The Treasury Shows, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
On April 7, 1945, Duke Ellington began a series of broadcasts for the Treasury Department; the series ended 45 shows later on October 5, 1946. Albums of the broadcasts were released by Sweden's Phontastic label's Nostalgia Series beginning in the early 1980s and, almost 20 years later, Denmark's outstanding Storyville label began an undertaking to reissue all of the sessions on CD. The liner notes from this initial volume promise a release every other month. When the series originally started, World War II was ending in Europe, but an intense struggle was anticipated for Japan. Still seeking to promote war bond sales, the Treasury Department sponsored 55-minute Saturday ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
On April 7, 1945, Duke Ellington began a series of broadcasts for the Treasury Department; the series ended 45 shows later on October 5, 1946. Albums of the broadcasts were released by Sweden's Phontastic label's Nostalgia Series beginning in the early 1980s and, almost 20 years later, Denmark's outstanding Storyville label began an undertaking to reissue all of the sessions on CD. The liner notes from this initial volume promise a release every other month. When the series originally started, World War II was ending in Europe, but an intense struggle was anticipated for Japan. Still seeking to promote war bond sales, the Treasury Department sponsored 55-minute Saturday broadcasts by Ellington from various venues, mainly in New York and some in Los Angeles as well. As a bonus on the first volume, Storyville has included two 1943 broadcasts of the Treasury's Star Parade Show which had Ellington's band as the feature. The Ellington ensemble was undergoing some changes during this period. Ben Webster had departed although he is heard on the 1943 broadcasts, and Junior Raglin had replaced the recently deceased Jimmy Blanton on bass. Juan Tizol and Harold "Shorty" Baker had also departed but, like so many former Ellington players, they returned in later years. But the basic foundation of the band was still intact. Johnny Hodges does his alto thing on "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." Kay Davis pays honor to Adelaide Hall with her obbligatos on "Creole Love Call." Jimmy Hamilton, Lawrence Brown, and Cat Anderson are on hand as part of one of the Duke's most resourceful organizations. The play list is made up mostly of Ellington/Strayhorn compositions many written during this period with an occasional nod to pop music of the day. And several of the songs and the war bond promos are repeated. But even the insulting comments of the announcer, who refers to Al Hibbler as "that blind boy who sings with the Duke Ellington Orchestra," doesn't detract from the wonderful experience generated by this album. This is essential Ellington.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2001
  • Label: Storyville Records
  • UPC: 717101900121
  • Catalog Number: 9039001
  • Sales rank: 110,751

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take the "A" Train (0:52)
  2. 2 Bluetopia (4:26)
  3. 3 Midriff (4:19)
  4. 4 Creole Love Call (5:13)
  5. 5 Suddenly It Jumped (3:07)
  6. 6 Frustration (3:56)
  7. 7 I'm Beginning to See the Light (3:10)
  8. 8 The Perfume Suite (0:44)
  9. 9 Love (Balcony Serenade) (2:55)
  10. 10 Violence (Strange Feeling) (4:44)
  11. 11 Dancers in Love (2:15)
  12. 12 Sophistication (Coloratura) (3:00)
  13. 13 Air-Conditioned Jungle (4:46)
  14. 14 I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues (2:58)
  15. 15 Subtle Slough (4:18)
  16. 16 Passion Flower (Into Closing) (2:41)
  17. 17 Take the "A" Train (Theme) (0:31)
  18. 18 Hayfoot, Strawfoot (2:29)
  19. 19 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (3:58)
  20. 20 A Slip of the Lip (Can Sink a Ship) (3:18)
  21. 21 Take the "A" Train (0:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Moon Mist (Theme and Intro) (5:29)
  2. 2 New World A-Comin' (3:11)
  3. 3 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (3:30)
  4. 4 Mood Indigo (1:32)
  5. 5 Chant for FDR (American Lullaby) (8:14)
  6. 6 Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow (4:19)
  7. 7 Creole Love Call (1:07)
  8. 8 Moon Mist (2:26)
  9. 9 Any Bonds Today? (Transcription Theme) - Studio Orchestra (0:40)
  10. 10 Take the "A" Train (Theme) (0:27)
  11. 11 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (2:42)
  12. 12 Caravan (3:44)
  13. 13 Bond Promo (1:21)
  14. 14 It Can't Be Wrong (2:16)
  15. 15 Johnny Come Lately (1:41)
  16. 16 Any Bonds Today? (Closing Theme) - Studio Orchestra (1:45)
  17. 17 Any Bonds Today? (Closing Theme) - Studio Orchestra (0:54)
  18. 18 Take the "A" Train (Theme) (0:16)
  19. 19 Wait for Me Mary (2:15)
  20. 20 Moon Mist (2:36)
  21. 21 Bond Promo (1:04)
  22. 22 A Slip of the Lip (2:21)
  23. 23 Things Ain't What They Used to Be (3:09)
  24. 24 Any Bonds Today? (Closing Theme) - Studio Orchestra (1:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano, Leader
Al Hibbler Vocals
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ray Nance Trumpet, Violin, Vocals
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Rex Stewart Trumpet
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Joya Sherrill Vocals
Sonny Greer Drums
Harold Baker Trumpet
Harry Carney Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Kay Davis Vocals
Fred Guy Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill Trumpet
Claude Jones Trombone
Nat Jones Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton Trombone
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Juan Tizol Trombone
Wallace Jones Trumpet
Oett "Sax" Mallard Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Sandy Williams Trombone
Junior Raglin Bass
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone
Studio Orchestra Track Performer
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Mercer Ellington Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Arranger, Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Max Steiner Composer
Billy Strayhorn Arranger
Jerry Valburn Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Robert Bamberger Liner Notes
Paul McGrane Composer
H.J. Lengsfelder Composer
Ted Persons Composer
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