Various Artists

The Gold Collection: Big Band Era

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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell

The 20 tracks on Big Band Era -- part of St. Clair's Gold Collection -- provide only adequate representation of classic swing music. Unfortunately, these are re-recorded tracks that lack decent sound quality. If you're looking for top-notch recordings by Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller, or Count Basie, pick up Swing Time! The Fabulous Big Band Era 1925-1955, a highly recommended three-disc set on Columbia/Legacy.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Count Basie / Tony Bennett 01:31 Amazon
2 BBC Big Band 02:47 Amazon
3 Benny Goodman 02:23 Amazon
4 Tommy Dorsey 02:51 Amazon
5 BBC Big Band 03:09 Amazon
6 Charlie Barnet 02:54 Amazon
7 Tommy Dorsey 02:37 Amazon
8 BBC Big Band 03:03 Amazon
9 Les Brown 02:47 Amazon
10 Jimmy Dorsey 02:04 Amazon
11 BBC Big Band 03:00 Amazon
12 Stan Kenton 03:52 Amazon
13 Benny Goodman 01:57 Amazon
14 Count Basie / Tony Bennett 03:27 Amazon
15 Tommy Dorsey 02:12 Amazon
16 Charlie Barnet 02:55 Amazon
17 Benny Goodman 03:08 Amazon
18 BBC Big Band 02:58 Amazon
19 Glenn Miller 02:43 Amazon
20 Stan Kenton 03:49 Amazon
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