ARTIST: Various TITLE: The 1959 R&B Hits Collection GENRE: R&B CAT NO: ACQCD7171 FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE: £15.00
This 115-track 4CD anthology includes just about every record which peaked in the Top 14 positions of Billboard’s “Hot R&B Sides” chart during the year. The pop and R&B market was continuing to evolve as rock ‘n’ roll matured, and new strands arrived, with pop-flavoured R&B vocal groups making a significant impact, along with fine R&B vocalists who readily crossed into the pop charts, while the boundaries between pop and R&B continued to become less clear, as some pure pop records got traction on R&B radio stations... As a result a lot of familiar rock names appear in this collection. However, what that does is create a fascinating and varied collection as blues guitarists, doo-wop groups, R&B divas, great R&B vocalists and jazz orchestras jostle for position with big-name rock ‘n’ rollers.
ARTIST: Various TITLE: The R&B No.1s Of The ’40s GENRE: R&B CAT NO: ACQCD7168 FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE: £15.00
In October 1942, Billboard launched the “Harlem Hit Parade”, which was replaced in February 1945 by the “Most Played Juke Box Race Records”, to which in 1948 was added the “Best Selling Retail Race Records”. This 97-track 4CD collection features every record which reached No.1 in any of those charts, apart from a few which are unavailable for copyright reasons. We have also included those from 1950, as it is arguably the final year of the decade, and we had space in the 4CD format to accommodate them for the benefit of collectors who do not have our “R&B No. 1s of the ‘50s” set. It’s a hugely entertaining musical journey through what was a momentous decade socially and politically, in which R&B laid the groundwork for the arrival of the musical upheavals of the 1950s.
ARTIST: Various TITLE: The American Bandstand US Top 100 5th August 1957 GENRE: 1950s Pop CAT NO: ACQCD7169 FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE: £15.00
This collection celebrates the birth of the popular US TV show “American Bandstand” which was broadcast for the first time. Presented by Dick Clark, it became a hugely popular and influential weekly event for the nation’s teenagers, with the hot new singers and groups lip-syncing to their latest releases and chart entries with an audience of youngsters dancing in the studio. This 99-track collection comprises just about all the records which featured in the Billboard Hot 100 on the day the show was first broadcast, August 7, 1957. As always with these chart collections, it includes a number of unfamiliar names and recordings towards the bottom of the chart, of which even seasoned pop enthusiasts may not be too aware, and which will be welcome additions to their collections.
ARTIST: Various TITLE: The Greatest Country Hits of 1955 (Expanded Edition) GENRE: Country CAT NO: ACQCD7170 FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE: £15.00
This 108-track collection covers the year of 1955, during which time Billboard published three charts devoted to Country & Western Records – Best Sellers In Stores, Most Played in Juke Boxes and Most Played by Disc Jockeys. The pop landscape was about to undergo significant changes, with the advent of rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly presaged during the year just by a couple of Elvis records and one by Johnny Cash featuring in the Top 15. Apart from them, the familiar names still dominated the scene, some of them having long-running No.1s during the year, notably Webb Pierce, Eddy Arnold, Carl Smith, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Hank Snow and Faron Young and others like Kitty Wells and Hank Thompson having several big hits, while artists like Jim Reeves were introducing new strands to the music with the development of a smoother “new Nashville” sound.
ARTIST: Quincy Jones TITLE: Early Years - Six Complete Albums 1957-61 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACTRCD9127 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE: £12.00
Quincy Jones has become one of the most prominent personalities in popular music as a trumpeter and pianist who became an arranger, composer, bandleader, record producer and film & TV producer, and winner of a Grammy Legend Award in 1992. This 56-track 3-CD set comprises jazz and big band recordings from his early career leading his own band, and includes all the titles from his original LPs This Is How I Feel About Jazz and Go West, Man! for ABC-Paramount, and The Birth Of A Band, The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones, I Dig Dancers and Around The World for Mercury. It’s an exciting and revealing insight into his skills as a composer and arranger and a feast of highly contemporary and sophisticated top-class big band music, underlining the talents that made him such an influential figure in later years.
ARTIST: Buddy Moss TITLE: Oh Lordy Mama - The Buddy Moss Collection 1930-41 GENRE: Blues CAT NO: ADDCD3455 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Eugene “Buddy” Moss, one of 12 children of a family of sharecroppers, was a blues singer guitarist and harmonica player from Georgia, and was one of what became known as the Piedmont school of bluesmen alongside Blind Blake, Josh White, Blind Boy Fuller and Barbecue Bob. This 49-track 2-CD set comprises selected A & B sides from his releases during this era on the Columbia, Banner, Melotone, Vocalion, Perfect, ARC and Okeh labels, including recordings as a member of The Georgia Cotton Pickers and Georgia Browns, and with Pinewood Tom (aka Josh White). It features performances with Curley Weaver, Barbecue Bob, Fred McMullen, Josh White, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry. Although his style was shaped by his early exposure to local blues players, he was a highly individual performer who wrote most of his own songs, and this is collection offers an entertaining showcase for those talents.
ARTIST: The Impressions & Jerry Butler TITLE: The Collection 1958-62 GENRE: R&B CAT NO: ADDCD3453 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
The Impressions were one of the R&B vocal groups that heralded the transition from doowop to the more pop-oriented styles of the late ‘50s, and were notable for bringing to the fore two of the great soul voices of the era, Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield. This 57-track 2-CD set comprises Impressions A & B sides from these years, featuring Curtis Mayfield, and including some featuring Jerry Butler, on the Abner and ABC-Paramount labels, plus Jerry Butler solo A & B sides on Veejay. It’s a great showcase both for the Impressions’ distinctive style as a vocal group and for Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield’s notable talents as singers and writers, underlining their importance as key influences in the genre.
