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GREAT QUARTET OF BASIE'S BEST!
on 5 August 2008
At a time when the price of petrol, energy and food seem to be totally out of control, it's good to find great music at a bargain price. At budget price, this two-disc compilation of Basie's best selects four celebrated albums, with APRIL IN PARIS (1956) not only honing in on that classic song but grabbing SHINY STOCKINGS amongst its ten tracks. KING OF SWING (1954) grabs no less than five Neal Hefti compositions like CHERRY POINT, BUBBLES and YOU FOR ME in order to feature the efforts of the best soloists, with the album's ultimate success immediately pointing the way forward for Basie's ongoing style. THE ATOMIC MR. BASIE released in 1957 utilises the mono version for both technical and artistic reasons and THE KID FROM RED BANK, SPANKY and MIDNITE BLUE are all reasons why this just has to be one of the best band albums of all time. Finally, that terrific vocalist Joe Williams vocally fronts the Orchestra on THE GREATEST! - COUNT BASIE PLAYS; JOE WILLIAMS SINGS STANDARDS with THOU SWELL, S'WONDERFUL and THIS CAN'T BE LOVE amongst a programme of swinging numbers with OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY and bluesy COME RAIN OR COME SHINE slowing down the pace ever so slightly. It's just so difficult to pick favourites from this 1956 album which is a cracker and swings to the hilt thanks to Buddy Bregman's great arrangements adding their ultimate ingredient.
Great music! Great price! Don't let this one slip away!