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Ruban Bleu Years: Complete Recordings 1944-1949

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
All of Maxine Sullivan's recordings from 1944-1949 are on this single CD; she would only record two songs during the 1950-1954 period before making some full-length records in 1955. This reissue is more complete than the previous Tono recording that covered the same period, for it adds nine additional cuts. The previous 18 numbers find Sullivan in the studios with a couple of groups that utilize string sections and Larry Johnson's Orchestra, and, best of all, six swinging numbers with pianist Ellis Larkins' trio. The "new" cuts feature Sullivan with the Teddy Wilson Sextet, Benny Carter's big band, and on the radio with backing by Jimmie Lunceford's Orchestra. Although ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
All of Maxine Sullivan's recordings from 1944-1949 are on this single CD; she would only record two songs during the 1950-1954 period before making some full-length records in 1955. This reissue is more complete than the previous Tono recording that covered the same period, for it adds nine additional cuts. The previous 18 numbers find Sullivan in the studios with a couple of groups that utilize string sections and Larry Johnson's Orchestra, and, best of all, six swinging numbers with pianist Ellis Larkins' trio. The "new" cuts feature Sullivan with the Teddy Wilson Sextet, Benny Carter's big band, and on the radio with backing by Jimmie Lunceford's Orchestra. Although these recordings overall did not sell that well, the appealing singer who interprets lyrics fairly straight but with a solid sense of swing was very much in her prime, as can be heard on such numbers as "Every Time We Say Goodbye," "Mad About the Boy," "Skylark," "Taking My Time," "Legalize My Name," and remakes of "Loch Lomond" and "If I Had a Ribbon Bow." Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/1998
  • Label: Baldwin Street Music
  • UPC: 776127067027
  • Catalog Number: 303
  • Sales rank: 164,788

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Behavin' Myself for You (3:04)
  2. 2 I Carry the Torch for You (2:59)
  3. 3 The Story of Our Love Affair (2:55)
  4. 4 Confession Is Good for the Soul (3:00)
  5. 5 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (3:02)
  6. 6 This Heart of Mine (3:01)
  7. 7 I'm the Caring Kind (2:44)
  8. 8 Looking for a Boy (2:49)
  9. 9 If I Had a Ribbon Bow (2:45)
  10. 10 Mad About the Boy (2:52)
  11. 11 Jackie Boy (2:35)
  12. 12 I Must Have That Man! (2:53)
  13. 13 Loch Lomond (2:36)
  14. 14 I Can't Get Started (2:56)
  15. 15 Skylark - Ellis Larkins Trio (2:41)
  16. 16 Come Rain or Come Shine - Ellis Larkins Trio (2:49)
  17. 17 Taking My Time - Ellis Larkins Trio (2:04)
  18. 18 Summertime (2:58)
  19. 19 Legalize My Name - Ellis Larkins Trio (2:51)
  20. 20 Miss Otis Regrets - Ellis Larkins Trio (2:34)
  21. 21 Restless (2:48)
  22. 22 Cry, Buttercup, Cry (3:03)
  23. 23 Loch Lomond (2:25)
  24. 24 Cow Cow Boogie (2:45)
  25. 25 Molly Malone (2:10)
  26. 26 Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet (2:35)
  27. 27 The Folks Who Live on the Hill (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maxine Sullivan Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Tony Scott Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone
Al Grey Trombone
Jimmie Lunceford Track Performer
Joe Newman Trumpet
Red Norvo Vibes
Specs Powell Drums
Teddy Wilson Piano, Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Hank D'Amico Clarinet
Bob Haggart Bass
Larry Johnson Piano
Russell Procope Alto Saxophone
Shorty Rogers Trumpet
Trummy Young Trombone
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Tony Colucci Guitar
Morey Feld Drums
Al Hall Bass
J.C. Heard Drums
Ellis Larkins Piano, Band
Alton Moore Trombone
Beverly Peer Bass
John Simmons Bass
Sonny White Piano
Cedric Wallace Strings, Drums, Performing Ensemble
Sandy Williams Trombone
Benny Carter & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Harry Patent Bass, Strings
Laura Newell Harp
Willard Brown Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Susanna Hoffs Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Vicki Peterson Composer
Jack Towers Mastering
Lance Martin Artwork
Ted Takashi Ono Producer, Liner Notes
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