ARTIST: Johnny Bond TITLE: Love Song In 32 Bars - The Collection 1941-60 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ADDCD3456 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Johnny Bond was a country singer, guitarist and songwriter, born in Oklahoma, who also appeared in more than 40 western movies during the later heyday of the genre in the 1940s and into the '50s, and hosted a country music TV show with Tex Ritter. Based in Hollywood rather than Nashville, and with a style that encompassed elements of western swing and talking blues, as well as old-school “cowboy country”, as he recorded in earlier years with his Red River Valley Boys, who initially included Jimmy Wakely and Spade Cooley, he adapted his approach towards rockabilly in the late '50s, and had a notable pop hit with “Hot Rod Lincoln” in 1960. He was a versatile and extrovert artist and this collection is an entertaining showcase for his particular brand of country.
ARTIST: Larry Green & His Orchestra TITLE: Near You - The Singles Collection 1946-50 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3454 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Pianist Larry Green led one of the many orchestras of the 1940s who played the popular style of “sweet music” aimed at the middle ground of popular music, rather than the swinging big band style of many bands of those times. Coming later to the scene than many of the noted names of the 1930s, he enjoyed a few years in the chart spotlight during the post-war era recording both standards and versions of the hot songs of the moment, before his music was overtaken by the emerging solo stars and the changing market. This 50-track 2-CD collection comprises selected A & B sides from his releases on RCA-Victor during this era, and features all his career hits, including the Top 10 hits Near You and Beg Your Pardon.
ARTIST: Cisco Houston TITLE: The Collection 1944-61 GENRE: Folk CAT NO: ACFCD7518 FORMAT: 5CD BUY HERE: £15.00
Cisco Houston was a folk singer and songwriter, brought up in California, who was a close associate of Woody Guthrie, whom he met while working as an actor in Hollywood in the late '30s. They started travelling together, playing at migrant workers’ camps and promoting unionism and workers’ rights. After serving in the Merchant Marine in WWII, he was in the Almanac Singers in New York with Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and began recording with Guthrie. Over subsequent years, he performed in clubs and worked on radio and was part of the folk scene that was at the heart of the burgeoning protest movement, writing, collecting and recording songs that carried messages that championed the cause of the downtrodden classes. This 132-track 5-CD set is a comprehensive overview of his work and a substantial showcase for his distinctive talents as an artist who was a genuine folk troubadour.
ARTIST: The Carter Family TITLE: The Collection Vol.2 1935-41 GENRE: Country/Folk CAT NO: ACSCD6011 FORMAT: 6CD BUY HERE: £18
The importance of The Carter Family is recognised by Acrobat in two 6CD sets. Featuring the original incarnation of the group, A.P. Carter, his wife Sara Carter, and his sister in-law Maybelle Carter, this is the second of those sets, and addresses the years from 1935 to 1941, in a 130-track collection comprising just about all their releases from this era on the Conqueror, Decca and Bluebird labels. It features their landmark1935 hit Can The Circle Be Unbroken, along with many other classics which have become standards in folk and country repertoire, and provides a substantial and enlightening showcase for their unique talents.
ARTIST: Fred Astaire TITLE: All The Hits And More GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ACTRCD9126 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE: £12
Singer, dancer and actor Fred Astaire became one of the most high-profile personalities in popular entertainment with his legendary screen appearances with Ginger Rodgers and other leading ladies in a succession of movie musicals during the 1930s, 40s and 50s. However, he was also a highly successful recording artist, translating the classic songs from films and Broadway shows into a string of hits, notably featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, and other top composers of the classic era of the Great American Songbook. This great-value 75-track collection captures the spirit of the entertainment that carried the USA through the Depression years.
ARTIST: Lena Horne TITLE: The Singles Collection 1941-50 GENRE: Easy-Listening CAT NO: ADDCD3449 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
Lena Horne was a multi-talented singer, dancer, actor and civil rights activist, who by the age of 16 was performing in the Cotton Club Revue in New York and soon became big band singer, and appeared in her first movies during the 1930s. Eventually enjoying a career which spanned seven decades, she became a highly-respected entertainer, famed for her sultry and sophisticated way with a song. This 48-track collection brings together her early versions of songs by the great writers of the day, providing a fine showcase for her highly distinctive talents.
ARTIST: Snooks Eaglin TITLE: The First Decade 1953-62 GENRE: Blues CAT NO: ADDCD3452 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
Snooks Eaglin was a blind blues singer and guitarist from New Orleans who played a highly accessible brand of blues, sometimes ranging into folk or rock ‘n’ roll styles, often re-working other artists’ songs, earning himself the nickname of “The Human Jukebox” with his wide and varied repertoire in ‘live’ performances. He was active for around half a century, but this great-value 52-track 2CD set focuses on the first decade or so of his extensive recording career.
ARTIST: Astor Piazzolla TITLE: Nuevo Tango Classic Albums 1955-59 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3450 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
Astor Piazzolla was an Argentinian composer, bandoneon player and bandleader who was famous for revolutionising the traditional dance form, the tango, by introducing his concept of the Nuevo Tango, the new tango, in the mid-1950s. Born in Argentina but brought up in New York, he was a classically trained musician, while being exposed to the jazz that was so much part of the city life, as well as being steeped in the tango music of his homeland. Playing the bandoneon, an Argentinian form of accordion, he developed an eclectic outlook, playing music that transcended the genres, with its roots in Latin forms but incorporating classical motifs and tinged with various jazz influences. This 41-track collection offers a fascinating insight into the work of a highly innovative and skilled musician.
ARTIST: Orrin Tucker & His Orchestra TITLE: The Golden Years 1938-49 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3451 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
Orrin Tucker was a saxophonist, singer and bandleader who had his heyday during the late 1930s and into the ‘40s, and whose orchestra played in the popular “sweet” style of the era, broadly favouring a relaxed style of swing, using featured vocalists to present popular standards and new compositions of the day. He was popular on radio and from 1939 to ’42 racked up a string of hits, notably a No. 2 with a revival of the oldie “Oh! Johnny, Oh! Johnny, Oh!”. This 50-track set offers an entertaining showcase for an artist about whom not much is known or heard about these days, but who very much captured the musical zeitgeist of the era.
