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19 November 2011

That's How It Goes

At last, here is the final cd of the complete Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra box set. This one contains live performances "on the air" from 1940-1942. Connie Haines shows up for a couple lines each on You're Part Of My Heart, You Got The Best of Me, That's How It Goes, When Sleepy Stars Begin To Fall, and One Red Rose. Each time she comes in for the second chorus backed by the Pied Pipers, and does not duet with Sinatra at all. Sinatra is in excellent form, and there is some scripted banter here and there as well as his 'farewell' from the band. Enjoy. +


01. Theme- I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
02. Who
03. I Hear A Rhapsody
04. I'll Never Smile Again
05. Half-Way Down The Street
06. Some Of Your Sweetness (Got Into My Heart)
07. Once In A While
08. A Little In Love
09. It Came To Me
10. Only Forever
11. Marie
12. Yearning
13. How Am I To Know
14. You're Part Of My Heart
15. Announcements
16. You're Stepping On My Toes
17. You Got The Best Of Me
18. That's How It Goes
19. When Daylight Dawns
20. When Sleepy Stars Begin To Fall
21. Goodbye Lover, Goodbye
22. One Red Rose
23. The Things I Love
24. In The Blue Of Evening
25. Just As Though You Were Here
26. Frank Sinatra's Farewell To The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
27. The Song Is You


Lobosco said...

Great stuff. I love the treasures youn uncover!

Anton said...

Dear Chester,

I think I've told you before that I was first introduced to Sinatra's music via his wonderful recordings with Tommy Dorsey, and I still consider them to be among his best work. I've owned this box set for a long time, and I come back to it again and again, not just because of Sinatra's marvelous singing, but also because of the great jazz musicians to be found in Dorsey's ranks on these sides: Babe Russin, Buddy Rich, Joe Bushkin, &c.

This fifth disc in the set is delightful because it includes songs that Sinatra never recorded commercially with Dorsey and were only preserved as airchecks. There is some very good stuff in here, and Frank's version of "The Song Is You" as a farewell to the orchestra when he decided to strike out on his own is very charming. By the way, when Sinatra bids farewell to the Dorsey band, he is at the same time welcoming another one of my favorite singers into the Dorsey fold: Dick Haymes!

Cheers from Tennessee!


Chester Proudfoot said...

It was also my intro to Sinatra, though I much prefer the earlier Dorsey recordings (such as those available on Jazz Oracle). I've grown to like later Sinatra too, albeit selectively, but this set will always be a favorite for many of the same reasons. Airchecks are a fantastic way to hear the music as many people did back then, over the radio. I've got a Sinatra cassette of two complete radio shows, May 28, 1940 with the Dorsey band, and July 19, 1939 with Harry James. I'll see if I can put the stereo back together and rip it soon for sharing.

Anton said...

I agree with you, Chester, that the best sides Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey ever cut were made under the name of the Dorsey Brothers. In my opinion, both of them were among the best jazz musicians in history, and you only have to listen to how much their playing enhances hot recordings such as, say, Bing Crosby's classic take on "Sweet Georgia Brown." I have one of the volumes that Jazz Oracle put out on the Dorsey Brothers and it's magnificent -- the other two volumes on them from the Jazz Oracle catalog are permanently in my wish list...

As far as the vocalists that T.D. used, besides Frank Sinatra and Dick Haymes, I also like the recordings that he made with Jack Leonard, who in my opinion is quite an underrated, almost forgotten singer whose recorded legacy is meager but very interesting. And yes, I love airchecks, in many cases much more than the regular studio recordings. For instance, I believe that the Glenn Miller Orchestra (and this is just an example of many) sounded far better on the bandstand than they did in the recording studio.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Chester Proudfoot said...

I've got a couple of those Dorsey sets myself, plus some others. Jazz Oracle does some very nice restoration work, plus they find many alternative takes that aren't readily available.

I agree completely about Miller, though my opinion may be skewed by the fact that I really listened to and became familiar with the cd of airchecks before I picked up his commercial recordings. Either way, there's something about the immediacy of live performances that makes it all more exciting. Sometimes there's a goof, or the solo is hotter, or the crowd is really into it, and you can't get that in the studio.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone else as well!