It's a Wonderful World

It's a Wonderful World

by Les Brown
Collectables' three-disc package It's a Wonderful World features five of clarinetist/bandleader Les Brown's albums. Included here are Brown's The Lerner and Loewe Bandbook, The Richard Rodgers Bandbook, Bandland: Great Songs of Great Bands, Revolution in Sound, and The Best of the Rare Les Brown and His Orchestra. The four


Collectables' three-disc package It's a Wonderful World features five of clarinetist/bandleader Les Brown's albums. Included here are Brown's The Lerner and Loewe Bandbook, The Richard Rodgers Bandbook, Bandland: Great Songs of Great Bands, Revolution in Sound, and The Best of the Rare Les Brown and His Orchestra. The four full albums are representative of his early-'60s big-band charts, which harked back to his popular '40s dance-band sound while updating it for the hi-fi lounge era. However, this best-of disc features rare tracks recorded from 1941 to 1950 and showcases Brown at the height of his career popularity and creativity. This is a quirky mix of the essential and the oddball, but most Brown fanatics should find this package hard to resist.

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Disc 1

  1. Undecided
  2. It's a Wonderful World
  3. Begin the Beguine
  4. A Night in Tunisia
  5. So Rare
  6. Woodchopper's Ball
  7. Caravan
  8. A String of Pearls
  9. April in Paris
  10. And the Angels Sing
  11. Marie
  12. Got a Date With an Angel
  13. This Could Be the Start of Something
  14. Patricia
  15. The Man With the Golden Arm
  16. Unchained Melody
  17. Stompin' at the Savoy
  18. Lisbon Antigua
  19. Peter Gunn
  20. One O'Clock Jump
  21. Man With a Horn
  22. Calcutta
  23. Music Makers
  24. The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart?)
  25. Tea for Two Cha Cha
  26. Little Brown Jug

Disc 2

  1. I Could Have Danced All Night
  2. Thank Heaven for Little Girls
  3. Camelot
  4. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  5. If Ever I Would Leave You
  6. Get Me to the Church on Time
  7. Almst Like Being in Love
  8. On the Street Where You Live
  9. Gigi
  10. Follow Me
  11. I Loved You Once in Silence
  12. I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore
  13. I Could Write a Book
  14. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  15. My Funny Valentine
  16. I Married an Angel
  17. The Sound of Music
  18. Have You Met Miss Jones?
  19. Spring Is Here
  20. People Will Say We're in Love
  21. Little Girl Blue
  22. My Romance
  23. The Sweetest Sounds
  24. The Lady Is a Tramp

Disc 3

  1. Evening Star (Theme Song)
  2. That Sold Out Man (Is Here Again)
  3. Taking a Chance on Love
  4. Show Me the Way to Go Home
  5. It Couldn't Be True! (Or Could It?)
  6. Carioca
  7. Peter Is a Wolf
  8. In My Merry Oldsmobile
  9. I Guess I'll Have to Dream the Rest
  10. Lover's Leap
  11. Love Is So Terrific (Ouch! Terrific Thing!)
  12. Blue Danube
  13. Years and Years Ago
  14. Everybody's Making Money But Tchaikovsky
  15. Sophisticated Swing
  16. Put Something in the Pot, Boy!
  17. It Isn't Fair
  18. Jumpy Stumpy
  19. Turkey Hop
  20. Sunday
  21. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  22. Columbia, The Gem of the Ocean
  23. Fine Thing
  24. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brown   Primary Artist
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Don Bagley   Bass
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Dick Collins   Trumpet,Soloist
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Felix Slatkin   Violin
Jack Haskell   Vocals
John Audino   Trumpet
Bob Clark   Trumpet
Donn Trenner   Piano,Soloist
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
Gene Estes   Percussion,Bongos,Marimbas,Vibes,Boobams
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
James Getzoff   Violin
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Frank Huggins   Trumpet
Ray Kelloff   Vocals
Lou Klass   Violin
Roy Main   Trombone
Amerigo Marino   Violin
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Bob Neel   Drums
Alexander Neiman   Viola
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Phil Stephens   Tuba
Butch Stone   Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Darrel Terwilliger   Violin
Terry Trotter   Piano,Celeste
Billy Usselton   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Hubert Anderson   Percussion
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Stanley Harris   Viola
Bill Mattson   Trumpet
Clyde Brown   Trombone
Stumpy Brown   Trombone,Tuba,Bass Trombone
Eileen Wilson   Vocals
Ralph Young   Vocals
Abe Aaron   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Betty Jane Bonney   Vocals
Frank Emilio Flynn   Percussion
Joe Cadena   Trombone
Matt Utal   Saxophone
Misha Russel   Violin
John de Voodgt   Violin
Alvin Aaron   Saxophone
Four Hits And A Miss   Vocals
James Hill   Trombone
Ralph LaPolla   Saxophone
Mickey McMahon   Trumpet
Jerry Kadowitz   Trumpet
Leobardo O. Acosta   Timbales
Jules Bertaux   Bass
John Wanner   Trombone
Floyd Haller   Saxophone
Clinton McMahan   Trumpet
"John" Johnny Newsome   Tenor Saxophone
Pat Flaherty   Vocals
Fred Haller   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Dick Kennedy   Trombone,Soloist
Roy Linn   Trumpet
Chris Clark   Bass
Frank Perry   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Johann Strauss   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Elmer Bernstein   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Phil Collins   Composer
Peter Gabriel   Composer
Steve Hackett   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Woody Herman   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Art Pepper   Composer
Jan Savitt   Composer
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Ziggy Elman   Composer
Jack Jenney   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Van Alexander   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Pérez Prado   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Georges Auric   Composer
Tony Banks   Composer
Ralph Bass   Composer
Clay Boland   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Chester Cohn   Composer
Frank Comstock   Arranger
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Bill Finegan   Composer
Heino Gaze   Composer
Jerry Gray   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Edward Kleban   Liner Notes
Benny Krueger   Composer
Bonnie Lake   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Alex North   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Mike Rutherford   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Irving Townsend   Producer,Liner Notes
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Vance   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Sonny Miller   Composer
D.T. Shaw   Composer
Richard Himber   Composer
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
Jack Sharpe   Composer
Bob Higgins   Composer
William Engvick   Composer
John Farrow   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Sidney Lippman   Composer
Sylvester Sprigato   Composer
Dok Stanford   Composer
Dewey Bergman   Composer
Martin Block   Composer
Vincent Bryan   Composer
Robert Emmett Dolan   Composer
Gus Edwards   Composer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Jose Galhardo   Composer
Joseph Turnbridge   Composer
Frank Warshauer   Composer
Johnny Watson   Composer
Harold Green   Composer
Fichera   Liner Notes
Jerry Herst   Composer
Irving King   Composer
Artie Shaffel   Composer
Jack Waller   Composer
Perez Prado & His Orchestra   Composer
Joseph E. Winner   Composer

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