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THE HITS OF HARRY JAMES - 2 CD set
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THE HITS OF HARRY JAMES - 2 CD set

CD / Product Number: JASCD375

Harry James was, along with many other more well known artists of the WWII era, (Ie. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey) a pioneer of swing in it's rawest form. The basic foundations of his blues inspired compositions have been the baseboard of jump jivin' dancehall swing that we here all over the radio today and emulated by modern artists such as the Stray Cats and a myriad of Rockabilly groups heretofore and everything in between. James took this genre to the ... [MORE]

THE NINA  AND FREDERICK COLLECTION
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THE NINA AND FREDERICK COLLECTION

CD / Product Number: JASCD373

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Where are they now, people might ask, but sometimes it is better just to remember how they were then, say four decades ago. Back then Nina and Frederik were top international entertainers, a multi-lingual, husband and wife singing duet, purveyors of sweet (and delightfully so) songs of varied origin. They made best-selling records and appeared in films, but it was through their television and stage performances that they really made an ... [MORE]

GISELE MACKENZIE - GETTING TO KNOW...GISELE
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GISELE MACKENZIE - GETTING TO KNOW...GISELE

CD / Product Number: JASCD372

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If Canada had been situated south, instead of north, of the United States, how different the world might be. As it is, much of the huge land mass which makes up its ten provinces (plus two territories) is too inhospitable for widespread occupation and the bulk of its people live in a wide belt along the American border. Inevitably, the vastly larger (in population) neighbour has been a magnet for those Canadians wishing to succeed in that ... [MORE]

VAUGHN MONROE - ON THE MOON BEAM
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VAUGHN MONROE - ON THE MOON BEAM

CD / Product Number: JASCD371

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This is actually the re-release of two of Vaughn Monroe's most popular albums of the mid 1940s entitled, 'On the Moon Beam' and ' Down Memory Lane'. Those were both first recorded on 78 rpm's and later made it to 45 rpms. As if that were not sufficient, also included are two songs from yet another Extended Play (EP), 'Something Sentimental' and the 'Anniversary Song'. 'On the Moon Beam' was released at a time when Vaughn Monroe's records ... [MORE]

JUNE CHRISTY - A FRIENDLY SESSION VOL 3
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JUNE CHRISTY - A FRIENDLY SESSION VOL 3

CD / Product Number: JASCD369

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This is the third in a series of songs sung by June Christy with piano accompaniment from Johnny Guarnieri during a radio series from the late 1940s. Like the two earlier volumes, this CD chronicles her conversion from lead singer for Stan Kenton to a topflight jazz soloist of the 1950s and '60s. The 28 cuts show the variety of her singing talent, and the backup musicians are outstanding.Buy this one now, and I'll bet you order the other ... [MORE]

STAN KENTON and HIS ORCHESTRA - DESIGNS ON STANDARDS
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STAN KENTON and HIS ORCHESTRA - DESIGNS ON STANDARDS

CD / Product Number: JASCD368

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A definate must for lovers of the Kenton-touch. Early recordings from 1943-47. Much of it not easily found before. Not a 'rewind' of much heard early numbers, but instead radio show and dance hall recordings of standards given the Kenton magic - nothing 'off the wall'- no complex concert performances. Just a strong Kenton Band with some powerful individual contributions, plus bursting, energetic scoring from Pete Rugolo. Just listen to the ... [MORE]

ANITA O'DAY - FIRST LADY OF SWING
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ANITA O'DAY - FIRST LADY OF SWING

CD / Product Number: JASCD367

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Back in those days, most featured performers in the band business had a tag, a slogan, and Anita O'Day's first billing with the Stan Kenton orchestra was 'A Bombshell In Modern Music'! Fortunately, this was soon replaced by the far more appropriate 'First Lady Of Swing' - appropriate because while most of the singers who worked with Kenton over the years were more or less 'unknowns' when they joined him, Anita was different. In 1943, after ... [MORE]

JUNE CHRISTY - SOMEWHERE THERE'S MUSIC
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JUNE CHRISTY - SOMEWHERE THERE'S MUSIC

CD / Product Number: JASCD366

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Stan Kenton rarely recruited well-known performers to his orchestra - take June Christy, for example. In March, 1945, shortly after award-winning singer Anita O'Day had left Kenton to try her luck as a single act, Stan invited the completely unknown, 19½-year-old Shirley Luster to try out with the orchestra. As she later recalled, Stan said: ....maybe for a few weeks. We'll see how it works out. Well, it worked out fine and, following a ... [MORE]

MEL TORME - CALIFORNIA SUITE  and THE VELVET FROG
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MEL TORME - CALIFORNIA SUITE and THE VELVET FROG

