Kay Kyser

The Best of the Big Bands [Sony Special Products]

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This budget-priced album contains five tracks each by the orchestras of Kay Kyser and Bunny Berigan. The Kyser selections begin with the band's theme song, "(I've Grown So Lonesome) Thinking of You," and contains two other minor Kyser hits, "Music, Maestro, Please!" and "Can't Get Out of This Mood," and two non-hits. None of the Berigan tracks are numbered among his most popular recordings, though there is a version of his signature tune, "I Can't Get Started." The pairing of a sweet band with one of the hotter jazz players is an odd one, and the selection seems random.

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