Woody Herman

Hits of Woody Herman

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This budget LP is a mess. Not only are no listings given of personnel and recording dates but original "hits" are mixed in with remakes, making the net result quite confusing. One gets the original 1948 versions of "Early Autumn" and "Lemon Drop" along with newer renditions of the "Woodchoppers Ball" (here redone as "Woodchoppers Mambo") and "Apple Honey." "Drums in Hi-Fi" features guest Buddy Rich, although that fact is omitted from the album jacket. There is some good music on this reissue, but there are many other better-conceived Woody Herman sets readily avaialble.

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