I'm Beginning To See The Light:dance CD (2007)

Artist: Various

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 205117937
UPC 886971453928
UPC 14 00886971453928
Format CD
Release Date 9/11/2007
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Author Various
Technical Info
Producer Ken Burns; Sarah Botstein; Lynn Novick; Steve Berkowitz (Compilation); Duncan Allardyce (Compilation)
CatalogID 88697145392
Lable Name Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Released 09/11/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 67m : 33s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886971453928
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Remasterers: Mark Wilder; Maria Triana.
I'm Beginning to See the Light is a companion to, but not the soundtrack for, The War, the 2007 PBS miniseries on World War II produced and directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Whereas the soundtrack features a mix of new and old recordings intended to serve the purpose of the miniseries itself ("[to explore] the history and horror of World War II from an American perspective..."), I'm Beginning to See the Light features only recordings from the WWII era and keeps the mood buoyant and the rhythm upbeat (befitting its subtitle, "Dance Hits from the Second World War"). Disc producers Steve Berkowitz and Duncan Allardyee selected plenty of popular hits to evoke the era -- "Let Me Off Uptown" by Gene Krupa, "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo" by Glenn Miller, "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman -- but fortunately kept the focus on great music no matter what the chart position. The best orchestra of them all during the '40s, Duke Ellington's, leads off with the wonderful "C Jam Blues," and prime contenders like Count Basie, Artie Shaw, and Tommy Dorsey each get a pair of features. Also, the disc includes two songs whose direct theme is the war effort itself -- Basie's "For the Good of Your Country" and Miller's "American Patrol." And, instead of sticking with jazz throughout, the original honky tonk standard "Pistol Packin' Mama" comes early on. (Al Dexter's Western swing sounds just fine sandwiched between Coleman Hawkins and Glenn Miller.) Whether it's taken as a sampler of excellent, timeless music or as a soundtrack to the times that the documentary illuminates, I'm Beginning to See the Light is a very good set. ~ John Bush
Disc 1
1 C Jam Blues - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
2 Frenesi - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
3 In the Mood - Glenn Miller/The Glenn Miller Orchestra/Tex Beneke/Al Klink/Clyde Hurley
4 Let Me Off Uptown - Anita O'Day/Gene Krupa & His Orchestra/Gene Krupa/Roy Eldridge
5 Taxi War Dance - Count Basie & His Orchestra
6 Sheik of Araby, The - Coleman Hawkins All Stars
7 Pistol Packin' Mama - Al Dexter and His Troopers/Al Dexter
8 American Patrol - The Glenn Miller Orchestra/Johnny Best/Moe Purtill
9 For the Good Of Your Country - Count Basie/Jimmy Rushing/Count Basie & His Orchestra
10 Cherokee - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra/Charlie Barnet
11 Rose Room - Benny Goodman Sextet
12 Opus No.1 - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra/Buddy Rich/Buddy DeFranco/Bruce Golden
13 I'm Beginning To See the Light - Harry James/Kitty Kallen/Harry James & His Orchestra/Corky Corcoran/Allan Reuss
14 Tuxedo Junction - Erskine Hawkins/Jimmy Mitchelle/Haywood Henry/Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra
15 One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie/Don Byas/Buddy Tate/Count Basie & His Orchestra/Buck Clayton/Dicky Wells
16 I'm Confessin' - Artie Shaw/J.C. Higginbotham/Benny Carter/Henry "Red" Allen
17 (I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo - Billy May/The Glenn Miller Orchestra/Tex Beneke & The Modernaires/Al Klink
18 Boogie Woogie - Tommy Dorsey/Howard Smith
19 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) - Jimmy Crawford/Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra/Willie "The Lion" Smith/Trummy Young
20 Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman/Harry James/Gene Krupa/Benny Goodman & His Orchestra/Vido Musso
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