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|Les Brown And His Band Of Renown|
Les Brown & His Band of Renown - Best of The Capitol Years
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
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Kathie V. from KALISPELL, MT
Reviewed on 3/12/2007...
I would call this a swing / light jazz styling of the Big Band era.
Sounds like 4 year old recording...instead of 45 plus!
W.Don Wood | Matawan,, New Jersey USA | 01/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let's face it, Capitol knew some "STUFF" about recording big bands in the fifties...Ray Anthony, Harry James, Benny Goodman,
....and if they could record Stan Kenton...well, they could record anyone! There are 25 (count 'em)tracks on this CD, all 24 bit digital re-masters from pristine ORIGINAL Capitol analog tapes; and while I am admitedly prejudice where Les Brown recordings are concerned...THIS IS A WINNER. The Brown band at this time had players like Dave Pell, Ray Sims, Don Fagerquist,
Dick Collins, Donn Trenner, Butch Stone, among others. MANY of
the included tracks have NEVER been on CD. Only draw back:NONE
of Les' concert material is included, like things from Capitol's
CONCERT MODERN or COMPOSER'S HOLIDAY...Buy this one if you like
melodic big band swing...Because...IT SWINGS!!!"
A Good CD For A Big Band Collection
J. E. Billmann | West Bend, Wisconsin | 11/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've listened to MANY Les Brown cds and LP's. If you want a good taste for Les Brown's music without buying lots of cds, this would be an excellent choice. Selections have been taken from the LPs "Dancers Choice",(my favorite) "Les Brown's in Town","Dance to the Bands", "Dance to South Pacific", and "College Classics". These are great arrangements for the most part and performed the way you would expect Les to have them perform. These tracks were originally recorded in the 50's but they sound great and solid on a cd. Ronnie Lang, Ray Sims, Dave Pell, Matt Utah are just a few of the heavyweights featured. Be warned however, only two Les Brown standards are included here - "Leap Frog" and "I've Got My Love....". If you want a cd with all of Les's famous standards, look for "The Les Brown Story"."