Mildred Bailey

Band Vocalist: Mildred Bailey, Vol. 2

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The second of two CDs from the TOM ("The Old Masters") label finishes the documentation of singer Mildred Bailey's earliest recordings. Bailey is featured with Paul Whiteman, the Dorsey Brothers Big Band, the Casa Loma Orchestra ("Heat Wave"), an all-star group with Benny Goodman (and tenor-great Coleman Hawkins) and on a her few of her own sessions. Although the emphasis is on ballads, the program generally holds on to one's interest (despite a few songs with racist lyrics, notably "Snowball") and the Goodman session (which is rounded off with an instrumental version of "Georgia Jubilee") is a near-classic. Other highlights include "I'll Never Be the Same," "Love Me Tonight," a touching "There's a Cabin in the Pines" and Bailey's earliest version of her future theme song "Rockin' Chair."

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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2 02:40 Amazon
3 02:44 Amazon
4 03:22 Amazon
5 03:21 Amazon
6 03:03 Amazon
7 03:24 Amazon
8 03:08 Amazon
9 03:02 Amazon
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03:02 Amazon
11 03:07 Amazon
12 02:54 Amazon
13 03:12 Amazon
14 03:01 Amazon
15 03:07 Amazon
16 02:57 Amazon
17 02:47 Amazon
18 03:05 Amazon
19 03:05 Amazon
20 03:14 Amazon
21 03:30 Amazon
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02:46 Amazon
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