ARTIST: The Carter Family TITLE: The Collection Vol.1 1927-34 GENRE: Country/Folk CAT NO: ACSCD6010 FORMAT: 6CD BUY HERE: £18
The Carter Family are among the most important artists in the entire history of popular music. They were pioneers in writing and recording folk and country music for the commercial market, and their huge output of songs and recordings has become a major influence on music that has come after them in bluegrass, country, gospel, folk, skiffle, pop and rock. Acrobat has recognised their importance by creating two 6-CD sets. This first of the sets addresses the years from 1927 to 1934, in a 125-track collection comprising just about all their releases from this era. It features their famous hits from these years, including Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow, Keep On the Sunny Side, Wildwood Flower, I’m Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes, Little Darling Pal of Mine, Worried Man Blues, and Lonesome Valley along with other classics like My Clinch Mountain Home, Foggy Mountain Top, John Hardy and Jimmie Brown The Newsboy.
ARTIST: Digby Fairweather TITLE: Notes From A Jazz Life Vol.3 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3445 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Cornetist Digby Fairweather has become one of the leading figures on the British jazz scene, both as a bandleader and sideman in other leader’s bands, and as a writer and broadcaster, as well as being the founder and director of the charity Jazz Centre UK in Southend, aimed at promoting, preserving and celebrating the culture of jazz. This 26-track-set is the third volume of a retrospective of his career to date, compiled by the man himself, and with substantial booklet notes also written by Digby.
ARTIST: Dee Clark TITLE: Raindrops - The Collection 1956-62 GENRE: R&B/Soul CAT NO: ADDCD3446 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
Dee Clark, real name Delecta Clark, was born in Arkansas in 1938 and started out in gospel before recording at the age of 14 with a group called The Hambone Kids. By the mid-50s he was a member of R&B vocal group The Kool Gents, who signed to Vee Jay. He moved on to a solo career in the pop/soul/R&B style, for a while taking over Little Richard’s band when he went into the church, and had a string of hits in the late ‘50s and early’ 60s in the pop and R&B charts, the biggest a pop No. 2 with Raindrops. This 55-track 2-CD set features all his 12 chart entries from this era, including the US No. 2 Raindrops, and the Top 40 hits Nobody But You, Just Keep It Up, Hey Little Girl, How About That and Your Friends, most of which also made the R&B Top 10. This set is a substantial and entertaining showcase for those talents.
ARTIST: Julian Bream TITLE: Early Years: Guitar & Lute Albums 1956-60 GENRE: Classical CAT NO: ACTRCD9125 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE: £12.00
Classical and Spanish guitar virtuoso Julian Bream was probably the only instrumentalist of his generation to match the extraordinary talent of his contemporary John Williams among the artists who popularised the music, as well as exploring the potential of the lute in interpreting historical works for that much-ignored instrument. This 58-track 3-CD collection comprises the complete contents of five of his early albums, Spanish Guitar Music Vol 1, Spanish Guitar Music Vol. 2, A Bach Recital For The Guitar, and Julian Bream Plays Dowland, on which he plays the lute, for the Westminster label and The Art Of Julian Bream for RCA.
ARTIST: Josh White TITLE: The Early Years Collection 1929-36 GENRE: Blues CAT NO: ADDCD3447 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Josh White was an entertainer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor and civil rights activist, who became a very public face of protest in the 1940s and was well-known and popular in showbiz circles. This 48-track 2-CD set comprises one title for Paramount with Blind Joe Taggart, and then selected sides on the labels mentioned in his various guises through to 1936, when his career was interrupted for a couple of years by a hand injury until he returned to record for major labels. It includes many of his notable compositions, and underlines his authenticity and skill as a guitarist and blues performer as he carved out a living through the Depression years.
ARTIST: Ray Bloch & His Orch. TITLE: The Bloch Party - The Singles Collection 1945-56 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3448 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Ray Bloch was a pianist, composer, conductor, arranger and bandleader who is best known for being the arranger and conductor on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the USA for its entire run from 1948 to 1971. For aficionados of the orchestras of the '40s and '50s, who played the popular easy-on-the-ear music of the times comprising both new material and Great American Songbook classics, his music is up there with the best of them. This 47-track set represents an archetypal slice of what many nostalgia buffs call “the golden age of popular music”, this is a rarely-heard showcase for one of pop’s most accomplished backroom boys.
ARTIST: John Williams TITLE: Classical Guitar Virtuoso - Early Years 1958-61 GENRE: Classical CAT NO: ADDCD3442 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
John Williams is one of the greatest classical guitarists of the modern era, introducing a previously highly specialist area of repertoire to a wider audience through his virtuoso expertise on the Spanish guitar. Guitar historian Graham Wade has stated that “John is the most technically accomplished guitarist the world has seen.” Born in Australia in 1941, his family moved to the UK when he was 11, and having been taught by his guitarist father, he studied with Andres Segovia in Italy, before attending the Royal College of Music from 1956-59, and making his first performance at the Wigmore Hall in 1958. The first of these recordings was made very soon after that. This collection includes the complete contents of his first three solo LP releases, which were Guitar Recital Vol.1 and Guitar Recital Vol.2 for the Delyse label in 1958 and 1959, followed a couple of years later by A Spanish Guitar for the Westminster label. It is an absorbing and fascinating scene-setter for his illustrious career, showcasing his prodigious talent and mastery of his instrument even at this early stage.
ARTIST: Charles Mingus TITLE: Landmark Albums 1956-60 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACTRCD9124 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE: £12
Charles Mingus was a double bassist, pianist composer and bandleader, and a significant proponent of the idea of collective improvisation, who brought a personal and uniquely distinctive musical approach to jazz as well as an uncompromising commitment to his musical ambitions and integrity. He recorded prolifically over three decades and more, but many critics highlight a series of albums which he recorded during the late 1950s and into 1960, which represented something of a creative high point in that era of his career, and indeed in his whole musical canon. This 3CD set offers an absorbing and exciting showcase for his important contribution to jazz.
