Legendary Duo at Their Best

The Legendary Duo at Their Best

by Les Paul & Mary Ford
     
 

The silky smooth vocals of Mary Ford blended with the brilliant playing skills of Les Paul produced some of the best pop music of the '50s. On the Legendary Duo at Their Best box set, six of the albums they released between 1950 and 1957 are represented on three CDs. This is a high point for both musicians, as their work together was a perfect fit and their…  See more details below

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The silky smooth vocals of Mary Ford blended with the brilliant playing skills of Les Paul produced some of the best pop music of the '50s. On the Legendary Duo at Their Best box set, six of the albums they released between 1950 and 1957 are represented on three CDs. This is a high point for both musicians, as their work together was a perfect fit and their careers before and after this period was never as good as what is here. Starting with 1950's The Hitmakers, the collection showcases some of the best work the duo ever did. Performing in a country style, Paul shines on this album, as his unique ringing guitar and nimble fingers sound absolutely beautiful. The second half of this disc is dedicated to Time to Dream, the commercially disappointing 1957 recording that signaled the beginning of the end for their partnership. It is a far more relaxed affair than anything else on the set, Paul's flashy playing takes a backseat to careful strumming and sappy ballads. The album is alright, but compared to everything else in the collection it falls below their standard. The second disc features Bye Bye Blues and Les and Mary, two fantastic albums that may represent their best moments in music. Both albums are very similar, as they have an equal mix of Paul's inspirational guitar technique and Ford's expressive vocals. The smoother production and poppier material help this maintain its quality, and best of all it includes "Mammy's Boogie," a burst of brilliant guitar fury that stands with Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" and Van Halen's "Eruption" as one of the most important technical moments in guitar history. The last disc contains the two volumes of The New Sound, the albums that practically introduced Paul and Ford to the public. The first volume features only Paul, and is one of the great guitar albums of the decade. His skill and ability never fails to amaze, even today he still sounds like the future of guitar. The second volume was the first to feature Ford, and it may be her best performance on the set. Her breathy vocals on "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" are nothing short of great, displaying her skill for setting up a mood to display Paul's incredible flourishes. The set may not be great from front to back, but these recordings are a must for any follower of guitar history, as well as anyone who is interested to hear one of the most charismatic guitarists of the 20th century at his prime.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2001
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431009123
catalogNumber:
91

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. How High the Moon
  2. Josephine
  3. Mockin' Bird Hill
  4. Whispering
  5. Vaya con Dios (May God Be With You)
  6. I'm a Fool to Care
  7. The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
  8. Meet Mister Callaghan
  9. Tiger Rag
  10. Tennessee Waltz
  11. I'm Sitting on Top of the World
  12. Whither Thou Goest
  13. That Old Feeling
  14. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  15. My Silent Love
  16. I Surrender, Dear
  17. You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)
  18. June in January
  19. Moonlight and Shadows
  20. I Can't Get Started
  21. How Deep Is the Ocean?
  22. Sweet and Lovely
  23. Prisoner of Love
  24. If I Had You

Disc 2

  1. Wabash Blues
  2. Bye Bye Blues
  3. Blues Stay Away from Me
  4. Deep in the Blues
  5. It's a Lonesome Old Town
  6. Walkin' and Whistlin' Blues
  7. St. Louis Blues
  8. Mammy's Boogie
  9. Frankie and Johnny
  10. Don't Cry Baby
  11. Jazz Me Blues
  12. Smoke Rings
  13. Falling in Love With Love
  14. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  15. Just One of Those Things
  16. Twelfth Street Rag
  17. Lies
  18. Turista
  19. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  20. Nuevo Laredo
  21. The Best Things in Life Are Free
  22. Moritat
  23. Some of These Days
  24. Tico, Tico
  25. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
  26. Dangerous Curves
  27. I'm Movin' On
  28. Farewell (For Just Awhile)

Disc 3

  1. Brazil
  2. Hip-Billy Boogie
  3. Swiss Woodpecker
  4. Caravan
  5. Sleep
  6. Lady of Spain
  7. Lover
  8. The Man on the Flying Trapeze
  9. By the Light of the Silvery Moon
  10. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  11. Nola
  12. South
  13. In the Good Old Summertime
  14. Three Little Words
  15. Lonesome Road
  16. Chicken Reel
  17. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  18. The Carioca
  19. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  20. Just One More Chance
  21. I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
  22. The Moon of Manakoora
  23. Don'cha Hear Them Bells
  24. La Rosita

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Les Paul & Mary Ford   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Paul   Indexed Contributor

Technical Credits

Paul   Arranger,Adaptation
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
David Bennett   Composer
Euday L. Bowman   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Wayne Raney   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Alfred Newman   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Chauncey Gray   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Russ Columbo   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Bert Lown   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
George Leybourne   Composer
Edward Madden   Composer
Dave Ringle   Composer
Allan Stuart   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Stanley Damerell   Composer
Zequinha de Abreu   Composer
Paul Dupont   Composer
Gus Edwards   Composer
Tolchard Evans   Composer
Fichera   Liner Notes
Buddy Pepper   Composer
Inez James   Composer
Fred Meinken   Composer
Gus Haenschen   Composer
Robert Hargreaves   Composer
Frederick Hamm   Composer
Henry Tilsley   Composer
Larry Russell   Composer
H. E. Gifford   Composer
Antonio Sbarbaro   Composer
Lester O'Keefe   Composer
Edwin Edwards   Composer
Apolonio   Composer

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