. Coquette
11. Reaching for Someone (And Not Finding Anyone There)
12. S'posin'
13. At Twilight
14. When You're Counting the Stars Alone
15. I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All?
16. A Bundle of Old Love Letters

That Foolish Feeling

Rowland Bernard "Bunny" Berigan is considered one of the best jazz trumpeters, known for his virtuosity and tone, and has influenced many trumpeters since. He and Louis Armstrong were mutual admirers. Like the cornetist Bix Beiderbecke before him, he lost a battle with alcoholism that ended his life. At just 34 years of age. Too short. Enjoy. +


1. That Foolish Feeling
2. Where Are You
3. In A Little Spanish Town
4. Goona Goo
5. Who's Afraid Of Love
6. One In A Million
7. Blue Lou
8. I'm Gonna Kiss Myself Goodbye
9. Big Blue Boy
10. Dixieland Shuffle
11. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
12. You Can't Run Away From Love Tonight
13. Cause My Baby Says Its So
14. Carelessly
15. All Dark People Are Light On Their Feet
16. First Time I Saw You
17. Love Is A Merry-Go-Round
18. Image Of You
19. I'm Happy Darling Dancing With You
20. Swanee River
21. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
22. Lady From Fifth Avenue
23. Let's Have Another Cigarette

08 January 2009

Underneath The Arches

Flanagan & Allen were a British duo of music hall comedians, very popular during the pre-war and World War II period. Enjoy. +


1. Underneath the Arches - Flanagan & Allen, Henry Hall & BBC Dance Orchestra
2. Dreaming - Flanagan & Allen, Henry Hall
3. Wanderer - Flanagan & Allen, Henry Hall & BBC Dance Orchestra
4. Can't We Meet Again?
5. Million Tears
6. Home Town - Flanagan & Allen, George Scott-Wood & His Orchestra
7. Music, Maestro, Please!
8. Umbrella Man
9. Nice People
10. Run, Rabbit, Run!
11. (We're Gonna Hang Out) The Washing on the Siegfried Line
12. F.D.R. Jones
13. If a Grey-Haired Lady Says "How's Your Father?"
14. On the Outside Looking In
15. Yesterday's Dreams - Flanagan & Allen, Jay Wilbur & His Band
16. Down Forget-Me-Not Lane - Flanagan & Allen, Jay Wilbur & His Band
17. Rose O'Day (The Filla-Ga-Dusha Song) - Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra, Flanagan & Allen
18. What More Can I Say? - Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra, Flanagan & Allen
19. I Don't Want to Walk Without You
20. Miss You
21. Two Very Ordinary People - Flanagan & Allen, Jay Wilbur & His Band
22. Shine on Harvest Moon
23. Flying Through the Rain
24. Round the Back of the Arches - Flanagan & Allen, Jay Wilbur & His Band
25. We'll Smile Again

Ooh, What You Said

From Wikipedia: Garber was known as "The Idol of the Airwaves" in his heyday of the 1920's and '30s, playing jazz in the vein of contemporaries such as Paul Whiteman and Guy Lombardo. Garber played violin with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra after World War I and formed the Garber-Davis Orchestra with pianist Milton Davis from 1921-1924. After parting with Davis, he formed his own orchestra, playing both "sweet" and "hot" '20s dance music. He was hit hard by the Great Depression, and in the 1930s, he refashioned his ensemble into a big band and recorded a string of successful records for Victor. During World War II, Garber began playing swing jazz, a rather unexpected turn; his arranger during this time was Gray Rains and his vocalist was Liz Tilton. The recording restrictions in America during the war eventually made his ensemble unfeasible, and he returned to "sweet" music after the war, continuing to lead ensembles nearly up until the time of his death in 1977. Enjoy. +


01. My Dear
02. It's A Wonderful World
03. Rose Room
04. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
05. Do You Ever Think Of Me
06. Ooh, What You Said
07. The Siren's Song
08. Lady Be Good
09. Stardust
10. Because Of You
11. Birth Of The Blues
12. I Hear A Rhapsody
13. Whispering
14. Love Song Of Renaldo
15. Somebody Loves Me
16. I'll See You In My Dreams

07 January 2009

The Varsity Drag

Time to get out your pennant, raccoon coat and don't forget the flask! My guess is that college life hasn't really changed that much over the years. Enjoy. +