CD / Product Number: JASCD365

By the time these tracks were recorded in 1949, Mel Torme was into his third year of his career as a solo artist. There is little that is remarkable in that until you realise the number of careers that he had started and, indeed, was continuing at the time. Little Melvin Torme (the accented final 'e' came much later) had a natural aptitude for music and at four years of age he liked nothing better than to listen to the radio from which he learned the ... [MORE]

 MINDY CARSON - MAKING EYES AT MINDY
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MINDY CARSON - MAKING EYES AT MINDY

CD / Product Number: JASCD364

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Have no doubts, artists come and go, regardless of their talent. Some are remembered better than others - Al Jolson's reputation seems secure for the foreseeable future but Eddie Cantor, once his equal, has simply been left behind in the remembrance stakes. It may well be that Bing Crosby's achievements (and they were many) will be less well remembered than Frank Sinatra's. Women performers in many ways have a tougher time of it: men are ... [MORE]

GEORGE SHEARING - GEORGE MEETS THE LION
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GEORGE SHEARING - GEORGE MEETS THE LION

CD / Product Number: JASCD363

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In the austerity years which followed the ending of World War II, the British nation was constantly exhorted to 'Export, Export, Export!' in a desperate attempt to pay off the country's massive debts. The blind musician George Shearing took this seriously and 'exported' himself permanently to the United States. This may have meant one less mouth to feed but it also meant depriving Britain of one of its few internationally recognised Jazz ... [MORE]

PERRY COMO - CLASS WILL TELL
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PERRY COMO - CLASS WILL TELL

CD / Product Number: JASCD362

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These recordings need to listened appreciatively within the context of their time and the wonderful band directed by Ted Weems with which Perry worked for six years from 1936 to 1941. The Weems band has been called a 'singer's delight' which featured a range of talented singers, one after another, of which Perry is undoubtedly the most famous. And though these recordings, all recorded during Perry's stint with Weems, will be of great ... [MORE]

EDDIE FISHER IN PERFORMANCE
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EDDIE FISHER IN PERFORMANCE

CD / Product Number: JASCD361

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Reputation can be a fickle thing, as Eddie Fisher knows to his cost. It is not good enough to be a great popular singer or a Hollywood film star, what the public remembers is the gossip, the scandal, the affairs - and in Eddie's case, it has to be said, over the years there has been an accumulation of all three. Of course, being once married to the world's most famous film star (in her day) Elizabeth Taylor (after divorcing Debbie ... [MORE]

 ALL ABOARD THE RUNAWAY TRAIN - CLASSIC TUNES  TALES TO GROW UP WITH
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ALL ABOARD THE RUNAWAY TRAIN - CLASSIC TUNES TALES TO GROW UP WITH

CD / Product Number: JASCD360

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BURL IVES, SHIRLEY TEMPLE, PERRY COMO, DANNY KAYE AND MORE...
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PERRY COMO - I WANT TO THANK YOU FOLKS
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PERRY COMO - I WANT TO THANK YOU FOLKS

CD / Product Number: JASCD359

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I feel that this is one of the best efforts that have been put forth in issuing some of Perry Como's lesser known efforts from the 1940s. Sure, there is no 'Til The End Of Time' or 'Prisoner Of Love', but each track is a gem due to Perry's voice. Of course, the CD isn't in stereo, but 85 of the surface from the old 78s are gone. I highly recommend this CD if you are tired of hearing his greatest hits, and want to hear some different and ... [MORE]

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Hillbilly Bop, Boogie and The Honky Tonk Blues Vol 3 - 1954-55 - DOUBLE CD
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VARIOUS ARTISTS - Hillbilly Bop, Boogie and The Honky Tonk Blues Vol 3 - 1954-55 - DOUBLE CD

CD / Product Number: JASCD3583

The third edition of the Hillbilly Bop, Boogie and honky tonk blues has arrived, this time rompin' and stompin' through 1954 to 1955. These boys had been 'Boppin' the Blues' in dimly lit, smoke filled clubs for years, long before the likes of Elvis who incidentally exploded onto the scene in 1954. Hillbilly Bop, Rockabilly or whatever you want to call it, this yet is another rip roarin' selection of Hot Rockin' Country Dance Music! See also JASMCD 3560/1 ... [MORE]

BOB HOPE AND FRIENDS - Put It There, Pal! - A Salute To The King Of Comedy - DOUBLE CD
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BOB HOPE AND FRIENDS - Put It There, Pal! - A Salute To The King Of Comedy - DOUBLE CD

CD / Product Number: JASCD357

Bob HOPE Friends - Put It There, Pal! - A Salute To The King Of Comedy Featuring Bing Crosby, Shirley Ross, Dorothy Lamour, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Kay Starr, The Andrews Sisters, Martha Raye Monica Lewis

