Bob Crosby & His Orchestra

22 Original Big Band Records

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This compilation is a bit of a disappointment for fans of Bob Crosby & the Bobcats, for this is a reconstituted big band formed a decade after Crosby's earlier unit broke up during World War II. The music actually comes from a series of transcriptions intended for radio broadcast, though as the band and producers discovered, there was no market for Dixieland, as DJs around the country were playing rock or R&B. Clarinetist Matty Matlock contributed the arrangements, and a few musicians who had previously performed with Crosby, including tenor saxophonists Eddie Miller and Gil Rodin, as well as guitarist Nappy Lamare, are present. New additions include trumpeter Charlie Teagarden, bassist Morty Corb, and trombonist Moe Schneider. While some of the material was new, the songs associated with the original band are generally disappointing. It sounds much like a ghost band going through the motions. Particularly disappointing are the renditions of "What's New" and especially "Big Noise from Winnetka," which pales badly against the original Bob Haggart-Ray Bauduc duo record. Crosby continued to record through the remainder of the decade without recapturing the magic of his earlier band.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:48
2 2:31
3 2:46
4 2:22
5 2:46
6 3:15
8 2:21
9 2:40
10 2:06
12 2:53
13 2:39
feat: Bob Crosby
15 2:31
16 1:17
feat: Bob Crosby
18 2:17
19 2:24
20 2:28
21 2:51
22 2:30
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