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The Complete US & UK Hits 1945-1961

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AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger

This comprehensive two-disc set from Britain's Acrobat label features 55 tracks from guitar pioneer Les Paul and his wife, vocalist Mary Ford. Paul got his start as a jazz guitarist in the 1940s and can be heard here accompanying both Bing Crosby ("It's Been a Long Long Time") and the Andrews Sisters ("Rumors Are Flying") before moving on to the more experimental sounds that earned him acclaim throughout the latter part of the decade and the '50s. His groundbreaking use of multi-tracking and tape manipulation inspired the otherworldly sound of instrumental solo tracks like "Brazil" and "Nola." Beginning in 1948, the duo of Les Paul & Mary Ford were a major force on the pop charts, with Ford's dulcet voice often stacked in impressive multi-tracked harmonies while Paul handled all of the accompaniment with a multitude of cascading guitar parts and tones. The Complete US & UK Hits 1945-1961 features their best-known hits, like "Tennessee Waltz," "How High the Moon," and "Mockingbird Hill," along with a host of other duet and instrumental tracks from their prime years together.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul feat: Bing Crosby 02:56 Amazon
2 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul feat: The Andrews Sisters 02:57 Amazon
3 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:49 Amazon
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Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:33 Amazon
5 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:40 Amazon
6 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:37 Amazon
7 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:39 Amazon
8 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 03:08 Amazon
9 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:26 Amazon
10 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:19 Amazon
11 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:08 Amazon
12 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:44 Amazon
13 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:00 Amazon
14 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:12 Amazon
15 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:01 Amazon
16 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 01:53 Amazon
17 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 01:34 Amazon
18 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 01:34 Amazon
19 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:07 Amazon
20 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:51 Amazon
21 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:33 Amazon
22 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:06 Amazon
23 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:58 Amazon
24 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:13 Amazon
25 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 01:51 Amazon
26 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:26 Amazon
27 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 01:53 Amazon
28 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:00 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:17 Amazon
2 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:03 Amazon
3 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:53 Amazon
4 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:00 Amazon
5 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 01:57 Amazon
6 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:35 Amazon
7 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:51 Amazon
8 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 01:58 Amazon
9 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:55 Amazon
10 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:20 Amazon
11 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:09 Amazon
12 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:24 Amazon
13 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:17 Amazon
14 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:57 Amazon
15 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:30 Amazon
16 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:39 Amazon
17 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:52 Amazon
18 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:10 Amazon
19 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:09 Amazon
20 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:28 Amazon
21 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:57 Amazon
22 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:42 Amazon
23 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 03:05 Amazon
24 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 01:56 Amazon
25 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:16 Amazon
26 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:37 Amazon
27 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 02:15 Amazon
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