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Old Gold Rehearsals 1944
     

Old Gold Rehearsals 1944

by Woody Herman
 
This is a very surprising collection of recordings by Woody Herman's First Herd, which consists of rehearsals from a series of broadcasts in 1944 made by the big band on the Old Gold Cigarettes summer season of radio shows. These transcriptions were rehearsals primarily made to check broadcast timings and microphone balances; what is unusual is that they were set

Overview

This is a very surprising collection of recordings by Woody Herman's First Herd, which consists of rehearsals from a series of broadcasts in 1944 made by the big band on the Old Gold Cigarettes summer season of radio shows. These transcriptions were rehearsals primarily made to check broadcast timings and microphone balances; what is unusual is that they were set aside without damage for over six and a half decades, showing little signs of wear or sound flaws. The generally swinging arrangements are by either Ralph Burns or Neal Hefti; the material includes a mix of songs associated with Herman ("Woodchopper's Ball" and "Apple Honey"), standards ("Sweet Lorraine" and "I've Got the World on a String"), and quite a few novelty throwaways with good-natured vocals by the leader, such as the forgettable "It Must Be Jelly Cause Jam Don't Shake Like That" and the rather bland "Noah." Herman fans will enjoy strong performances by Flip Phillips and Bill Harris, as well as the leader's clarinet solos and underrated vocals. Announcements, commercials, and incidental commentary by sports broadcaster Red Barber and popular singer Allan Jones are included; especially amusing is the "Old Gold Commercial" with Barber referring to "tuhbaccah" laced with "Apple Honey" in his thick southern accent. Fans of big band swing will enjoy this long-overlooked music.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2001
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0717101207923
catalogNumber:
793528
Rank:
301108

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Woody Herman   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Bill Harris   Trombone
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Burns   Piano
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Neal Hefti   Trumpet
Chubby Jackson   Bass
John LaPorta   Tenor Saxophone
Margie Hyams   Vibes
Sam Marowitz   Alto Saxophone
Pete Mondello   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Tough   Drums
Carl Warwick   Trumpet
Ray Wetzel   Trumpet
Skippy de Sair   Baritone Saxophone
Ed Kiefer   Trombone
Bill Shine   Alto Saxophone
Woody Herman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Ralph Pfeffner   Trombone
Charlie Frankhouser   Trumpet
Billy Robbins   Trumpet
Dick Munson   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Louis Jordan   Composer
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Neal Hefti   Arranger
George Williams   Composer
Joe Raposo   Composer
Chummy MacGregor   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
George Hall   Liner Notes
New Orleans Collective   Composer
Jimmy Noble   Composer

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