1. Doin' The Raccoon - George Olsen & His Music
2. Collegiate Fanny - Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
3. Sophomore Prom - Ted Weems & His Orchestra
4. Campus Capers - Charles Dornberger & His Orchestra
5. Collegiate Love - Ted Weems & His Orchestra
6. All American Girl - George Olsen & His Music
7. The Varsity Drag - George Olsen & His Music
8. The Prep Step - Jesse Stafford & His Orchestra
9. He Ain't Never Been In College - Six Jumping Jacks (Harry Reser)
10. She's The Sweetheart Of Six Other Guys - Six Jumping Jacks (Harry Reser)
11. At The Prom - Irving Mills & His Modernists
12. Collegiana - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra
13. Washington & Lee Swing - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra
14. Collegiate Sam - Harry Reser's Syncopators
15. A Hot Dog, A Blanket And You - Gene Kardos & His Orchestra
16. Freddy The Freshman - Gene Kardos & His Orchestra
17. Hark The Sound Of Tar Heel Voices - Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
18. College Rhythm - Johnny Davis & His Orchestra

Red Hot Mama

I like this set because it included versions by artists I might not have picked up otherwise such as Blossom Seeley, Libby Holman and others. That and the fact that ASV usually puts good sets together. Enjoy. +


1. I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now - Jane Green
2. Am I Blue? - Libby Holman
3. Dangerous Nan McGrew - Helen Kane
4. Maybe, Who Knows? - Kate Smith
5. Do Do Do - Gertrude Lawrence
6. The Blues Have Got Me - Marion Harris
7. A New Kind Of Man (With A New Kind Of Love For Me) - Blossom Seeley
8. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone - Mildred Hunt
9. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) - Aileen Stanley
10. Why Am I So Romantic? - Lilian Roth
11. You Wouldn't Fool Me, Would You? - Annette Hanshaw
12. If Your Kisses Can't Hold The Man You Love - Sophie Tucker
13. Red Hot Mama - The Bronx Sisters
14. Moanin' Low - Lee Morse
15. It All Belongs To Me - Ruth Etting
16. Blues In My Heart - Greta Keller
17. Do Something - Zelma O'Neal
18. You Remind Me Of A Naughty Springtime Cuckoo - Helen Morgan
19. Red Hot Henry Brown - Margaret Young
20. Ya Gotta Know How To Love - Margaret Young

06 January 2009

Echos From The Cocoanut Grove

A three-fer today, these are transcriptions that were meant for radio station one-time play. Very nice music. It's a shame there aren't more like this floating around. Enjoy. + + +


Arnheim 1931

1. Sweet Georgia Brown
2. Just One More Chance
3. Roll On Mississippi, Roll On
4. By A Lazy Country Lane
5. At Your Command
6. My Sweet Tooth Says I Wanna
7. You Said It
8. Lies
9. Nobody's Sweetheart
10. You're The Surest Cure For The Blues
11. You Don't Know What You're Doing
12. There's Nothing Too Good For My Baby
13. Any Corner Is A Cozy Corner
14. She Went To Havana
15. It's Love
16. Love For Sale
17. Can't You Read Between The Lines
18. Why Dance
19. Out Of Nowhere
20. What Is It

Jimmie Grier 1932

1. Bend Down Sister
2. Stardust
3. By the Sycamore Tree
4. (We've Got To) Put That Sun Back in the Sky
5. Just Temporarily Blue
6. Tell Tales
7. I Promise You
8. More You Hurt Me
9. Kiss by Kiss (I'm Falling in Love With You)
10. You Could Have Been the One Baby
11. Two Loves Have I
12. What Did You Do With It?
13. Sugar
14. I Idolize My Baby's Eyes
15. Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
16. Tired
17. Ooh, That Kiss
18. Was That the Human Thing to Do?
19. Goodnight Moon
20. Music in the Moonlight

Phil Harris 1932-33

1. Got a Date with an Angel
2. How Can You Say No (When All the World Is Saying Yes?)
3. Rockin' Chair
4. Baby
5. I'm Making Hay in the Moonlight
6. Vamp
7. Mimi
8. How's About It?
9. Linger a Little Longer in the Twilight
10. You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me
11. You (Just Wonderful You)
12. Lazy River
13. Cop on the Beat, The Man in the Moon, And Me
14. Young and Healthy
15. Million Dreams
16. 12th Street Rag
17. We Better Get Together Again
18. I've Got Nothing to Do But Love
19. Along Came Love
20. 'Til Tomorrow

