1939 Camel Caravan Shows

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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: 008637218423
  • Catalog Number: 184
  • Sales rank: 190,701

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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