ARTIST: Gene McDaniels TITLE: The Singles & Albums Collection 1959-62 GENRE: R&B CAT NO: ADDCD3441 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
Gene McDaniels was an African-American singer, who started out performing gospel, before turning to jazz, and came to the fore as vocalist with the Les McCann Trio in Los Angeles. This 58-track collection explores a variety of musical territory, exploiting his jazz and gospel-trained voice as he performs Great American Songbook standards and his own interpretations of current hits of the day, plus classic movie songs along with new contemporary material. He was a fine singer, whose pop hits marked him out as a distinctive song stylist, and this collection is an enjoyable showcase for that talent.
ARTIST: Kate Smith TITLE: Hello Everybody! - The Kate Smith Collection 1926-50 GENRE: Easy Listening CAT NO: ACQCD7167 FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE: £15
Kate Smith was a singer very much in the traditional mode, who had big hits soon after she began her career in the 1920s, and remained hugely popular long into the post-war decades. Known variously as “The First Lady Of Radio” and “The Songbird Of The South”, she commanded a large broadcast audience that continued into the TV era in the ‘50s – her signature greeting on her radio shows was “Hello Everybody!” She was highly versatile, able to give any kind of repertoire her personal touch, and this 94-track collection offers an enjoyable and enlightening showcase for her distinctive talent.
ARTIST: Tex Beneke TITLE: Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop! The Singles Collection 1946-54 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3443 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
Tex Beneke was a big band saxophonist and singer who joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1941, and remained with him until Miller broke up his band the following year to join the Army Air Forces, with Beneke also enlisting in the Navy. Having performed on all Miller’s big hits of that era, and with Miller having died over the English Channel in 1944, Beneke got permission from Miller’s estate to form a “ghost band” in 1946, initially called “Tex Beneke With The Glenn Miller Orchestra , which eventually became Tex Beneke & His Orchestra a year or two later. This 48-track collection sees Beneke recapturing the spirit of the Miller band, but also establishing a style of his own as the market changed in the post-war era.
ARTIST: Elton Britt TITLE: Someday - The Elton Britt Collection 1933-55 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ADDCD3444 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
Elton Britt was a country singer, songwriter and guitarist who was born in 1913, and had a recording career which began in the early 1930s and spanned more than three decades, as he adapted his distinctive and effortless vocal style to the needs of the changing market, and after the Billboard charts were launched in the early ’40 he had a string of hits in both the pop and country charts, mostly as a solo artist but also in duets with Rosalie Allen, as well as with The Three Suns and The Skytoppers. From early ‘mountain music’ through to the more commercial music of the ‘50s, this 51-track collection offers a fascinating trawl across the country and pop spectrum while offering an entertaining showcase for Britt’s smoothly relaxed style.
ARTIST: Judy Collins TITLE: First Albums 1961-62 GENRE: Folk CAT NO: ACMCD4404 FORMAT:CD BUY HERE £10
The legendary folk artist Judy Collins has been a respected personality on the music landscape for the last six decades, a singer, guitarist, songwriter and more recently a film director, who was a key figure in the burgeoning folk scene of the 1960s and has remained a popular performer and recording artist right through the rock era, scoring her first No.1 in the US album chart in 2019 at the age of 80. This collection comprises the complete original contents of her first two Elektra albums A Maid Of Constant Sorrow and Golden Apples Of The Sun. The repertoire is a blend of traditional songs interpreted by Judy and her own original compositions.
ARTIST: The Caravans TITLE: Where Gospel Meets Soul - 1952-62 GENRE: Gospel and Soul CAT NO: ADDCD3439 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
The Caravans were a gospel vocal group who originated in Chicago in the late 1940s as the Robert Anderson Singers and The Robert Anderson Gospel Caravan, and evolved to begin recording as The Caravans in 1952, becoming hugely popular and immensely respected, as well as extremely influential. As much as any other group, they incorporated the styles which formed the backbone of the secular soul music which became popular during the 1960s. This great-value 56-track collection features most of the A- and B-sides of their releases on the States and Gospel labels during this era, many of which were also included on their album releases during these years as well. An exciting and joyous showcase for their talents.
ARTIST: Champ Butler TITLE: Champ! The Singles Collection 1951-62 GENRE: Classic Pop CAT NO: ADDCD3438 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
Born in Missouri in 1926, Champ Butler (his real name) was brought up in Los Angeles, and after service in WWII worked in the parking lot of Hollywood’s Mocambo nightclub, where he met many stars, and did the rounds of radio stations to find singing work. He was introduced to an agent, and secured an audition with Columbia Records, who gave him a contract, with A&R Director Mitch Miller calling him “one of the most versatile lads in the business”. That quality certainly comes across in this 59-track collection, which provides a substantial showcase for that versatility as he tackles middle-of-the-road pop, big-voiced ballads, novelty material and straight rock ‘n’ roll with equal aplomb.
ARTIST: Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith TITLE: Guitar Boogie - The Singles Collection 1938-59 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ADDCD3440 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
Arthur Smith was a country guitarist, banjoist, composer and record producer, who was also a popular radio and TV host, with The Arthur Smith Show becoming the first nationally-syndicated country music show on US TV. Born in 1921 in South Carolina, in 1944 he made the landmark recording of his instrumental composition “Guitar Boogie”, which became a national hit a couple of years later, and was highly influential in the pop market, generating hit cover versions in the rock ‘n’ roll era, as well as becoming incorporated into his stage name. Many musicians cite him as an influence, including the legendary country star Glen Campbell. This 55-track set provides a substantial and entertaining showcase for his unique talents.
