The Very Best of Benny Goodman

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Benny Goodman library hasn't been well treated by RCA-BMG, especially in the area of mid-priced compilations -- there were too many reissues done in the late '80s and early '90s, before the advent of 20-bit and 24-bit mastering and other high-resolution digital formats, that really make a difference on those old analog masters. The result is a lot of Goodman out there on CD from Sony Music as well as BMG, the former label hardly being guiltless in this matter, either that sounds tinny and thin. That is most decidedly not a problem with this 20-song CD, which offers the kind of sound that CDs originally promised but generally didn't deliver on music of this vintage, all ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Benny Goodman library hasn't been well treated by RCA-BMG, especially in the area of mid-priced compilations -- there were too many reissues done in the late '80s and early '90s, before the advent of 20-bit and 24-bit mastering and other high-resolution digital formats, that really make a difference on those old analog masters. The result is a lot of Goodman out there on CD from Sony Music as well as BMG, the former label hardly being guiltless in this matter, either that sounds tinny and thin. That is most decidedly not a problem with this 20-song CD, which offers the kind of sound that CDs originally promised but generally didn't deliver on music of this vintage, all dating between 1935 and 1938 -- Goodman's solo on "St. Louis Blues" does, indeed, sound as though the clarinetist is suddenly in the room with you, and the entire rhythm section right down to the guitar comes through just as clearly as the featured soloists. What's more, you even get the experience of room ambience on these nearly 70-year-old masters. It's worth buying just to hear the studio rendition of "One O'Clock Jump," a piece better known from its concert incarnation at the legendary Carnegie Hall performance -- most of what's here is instrumental, though the producers have included the Martha Tilton-sung "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" in two-parts, "And the Angels Sing," "Goodie Goodie" with Helen Ward's vocals, and, most important, "Exactly Like You," featuring the Goodman Quartet with Lionel Hampton singing -- Hampton's vibraphone is so much in the fore that it sounds as fresh as if it had been recorded yesterday, on "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Moonglow." Loren Schoenberg's annotation is as good as the remastering, and the disc is a bargain by any measure, as well as a pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266373024
  • Catalog Number: 63730
  • Sales rank: 931

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bugle Call Rag - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:01)
  2. 2 St. Louis Blues - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:23)
  3. 3 Swingtime In The Rockies - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:12)
  4. 4 One O'Clock Jump - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:15)
  5. 5 Exactly Like You - Benny Goodman & Quartet (3:19)
  6. 6 Sweet Georgia Brown (3:06)
  7. 7 I Know That You Know - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (2:06)
  8. 8 And the Angels Sing - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:14)
  9. 9 Stompin' At The Savoy - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:17)
  10. 10 After You've Gone (2:48)
  11. 11 Avalon - Benny Goodman & Quartet (2:47)
  12. 12 In A Sentimental Mood - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:41)
  13. 13 The Glory Of Love - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (2:40)
  14. 14 Goody Goody - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (2:31)
  15. 15 Bei Mir Bist du Schön, Pt. 1 - Benny Goodman & Quartet (3:26)
  16. 16 Bei Mir Bist du Schön, Pt. 2 - Benny Goodman & Quartet (3:26)
  17. 17 I Cried for You - Benny Goodman & Quartet (3:23)
  18. 18 Moonglow - Benny Goodman & Quartet (3:25)
  19. 19 King Porter Stomp - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:11)
  20. 20 Sing, Sing, Sing, Pt. 1 & 2 - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (8:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Goodman Primary Artist, Clarinet
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Lionel Hampton Vocals, Vibes
Harry James Trumpet
Gene Krupa Drums
Teddy Wilson Clarinet, Piano
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Pee Wee Erwin Trumpet
Vido Musso Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Helen Ward Vocals
George Van Eps Guitar
Frank Froeba Piano
Red Ballard Trombone
Noni Bernardi Trombone
Vernon Brown Trombone
Harry Geller Trumpet
Harry Goodman Bass
Irving Goodman Trumpet
Chris Griffin Trumpet
Benny Heller Guitar
Jerry Jerome Alto Saxophone
Nate Kazebier Trumpet
George Koenig Alto Saxophone
Jack Lacey Trombone
Murray McEachern Trumpet
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Ralph Muzillo Trumpet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Buddy Schutz Drums
Jess Stacy Piano
Martha Tilton Vocals
Dave Tough Drums
Sterling Bose Trumpet
Bill DePew Trombone
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Joe Harris Trombone
Dick Clark Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Billy Hill Composer
Loren Schoenberg Liner Notes
Ziggy Elman Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Jimmy Mundy Arranger
Jack Pettis Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Fletcher Henderson Arranger
Will Hudson Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Sholom Secunda Composer
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