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22 Original Big Band Hits

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While oscillating between retirement and comebacks throughout the '30s and '40s, clarinetist Artie Shaw cut several incredible sides from 1938-1939. After ditching a string orchestra setup, Shaw formed his first big band in 1937 and eventually gained fame with his signature performance of "Begin the Beguine." The bandleader would go on to commit a slew of numbers to wax up until another retirement in 1939. Besides Bluebird covering the core recordings on several reissues, a few smaller labels have picked up the slack with sizable helpings of fringe material like these radio broadcasts. While this 22-track Hindsight collection covers the day's usual standards in instrumentals like "Stardust" and "Rose Room," it also features two fine vocal turns by regular band singer Helen Forrest ("What's New," "This Can't Be Love"). Satchmo imitator Tony Pastor also gets a few rounds in with entertaining renditions of "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" and "Sweet Adeline." For his part, Shaw is impressive throughout on several lithe and liquid clarinet solos. Other standout instrumental performances are notched up by tenor saxophonist George Auld, trumpeter John Best, guitarist Al Alvola, and drummer Buddy Rich. Certainly not essential, but a very enjoyable listen all the same. ~ Stephen Cook
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 What Is This Thing Called Love Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  3. 2 My Heart Stood Still Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  4. 3 This Can't Be Love Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  5. 4 Lover Come Back To Me Artie Shaw null:null
  6. 5 I Can't Give You Anything But Love Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  7. 6 Lambeth Walk Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  8. 8 I'm Yours Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  9. 9 Small Fry Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  10. 10 Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  11. 11 Shine On Harvest Moon Artie Shaw null:null
  12. 12 Stardust Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  13. 13 Out Of Nowhere Artie Shaw null:null
  14. 14 What's New Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  15. 15 If I Had You Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  16. 17 Just You And Me Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  17. 18 Carioca Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  18. 19 You're Mine You Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  19. 20 Sweet Adeline Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  20. 21 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null
  21. 22 I'm Coming Virginia Artie Shaw & His Orchestra null:null

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