Various Artists

Rare Big Band Gems 1932-1947

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Most veteran collectors avoid sets like this three-LP box because it has studio selections from such familiar names as Benny Goodman, the Casa Loma Orchestra, Harry James, Red Norvo, Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw, Will Bradley, Jack Teagarden and Les Brown. However at the time that this release came out in 1976, none of the material had ever been reissued on LP. Since then some of these songs have appeared again but there are still quite a few rarities with alternate takes, unissued material and obscurities dominating the program. A must for swing fans.