ARTIST: Blossom Dearie TITLE: The Early Years Collection 1949-60 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACQCD7166 FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE: £15
Blossom Dearie was a jazz pianist and vocalist with a style and technique which skilfully interwove her piano and voice as she accompanied herself. Her approach to piano was distinctive, using chord voicings which inspired the likes of Bill Evans who named her as one of his models of piano playing, while her voice was also highly personal, with a light and airy flavour. Born in 1924, she spent some of her early career in France during the early ‘50s, which helped shape her style. This great-value 96-track set is a feast of top quality, highly listenable jazz, and a great showcase for her talents both as instrumentalist and vocalist.
ARTIST: Charlie Spivak & His Orchestra TITLE: The Chart Decade 1941-51 GENRE: Easy Listening CAT NO: ACTRCD9123 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE: £12
Charlie Spivak was a trumpeter and bandleader of Ukrainian heritage, who played with a string of well-known bands during the 1920s and ‘30s, including those of Paul Specht, Ben Pollack, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Ray Noble and Glenn Miller, and it was with Miller’s backing that he started his own orchestra in 1939. He was known as “The Man Who Plays The Sweetest Trumpet In The World”, playing powerful lead melody parts, although he was not especially noted as a great improviser. Although his roots were firmly in jazz, his orchestra had its greatest successes with down-the-middle dance music from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley, with many hits performed by his noted featured vocalists. This 74-track set features selected releases during this era on the Okeh, Columbia and London labels.
ARTIST: Redd Foxx TITLE: Classic Stand-Up - The Early Years Collection 1946-60 GENRE: Comedy CAT NO: ACTRCD9122 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE £12
Redd Foxx, real name John Elroy Sanford, became well-known in the USA as a stand-up comedian during the 1950s, developing a raunchy night-club act on the east coast and finding fame when Dinah Washington invited him to perform in Las Vegas and he was seen, and signed, by Dootsie Williams of Dootone Records, for whom he released a string of highly-successful ‘live’ albums. He later had a successful TV career, starring the situation comedy “Sanford & Son”, with overt racial humour that helped redefine the genre of black situation comedy. This 3-CD collection offers a window on a strand of humour which is maybe not widely known, but has a substantial following among aficionados.
ARTIST: Sammy Davis Jr. TITLE: The Singles Collection 1949-62 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACTRCD9121 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE £12
Sammy Davis Jr. was a multi-talented artist, a singer, dancer, stage and movie actor, comedian and TV personality, whose career encompassed not only performing and recording in those arenas, but also film and TV direction. Later famous as a member of the Rat Pack, he made his first records in 1949, but came to the fore after performing at the 1951 Academy Awards, to develop his many-faceted career. With a style rooted in old school big band music, he expanded his musical scope to have a dozen or so hits during the era covered by this collection, and as many again in subsequent years, as well as being a highly successful album seller.
ARTIST: Various TITLE: Songs of Civil Rights & Protest GENRE: Blues/Folk CAT NO: ADDCD3434 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
This 50-track 2-CD set brings together a selection of recordings which, one way or another, relate to the idea of songs as a medium of protest and social and political commentary, with the later incarnations representing the early stirrings of the classic folk protest movement which crystallised in the early ‘60s in the hands of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others – one or two of their early recordings are included here. Many of the noted voices of protest are featured here – Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Paul Robeson, Josh White – along with folk artists who embraced the cause like Odetta, Nina Simone, Harry Belafonte and many more, plus some of the more obscure but no less important recordings that set the tone and led the way for later artists. It’s a fascinating and we hope inspiring collection, which tells many a story.
ARTIST: Freddie Slack TITLE: Mr. Five By Five - The Singles Collection 1940-49 GENRE: Jazz/R&B CAT NO: ADDCD3435 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Freddie Slack was a boogie-woogie pianist and swing bandleader who started out with Jimmy Dorsey’s band in the 1930s and subsequently racked up a string of hits in the 1940s, first with the Will Bradley Orchestra and then leading his own band, some of them with the fine singers Ella Mae Morse and Margaret Whiting on vocals. This 49-track 2-CD collection includes the Top 10 hits “Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar”, “Down The Road Apiece”, “Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat” and “There I Go”, plus all his career pop and R&B hits with his own band, including the Top 10 successes “Cow-Cow Boogie”, “Mister Five By Five”, “That Old Black Magic”, “Riffette” and “The House Of Blue Lights”.
ARTIST: Eileen Barton TITLE: If I Knew You Were Comin’ - The Singles Collection 1944-62 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3436 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Eileen Barton was a singer associated both with the early 1950s and with novelty pop songs of the era, the most famous being her No.1 debut in 1950 with “If I Knew You Were Comin' (I'd've Baked A Cake)”. However, she had been around for several years on Broadway and as a classy big band singer and was very much associated with Frank Sinatra, appearing on radio with him in the mid-1940s. This great-value 55-track 2-CD collection is an entertaining showcase for her talent and versatility as an underestimated song stylist.
ARTIST: Foy Willing And The Riders of The Purple Sage TITLE: Texas Blues – The Classic Years 1944-50 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ADDCD3437 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Taking their name from the landmark 1912 western novel by Zane Grey “Riders Of The Purple Sage”, Foy Willing And The Riders Of The Purple Sage were a country group who combined recording and performing with appearing in a string of Western movies in the later heyday of the genre in the ‘40s and early ‘50s. Foy Willing, who hailed from Texas, landed up in California in the early ‘40s and became popular on radio, forming the band around the same time. With their screen commitments they did not record prolifically, but had five country hits through the second half of the 1940s. This 48-track 2-CD set features all their career chart entries including the No.3 country hit “Texas Blues”, the No.4 hit “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” and the No.6 hit “Detour” along with the Top 20 hits “Anytime” and “Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes”.
