The Centennial Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
What makes the Benny Goodman chapter in the RCA/Bluebird Centennial Collection series worthwhile is, in this case, the bonus DVD. While every volume in the series has one, Goodman and his bands were used by Hollywood more than most bands from the late 1930s and early '40s, and the stuff on here is prime, as well as the footage of later performances in the mid- '60s. Sure, the CD has good sound and the hits are all here, but the DVD has performances dating from the classic Victor era quartet as well as the orchestra. There are 12 selections on the DVD. The first is almost worth the price of admission on its own. Playing a medley of "I've Got a Heartful of Music," "Avalon," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
What makes the Benny Goodman chapter in the RCA/Bluebird Centennial Collection series worthwhile is, in this case, the bonus DVD. While every volume in the series has one, Goodman and his bands were used by Hollywood more than most bands from the late 1930s and early '40s, and the stuff on here is prime, as well as the footage of later performances in the mid- '60s. Sure, the CD has good sound and the hits are all here, but the DVD has performances dating from the classic Victor era quartet as well as the orchestra. There are 12 selections on the DVD. The first is almost worth the price of admission on its own. Playing a medley of "I've Got a Heartful of Music," "Avalon," and "House Hop," this film was issued as a short in its own right as a part of a tribute to Will Rogers. Along with killer close-ups of Goodman, we also get Gene Krupa and Harry Carney in fine swinging style. There are three tunes that come from the 1942 film The Powers Girl, and feature the quintet playing "I Know That You Know," as well as the orchestra ripping it up on "One O'Clock Jump," and "Roll 'Em." The classic trailer form the 1943 picture Gang's All Here is included, as well as some cool network TV performances from 1960 with Red Norvo, and then there's the greatest of all the Goodman footage in "Why Don't You Do Right," with a young Peggy Lee in Stage Door Canteen, plus a great clip of the title cut from Bugle Call Rag. There is also an interview wit Goodman in audio-only to wind up the set, but in all it totals a fine collection -- one that fans need -- and serves as an amazing historical introduction to the great bandleader.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766008821
  • Catalog Number: 60088
  • Sales rank: 165,132

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sometimes I'm Happy - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:44)
  2. 2 King Porter Stomp - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:11)
  3. 3 Body and Soul (3:32)
  4. 4 Good-Bye - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:30)
  5. 5 I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music - Gene Krupa (3:07)
  6. 6 Swingtime in the Rockies - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:15)
  7. 7 These Foolish Things - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (2:35)
  8. 8 Moonglow - Benny Goodman Quartet (3:26)
  9. 9 Bugle Call Rag - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:00)
  10. 10 Jam Session - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (2:55)
  11. 11 Goodnight, My Love - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:11)
  12. 12 I Want to Be Happy - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (2:41)
  13. 13 Rosetta - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (2:42)
  14. 14 Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (8:44)
  15. 15 Roll 'Em - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:15)
  16. 16 Life Goes to a Party - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:08)
  17. 17 Lullaby in Rhythm - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:36)
  18. 18 Wrappin' It Up - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:03)
  19. 19 Bumble Bee Stomp - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:01)
  20. 20 And the Angels Sing - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:14)
  21. 21 Opus 3/4 - Benny Goodman Quartet (2:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I've Got a Heartful of Music/Avalon/House Hop
  2. 2 I Know That You Know
  3. 3 Roll 'Em
  4. 4 One O'Clock Jump
  5. 5 Movie Trailer
  6. 6 Why Don't You Do Right
  7. 7 Bugle Call Rag
  8. 8 Newsreel Coverage
  9. 9 The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
  10. 10 Sextet Blues
  11. 11 The Monk Swings
  12. 12 The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
  13. 13 The Monk Swings
  14. 14 Interview With Benny Goodman
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Goodman Primary Artist, Clarinet
Chu Berry Piano, Tenor Saxophone
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Gene Krupa Drums
Helen Ward Vocals
Israel Crosby Bass
Allan Reuss Guitar
Jess Stacy Piano
Martha Tilton Vocals
Benny Goodman Quartet Track Performer
Technical Credits
Louis Prima Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Harry James Arranger, Composer
Gordon Jenkins Arranger, Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Ziggy Elman Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Jimmy Mundy Arranger, Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Mary Lou Williams Arranger
Jack Pettis Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Barry Feldman Producer, Reissue Producer
Fletcher Henderson Arranger, Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Doug Pomeroy Mastering, Metal Transfers, Original Transfers
Eddie Sauter Arranger
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra Arranger
Rebecca Meek Art Direction, Package Art Direction
Robert Sour Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Harry Revel Composer
Clifford Grey Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Clarence Profit Composer
William Henri Woode Composer
David French Liner Notes, Annotation
Dave Franklin Composer
Nathan Sedlander Executive Producer
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