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
1 2:27
2 2:36
3 2:43
4 2:32
5 2:10
6 2:13
7 2:15
8 2:33
9 2:24
10 2:41
11 3:04
12 2:38
13 1:58
15 3:05
16 2:21
17 2:31
18 2:21
19 2:03
20 4:26
21 3:22
22 1:14
23 4:18
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