ARTIST: Buddy DeFranco TITLE: The Bebop Years 1949-56 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3429 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Buddy DeFranco was one of the few jazz clarinettists to come to prominence in the post-war era when the instrument generally saw a decline, and he was one of the only clarinettists to successfully find a role in the changing musical environment brought about by the emergence of bebop. His grounding was in the swing orchestras of Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet and most notably Tommy Dorsey, but having left Dorsey in 1948, he led his own bands as well as performing and recording with some of the noted leaders and musicians of the bebop era. In the 1960s and ‘70s he led the later incarnation of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. This is a 2-CD set which not only provides a showcase for Buddy DeFranco’s underestimated virtuosity as a clarinettist, but presents him playing on some notable recordings with some of the finest musicians of the post-war decade.
ARTIST: Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith TITLE: 100 Classic Recordings 1925-53 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACQCD7165 FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE £15
Willie “The Lion” Smith was a jazz and stride pianist, rivalling James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Clarence Williams in the latter style, who was nicknamed “The Lion” because of his bravery serving in the US Army in France in WWI. A colourful figure with his ever-present cigar and pork pie hat, he was also a highly sophisticated pianist who influenced the likes of Duke Ellington. This great-value 100-track 4-CD set features recordings with early groups like The Gulf Coast Seven, The Georgia Strutters, Seven Gallon Jug Band and with bands led by Clarence Williams, Mezz Mezzrow, Sidney Bechet, Max Kaminsky, Milt Herth and Big Joe Turner, as well as his own bands, with performances alongside many of the top musicians of the day.
ARTIST: The Chantels TITLE: The Complete Singles & Albums 1957-62 GENRE: R&B CAT NO: ADDCD3431 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
The Chantels were an all-girl vocal group from New York, who followed in the footsteps of The Bobbettes as one of the first African-American girl groups to enjoy major chart success in the USA. This 2-CD collection features their No. 2 R&B hit “Maybe”, and No. 6 hit “Look In My Eyes” plus their other pop and R&B chart entries from these years “He’s Gone”, “Every Night (I Pray)”, “I Love You So”, “Summer’s Love” and “Well I Told You So”. Although they had a couple of minor Hot 100 entries later in the ‘60s, this collection provides a reasonably comprehensive overview of the primary era of their career, and is a fine showcase for their distinctive style and sound as they paved the way for other girl groups in the charts.
ARTIST: Leroy Anderson TITLE: Blue Tango - The Collection 1951-62 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3430 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Leroy Anderson was an American composer and conductor of light orchestral music, who wrote many pieces for the Boston Pops Orchestra before starting to record under his own name. This great-value 49-track 2-CD collection comprises A and B sides of Decca singles by Leroy Anderson’s Pops Concert Orchestra from this era, and titles from his albums “A Leroy Anderson Pops Concert” and “The New Music Of Leroy Anderson” not otherwise released on singles. Film composer John Williams called him “one of the great American masters of light orchestral music”, and this collection demonstrates his unique talents in this genre.
ARTIST: Don Rondo TITLE: White Silver Sands - The Collection 1955-60 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3432 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Don Rondo was a singer with a style more akin to the middle-of-the-road market of the early 1950s but who came to the fore with hits with that approach early in the rock ‘n’ roll era, finding it difficult to establish a chart presence in a changing market as he adapted his style in subsequent years, and embraced the new musical idioms before he was overtaken by newer teen idols, and as a popular personality on TV, turned to broadcasting in the ‘60s. This 52-track 2-CD set offers a worthwhile overview of his career as a chart-focused recording artist. It also provides an entertaining showcase for his versatility as a song stylist as he tackles ballads and novelty-flavoured material, as well as out-and-out teen pop and roc k ‘n’ roll in search of a hit, along with old-school standards on his albums.
ARTIST: Texas Jim Robertson TITLE: Classic Cowboy Country 1939-54 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ADDCD3433 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
As his name implies, Texas Jim Robertson was a native of the Lone Star State, but made his start singing on radio in his teens while based in North Carolina and he subsequently moved to New York with the NBC network, acting as well as singing on radio. This 52-track 2-CD set provides a nicely representative overview of his output, and it certainly offers an entertaining showcase for his highly distinctive and evocative style of country.
ARTIST: Anne Shelton TITLE: Lay Down Your Arms - The Collection 1940-62 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3426 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Anne Shelton was a popular English vocalist whose career encompassed early years as an inspiring performer during WWII, becoming popular on both sides of the Atlantic in post-war years, with her chart hits continuing through the rock ‘n’ roll era into the 1960s. This great-value 50-track 2-CD set provides a selective overview of that career, with early recordings following her debut in 1940 at the age of 17 with Bert Ambrose’s orchestra, and then solo recordings for the UK Rex and Decca labels and the US London label, followed by releases on HMV and Philips in the UK and Columbia in the USA. It features all her career hits in the UK and USA, including the 1956 UK No. “Lay Down Your Arms” and 1960 No. 10 “Sailor” plus the US Top 30 hits “Be Mine” and Galway Bay” and the UK Top 30 hits “Arrivederci Darling”, “Seven Days” and “The Village Of St. Bernadette”.
ARTIST: Buddy Rich TITLE: Mr. Drums - The Collection 1946-55 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACTRCD9120 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE £12
Jazz drummer Buddy Rich is famous as one of the most extrovert and impressive instrumentalists of his day, known for his virtuoso technique, power and speed, and one of the most influential drummers in the genre. Having played with Artie Shaw, Bunny Berigan and Tommy Dorsey from the late 1930s, he served in WWII, he was with Dorsey until Frank Sinatra helped finance Rich to form his own orchestra in 1946. This 59-track 3-CD set comprises most of his studio recordings with his own band through 1946-47 for Mercury and on V-Disc, plus selected recordings through to 1955 with his own groups and with bands and small groups led by Charlie Parker, Flip Phillips, Count Basie, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Roy Eldridge and Harry James, variously appearing on the Mercury, Clef, Norgran, Verve, Pablo and Columbia labels.
