1939 Camel Caravan Shows

1939 Camel Caravan Shows

by Bob Crosby
     
 

Harlequin delivers another surprise package. Culled from radio broadcasts sponsored by the Camel cigarette company, here are no less than 28 previously unreleased recordings by the band that played Dixieland revival before there was such a thing as Dixieland revival. Bing Crosby's brother leads an ensemble partly peppered with members ofSee more details below

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Harlequin delivers another surprise package. Culled from radio broadcasts sponsored by the Camel cigarette company, here are no less than 28 previously unreleased recordings by the band that played Dixieland revival before there was such a thing as Dixieland revival. Bing Crosby's brother leads an ensemble partly peppered with members of Ben Pollack's Pick-a-Rib Boys. The rhythm section alone is a force to be reckoned with: drummer Ray Bauduc, bassist Bob Haggart, guitarist Nappy Lamare, and the amazing pianist Joe Sullivan. Irving Fazola and Eddie Miller light up the reed section, and Billy Butterfield comes across as a versatile trumpeter. A lot of these tunes are only about two minutes in length, which accounts for the comparatively high number of tracks. "Love Nest" is very attractive, and there are surprisingly cool versions of "What's New" (composed by Haggart) and "Girl of My Dreams," a melody thoughtfully revived in 1959 by Charles Mingus. For those who must have singers, Helen Ward performs a couple of standard ballads, and there are a few attempts at hipness by various males who sing or who have convinced themselves that they can sing. "Well All Right" is a rather contrived novelty group vocal led by Bob Crosby and Johnny Mercer. "The Jumpin' Jive" is similarly conspicuous as a Cab Calloway imitation involving Mercer again and the voice of Nappy Lamare. These two also trundle out something called "The Little Man Who Wasn't There." This one is so unsubstantial that they are unable to carry it beyond one minute and 49 seconds duration! The best selections are of course the instrumental versions of traditional jazz classics: Jelly Roll Morton's "Wolverine Blues" expands in a full-blown big-band arrangement. "Song of the Wanderer" is a smoker. "High Society" is dynamite. "Smokey Mary" showcases the percussionist from the get-go. "Fidgety Feet," "Bugle Call Rag," and "Muskrat Ramble" are stone beautiful Crescent City stomps. There's even a worthwhile rendition of "Beer Barrel Polka," performed in this case without any vocals, thank goodness.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
Label:
Harlequin Records
UPC:
0008637218423
catalogNumber:
184
Rank:
214444

Tracks

  1. The Love Nest
  2. Girl of My Dreams
  3. Well All Right
  4. Three Little Words
  5. Song of the Wanderer
  6. You're the Top
  7. I'm Prayin' Humble
  8. My Ideal
  9. Fidgety Feet
  10. Sweet Lorraine
  11. Beer Barrel Polka
  12. What's New
  13. Smokey Mary
  14. The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
  15. Button Up Your Overcoat
  16. The Jumpin' Jive
  17. Muskrat Ramble
  18. I'm Sitting on Top of the World
  19. Over the Rainbow
  20. Wolverine Blues
  21. Till We Meet Again
  22. Bugle Call Rag
  23. Hindustan
  24. The Little Man Who Wasn't There
  25. Washington and Lee Swing
  26. Boogie Woogie Maxixe
  27. High Society
  28. Clarinet Marmalade

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Crosby   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ray Conniff   Trombone
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Irving Fazola   Clarinet
Bob Haggart   Bass
Warren Smith   Trombone
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Helen Ward   Vocals
Nappy Lamare   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Mercer   Vocals
Eddie Miller   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Gil Rodin   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Stegmeyer   Alto Saxophone
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Joe Kearns   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bob Crosby   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Kid Ory   Composer
Ray Bauduc   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Bob Haggart   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Matty Matlock   Composer
Frankie Trumbauer   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Gil Rodin   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Charlie Crump   Remastering
Jim Godbolt   Liner Notes
Oliver Wallace   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes   Composer
John Spikes   Composer
Newell Chase   Composer
Raymond B. Egan   Composer
Harold Weeks   Composer
Sunny Clapp   Composer
Joseph A. "Fud" Livingston   Composer
Thornton Allen   Composer
M.W. Sheafe   Composer
C.A. Robbins   Composer

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