05 January 2009

Bread and Gravy

Volume 7 highlights the ladies. Enjoy. +


1 Play 'Em for Mamma, Sing 'Em for Me - Katie Crippen, Henderson's Novelty Orchestra
2 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do - Lena Wilson
3 Mandy, Make up Your Mind - Eva Taylor, Clarence Williams
4 Georgia Grind - Edmonia Henderson
5 Pratt City Blues - Bertha "Chippie" Hill
6 Sugar - Alberta Hunter
7 The Blues I Love to Sing - Adelaide Hall, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
8 The Mooche - Baby Cox, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
9 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Bessie Smith
10 Moanin' the Blues - Victoria Spivey, Luis Russell Orchestra
11 My Old Flame - Ivie Anderson, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
12 Where the Lazy River Goes By - Gladys Palmer, Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra
13 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
14 I Got a Guy - Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb & His Orchestra
15 My Daddy Rocks Me, Pt. 1 - Trixie Smith
16 The Mood That I'm In - Valaida Snow
17 On the Bumpy Road to Love - Nan Wynn, Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
18 Harlem on Saturday Night - Lil Armstrong & Her Swing Orchestra
19 My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Helen Humes, Count Basie Orchestra
20 Bread and Gravy - Ethel Waters
21 She's Funny That Way - Thelma Carpenter, Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra
22 I'm Getting Sentimental over You - Laurel Watson, Roy Eldridge

Patrol Wagon Blues

Volume 8 from the L'Art Vocal series highlights a hodgepodge of singers. No surprises in the selections, really. But they did avoid the usual names that you find everywhere else and include a couple lesser-known singers. Enjoy. +


1. I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle - Perry "Mule" Bradford's Jazz Phools with Louis Armstrong
2. Doctor Jazz - Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers
3. I'm Sober Now - Pinetop Smith
4. You Might Get Better, But You'll Never Get Well - Henry Allen & His New York Orchestra
5. Patrol Wagon Blues - Henry "Red" Allen
6. Just a Gigolo - Louis Armstrong
7. I Heard - Don Redman & His Orchestra
8. I Wanna Count Sheep (Till the Cows Come Home) - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
9. Reefer Man - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
10. Shag - Wilson Myers
11. Diga Diga Doo - The Mills Brothers
11. Rhythm - Spirits of Rhythm
12. Dear Old Southland - Louis Bacon
13. On the Sunny Side of the Street - Taft Jordan
14. Old Joe's Hittin' the Jug - Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys
15. Lost Love - Fats Waller & His Rhythm
16. Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today) - Jimmy Rushing
17. The Flat Foot Floogie - Slim Gaillard
18. Old Man Ben - Hot Lips Page
19. Ain't She Sweet - Trummy Young
20. I Love You - Dan Grissom
21. Baby, Look at You - Big Joe Turner

04 January 2009

Accent On Swing

Recordings during Carter's European period (1935-1938) before he returned to the US to form two successful bands. From All Music: In 1935, Benny Carter moved to Europe, where in London he was a staff arranger for the BBC dance orchestra (1936-1938); he also recorded in several European countries. Carter's "Waltzing the Blues" was one of the very first jazz waltzes. Enjoy. +

Benny Carter and His Orchestra with Buddy Featherstonhaugh, Freddy Gardner, Elisabeth Welch, Ted Heath, Gene Rodgers, Bernard Addison, Thore Ehrling and others.


1. Scandal in A Flat
2. Accent on Swing
3. You Understand
4. Gin and Jive
5. If I Could Only Read Your Mind
6. I Gotta Go
7. When Lights Are Low
8. Waltzing The Blues
9. Tiger Rag
10. Blue Interlude
11. Bugle Call Rag
12. Memphis Blues
13. When Lights Are Low
14. Some of These Days
15. Gloaming
16. Poor Butterfly
17. Drop In Next Time You're Passing
18. The Man I Love
19. That's How the First Song Was Born
20. There'll be Some Changes Made
21. Jingle Bells
22. Royal Garden Blues
23. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny

If You Knew Susie

If you like the music of Eddie Cantor, this is a nice collection. The one title that seems to be missing is Makin' Whoopee from 1929, but maybe the producers figured people could find that anywhere? Still, it's a good set and includes alternate versions of When My Ship Comes In. Click on the cover for a larger image. Enjoy. + +


