The Treasury Shows, Vol. 12

Duke Ellington

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The Treasury Shows, Vol. 12 Review

by Ken Dryden

The 12th volume of transcriptions, Treasury Shows (another two-CD set issued by Storyville) made by Duke Ellington to help promote the U.S. Treasury Department's sale of war bonds during and following World War II contains three separate shows, all beautifully remastered by Jerry Valburn. Because of the interruptions, Ellington programmed these broadcasts a bit differently than he would a normal concert, but the bandleader liked to feature a mix of old and new compositions, along with the occasional pop song of the day, while also spotlighting his vocalists. All of his star soloists are in great form, though none of them particularly steal the spotlight. Serious collectors will be interested in the rarer material, including "Unbooted Character," "Three Cent Stomp," "Solid Old Man," "Way Low," and "Emancipation Celebration." Ellington seems more comfortable delivering the scripted bond promotions than in earlier shows from this series, though the radio announcers sometimes have problems introducing the songs by their correct titles. It is amazing that so many of these wartime transcriptions have survived in such good condition and anyone who has picked up earlier volumes in this series will definitely want to purchase this edition as well.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 00:43 Amazon
2 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:06 Amazon
3
Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 00:42 Amazon
4
Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:27 Amazon
5 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:23 Amazon
6 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:05 Amazon
7 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 05:00 Amazon
8 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 06:03 Amazon
9 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 00:15 Amazon
10 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 07:44 Amazon
11 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 06:57 Amazon
12 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:44 Amazon
13 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:50 Amazon
14 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:10 Amazon
15
Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 00:52 Amazon
16 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:04 Amazon
17
Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 00:36 Amazon
18 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:15 Amazon
19 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:08 Amazon
20 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:47 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:27 Amazon
2 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:11 Amazon
3 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:03 Amazon
4 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 00:48 Amazon
5 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:52 Amazon
6 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:41 Amazon
7
Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 00:40 Amazon
8 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:23 Amazon
9 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 01:37 Amazon
10 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 00:44 Amazon
11 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 05:41 Amazon
12 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 09:25 Amazon
13 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:35 Amazon
14 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:04 Amazon
15 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:13 Amazon
16 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 01:38 Amazon
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