ARTIST: Tampa Red TITLE: The Guitar Wizard GENRE: Blues CAT NO: ACFCD7517 FORMAT: 5CD BUY HERE £15
Hudson Whittaker, better known as Tampa Red, was a hugely prolific and influential blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, an innovative slide guitarist and the first black musician to play a National steel-bodied guitar. Moving from Florida to Chicago in the 1920s, he started recording in 1928 with Thomas Dorsey, playing in a hokum style as well as blues, over the years incorporating a pop-oriented style with The Chicago Five. Playing electric guitar from the 1940s working with Big Maceo Merriweather, he influenced musicians like Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters and Elmore James, as his Chicago home became a centre for the blues community. This great-value 5CD set is a substantial overview of a key quarter-century of his career, and an entertaining showcase for one of the most significant personalities in the genre.
ARTIST: Jack Guthrie TITLE: The Complete Releases 1944-48 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ACMCD4403 FORMAT: CD BUY HERE £10
Jack Guthrie, a cousin of renowned folk singer Woody Guthrie, was born in Oklahoma in 1915, but like his cousin and thousands of others “Okies” his family moved to California in the 1930s when the Dust Bowl disasters and Great Depression made life unbearably hard there. Immersed in horses and music, he competed in rodeos and went with Woody to Los Angeles in 1937, where they got a regular spot on a radio show. He was still serving in WWII when in 1944 he recorded “Oklahoma Hills” which became a country No. 1. Recording more sessions after his discharge he had two more hits, but in 1947 he was hospitalised with tuberculosis, and died in early 1948 aged just 32. This collection features his No.1 country hit “Oklahoma Hills”, and his other Top 5 entries “I’m A Brandin’ My Darlin’ With My Heart” and “Oakie Boogie”. His career as a recording artist was tragically short, and this set offers a complete collection of his commercial output.
ARTIST: The Jayhawks & Vibrations TITLE: The Story So Far 1955-62 GENRE: Doowop CAT NO: ADDCD3427 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
The doowop and pop vocal group which eventually became The Vibrations began life as The Jayhawks, having a 1956 hit with “Stranded In The Jungle”, and recording under different names before becoming The Vibrations to have another hit with “The Watusi”, and then “Peanut Butter” as they recorded as The Marathons. Their music encompassed pure doowop, along with hard-hitting R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and novelty pop and “dance craze” songs, as they and their producers searched for the next successful formula. This great-value 53-track 2-CD set comprises A & B sides of their releases on the Flash, Aladdin, Allied, Eastman, Bet, Checker, Arvee and Argo labels during these years, including recordings as The Jayhawks, The Vibes, Danny Tyrrel & The Cleechays, Sonny Knight & The Cleeshays, The Vibrations and The Marathons, and also includes the titles from their Checker album “The Watusi” which were not otherwise released on singles.
ARTIST: Enric Madriguera & His Orchestra TITLE: Carioca! Hits, Latin Magic & More 1932-47 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3428 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Enric Madriguera, born in Barcelona in Spain in 1902, was a classical violinist who moved to the Americas to become lead violinist in the Boston Symphony and Cuban Philharmonic before joining the studio band at Columbia Records, and starting his own orchestra in 1932. Performing and recording a blend of current pop compositions and more Latin-oriented repertoire, he had regular big sellers during the early 1930s, the biggest being with “Carioca”, a No. 1 in 1934. This great-value 45-track 2-CD set features all his 19 career chart entries, including the US No.1 “The Carioca”, and the Top 10 hits “It Was So Beautiful”, “Orchids In The Moonlight”, “True”, “Here’s To Romance”, “I Found A Dream” and “I Love You”, along with his landmark composition “Adios”, which became a Latin and pop standard.
TRAPEZE MUSIC DELIGHTED TO INTRODUCE NEW JAZZ SINGER ISOBEL GATHERCOLE
ARTIST: ISOBEL GATHERCOLE TITLE: SAY DREAM LABEL: TRAPEZE GENRE: JAZZ FORMAT: CD CAT NO: TRFCD1001 BUY HERE: £12
1. Day Dream
2. The Best Things In Life Are Free
3. There’s A Small Hotel
4. Then I'll Be Tired Of You
5. Something Good
6. Samba For Stephanie
7. Surrey With The Fringe On Top
8. More Than You Know
9. I Hear Music
10. Always True To You (In My Fashion)
11. The Thrill Is Gone
12. Don’t Sleep On The Subway
London-based jazz singer Isobel Gathercole will showcase her 12-track debut album, Day Dream, with a special performance at Soho’s The Spice Of Life on Thursday, April 14.
Trained in jazz vocals at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Isobel has performed at many of London’s top jazz venues since arriving on the scene in 2014. Her love of jazz and the Great American Songbook developed at a very young age before she started to take performing seriously at the age of 11. Since then, Isobel has had the opportunity to sing with ensembles of all shapes and sizes, from an intimate vocal/guitar duo setting to full-sized studio orchestra. She has also explored big band singing through her work as a vocalist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, in addition to small group work with her own quartet.
Collaborating with arranger and composer Colin Skinner, Day Dream is a love letter to the legendary albums of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. The album, made with her father Andy who also acts as the main producer, was recorded at London’s RAK Studio, and was mastered at the legendary Abbey Road.
Having already garnered airplay and praise from Jazz FM’s Clare Teal, the days of dreaming big are fast becoming a reality for this bright young talent.
Visit isobelgathercole.com for more information.
ARTIST: Ray Charles TITLE: The Singles Collection 1949-62 GENRE: Soul, R&B, Blues, Jazz CAT NO: ACFCD7516 FORMAT: 5CD BUY HERE £15
Ray Charles was one of the most iconic and influential artists in the annals of pop as a singer, songwriter and pianist, and while he is considered one of the godfathers and great innovators of soul music, his work transcended the worlds of jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country and western as well. Afflicted by blindness, he turned to music in his early life, and began recording for the Swing Time label in 1949 as a member of The Maxim Trio. In a career spanning half a century, he racked up over 100 chart entries, with well over 40 coming in this seminal first quarter-century or so of his career. This 125-track collection is a substantial and comprehensive overview of his chart-focused output during these years as part of a dynamic and exciting pop and R&B landscape, and a thoroughly entertaining showcase for his unique talents as singer, composer, pianist and arranger.
