George Olsen

Beyond the Blue Horizon

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AllMusic Review by John Bush

The band led by drummer George Olsen became a well-known name on-stage and in nightclubs around New York after Florenz Ziegfeld hired Olsen for his musical Kid Boots. In 1925, George Olsen & His Music made a national splash with the song "Who?," followed by a full decade of prominent sides recorded for Victor. After decades of digital exile, ASV/Living Era finally compiled Beyond the Blue Horizon, including two dozen of the orchestra's finest (and sweetest) material. "Who?" is, of course, presented quite early on, an excellent piece of quick yet stately dance-band finery. Olsen's band usually leaned away from Tin Pan Alley pop, resulting in a series of well-played versions along the Berlin, Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hart axis of popular song ("Blue Skies," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "The Girl Friend"). Although Olsen's band would later include a few names of note to jazz fans, few on tap for these sides (from 1925 to 1933) are of note. Trombone player Jack Fulton has some good features, and also takes a few vocals.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 02:59 Amazon
2 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:03 Amazon
3 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:16 Amazon
4 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:29 Amazon
5 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:16 Amazon
6 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 02:52 Amazon
7 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 02:54 Amazon
8 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 02:58 Amazon
9 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:07 Amazon
10 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:16 Amazon
11 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:16 Amazon
12 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:12 Amazon
13 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:15 Amazon
14 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:26 Amazon
15 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:11 Amazon
16 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:23 Amazon
17 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:14 Amazon
18 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 02:58 Amazon
19 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:06 Amazon
20 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:27 Amazon
21 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:13 Amazon
22 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:00 Amazon
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George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:31 Amazon
24 George Olsen feat: George Olsen & His Music 03:21 Amazon
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