Disc 1

1. I Love Her-She Loves Me 3:13
2. I'm Hungry For Beautiful Girls 2:39
3. Oh, Is She Dumb 3:01
4. Susie 2:49
5. Sophie 2:50
6. He Loves It 3:07
7. Joe Is Here 3:02
8. How Ya Gonna Keep Your Mind On Dancing 2:55
9. I Love Me (I'm Wild About Myself) 3:00
10. Ritzi Mitzi 3:08
11. Oh! Gee, Oh! Gosh, Oh! Golly I'm In Love 2:53
12. Eddie (Steady) 3:00
13. No, No, Nora 3:10
14. I've Got The Yes! 3:00
15. Oh, Gee, Georgie! 3:13
16. If You Do What You Do 3:04
17. I'll Have Vanilla 3:10
18. On A Windy Day 'Way Down In Waikiki 2:57
19. Oh Pappa! 3:11
20. Monkey Doodle 3:13
21. Charley My Boy 2:49
22. No One Knows What It's All About 3:02

Disc 2

1. Doodle Doo Doo 3:16
2. How I Love That Girl 3:05
3. Those Panama Mammas 2:50
4. Goo-Goo-Good-Night Dead!! 3:15
5. Laff It Off! 3:02
6. If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie) 2:54
7. We're Back Together Again, My Baby And Me 2:29
8. Row, Row, Rosie! 2:49
9. Oh! Boy, What A Girl 3:21
10. What A Perfect Combination 3:08
11. Look What You've Done 3:05
12. Over Somebody Else's Shoulder 3:02
13. The Man On The Flying Trapeze 2:45
14. Mandy 2:45
15. An Earful Of Music 3:15
16. When My Ship Comes In 3:16
17. Okay Toots 2:30
18. When My Ship Comes In 3:08
19. The Only Thing I Want For Christmas (Is Just To Keep The Things That I've Got) 2:58
20. If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie) 2:36
21. Little Curly Hair In A High Chair 3:13
22. Margie 3:09

03 January 2009

Anytime, Any Day, Anywhere

A nice collection of some of the leading male singers from the late 1920s into the 1940s. The packaging for this series was very nice, the booklet included a brief history of the Art Deco style as well as matrix numbers and recording dates for each of the tracks. For the sole tune by Lew Bray, the authors ask "Does anybody out there know anything about this Texas vocalist?" The second disc includes three tunes by Chick Bullock including a very nice version of Anytime, Any Day, Anywhere recorded by the ARC house band that included both Dorsey brothers and Joe Venuti for that session. Also, my favorite version of A Hundred Years From Today by Jack Teagarden. Enjoy. + +


Disc 1

1. Deep Elm - Willard Robison
2. Devil Is Afraid of Music - Willard Robison
3. Harlem Blues - Willard Robison
4. Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? - Gene Austin
5. Everything I Have Is Yours - Gene Austin
6. There Was Nothing Else to Do - Seger Ellis
7. Shine on Harvest Moon - Seger Ellis
8. Why Do You Suppose? - Smith Ballew
9. Miss You - Smith Ballew
10. (You're Always Sure of) My Love for You - Smith Ballew
11. To Whom It May Concern - Smith Ballew
12. We Can't Use Each Other Anymore - Lew Bray
13. How Long Will It Last? - Bing Crosby
14. Cabin in the Cotton - Bing Crosby
15. Got the South in My Soul - Harlan Lattimore
16. How Do You Do It? - Harlan Lattimore
17. Let's Pretend There's a Moon - Russ Columbo
18. I See Two Lovers - Russ Columbo
19. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me - Red McKenzie
20. Georgia on My Mind - Red McKenzie
21. Dream Sweetheart - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
22. Great Big Bunch of You - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
23. All of a Sudden - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
24. Crazy People - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards

Disc 2

1. Night Owl - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
2. It's Only a Paper Moon - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
3. Six Women (Me & Henry the Eighth) - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
4. I Just Couldn't Take It, Baby - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
5. Object of My Affection - Pinky Tomlin
6. Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid - Pinky Tomlin
7. He's a Curbstone Cutie (They Call Him Jelly-Bean) - Pinky Tomlin
8. Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere - Chick Bullock
9. Ah! But I've Learned - Chick Bullock
10. Junk Man - Chick Bullock
11. Love Me - Jack Teagarden
12. Blue River - Jack Teagarden
13. Hundred Years from Today - Jack Teagarden
14. Stars Fell on Alabama - Jack Teagarden
15. You're a Builder Upper - Harold Arlen
16. Moon over Miami - Buddy Clark
17. Midnight Blue - Buddy Clark
18. Old Fashioned Love - Eddy Howard
19. Stardust - Eddy Howard
20. Exactly Like You - Eddy Howard
21. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) - Eddy Howard
22. Melancholy Mood - Frank Sinatra
23. My Buddy - Frank Sinatra
24. My Silent Love - Dick Haymes
25. You've Changed - Dick Haymes

