Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra

Skyliner: 1940-1945

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Skyliner: 1940-1945 Review

by arwulf arwulf

Skyliner was one of Charlie Barnet's most exciting hit records, and quickly became as closely identified with his big band as was Ray Noble's Cherokee. This 1996 EPM Musique Jazz Anthology compilation is one of at least six Barnet albums with the word "Skyliner" in the title. Tracks one through twelve were recorded for the Bluebird label between June 19, 1940 and April 30, 1942. Tracks thirteen through twenty follow Barnet's progress through the turbulent wartime years with a trail of Decca sides cut between July 1942 and February 1944. "Skyliner" comes from a V-Disc recorded on July 13, 1944; "E-Bob-O-Lee-Bob," like "Oh Miss Jaxon" a vocal feature for trumpeter Peanuts Holland, was harvested from a Jubilee broadcast on December 6, 1945. Some of this band's arrangements were written by Horace Henderson, Billy May and by the leader himself. Most Charlie Barnet albums are well worth investigating. This one lives somewhere near the top of the heap.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 03:04 Amazon
2 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 03:14 Amazon
3 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra feat: Peanuts Holland 02:28 Amazon
4 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 02:21 Amazon
5 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 02:37 Amazon
6 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 02:41 Amazon
7 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 03:09 Amazon
8 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 02:49 Amazon
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Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra feat: Kay Starr 03:02 Amazon
10 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra feat: Charlie Barnet 03:27 Amazon
11 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 03:14 Amazon
12 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra feat: Charlie Barnet 03:08 Amazon
13 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 02:57 Amazon
14 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 03:12 Amazon
15 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
16 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 02:39 Amazon
17 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 03:18 Amazon
18 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 03:26 Amazon
19 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra feat: Bob Carroll 02:41 Amazon
20 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra feat: Lena Horne 03:17 Amazon
21 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 02:31 Amazon
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Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 03:20 Amazon
23 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 02:44 Amazon
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