Various Artists

Swing Time! The Fabulous Big Band Era 1925-1955

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This three-CD box set does an excellent job of covering the big-band era through 66 recordings (by almost as many orchestras) owned by Columbia. The selections (programmed in chronological order), although emphasizing the 1934-45 era, also include 18 earlier and six later recordings. The 60 Columbia/Okeh sides, which include the real rarities, are spiced with six tracks (Tommy Dorsey's "Marie," and Jimmy Dorsey's "Green Eyes," Glenn Miller's "In the Mood," Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train," Bob Crosby's "South Rampart Street Parade," and Stan Kenton's "The Peanut Vendor") licensed from RCA, MCA etc., which cover some familiar bases for the benefit of beginners. The accompanying booklet is also excellent.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:53 Spotify
2 02:49 Spotify
3 02:38 Spotify
4 03:22 Spotify
5 03:17 Spotify
6
02:51 Spotify
7 03:17
8 03:28
9 02:55 Spotify
10 03:18 Spotify
11 02:58 Spotify
12 03:05 Spotify
13 03:13 Spotify
14 03:08 Spotify
15 03:06 Spotify
16 02:39 Spotify
17
02:54 Spotify
18 03:07 Spotify
19 02:55 Spotify
20 02:41 Spotify
21 03:09 Spotify
22 03:06 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:38 Spotify
2
02:59 Spotify
3 02:57 Spotify
4 02:52 Spotify
5 03:01 Spotify
6 02:54 Spotify
7 02:53
8 03:02 Spotify
9 02:29 Spotify
10 03:15 Spotify
11 02:50
12 03:30 Spotify
13 03:01 Spotify
14 03:13 Spotify
15
02:42 Spotify
16 02:49 Spotify
17 02:38 Spotify
18 03:05 Spotify
19 02:52 Spotify
20 03:28 Spotify
21 03:14 Spotify
22 02:57 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:32 Spotify
2 03:03
3 03:18 Spotify
4 03:13 Spotify
5 03:15 Spotify
6 03:22 Spotify
7 02:21 Spotify
8 03:18 Spotify
9 03:02 Spotify
10 02:53 Spotify
11 02:57 Spotify
12 03:02 Spotify
13 03:11 Spotify
14 03:15 Spotify
15 02:36 Spotify
16 03:01 Spotify
17 04:21 Spotify
18 02:40 Spotify
19 03:02 Spotify
20 02:35 Spotify
21 02:51 Spotify
22 03:16 Spotify
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