Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians

Take It Easy

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Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians were enormously popular among middlebrow, middle-class citizens throughout North America during the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. The British Vocalion label presents Take It Easy, a pleasant package of 25 classic sides waxed by this famously accessible ensemble between 1939 and 1950. There are quite a number of sweet vocals sprinkled throughout this anthology. The instrumental tracks consist of a dazzling "Begin the Beguine," a swell rendition of "Swanee River," and stunningly silly realizations of "Doll Dance" and "The Irish Washerwoman." There's a magnificently entertaining vocal by the Lombardo Trio on "Take It Easy" and a very funny routine involving the entire band on W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," during which Carmen Lombardo holds a really long note on the alto sax. This is definitively wholesome entertainment, innocent and harmless as milk and cookies.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:30
2 2:56
3 2:36
4 2:42
5 3:19
6
2:59
7 2:37
8
2:32
9 2:32
10 3:15
11 2:54
12
2:26
13
3:01
14
2:52
15 2:40
16 2:41
17
2:45
18
2:11
19
2:42
20
2:50
21 2:49
22
2:03
23
2:52
24
2:43
25 3:18
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