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The Essential Collection

Les Paul Audio CD
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Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009) known as Les Paul, was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with ... Read more in Amazon's Les Paul Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: West End
  • ASIN: B000WFFLW0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Gotta Get Me Somebody To LoveBing Crosby 2:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. What Am I Gonna Do About You?Bing Crosby 3:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. It's Been A Long, Long TimeBing Crosby 2:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. PretendingBing Crosby 2:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Whose Dream Are You?Bing Crosby 3:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Drifting And DreamingBing Crosby 3:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Gotta Get Me Somebody To LoveBing Crosby 2:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hey Lolly Lolly LoBing Crosby 1:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Ain't Gonna Be Treated This WayBing Crosby 1:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Blue SkiesBing Crosby 4:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Baby, What You Do For MeHelen Forrest 2:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Everybody Knew But MeHelen Forrest 3:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. A One Sided AffairDelta Rhythm Boys 2:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. What Would It Take?Delta Rhythm Boys 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Rumours Are FlyingLes Paul 2:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. It's A Pity To Say GoodnightLes Paul 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?Dick Haymes 2:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. My Future Just PassedDick Haymes 2:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. What Can I Say Dear, After I Say I'm SorryKay Starr 2:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. There's A Lull In My LifeKay Starr 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. What Goes Up, Must Come DownKay Starr 2:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. What A Difference A Day MadeKay Starr 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Ain't Misbehavin'Kay Starr 2:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've SeenKay Starr 2:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Honeysuckle RoseKay Starr 2:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. My Future Just PassedKay Starr 2:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Betcha I GetchaKay Starr 2:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. The Dixieland BandKay Starr 2:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. My Extraordinary GalClancy Hayes 2:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Mocking Bird HillLes Paul 2:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Cryin'Les Paul 2:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Dry My TearsLes Paul 2:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. I Wish I'd Never Seen SunshineLes Paul 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Tennessee WaltzLes Paul 3:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen35. How High The MoonLes Paul 2:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Just One More ChanceLes Paul 1:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen37. In The Good Old SummertimeLes Paul 2:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen38. I'm Confessin'Les Paul 2:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen39. Three Little WordsLes Paul 1:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Smoke RingsLes Paul 2:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Take Me In Your Arms And Hold MeLes Paul 2:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen42. The World Is Waiting For The SunriseLes Paul 2:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen43. My Baby's Comin' HomeLes Paul 2:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen44. Tiger RagLes Paul 2:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen45. Bye Bye BluesLes Paul 2:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen46. St. Louis BluesLes Paul 2:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen47. I'm Sittin' On Top Of The WorldLes Paul 2:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen48. Vaya Con DiasLes Paul 2:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen49. Johnny Is The Boy For MeLes Paul 2:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen50. I Really Don't Want To KnowLes Paul 2:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen51. Don'cha Hear Them BellsLes Paul 1:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen52. I'm A Fool To CareLes Paul 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen53. Blues Stay Away From MeLes Paul 2:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen54. The AuctioneerLes Paul 2:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen55. Mr SandmanLes Paul 2:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen56. The Lonesome RoadLes Paul 2:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen57. I'm Movin' OnLes Paul 1:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen58. Baby Won't You Please Come HomeLes Paul 2:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen59. The Best Things In Life Are FreeLes Paul 2:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen60. Don't Cry BabyLes Paul 2:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen61. Some Of These DaysLes Paul 2:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen62. The Moon Of ManakooraLes Paul 2:420.79  Buy MP3 

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Product Description

They don't come much more Essential than AVID's latest release on the Essential Collection series.
Les Paul, born in 1915 was not only a superb guitar player whose prowess with the instrument alone would have gained him a place in musical history, but also an innovative guitar designer and technician. In fact he is perhaps better known as the inventor of the Gibson Les Paul solid body guitar as "modelled" by the likes of Paul McCartney!
Starting his career playing a more country orientated music he moved on to his jazz style in the 1940's playing with the likes of Art Tatum, Terry Shand and Willie Smith. CD1 features his Decca recordings as the Les Paul Trio and also as accompanist to many of the leading vocalists of the day including Bing Crosby, Kay Starr, Helen Forrest, The Andrews Sisters and Dick Haymes. As well as his guitar design innovations Les was also involved in early multi tracking techniques. We can hear the results of this interest in a large selection of tracks on CD2 where he is joined by his wife to form the legendary duo Les Paul And Mary Ford.

Product Description

Les Paul, born in 1915 was not only a superb guitar player whose prowess with the instrument alone would have gained him a place in musical history, but also an innovative guitar designer and technician. In fact he is perhaps better known as the inventor

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Barry McCanna TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is an extremely well thought out 2-CD collection featuring guitarist Les Paul. The first CD is centred around the mid-forties, when he provided accompaniment, either singly or in a small group, to a number of the vocalists recording for Decca. Amongst them were Bing Crosby, who sings six numbers in a particularly languorous style, plus four from the Philco Radio Hour. Although not reflected in the track listing, "Hey Lolly Lolly Lo" and "I Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way" were recorded on 21st March 1947, and the second voice that can be heard is that of Burl Ives. They're followed by two each from Helen Forrest, the Delta Rhythm Boys, the Andrews Sisters, and Dick Haymes. Highlight of the set for me is Kay Starr, who contributes ten tracks accompanied by a small jazz group which included violinist Joe Venuti, and the final track is sung by Clancy Hayes, then vocalist with Lu Watters Yerba Buena Jazz Band. The second CD features 33 of Les Paul's own multi-tracked recordings, including those made with vocals by his wife Mary, which date from between 1950 and 1955. With a total of 158 minutes playing time, and a website cost of 3.99, this is a considerable bargain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strictly nostalgic 13 July 2010
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I know this CD will not appeal to youngsters who did not grow up with the music of Les Paul and Mary Ford as I did. However, I was delighted to listen again to his superb guitar technique and experimental multi-layer recordings, both with the vocal accompaniment of Mary Ford and the guitar. I would still recommend that guitar students do consider listening to his music, and at this price it is well worth adding to your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive History! 3 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
For those fans who want to know more about Les Paul's work with other artistes, this CD is a must! There are recordings with nearly all the great performers of the 1940s and 50s, and one learns just how much value he adds to their performances with his accompaniments. A great CD for the long drive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broaden the Les Paul experience 30 Jan 2011
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Before I bought this album I was familiar with the more popular songs recorded by Les Paul and Mary Ford. The second disc in this set has a wealth of songs recorded by the pair that I was unaware of. There is much more than just the up-tempo chart-toppers. There are many beautiful slower songs that I think show off the lovely smooth richness of Mary Ford's voice to better effect. Listening to this was an education.
Disc 1 is a selection of recordings with other artists. This was not my interest in obtaining the set, but is good. I specially liked the songs featuring Kay Starr, another great singer. The 'Les Paul style' is not so in evidence here, as he is effectively the backing musician rather than the featured player. Enjoyable listening, though disc 2 is going to be played more often.
Sleeve notes are interesting, as is usual on an Avid Entertainment, Essential Collection release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Session musician and star performer... 6 Jan 2013
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This 2 CD set is a winner giving you all aspects of Les Paul from the 1940s to 1955. The vocal tracks are varied and feature well remembered names of the 1940s. The Les Paul and Mary Ford tracks on the second CD are brilliant. Sound quality is excellent and the price very reasonable. A must for Les Paul fans.
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