Treasury Shows, Vol. 2

The Treasury Shows, Vol. 2

by Duke Ellington
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
Label:
Storyville Records
UPC:
0717101900220
catalogNumber:
9039002
Rank:
126011

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Take the "A" Train
  2. The Mood to Be Wooed
  3. If You Are But a Dream
  4. (Otto Make That) Riff Staccato
  5. I'm Beginning to See the Light
  6. Black, Brown and Beige Introduction
  7. Black, Brown and Beige: West Indian Dance
  8. Black, Brown and Beige: The Blues
  9. Black, Brown and Beige: Emancipation Celebration
  10. Black, Brown and Beige: Sugar Hill Penthouse
  11. Sentimental Lady
  12. Stomp, Look and Listen
  13. Frantic Fantasy
  14. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  15. Sentimental Lady
  16. Any Bonds Today?
  17. Take the "A" Train (Theme)
  18. Tonight I Shall Sleep (With a Smile on My Face)
  19. Go Away Blues
  20. Bond Promo
  21. Creole Love Song (Creole Love Call)
  22. Three Cent Stomp
  23. Any Bonds Today? (Closing Theme)

Disc 2

  1. Take the "A" Train
  2. Midriff
  3. Carnegie Blues
  4. Someone
  5. My Little Brown Book
  6. Kissing Bug
  7. Ring Dem Bells
  8. I'm Beginning to See the Light
  9. Black, Brown and Beige
  10. Work Song
  11. Come Sunday
  12. Candy
  13. Broadcast Interruption by War Bulletin
  14. Teardrops in the Rain
  15. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  16. Way Low
  17. Take the "A" Train (Theme)
  18. Take the "A" Train (Theme)
  19. Love Letters
  20. Main Stem
  21. Fishing for the Moon
  22. Riffin' Drill
  23. Kissing Bug

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