Man About Town

Bert Ambrose led a very popular band at the May Fair Hotel and the Embassy Club in London. Vera Lynn got her start with the Ambrose Orchestra during this period. Enjoy. +


1. Man About Town
2. You Are My Lucky Star
3. I'll Step Out Of The Picture
4. Wotcha Got A Trombone For?
5. The Piccolino
6. Why Was I Born?
7. One-Way Street
8. Knock, Knock, Who's There?
9. Cheek To Cheek
10. Squibs
11. La Chchuracha
12. Who's Been Polishing The Sun?
13. I'm Gonna Wash My Hands Of You
14. Yip! Neddy
15. College Rhythm
16. Stay As Sweet As You Are
17. Home James And Don't Spare The Horses
18. Wood And Ivory
19. Dames
20. I Only Have Eyes For You
21. Then I'll Be Tired Of You
22. Just A'Wearyin' For You

02 January 2009

Jig Time

This set includes the first recordings of Gene Kardos and His Orchestra. I have yet to pick up the next two volumes. The musicians are top-notch, but as for the songs there is this from the liner notes:
The tunes given Kardos to record were bright and bouncy, but rarely of lasting quality. Just as the band had become a favorite "try-out" group for publishers of stock arrangements, it now introduced several little-known tunes destined to stay that way. "A lot of the tunes we recorded weren't exactly popular," said Red Hymie. "I think Eli Oberstein, the A&R guy at Victor, was being 'paid off' to get these tunes recorded. .... We did 'em, but....." If some songs remain obscure, they're still rendered with enthusiasm by the Kardos crew, which now had Nat Brown on trombone instead of Jules Harrison, and saxophonist Pete Salemi replacing Milt Small. With its second session, the Kardos band had found its true sound and line-up, which would remain intact through the band's tenure at Victor. Enjoy. +


1. Jig Time (2:47)
2. Left My Gal In the Mountains (3:13)
3. Georgia On My Mind (3:12)
4. Lazy River (2:50)
5. Waiting For the Moon (2:58)
6. Red-Headed Baby (2:46)
7. Mean Music (2:52)
8. China Boy (2:42)
9. A Hot Dog, a Blanket and You (3:03)
10. Peter and Paul (3:02)
11. What Are You Thinkin' About, Baby? (3:05)
12. You've Got to Sell It (3:27)
13. Freddy the Freshman (2:41)
14. Now's the Time to Fall in Love (2:52)
15. Down On the Farm (3:04)
16. Sweet Violets (3:17)
17. Tell Tales (3:06)
18. You're Foolin' Yourself (2:54)
19. Business in F (2:55)
20. Corn-Fed Cal (3:17)
21. Blue Danube Blues (3:02)
22. I Wouldn't Change You For the World (2:57)
23. Fate Introduced Me to You (3:26)

Georgia On My Mind

This compilation includes Hoagy Carmichael's first recording of Stardust (instrumental) from 1927 and his sixth recording of the same tune in 1942. As mentioned in another post, lyrics weren't added until 1929 by Mitchell Parrish. Chick Bullock recorded the first vocal version the next year. This series was produced by France Telecom Foundation, and included cds of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, Lee Wiley, the Boswell Sisters and more. I don't know if the series continued after volume 18 or not. Enjoy. +


1. Stardust
2. So Tired
3. Harvey
4. Rockin' Chair
5. High and Dry
6. Georgia on My Mind
7. One Night in Havana
8. Bessie Couldn't Help It
9. Lazy River
10. Jewish Boy Blues
11. Come Easy, Go Easy Love
12. Sing It Way Down Low
13. Lazy Bones
14. Judy
15. Two Sleepy People
16. Hong Kong Blues
17. Riverboat Shuffle
18. New Orleans
19. Little Old Lady
20. The Old Music Master
21. Old Man Harlem
22. Stardust