Duke Ellington

Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

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Vol. 2 of Duke Ellington's "hits" from the Charly reissue label is an interesting collection of many well-known selections not included on the initial compilation, but also features quite a few obscure pieces. Among the 20 tracks are all-time favorites all lovers of Duke know: "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo," "Black & Tan Fantasy," "The Mooche," "Ring Dem Bells," "It Don't Mean a Thing," "Drop Me Off in Harlem," and "Warm Valley" are here. The pieces "Creole Rhapsody," "Slippery Horn," "Hyde Park," and "Country Gal," among others, might throw you for a loop, but they are interesting choices and make this CD one to seek out unless you are a completist and already have them. Both Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 combined provide a good beginner's retrospective of Ellington in the first half of his lengthy career, and at an affordable price to boot.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:53 Amazon
2 03:19 Amazon
3 03:14 Amazon
4 02:53 Amazon
5 03:14 Amazon
6 08:28 Amazon
7 03:12 Amazon
8 03:17 Amazon
9 02:51 Amazon
10 03:00 Amazon
11 02:57 Amazon
12 03:05 Amazon
13 03:04 Amazon
14 03:11 Amazon
15 03:00 Amazon
16 03:10 Amazon
17 03:05 Amazon
18 02:59 Amazon
19 02:58 Amazon
20 03:23 Amazon
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