Best of the Charioteers

Best of the Charioteers

by The Charioteers
     
 

This is the very first CD to feature the 1930-1940's vocal group the Charioteers. The Best Of The Charioteers (2003) presents two-dozen tracks spanning over a decade during their stint with Columbia, and the related Vocalion and Okeh labels. The quintet's sublime blend was led by Billy Williams (tenorSee more details below

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This is the very first CD to feature the 1930-1940's vocal group the Charioteers. The Best Of The Charioteers (2003) presents two-dozen tracks spanning over a decade during their stint with Columbia, and the related Vocalion and Okeh labels. The quintet's sublime blend was led by Billy Williams (tenor), who would go on to have a well-received solo career as well. In addition to the sides featured on this compilation, The Charioteers would also become known for backing up other pop vocalists such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. The group was promoted to tap into the success of the Ink Spots, who were on the rival Decca Records label. While not compiled extensively in this collection, the Charioteers rich musical heritage also includes a significant and concurrently successful stint on the gospel circuit. One listen will reveal the profound influence that these sides had as definite precursors to both 1950's doo wop and ultimately modern R&B. The scope of material ranges from the fun, uptempo romps "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans"; the talkin' blues "Open the Door, Richard"; the chuggin' be-bop of "Oooh! Look-a-There, Ain't She Pretty?"; to the languid balladry of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," "We'll Meet Again," and the heartfelt "A Kiss And A Rose." The remastered sound of these recordings is also worth mentioning as the earliest sides were transcribed from actual 78 rpm records. However, such care was taken that listeners would be hard pressed to tell. The Best Of The Charioteers is the perfect companion to Ride Red Ride (1996) which includes 20 gospel and sacred sides from these masterful pop vocalists.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742037722
catalogNumber:
377

Tracks

  1. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
  2. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
  3. Why Should I Complain?
  4. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  5. So Long
  6. Calliope Jane
  7. We'll Meet Again
  8. I Understand
  9. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
  10. Yes, Indeed!
  11. Elmer's Tune
  12. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  13. On the Boardwalk (In Atlantic City)
  14. You Can't See the Sun When You're Cryin'
  15. Open the Door, Richard!
  16. Ride, Red, Ride
  17. Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go to Sleep)
  18. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  19. Sleepy Time Gal
  20. Oooh! Look-A-There, Ain't She Pretty?
  21. What Did He Say? (The Mumble Song)
  22. The Last Thing I Want Is Your Pity
  23. A Kiss and a Rose
  24. Until

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charioteers   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Bob Crosby   Composer
Lucky Millinder   Composer
Russ Morgan   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Sy Oliver   Composer
Dick Jurgens   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Josef Myrow   Composer
Dusty Fletcher   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Jack McVea   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Charles Randolph Grean   Composer
Paul Greenwood   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
John Mason   Composer
Teddy McRae   Composer
Billy Moll   Composer
Alan Roberts   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
George Bassman   Composer
Jack Fulton   Composer
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Clarence Todd   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Hoffman   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Ange Lorenzo   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Elmer Albrecht   Composer
Joseph Reed Alden   Composer
Hughie Charles   Composer
Cy Coben   Composer
Thomas Connor   Composer
Raymond B. Egan   Composer
Mabel Wayne   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Remus Harris   Composer
Irving Melsher   Composer
Don Howell   Composer
Eugene Novello   Composer
Ross Parker   Composer

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