Do the names Fearless Frazier, Ace Lannigan or Turkey Jackson mean anything to you, the reader? No? Then how about Chester Hooton or Hot Lips Barton? If I mention that they all were characters in a hugely successful series of movies known as ... [MORE]

SAM BUTERA  and THE WITNESS - MUSIC FROM THE RAT RACE
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SAM BUTERA and THE WITNESS - MUSIC FROM THE RAT RACE

CD / Product Number: JASCD356

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SAM BUTERA, whose frantic antics spark that dynamic group, The Witnesses, has just completed his first movie role, playing a saxophonist in the motion picture, 'The Rat Race'. It is very appropriate for this versatile and indefatigable saxist and singer to provide the romping, driving settings for these ten all-time standard favourites, which comprise the bulk of the musical score for the Curtis-Reynolds starring vehicle. Here's Sam, pride ... [MORE]

PEGGY LEE  and DAVE BARBOUR - A MUSICAL MARRIAGE
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PEGGY LEE and DAVE BARBOUR - A MUSICAL MARRIAGE

CD / Product Number: JASCD355

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During the great Depression which lingered into the late 1930s, having a job as singer with a Big Band must have seemed the height of glamour, eclipsed only by the bright lights of Hollywood. In reality, the Big Bands had to be very well-disciplined, in fact regimented, to earn a living from the endless round of touring America, with recording sessions and radio broadcasts thrown in. And if a band settled in any one town for an extended ... [MORE]

TANGO FEDERICO - A DANCEMASTER'S CHOICE
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TANGO FEDERICO - A DANCEMASTER'S CHOICE

CD / Product Number: JASCD354

If you like to tango - then this is the music for you! [MORE]

LONNIE DONEGAN MEETS LEINEMANN - The Complete Sessions - DOUBLE CD
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LONNIE DONEGAN MEETS LEINEMANN - The Complete Sessions - DOUBLE CD

CD / Product Number: JASCD352

By the end of the 1960s, it might have seemed that Lonnie Donegan's career was going nowhere - but that career to date had been startling. Through the mid-1950s he had been the banjo player with Chris Barber's Jazz Band, with moments of glory as singer/guitarist of that band's 'Skiffle' unit. By the end of 1956, he was Britain's biggest 'Pop' sensation and as the decade finished, he had progressed from being 'King Of Skiffle' to an all-round entertainer ... [MORE]

RAY ANTHONY  and HIS ORCHESTRA - FOR DANCERS AND ROMA
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RAY ANTHONY and HIS ORCHESTRA - FOR DANCERS AND ROMA

CD / Product Number: JASCD351

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It is becoming increasingly clear that the post-war parallel of the Glenn Miller story has been the rise of Ray Anthony. Not since Glenn has there been a dance band lead-er with Ray's organisational skill and iron determination to succeed. Like Glenn, Ray believes a band has to do more than just play music if it is to top the field, and like Glenn, Ray's basic operating policy is that running a dance band is a business and 'When you work, ... [MORE]

PHIL HARRIS - HIS ORIGINAL  GREATEST HITS
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PHIL HARRIS - HIS ORIGINAL GREATEST HITS

CD / Product Number: JASCD350

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To many people Phil Harris's fame started and ended with his role as the voice of Baloo the bear in Disney's Jungle Book. However this masterstroke of casting happened at the end of a singing career which started in the 1920s. This selection, which does cover his best and most popular work pre-Disney, dates from the 1940s, and many of the tracks will be familiar to anyone who remembers listening to radio programmes such as Children's ... [MORE]

JUNE CHRISTY - A FRIENDLY SESSION VOL 2
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JUNE CHRISTY - A FRIENDLY SESSION VOL 2

CD / Product Number: JASCD349

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By the time these songs were recorded, 23-year-old June Christy had an interesting Curriculum Vitae - in brief, six years of obscurity and four years of stardom. After several chilly seasons in Chicago, singing (sometimes) and learning how to starve gracefully, her big break came in 1945 when she landed a job with the Stan Kenton Orchestra just as Kenton was starting to ride the wave that was to sweep him, and those associated with him, to ... [MORE]

THE KING SISTERS - QUEENS OF SONG
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THE KING SISTERS - QUEENS OF SONG

CD / Product Number: JASCD348

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The six King sisters (only four of which sang together at any one time) In chronological order they were Maxine, Louise, Alyce, Donna, Yvonne and Marilyn, are one of the less famous sister groups of their era, despite having a very long career. While the Andrews sisters (for example) had an easily identifiable, unique sound, the King sisters did not - their music was fairly typical of the era, so perhaps that is why their music has almost ... [MORE]

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