Best Of Les Paul-Millennium Co CD (2001)

Artist: Les Paul

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Label Uni/mca
SKU 60509944
UPC 008811274023
UPC 14 00008811274023
Format CD
Release Date 10/30/2001
Author Les Paul
Associated Artist/Work Atkins, Chet
Associated Artist/Work Cole, Nat
Associated Artist/Work Cole, Nat "King"
Associated Artist/Work Ford, Mary
Associated Artist/Work Lou Pallo
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Producer Andy McKaie (Compilation)
CatalogID AA881127402
Lable Name MCA
Released 10/30/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 33m : 18s
Mono/Stereo Mono
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00008811274023
Musical Guests
Bing Crosby
The Andrews Sisters
Dick Haymes
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Les Paul (guitar); Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, Dick Haymes (vocals).
Recorded between 1944 and 1947. Includes liner notes by Joseph F. Laredo.
Digitally remastered by Mark Omann (universal Mastering Studios-West, Hollywood, California).
This would be more properly titled "The Best of Les Paul at Decca," as all 12 of the songs are taken from his slim body of 1944-1947 Decca recordings. That isn't to say that these aren't quality tracks that are of substantial importance to Paul's discography, only that they certainly aren't among his best or most popular, particularly as none of them were done with Mary Ford. That qualification out of the way, these lead off with four good small-combo instrumental jazz sides from 1944, including "Begin the Beguine" and Irving Berlin's "Blue Sides," in which Paul's speedy, nimble runs are already well in evidence. Less interesting to Paul fans, since Paul is less in the forefront, are sides on which he accompanies the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, and Dick Haymes. Filling out the program are more instrumentals, including the 1945 instrumental "Hawaiian Paradise" and four 1947 tracks, among them his versions of "Steel Guitar Rag," "Caravan," and Arthur Smith's "Guitar Boogie." Because Paul had yet to record his pioneering multi-track overdubs, this early work isn't nearly as important as what he would record during his subsequent stint on Capitol, but it does serve to illustrate his solid foundation as a skilled, versatile jazz-pop guitarist. ~ Richie Unterberger
Disc 1
1 Blue Skies
2 Begin The Beguine
3 Dream Dust
4 Dark Eyes
5 It's Been A Long, Long Time - (with Bing Crosby)
6 Hawaiian Paradise
7 Rumors Are Flying - (with The Andrews Sisters)
8 Steel Guitar Rag
9 Somebody Loves Me
10 Guitar Boogie
11 Caravan
12 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - (with Dick Haymes)

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