Only the Best of Count Basie and His Orchestra

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431111024
  • Catalog Number: 1110
  • Sales rank: 256,555

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Taxi War Dance - Count Basie Orchestra (2:52)
  2. 2 Red Bank Boogie - Count Basie Orchestra (2:31)
  3. 3 Rock-A-Bye Boogie - Count Basie Orchestra (3:02)
  4. 4 Lester Leaps In - Count Basie Orchestra (3:15)
  5. 5 Moten Swing - Count Basie Orchestra (2:19)
  6. 6 One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie Orchestra (3:05)
  7. 7 Jumpin' at the Woodside - Count Basie Orchestra (3:08)
  8. 8 If I Could Be (One Hour Tonight) - Count Basie Orchestra (3:03)
  9. 9 Blue Skies - Count Basie Orchestra (2:54)
  10. 10 Jump for Me - Count Basie Orchestra (3:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Battle Royal (5:34)
  2. 2 To You (3:55)
  3. 3 Take the 'A' Train (3:47)
  4. 4 Until I Met You (4:55)
  5. 5 Wild Man (6:23)
  6. 6 Segue in C (8:22)
  7. 7 BDB (4:44)
  8. 8 Jumpin' at the Woodside (3:10)
  9. 9 Red Bank Boogie (2:36)
  10. 10 It's Sand, Man! (3:12)
  11. 11 Jimmy's Blues (3:01)
  12. 12 The Mad Boogie (2:58)
  13. 13 Goin' to Chicago Blues (3:25)
  14. 14 Avenue C (3:09)
  15. 15 The King (3:11)
  16. 16 Taps Miller (3:27)
  17. 17 Rusty Dusty Blues (3:18)
  18. 18 Rambo (3:20)
  19. 19 You Can't Run Around (Blues) (3:22)
  20. 20 One O' Clock Jump (3:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sugar Blues (2:59)
  2. 2 Bugle Blues (2:23)
  3. 3 Royal Garden Blues (3:09)
  4. 4 How Long Blues (3:01)
  5. 5 St. Louis Blues (3:21)
  6. 6 Cafe Society Blues (3:19)
  7. 7 Farewell Blues (3:19)
  8. 8 Way Back Blues (3:30)
  9. 9 Lose the Blackout Blues - Count Basie Orchestra (3:14)
  10. 10 Rusty Dusty Blues aka "Mama Mama Blues" - Count Basie Orchestra (3:14)
  11. 11 Basie Blues - Count Basie Orchestra (3:10)
  12. 12 Deep in the Blues - Count Basie Orchestra (3:10)
  13. 13 Avenue C - Count Basie Orchestra (3:07)
  14. 14 Rambo - Count Basie Orchestra (3:21)
  15. 15 Stay Cool - Count Basie Orchestra (3:11)
  16. 16 Hob-Nail Boogie - Count Basie Orchestra (2:26)
  17. 17 Danny Boy - Count Basie Orchestra (3:12)
  18. 18 Wild Bill's Boogie - Count Basie Orchestra (2:32)
  19. 19 Goodbye Baby - Count Basie Orchestra (2:18)
  20. 20 Lonesome Miss Petty - Count Basie Orchestra (2:51)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Ain't It the Truth (2:56)
  2. 2 Time on My Hands (3:23)
  3. 3 The Mad Boogie (2:54)
  4. 4 It's Square But It Rocks (2:30)
  5. 5 Music Makers (2:45)
  6. 6 Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie - Lester Young (2:28)
  7. 7 High Tide (2:49)
  8. 8 I Didn't Know About You (3:17)
  9. 9 You and Your Love (2:44)
  10. 10 Jump for Me (3:09)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Blues in My Heart (2:53)
  2. 2 (I Don't Stand) A Ghost of a Chance (With You) (3:54)
  3. 3 Idaho (2:19)
  4. 4 Red Roses for a Blue Lady (2:50)
  5. 5 Moonglow (2:55)
  6. 6 Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me (2:14)
  7. 7 Ain't Misbehavin' (2:35)
  8. 8 Sweet Lorraine (3:22)
  9. 9 M Squad (2:18)
  10. 10 Don't Worry 'Bout Me (2:57)
  11. 11 As Long as I Live (2:40)
  12. 12 I've Got the World on a String (2:48)
  13. 13 Flight of the Foo Birds (3:53)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Tootie (2:53)
  2. 2 How Long Blues (2:53)
  3. 3 Way Back Blues (3:29)
  4. 4 Blues (I Still Think of Her) (2:48)
  5. 5 Harvard Blues (3:23)
  6. 6 Bugle Blues (2:22)
  7. 7 Take Me Back, Baby (3:03)
  8. 8 The Golden Bullet (2:29)
  9. 9 Nobody Knows (2:47)
  10. 10 Royal Garden Blues (3:07)
  11. 11 I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town (3:03)
  12. 12 Bluebeard Blues (3:06)
  13. 13 Mutton-Leg (3:21)
  14. 14 Beaver Junction (3:01)
  15. 15 Patience and Fortitude (3:20)
  16. 16 I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me) (3:12)
  17. 17 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (3:14)
  18. 18 Little Pony (2:30)
  19. 19 Stay Cool (3:12)
  20. 20 These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) (3:02)
  21. 21 'Ay Now! (2:33)
  22. 22 Ain't It the Truth (2:55)
  23. 23 Ride On (3:17)
  24. 24 One O'Clock Jump (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Leader
Serge Chaloff Baritone Saxophone
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Buddy DeFranco Clarinet
Harry "Sweets" 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
Al 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 "Sweets" 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 Jr. 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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