Harry James

1942-1944

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1942-1944 Review

by Scott Yanow

This is an unusual Harry James reissue in that, after the first four selections (which are from July 31, 1942), the remainder of the disc consists of James' V-discs of 1942-1944. The Musicians Union's recording strike stopped all recording for at least 16 months and, in the case of James' label Columbia, nearly two-and-a-half years. The trumpeter's last studio date of 1942 resulted in the final of three Helen Forrest hits, "I've Heard That Song Before." His wartime band is heard on V-disc versions of such songs as "Two O'Clock Jump"; "Back Beat Boogie"; "Blue Lou"; "Charmaine" (which has particularly inventive writing for the string section); "I'll Walk Alone" (Kitty Kallen's first vocal with the band); and "I'm Beginning to See the Light," the latter cut a month before the commercially released hit version. This formerly rare material is taken from a period when Harry James led the most popular swing band in the world, and it will be of strong interest to swing fans.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 02:56 Amazon
2 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
3 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 03:04 Amazon
4 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 03:34 Amazon
5 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 03:05 Amazon
6 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 03:59 Amazon
7
Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 02:29 Amazon
8 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 01:42 Amazon
9 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 03:20 Amazon
10
Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 03:22 Amazon
11 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 02:43 Amazon
12 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 01:52 Amazon
13 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 03:43 Amazon
14 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 04:18 Amazon
15 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 03:21 Amazon
16 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 03:14 Amazon
17 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 02:15 Amazon
18 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 02:48 Amazon
19 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 02:54 Amazon
20 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 02:28 Amazon
21 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
22 Harry James feat: Harry James & His Orchestra 03:13 Amazon
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