Various Artists

Swing Time! The Fabulous Big Band Era 1925-1955

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

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 California Ramblers 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
2 Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
3 The Chocolate Dandies / McKinney's Cotton Pickers 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
4 Fred Elizalde 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
5 Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 03:17 SpotifyAmazon
6
Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 02:51 SpotifyAmazon
7 Luis Russell 03:17
8 Casa Loma Orchestra 03:28
9 Paul Whiteman Orchestra 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
10 Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
11 Ted Lewis 02:58 SpotifyAmazon
12 Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
13 Don Redman 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
14 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
15 Cab Calloway & His Orchestra 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
16 Red Nichols 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
17
Earl Hines & His Orchestra 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
18 Casa Loma Orchestra 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
19 Benny Goodman & His Music Hall Orchestra 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
20 Claude Hopkins 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
21 Chick Webb 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
22 Ray Noble & His Orchestra 03:06 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Teddy Hill 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
2
Don Albert 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
3 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
4 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
5 Ben Pollack 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
6 Mills Blue Rhythm Band 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
7 Louis Prima & His Band 02:53
8 Erskine Hawkins 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
9 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
10 Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
11 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 02:50
12 Bob Crosby & His Orchestra 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
13 Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
14 Red Norvo & His Orchestra 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
15
Jan Savitt 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
16 Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
17 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
18 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
19 Ray Noble & His Orchestra 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
20 The Glenn Miller Orchestra 03:28 SpotifyAmazon
21 Jack Jenney 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
22 Harry James & His Orchestra 02:57 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
2 Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra 03:03
3 Teddy Wilson 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
4 Jack Teagarden 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
5 Will Bradley & His Orchestra 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
6 Benny Carter & His Orchestra 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
7 Count Basie Orchestra 02:21 SpotifyAmazon
8 Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
9 Gene Krupa & His Orchestra 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
10 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
11 Red Norvo & His Orchestra 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
12 Count Basie Orchestra 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
13 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
14 Harry James & His Orchestra 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
15 Les Brown & His Orchestra 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
16 Woody Herman & His Orchestra 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
17 Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra 04:21 SpotifyAmazon
18 Stan Kenton & His Orchestra 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
19 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
20 Elliot Lawrence 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
21 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 02:51 SpotifyAmazon
22 Harry James & His Orchestra 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
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