1953-1954

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The 11th installment in the Classics Earl Hines chronology charts the pianist and bandleader's professional progress during a time period running between May 1953 and August 1954. This entertaining segment of the Hines story includes eight excellent sides cut for the King label in New York, 14 selections recorded in Los Angeles for the Nocturne label, and lastly a five-and-a-half minute interview with Hines himself. The four King instrumentals ("Hot Soup," "Sleep Walking," "In the Attic," and "Space Ship") demonstrate how adaptable Hines was during these transitional years. This compilation opens with two surprisingly fine and funny vocals by world-famous pugilist Sugar ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The 11th installment in the Classics Earl Hines chronology charts the pianist and bandleader's professional progress during a time period running between May 1953 and August 1954. This entertaining segment of the Hines story includes eight excellent sides cut for the King label in New York, 14 selections recorded in Los Angeles for the Nocturne label, and lastly a five-and-a-half minute interview with Hines himself. The four King instrumentals ("Hot Soup," "Sleep Walking," "In the Attic," and "Space Ship") demonstrate how adaptable Hines was during these transitional years. This compilation opens with two surprisingly fine and funny vocals by world-famous pugilist Sugar Ray Robinson, while "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" and "When I Dream of You" are sung by 30-year-old crooner Johnny Hartman. "Crazy Rhythm" was done up by four members of the band (including trombonist Dicky Wells!) who transformed themselves into a vocal group billed as the Hines Varieties, while "Almost Like Being in Love" and "I Don't Hear Sweet Music Any More" were sung by sax and flute man Jerome Richardson. Hines himself was the featured vocalist on "New Orleans," "Pennies from Heaven," "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me," and "I'm a Little Blackbird Looking for a Bluebird." (This last number dates back to the mid-'20s when it was first recorded by Eva Taylor and the Clarence Williams Blue Five with Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet.) All of these diverse treats, along with cameo appearances by reedmen Budd Johnson, Morris Lane, Aaron Sachs, and Haywood Henry, make this one of the great "variety packs" in the Earl Hines discography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Classics France
  • UPC: 826596016146
  • Catalog Number: 1440

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Shoulda Be on My Merry Way - Sugar Ray Robinson (2:54)
  2. 2 Knock Him Down Whiskey - Sugar Ray Robinson (2:36)
  3. 3 Hot Soup - Earl Hines & His Orchestra (2:35)
  4. 4 Sleep Walking - Earl Hines & His Orchestra (2:51)
  5. 5 A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody - Earl Hines & His Orchestra (2:52)
  6. 6 When I Dream of You - Earl Hines & His Orchestra (2:37)
  7. 7 In the Attic - Earl Hines & His Orchestra (2:28)
  8. 8 Space Ship - Earl Hines & His Orchestra (2:24)
  9. 9 Crazy Rhythm - The Hines Varieties (2:28)
  10. 10 Hollywood Hop (2:41)
  11. 11 A Jumpin' Something (2:52)
  12. 12 The Web (3:11)
  13. 13 Almost Like Being in Love - The Hines Varieties (2:34)
  14. 14 I Don't Hear Sweet Music Anymore - The Hines Varieties (2:47)
  15. 15 Gone with the Wind (2:49)
  16. 16 If I Had You (3:12)
  17. 17 I'm a Little Blackbird Looking for a Bluebird (2:52)
  18. 18 I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me (2:04)
  19. 19 Humoresque (3:54)
  20. 20 Pennies from Heaven (1:40)
  21. 21 New Orleans (3:45)
  22. 22 Nice Work If You Can Get It (2:47)
  23. 23 Earl Hines Inteview (5:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earl Hines Primary Artist, Piano, Celeste, Vocals
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Aaron Sachs Tenor Saxophone
John Letman Trumpet
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Johnny Hartman Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Guest Appearance
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Osie Johnson Drums
Morris Lane Tenor Saxophone
Willie Maiden Accompaniment
Carl Pruitt Bass
Gene Redd Trumpet
Dicky Wells Trombone
Paul Binnings Bass
Jay Hill Accompaniment
The Hines Varieties Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Irving Caesar Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Roger Wolfe Kahn Composer
Anatol Schenker Liner Notes
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