Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
How Sweet It Is! The Jackie Gleason Velvet Brass Collection
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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95% GREAT-5% WRECKING CREW
Donald F. Schmidt | 07/07/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I have the original GREAT recording on LP and thought how wonderful to have the CD. Unfortunately, and not disclosed is 15 minutes of the loud mouthed television Gleason which runins a magnificent album. How can I play the CD without hearing his shouting? I would return it but have played it. On the back cover there is small wording of "BONUS TRACKS" which a person takes to mean ..more music. No reflection on AMAZON . COM but in my business we file for misrepresentation on the recording studio!..See my positive comments on Jazz Concert Carnegie Hall 1938..WOW! CWF"
One of Gleason's BEST Albums!
F. Barton | Newport, WA USA | 07/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album holds ALL of Gleason's trademarks: unusual arrangements that leave you spellbound, incredible musicians, and wonderful selections. The brass floats along, and the ENTIRE album is at long last released.This was only the THIRD album recorded in STEREO by Capitol. It was put out in a modified form in mono for it's first general release. For the FIRST time, we have ALL the stereo tracks that were recorded -- SEVENTEEN!The remastering is tops, giving us a peek into that vacuum tube era of '50s recording that many of us love. Unfortunately with modern remastering that quality is lost on most transfers, but not this one. You can hear the album as it was meant to be heard. Truly fantastic! YES, the CD does come with five BONUS tracks, like "Meloncoly Seranade" which was the theme for the HONEYMOONERS, and a few comic tracks by Gleason. That fact is great, and does NOT deter from the fact that the entire stereo album, with great remastering is here for us all to enjoy! GRAB THIS!"
This music is a class act!
Donald F. Schmidt | La Jolla, CA USA | 01/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WOW is all I can say! The only other Gleason album I have is the 12" LP of "Music For Lovers Only". My family played it all the time when I was growing up (I was born in 1963) and we NEVER grew tired of the album. I took a chance on buying this CD and was not disappointed. The brass sound really takes your breath away! The music will grow on you the more you play it. "Moonlight Serenade" has so many memories for me since I remember the old "Jackie Gleason Show" on CBS. I'm glad to see Mr. Gleason's work being revived on CD, and I hope this is part of a greater trend of a revival of this type of music. If you're starving for some grace and class these days, light the fire in the fireplace, pour yourself a drink, put your feet up and enjoy this music!"