Sweetest Harmony: 25 Vintage Harmony Groups

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1997
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625521627
  • Catalog Number: 5216

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Breezin' Along with the Breeze - The Revelers (2:42)
  2. 2 The Whisper Song - The California Humming-Birds (2:59)
  3. 3 Too Busy! - The Four Rajahs (2:48)
  4. 4 Dear, on a Night Like This - The National Cavaliers Quartet (3:08)
  5. 5 That's My Weakness Now - Rhythm Boys (3:00)
  6. 6 The Girl in the Little Green Hat - The Four Musketeers (2:55)
  7. 7 At the Baby Parade - The Harmonians Quartet (3:15)
  8. 8 Sweet Jennie Lee! - George Kawaguchi's Big Four (2:22)
  9. 9 Dinah - The Cole Brothers (2:47)
  10. 10 Oh! By Jingo! - The Three Keys (2:36)
  11. 11 Stormy Weather - The Three Admirals (2:47)
  12. 12 Cuban Tango - Viennese Seven Singing Sisters (2:24)
  13. 13 America Calling!: Dear Old Southland/"Bam"-Bam-Bammy ... - The Carlyle Cousins Trio (3:07)
  14. 14 Why Don't You Practice What You Preach? - Victor Young & His Orchestra (3:00)
  15. 15 In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree - The Four Aces (2:55)
  16. 16 Caravan - The Mills Brothers (2:43)
  17. 17 Everybody Step - The Three Peters Sisters (2:36)
  18. 18 Mandy - The Four Modernaires (2:30)
  19. 19 Bidin' My Time - The Foursome (2:39)
  20. 20 Undecided - Dandridge Sisters (2:55)
  21. 21 Tuxedo Junction - Vic Schoen (3:09)
  22. 22 Shakespeare in Rhythm: Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind/Sigh No More, ... - The Cavendish Three (3:26)
  23. 23 Java Jive - The Ink Spots (3:06)
  24. 24 Breathless - The Merry Macs (2:32)
  25. 25 Auf Wiederseh'n, My Dear - Comedian Harmonists (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Andrews Sisters Track Performer
The Boswell Sisters Track Performer
The Mills Brothers Track Performer
The Ink Spots Track Performer
Jobriath Piano, Performing Ensemble
Comedian Harmonists Track Performer
George Scott-Wood Conductor
Vic Schoen Performing Ensemble
The Merry Macs Track Performer
Ed Smalle Piano
Victor Young & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Rhythm Boys Track Performer
The Revelers Track Performer
Viennese Seven Singing Sisters Track Performer
The 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
Al Rinker Contributor
Peter Dempsey Producer, Liner Notes
Martin Haskell Remastering
Harry Bidgood Contributor
Joe Young Composer
Al Hoffman Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Buddy Feyne Composer
Al Goodhart Composer
Brian Lawrance Contributor
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