Only the Best of Count Basie and His Orchestra

Only the Best of Count Basie and His Orchestra

by Count Basie
The Collectables imprint's "Only the Best" series basically assembles several compilations together in a multi-disc package; compilations they've previously issued. In other words, the unassuming consumer takes a look at the back of one of these boxes -- in this case Only the Best of Count Basie -- and from


The Collectables imprint's "Only the Best" series basically assembles several compilations together in a multi-disc package; compilations they've previously issued. In other words, the unassuming consumer takes a look at the back of one of these boxes -- in this case Only the Best of Count Basie -- and from appearances it would seem that these were indeed eight actual catalog recordings by the artist split over five CDs, when in fact, it is eight different compilations assembled by the Collectables label -- even if they originally licensed them from other labels. It is a bit dubious if not fundamentally dishonest, but ultimately what any compilation gets graded on is the quality of the music. There's a ton of good stuff here, from the well known to the obscure, and serious Basie fans -- many of whom will no doubt have most if not all of this stuff (after all, who but a serious fan would consider a box set in the first place?) -- will no doubt find much to like here. The music here comes from the late '30s through the '60s, and some of the original album titles in this box are Moonglow, (which originally appeared on the Everest label), Blues by Basie, One O'Clock Jump, Dance Parade, First Time! The Count Meets the Duke, Count Basie Classics, Ain't It the Truth, and Basie's Boogie. There is also a second disc in the set called Blues by Basie that is a separate compilation recording, just to make things more confusing. The best things to be said about this box -- besides the quality of the music, which is consistently high -- are the price and the sound, which is better than acceptable (though certainly not of audiophile quality).

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Disc 1

  1. Taxi War Dance
  2. Red Bank Boogie
  3. Rock-A-Bye Boogie
  4. Lester Leaps In
  5. Moten Swing
  6. One O'Clock Jump
  7. Jumpin' at the Woodside
  8. If I Could Be (One Hour Tonight)
  9. Blue Skies
  10. Jump for Me

Disc 2

  1. Battle Royal
  2. To You
  3. Take the 'A' Train
  4. Until I Met You
  5. Wild Man
  6. Segue in C
  7. BDB
  8. Jumpin' at the Woodside
  9. Red Bank Boogie
  10. It's Sand, Man!
  11. Jimmy's Blues
  12. The Mad Boogie
  13. Goin' to Chicago Blues
  14. Avenue C
  15. The King
  16. Taps Miller
  17. Rusty Dusty Blues
  18. Rambo
  19. You Can't Run Around (Blues)
  20. One O' Clock Jump

Disc 3

  1. Sugar Blues
  2. Bugle Blues
  3. Royal Garden Blues
  4. How Long Blues
  5. St. Louis Blues
  6. Cafe Society Blues
  7. Farewell Blues
  8. Way Back Blues
  9. Lose the Blackout Blues
  10. Rusty Dusty Blues aka "Mama Mama Blues"
  11. Basie Blues
  12. Deep in the Blues
  13. Avenue C
  14. Rambo
  15. Stay Cool
  16. Hob-Nail Boogie
  17. Danny Boy
  18. Wild Bill's Boogie
  19. Goodbye Baby
  20. Lonesome Miss Petty

Disc 4

  1. Ain't It the Truth
  2. Time on My Hands
  3. The Mad Boogie
  4. It's Square But It Rocks
  5. Music Makers
  6. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
  7. High Tide
  8. I Didn't Know About You
  9. You and Your Love
  10. Jump for Me

Disc 5

  1. Blues in My Heart
  2. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost of a Chance (With You)
  3. Idaho
  4. Red Roses for a Blue Lady
  5. Moonglow
  6. Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me
  7. Ain't Misbehavin'
  8. Sweet Lorraine
  9. M Squad
  10. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
  11. As Long as I Live
  12. I've Got the World on a String
  13. Flight of the Foo Birds

Disc 6

  1. Tootie
  2. How Long Blues
  3. Way Back Blues
  4. Blues (I Still Think of Her)
  5. Harvard Blues
  6. Bugle Blues
  7. Take Me Back, Baby
  8. The Golden Bullet
  9. Nobody Knows
  10. Royal Garden Blues
  11. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
  12. Bluebeard Blues
  13. Mutton-Leg
  14. Beaver Junction
  15. Patience and Fortitude
  16. I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me)
  17. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  18. Little Pony
  19. Stay Cool
  20. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
  21. 'Ay Now!
  22. Ain't It the Truth
  23. Ride On
  24. One O'Clock Jump

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Leader
Serge Chaloff   Baritone Saxophone
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Wardell Gray   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Helen Humes   Vocals
Illinois Jacquet   Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Buddy Rich   Drums
Charlie Rouse   Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Royal   Saxophone
Jimmy Rushing   Vocals
Tab Smith   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Buddy Tate   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lucky Thompson   Saxophone
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Lewis   Bass
Preston Love   Saxophone
Walter Page   Bass,String Bass
Don Byas   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Thelma Carpenter   Vocals
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Shad Collins   Trumpet
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Ted Donnelly   Trombone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Gus Johnson   Drums
Killian   Trumpet
George Matthews   Trombone
Dan Minor   Trombone
Caughey Roberts   Saxophone
Eli Robinson   Trombone
Rudy Rutherford   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Bob Mitchell   Trumpet
Rodney Richardson   Bass
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Henry Nemo   Vocals
Michele Woods   Trombone
Benny Morton's All Stars   Trombone
Chief Justice Earl Warren   Saxophone,Vocals
Robert Bruce Scott   Trombone

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Buck Clayton   Composer
Harry Edison   Composer
Freddie Green   Composer
Thad Jones   Composer
Jimmy Rushing   Composer
Tab Smith   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
George Avakian   Liner Notes
Stanley Dance   Liner Notes
Duke Ellington   Composer
Jeffrey James   Reissue Producer
Edward Lewis   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Frank Wess   Composer
Will Weldon   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
George T. Simon   Liner Notes
Charles Edward Smith   Liner Notes
Doc Dougherty   Composer
Buster Harding   Composer
George Frazier   Composer
Hub Lytle   Composer
Skeets Tolbert   Composer
Billy Moore   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Milton Ebbins   Composer
Lucy Fletcher   Composer
Don Wolf   Composer
Blackie Warren   Composer
Dickie Wells' Blue Seven   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer

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