The Treasury Shows, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This two-CD set includes two broadcasts in the series of Treasury Department transcriptions issued as V-discs during World War II plus a Treasury Star Parade program from 1943 and a portion of a Mutual Broadcasting System program from October, 1945. These live performances have surprisingly good fidelity as they seem to originate from the actual masters rather than well-worn V-discs, which has all too often been the case with commercial issues of this series. Aside from the distraction provided by the rather stiff network MC announcements which often clash with the opening of a song, the band seems well rehearsed and the star soloists, Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Hamilton, "Tricky ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This two-CD set includes two broadcasts in the series of Treasury Department transcriptions issued as V-discs during World War II plus a Treasury Star Parade program from 1943 and a portion of a Mutual Broadcasting System program from October, 1945. These live performances have surprisingly good fidelity as they seem to originate from the actual masters rather than well-worn V-discs, which has all too often been the case with commercial issues of this series. Aside from the distraction provided by the rather stiff network MC announcements which often clash with the opening of a song, the band seems well rehearsed and the star soloists, Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Hamilton, "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Ray Nance, Cat Anderson, and Ben Webster in particular, are in top form. Less successful are some of the vocal numbers, especially Kay Davis' excessive operatic vibrato in "If You Are But a Dream." In addition to the expected hits "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," and "Creole Love Call" there are actually quite a few lesser known songs like "Tonight I Shall Sleep," "Three Cent Stomp," and "Kissing Bug"; there are also a number of rather rarely heard compositions "Riff'N Drill," "Fishing for the Moon," "Frantic Fantasy," and "Go Away Blues" and, fortunately, none of the long medleys of hits that have turned up on far too many of Ellington's live recordings although excerpts of the recently premiered "Black, Brown & Beige" are presented in medley form. The sound achieved by Jack Towers from this material recorded over a half century ago is phenomenal, and Ellington collectors will be glad to acquire these historic recordings, even if they bought the commercially issued LPs during the 1970s, because the sound has been greatly improved.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2001
  • Label: Storyville Records
  • UPC: 717101900220
  • Catalog Number: 9039002
  • Sales rank: 169,750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take the "A" Train (0:43)
  2. 2 The Mood to Be Wooed (4:38)
  3. 3 If You Are But a Dream (3:18)
  4. 4 (Otto Make That) Riff Staccato (2:33)
  5. 5 I'm Beginning to See the Light (3:19)
  6. 6 Black, Brown and Beige Introduction (0:48)
  7. 7 Black, Brown and Beige: West Indian Dance (2:30)
  8. 8 Black, Brown and Beige: The Blues (5:19)
  9. 9 Black, Brown and Beige: Emancipation Celebration (2:52)
  10. 10 Black, Brown and Beige: Sugar Hill Penthouse (2:06)
  11. 11 Sentimental Lady (0:27)
  12. 12 Stomp, Look and Listen (4:48)
  13. 13 Frantic Fantasy (4:49)
  14. 14 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (4:35)
  15. 15 Sentimental Lady (1:05)
  16. 16 Any Bonds Today? (0:55)
  17. 17 Take the "A" Train (Theme) (0:22)
  18. 18 Tonight I Shall Sleep (With a Smile on My Face) (2:12)
  19. 19 Go Away Blues (2:10)
  20. 20 Bond Promo (1:08)
  21. 21 Creole Love Song (Creole Love Call) (3:14)
  22. 22 Three Cent Stomp (3:42)
  23. 23 Any Bonds Today? (Closing Theme) (1:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Take the "A" Train (1:01)
  2. 2 Midriff (4:49)
  3. 3 Carnegie Blues (2:42)
  4. 4 Someone (3:26)
  5. 5 My Little Brown Book (3:23)
  6. 6 Kissing Bug (2:43)
  7. 7 Ring Dem Bells (3:31)
  8. 8 I'm Beginning to See the Light (3:02)
  9. 9 Black, Brown and Beige (1:09)
  10. 10 Work Song (7:13)
  11. 11 Come Sunday (5:57)
  12. 12 Candy (2:11)
  13. 13 Broadcast Interruption by War Bulletin (1:08)
  14. 14 Teardrops in the Rain (0:40)
  15. 15 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (3:13)
  16. 16 Way Low (4:25)
  17. 17 Take the "A" Train (Theme) (0:09)
  18. 18 Take the "A" Train (Theme) (0:54)
  19. 19 Love Letters (3:07)
  20. 20 Main Stem (3:20)
  21. 21 Fishing for the Moon (1:39)
  22. 22 Riffin' Drill (2:55)
  23. 23 Kissing Bug (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Harold Arlen Composer
William Cat Anderson Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Victor Young Composer
Jack Fulton Composer
Si Schwartz Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
Joan Whitney Composer
Mack David Composer
Nat Bonx Composer
Alex Kramer Composer
Milt Orent Composer
Moe Jaffe Composer
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