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Best of Victor Young & the Brunswick Studio Orchestra 1932-1934
     

The Best of Victor Young & the Brunswick Studio Orchestra 1932-1934

by Victor Young
 
Remarkably, this 2003 title is the very first CD to collect recordings by conductor Victor Young. The two dozen sides on this volume feature discs made with the renowned Brunswick Studio Orchestra. By the time that Young signed on with Brunswick Records, he had already established himself as a formidable arranger and

Overview

Remarkably, this 2003 title is the very first CD to collect recordings by conductor Victor Young. The two dozen sides on this volume feature discs made with the renowned Brunswick Studio Orchestra. By the time that Young signed on with Brunswick Records, he had already established himself as a formidable arranger and bandleader, sporting successful sessions with Ben Pollack and His Orchestra, and Isham Jones; the latter on his landmark and definitive adaptation of the pop standard "Stardust." Young's trademark sound was already developing with highly affable melodies that are surprisingly intricate, as well as picking top-flight musicians who were able to further sonically embellish and round out the orchestration. The material covered offers a mixture of concurrent popular and show tunes -- which would foreshadow Young's future and his extensive cinematic work in the late '30s, '40s and '50s -- for which he would garner no less than 20 Oscar Award nominations. A majority of these songs were tailored as dance numbers and instantly recall the pre-big band jazz and ragtime of the early '30s. The light and bouncy "Rise 'n' Shine," "You Can Make My Life A Bed Of Roses" and the definitely non-drowsy rendering of "Sleep (Come On & Take Me)," are obligatory toe-tappers. They contrast the languid romance inherent in the bluesy "I've Got to Sing A Torch Song," and the lazy and rolling rhythm of "Take Me In Your Arms." Among the vocalists that Young worked with during this era: Paul Small, Dick Robertson, Frank Munn, Smith Ballew, Chick Bullock and Lynn Dori all contribute to this compilation. As one might anticipate, there were also a bevy of equally remarkable instrumental talents filtered through the Brunswick Studio Orchestra. Among the high profile personnel are the Dorsey Brothers Jimmy (sax/clarinet) and Tommy (trombone), Manny Klein (trumpet), Joe Venuti (violin), and Bunny Berigan (trumpet). This retrospective can be considered essential not only because it is the only one of its ilk; but also because it traces Victor Young's pre-Hollywood career in a wholly representative fashion.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742036626
catalogNumber:
366

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Victor Young   Primary Artist
Will Osborne   Vocals
Harlan Lattimore   Vocals
Chick Bullock   Vocals
Dick Robertson   Vocals
Smith Ballew   Vocals
Fran Frey   Vocals
Frank Munn   Vocals
Henry Rowland   Vocals
Lynn Dori   Vocals
Vincent Rose and His Orchestra   Track Performer
Ray Kavanaugh   Track Performer
Ed Loyd Orchestra   Track Performer
Majestic Dance Orchestra   Track Performer
Phil Dewitt Romano Clinton Hotel Orchestra   Track Performer
Helen Rowland   Track Performer
Albert Taylor Orchestra   Track Performer
Vanities Orchestra   Track Performer
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert   Vocals

Technical Credits

Vincent Youmans   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Aleste   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Dana Suesse   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Wolfgang Rebner   Composer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Sammy Lerner   Composer
Fritz Rotter   Composer
Boyd Bunch   Composer
Clifford "C Major" Caeser   Composer
Lewis Gensler   Composer
Roger Robles   Liner Notes

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