Herbie Mann

The Best of the Atlantic Years

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The Best of the Atlantic Years isn't a slim volume of hits from Memphis Underground, Push Push, and other top LPs of Herbie Mann's 25-year period at Atlantic. It's actually a 14-disc box set including all of Collectables' two-fer collections (a total of 20 original LPs), most of those being low-profile albums Atlantic had no wish to reissue properly (Memphis Underground and Push Push are two of the releases not present). Ranging from Mann's early-'60s obsession with the bossa nova all the way to his late-'70s flirtations with disco, The Best of the Atlantic Years is a sprawling collection of subpar jazz-pop and crossover. A bare few of the albums have historical interest: 1965's Recorded in Rio de Janeiro features João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, while 1969's Live at the Whisky A-Go-Go sports Mann's crack group of the time (Roy Ayers on vibes, Sonny Sharrock on guitar, Miroslav Vitous on bass) sounding woefully under-utilized grinding out period riffs and light soul-jazz. Whatever your interest in Herbie Mann, it's far better to grab these CDs one at a time than end up saddled with the Love Boat pastiche of 1977's Fire Island.

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Herbie Mann 02:27 Amazon
2 Herbie Mann 02:36 Amazon
3 Herbie Mann 02:43 Amazon
4 Herbie Mann 02:32 Amazon
5 Herbie Mann 02:10 Amazon
6 Herbie Mann 02:13 Amazon
7 Herbie Mann 02:15 Amazon
8 Herbie Mann 02:33 Amazon
9 Herbie Mann 02:24 Amazon
10 Herbie Mann 02:41 Amazon
11 Herbie Mann 03:04 Amazon
12 Herbie Mann 02:38 Amazon
13 Herbie Mann feat: João Gilberto 01:58 Amazon
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Herbie Mann feat: João Gilberto 01:19 Amazon
15 Herbie Mann 03:05 Amazon
16 Herbie Mann feat: João Gilberto 02:21 Amazon
17 Herbie Mann feat: João Gilberto 02:31 Amazon
18 Herbie Mann feat: João Gilberto 02:21 Amazon
19 Herbie Mann 02:03 Amazon
20 Herbie Mann 04:26 Amazon
21 Herbie Mann 03:22 Amazon
22 Herbie Mann 01:14 Amazon
23 Herbie Mann 04:18 Amazon
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