Sweetest Harmony: 25 Vintage Harmony Groups

Sweetest Harmony: 25 Vintage Harmony Groups

     
 
The crucial British early-jazz/vocal label ASV/Living Era compiled this collection of classic harmony groups from the '20s to the '40s, and it makes for an excellent primer of two-dozen classic tracks. Beginning with a side by one of the best early (recorded) units, "Breezin' Along With the Breeze" by the Revelers, Sweetest Harmony cycles through every

Overview

The crucial British early-jazz/vocal label ASV/Living Era compiled this collection of classic harmony groups from the '20s to the '40s, and it makes for an excellent primer of two-dozen classic tracks. Beginning with a side by one of the best early (recorded) units, "Breezin' Along With the Breeze" by the Revelers, Sweetest Harmony cycles through every touchstone artist -- the Mills Brothers, the Boswell Sisters, the Ink Spots, the Comedian Harmonists, the Merry Macs, the Three Keys -- with a good selection of tracks, pleasantly surprising to have-it-all collectors yet excellent for newcomers to harmony vocals. The compilation also comes through with some seriously obscurist names, from the Four Rajahs to the Viennese Seven Singing Sisters to the Rhythm Boys (the latter was a Paul Whiteman Orchestra unit including a pre-solo Bing Crosby). It also strikes a good balance between European/barbershop forms and the swing focus of later jazz units. Once you've worn out your compilations of early Mills Brothers/Boswell Sisters sides, Sweetest Harmony is a great place to find more in the same vein.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/1997
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625521627
catalogNumber:
5216

Tracks

  1. Breezin' Along with the Breeze
  2. The Whisper Song
  3. Too Busy!
  4. Dear, on a Night Like This
  5. That's My Weakness Now
  6. The Girl in the Little Green Hat
  7. At the Baby Parade
  8. Sweet Jennie Lee!
  9. Dinah
  10. Oh! By Jingo!
  11. Stormy Weather
  12. Cuban Tango
  13. America Calling!: Dear Old Southland/"Bam"-Bam-Bammy ...
  14. Why Don't You Practice What You Preach?
  15. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
  16. Caravan
  17. Everybody Step
  18. Mandy
  19. Bidin' My Time
  20. Undecided
  21. Tuxedo Junction
  22. Shakespeare in Rhythm: Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind/Sigh No More, ...
  23. Java Jive
  24. Breathless
  25. Auf Wiederseh'n, My Dear

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrews Sisters   Track Performer
Boswell Sisters   Track Performer
Mills Brothers   Track Performer
Ink Spots   Track Performer
Bruce Campbell   Piano,Performing Ensemble
Comedian Harmonists   Track Performer
George Scott-Wood   Conductor
Vic Schoen   Performing Ensemble
Merry Macs   Track Performer
Ed Smalle   Piano
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Rhythm Boys   Track Performer
Revelers   Track Performer
Viennese Seven Singing Sisters   Track Performer
Three Keys   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Bing Crosby   Contributor
Erskine Hawkins   Composer
Julian Dash   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Harry Barris   Contributor
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Eric Nelson   Composer
Vic Schoen   Contributor
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Ed Smalle   Arranger
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Contributor
Rinker   Contributor
Peter Dempsey   Producer,Liner Notes
Harry Bidgood   Contributor
Joe Young   Composer
Hoffman   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Buddy Feyne   Composer
Goodhart   Composer
Brian Lawrance   Contributor

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