Best of the Capitol Years

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
By the time that Les Brown signed with Capitol Records in the mid-'50s he had already become an internationally acclaimed clarinet and sax player as well as bandleader for nearly two decades. This single CD compilation gathers over two dozen tracks cut during the brief three-year stint 1955-1958 that Brown and his Band of Renown spent recording for Capitol Records. Although primarily known as a big band dance combo, Brown and company were much more jazz-oriented and improvisational than their swing contemporaries. However, they never lost their ability to keep dancers on their feet, as evidenced by their innumerable accolades from the popularity polls in Downbeat and ...
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2002-01-29 Audio CD Good Ex-library rental with usual stamps and labels. CD disc is clean and shiny with no scratches. Jewel case displays original art work. nm All proceeds ... benefit local libraries. Read more Show Less

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
By the time that Les Brown signed with Capitol Records in the mid-'50s he had already become an internationally acclaimed clarinet and sax player as well as bandleader for nearly two decades. This single CD compilation gathers over two dozen tracks cut during the brief three-year stint 1955-1958 that Brown and his Band of Renown spent recording for Capitol Records. Although primarily known as a big band dance combo, Brown and company were much more jazz-oriented and improvisational than their swing contemporaries. However, they never lost their ability to keep dancers on their feet, as evidenced by their innumerable accolades from the popularity polls in Downbeat and Metronome magazines as well as the coveted Ballroom Operators Association. Much of the unqualified success that Brown retained during the burgeoning days of the rock & roll revolution was due to his association with arrangers such as Ben Homer, Wes Hensel, Skip Martin, and his primary collaborator, Frank Comstock. They keep the arrangements of pop standards "My Blue Heaven," "Tangerine," "Moonlight in Vermont," and "Shine on Harvest Moon," as well as the show tune "This Was Nearly Mine" -- from South Pacific -- light, easy, and deceptively unencumbered. The prowess of the various incarnations of the Band of Renown should not be underestimated either. The laid-back solo styles of Donn Trenner piano and Brown clarinet carry the combo with a sophisticated air borne in the spirit of the big bands. For example, "Frenesi" retains the large, elegant orchestration while simultaneously bearing the loose, metronomic quality of a jazz band. The same can be said of Comstock's tight brass arrangements, most specifically on "Just You, Just Me" and the definitive reading of "Harlem Nocturne." Also notable is the crystalline sound quality throughout the package, which is the first in the CD realm to have accessed the original session tapes and remastered them with an ear for the audiophile's attention to detail and nuance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353475727
  • Catalog Number: 34757

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (2:47)
  2. 2 On the Alamo (2:31)
  3. 3 Perfidia (2:43)
  4. 4 Moonlight in Vermont (2:26)
  5. 5 The Continental (2:45)
  6. 6 Midnight Sun (2:56)
  7. 7 Lover (4:44)
  8. 8 Harlem Nocturne (3:13)
  9. 9 The Piccolino (2:51)
  10. 10 Shine on Harvest Moon (2:50)
  11. 11 Tangerine (3:03)
  12. 12 Ridin' High (3:02)
  13. 13 Nina Never Knew (2:55)
  14. 14 My Blue Heaven (2:13)
  15. 15 Stardust (2:47)
  16. 16 Tea for Two (2:36)
  17. 17 Swingin' Down the Lane (2:06)
  18. 18 Younger Than Springtime (2:49)
  19. 19 This Nearly Was Mine (2:29)
  20. 20 Invitation (3:15)
  21. 21 The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (2:34)
  22. 22 Frenesi (2:43)
  23. 23 Just You, Just Me (2:50)
  24. 24 Leap Frog (2:48)
  25. 25 Goodnight Sweetheart (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les Brown & His Band of Renown Primary Artist, Track Performer
Les Brown Indexed Contributor, Reeds
Dave Pell Reeds
Don Bagley Bass
Dick Collins Trumpet
Ronnie Lang Reeds
Tony Rizzi Guitar
Roland Bundock Bass
Bob Burgess Trombone
Geoff Clarkson Piano
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Donn Trenner Piano
Vern Friley Trombone
J. Hill Trombone
Roy Main Trombone
Bobby Pring Trombone
Bill Richmond Drums
Dick Shreve Piano
Ray Sims Trombone
Don Smith Trumpet
Butch Stone Reeds
Stan Stout Trumpet
Ray Triscari Trumpet
Billy Usselton Reeds
Stumpy Brown Trombone
Dick Kenney Trombone
Abe Aaron Reeds
Wes Hensel Trumpet
Matt Utal Reeds
David Grupp Percussion
Melvin Pollan Bass
Bobby Styles Trumpet
John Banister Piano
Lloyd Morales Drums
Vernon Polk Guitar
Ralph LaPolla Reeds
Mickey McMahon Trumpet
Jerry Kadowitz Trumpet
Technical Credits
Rudy Vallée Composer
Les Brown Arranger
Jimmy Campbell Composer
Sonny Burke Arranger
Frank Comstock Arranger
Larry Hathaway Producer, Liner Notes
J. Hill Arranger
Frank Lopez Licensing
Skip Martin Arranger
Ron McMaster Mastering
Tom Cartwright Executive Producer
Don Wood Liner Notes
Adam Varon Licensing
Darren Wong Art Direction, Illustrations
Bryan Kelley Producer
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