Harry James

1941-1942

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On the seventh Classics CD reissuing all of Harry James' early recordings, the trumpeter and his orchestra are heard just before and two months after Pearl Harbor. James' ensemble was rapidly rising to the top of its field. During this period of time, Helen Forrest became James' female vocalist and on her second session with the band she recorded a big hit in "I Don't Want to Walk Without You." Forrest is also in excellent form on "But Not for Me," "I Remember You," and "Skylark." Dick Haymes also has a few spots; best is "You've Changed" and "You Don't Know What Love Is." But most enjoyable are such James instrumentals as "My Melancholy Baby," "B-19," "Strictly Instrumental," and "The Clipper." Since the Columbia label has never reissued all of James' recordings (just sticking to endlessly repackaging the same hits), this Classics series is quite valuable for swing collectors and Harry James fans.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:22
2 3:15
3 3:20
4 3:03
5 2:54
6 2:47
7 3:08
8 2:49
9 3:18
10 3:08
11 2:49
12 2:41
13 2:55
14 2:48
15 3:18
16 2:47
17 2:55
18 2:57
19 3:10
20 3:26
21 3:06
22 3:25
23 2:58
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