James, Harry: Hits Collection 1938-53

Harry James: Hits Collection 1938-53
Title: Hits Collection 1938-53
Label: Acrobat

Trumpeter and bandleader Harry James was one of the most important, successful and influential personalities of the swing and big band era, his unmistakeable bravura trumpet style providing an inspiration and benchmark for trumpeters across the jazz and orchestral genres. He was hugely popular on radio, as a 'live' attraction and on record with his music not only appealing to cutting edge jazz and big band enthusiasts, but also, through his recordings of "sweeter" orchestral material, featuring the many male and female vocalists who launched their careers with his bands, capturing a wider audience to achieve a remarkable string of big-selling hits from his debut as a bandleader in the late '30s right through into the 1950's just before the dawn of the rock 'n' roll era. This great-value 71-track 3-CD set comprises just about all his records which featured in one form or another of the charts during his career, including the few that were listed as being Top 10 hits before the launch of the record sales charts in Billboard in 1940, and those which featured thereafter in one or other of the published Billboard charts or related listings. It naturally includes his No. 1 hits "Sleepy Lagoon", "I Had The Craziest Dream", "I've Heard That Song Before", "I'll Get By", "I'm Beginning to See the Light" and "It's Been a Long, Long Time". Among the featured vocalists are Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Helen Forrest, Kitty Kallen, Johnny McAfee, Buddy DeVito, Betty Grable, Willie Smith, Ginnie Powell, Marion Morgan, Art Lund and Dick Williams, and it also includes Harry's 1950s hits with Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney. It's a hugely entertaining overview of the commercially successful output of one of the great stylists and innovators of the big band era.

1.1 It's the Dreer in Me
1.2 One O'Clock Jump
1.3 Ciribiribin
1.4 Music Makers
1.5 Flight of the Bumblebee
1.6 Trumpet Rhapsody (Part)
1.7 Lent to Love
1.8 You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)
1.9 A Sinner Kissed An Angel
1.10 Misirlou
1.11 I Don't Want to Walk Without You
1.12 Skylark
1.13 Easter Parade
1.14 Sleepy Lagoon
1.15 One Dozen Roses
1.16 Strictly Instrumental
1.17 But Not for Me
1.18 He's My Guy
1.19 I Cried for You (Now It's Your Turn to Cry Over Me)
1.20 Manhattan Serenade
1.21 Mister Five By Five
1.22 I Had the Craziest Dre
1.23 Daybreak
1.24 The Devil Sat Down and Cried
2.1 I Remember You
2.2 Flash
2.3 I've Heard That Song Before
2.4 Moonlight Becomes You
2.5 Velvet Moon
2.6 Prince Charming
2.7 All or Nothing at All
2.8 I Heard You Cried Last Night
2.9 Two O'Clock Jump
2.10 Cherry
2.11 Jump Town
2.12 I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
2.13 Back Beat Boogie
2.14 On a Little Street in Singapore
2.15 Memphis Blues
2.16 Sleepy Time Gal
2.17 Every Day of My Life
2.18 Estrellita (My Little Star)
2.19 It's Funny to Everyone But Me
2.20 I'm Beginning to See the Light
2.21 I Don't Care Who Knows It
2.22 I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry
2.23 Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta
2.24 The More I See You
3.1 If I Loved You
3.2 P.M
3.3 I'll Buy That Dre
3.4 It's Been a Long, Long Time
3.5 Autumn Serenade
3.6 Waitin' for the Train to Come in
3.7 I Can't Begin to Tell You
3.8 I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
3.9 Who's Sorry Now'
3.10 Do You Love Me
3.11 And Then It's Heaven
3.12 This Is Always
3.13 Oh, But I Do
3.14 Jalousie (Jealousy)
3.15 Heartaches
3.16 I Tipped My Hat and Slowly Rode Away
3.17 Stella By Starlight
3.18 I Still Get Jealous
3.19 Mona Lisa
3.20 Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)
3.21 Castle Rock
3.22 You'll Never Know
3.23 Ruby

James, Harry: Hits Collection 1938-53

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