ARTIST: Cab Calloway TITLE: Hits Collection 1930-56 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3422 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Cab Calloway was a jazz singer, bandleader, songwriter, dancer and actor who came to fame as a regular performer at the Cotton Club in Harlem, where he blended jazz and vaudeville to establish a niche that stood him in good stead as an entertainer across seven decades. He developed a personal style of scat singing, and was able to deliver novelty-flavoured material with swinging jazz credibility, assembling a band that over the years included jazz luminaries like Ben Webster, Milt Hinton, Doc Cheatham, Chu Berry, Cozy Cole, Dizzy Gillespie and others. He was a unique personality, and these recordings underline his skill and versatility in performing fine swinging jazz while giving it a highly individual comedic twist, and we hope this 48-track collection of his best sellers from the era provides an entertaining showcase for his distinctive talents.
ARTIST: Johnny Maestro & The Crests TITLE: Sixteen Candles GENRE: Doowop, R&B CAT NO: ADDCD3421 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
The Crests were a ground-breaking multiracial pop/doowop group formed in the mid-1950s when singer Johnny Mastrangelo joined forces with a doowop quartet comprising three African-Americans and one Puerto Rican – as time went on Johnny Mastrangelo became Johnny Masters, Johnny Mastro and then Johnny Maestro as he turned to solo recording as well. Having had a minor hit on the Joyce label, they signed to Coed Records, and in 1958 had a major success when “Sixteen Candles” was a US No. 2, kicking off a career which brought several more chart successes through into the ‘60s as Tony Middleton and James Ancrum took over lead vocal duties from Johnny Maestro. This 51-track set is about as comprehensive a selection of their work from this era that could be assembled and captures a highly distinctive style of music that ranges through doowop, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and pure teen pop.
ARTIST: Gisele Mackenzie TITLE: Hard To Get GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3423 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Gisele Mackenzie was a Canadian singer and musician partly of French-Canadian heritage, who was a classically-trained violinist, pianist and dancer who became a singer with her own show on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. his great-value 58-track 2-CD set comprises most of her A & B sides from these years on the Capitol, “X”, Vik and RCA-Victor labels, and features all her career chart entries including the US No. 4 “Hard To Get” and No. 11 “Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes”, and the UK No. 6 “Seven Lonely Days”. She was a songstress who was very much of her era, and this collection offers a substantial and reasonably comprehensive overview of the key period of her career and is an enjoyable showcase for her talents as vocal stylist.
ARTIST: Phil Harris TITLE: The Many Sides of Phil Harris 1931-52 GENRE: Pop/Comedy CAT NO: ADDCD3424 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Phil Harris was a singer, drummer, bandleader, songwriter, comedian, actor and broadcaster, who combined those disciplines in a long and successful career which encompassed making hit records with a novelty twist and becoming a voice artist in movies, most famously as Baloo in the 1967 film The Jungle Book. He was a multi-faceted artist, and this 52-track collection provides a highly entertaining selection of his work on record that showcases his unique style of music and comedy.
ARTIST: Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper TITLE: The Singles Collection 1947-62 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ADDCD3425 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Husband and wife duo Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, who performed and recorded through most of their career with their group The Clinch Mountain Clan, had their roots in the gospel, folk and hillbilly musical traditions of the Appalachian mountain country of their native West Virginia. They stayed true to their unalloyed country style, making few concessions to the commercial honky-tonk and New Nashville developments during the 1950s, but as stalwarts on West Virginia’s rival to the Grand Ole Opry The WWVA Jamboree, still managed to achieve a run of hits in the late 1950s and into the early ‘60s, defying the trends in the wider pop music market. They were a highly distinctive act, occupying a particular niche on the country scene, and this 58-track selection of their recordings is a worthy showcase for their style.
ARTIST: John Lewis TITLE: Before The MJQ 1946-52 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACTRCD9119 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE £12
John Lewis was a jazz pianist best-known for his work as founder member and musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet, famous for blending elements of classical music with individual and ensemble improvisation in a refined chamber style of jazz. The music of the MJQ was in many ways the culmination of the development of Lewis’ musical ideas during the five years and more of his professional career before that quartet came together, as he worked with some of the most influential and notable names in jazz during the bebop era. Classically-trained as a child, he met drummer Kenny Clarke while serving in WWII, and after the war successfully auditioned for Dizzy Gillespie’s orchestra in 1945. This great-value 75-track 3-CD set comprises recordings made over the next six years or so with ensembles led by Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Illinois Jacquet, J.J. Johnson, Lester Young, and Zoot Sims, which included landmark sessions that were, without exaggeration, among the most significant in the entire history of modern jazz.
ARTIST: Buddy Knox TITLE: Party Doll - Singles & Albums 1957-62 GENRE: Rock ’N’ Roll CAT NO: ADDCD3416 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Born in Texas, Buddy Knox formed a group The Rhythm Orchids and when they were performing on the same radio show as Roy Orbison, The Big O suggested that Knox should go to Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis, New Mexico, to make a record – the same studio where the early Buddy Holly & The Crickets’ hits were made. His recording of his song Party Doll came out on the local Triple-D label and eventually found its way to Roulette Records, who took it over and released it to have a US No.1 and UK No.29 in early 1957, and over the next couple of years he had several more hits. This 44-track 2-CD set features all his 11 career hits in the pop and UK charts, including Party Doll and the US No. 9 Hula Love. This collection offers just about as comprehensive an overview of this primary era of his career as a chart artist as can be achieved, and best-known as he is for producing one of the iconic teen rock ’n’ roll hits of the early rock years, this gives an insight into the broader spectrum of his music.
ARTIST: Dimitri Tiomkin TITLE: The Movie Music of Dimitri Tiomkin GENRE: Film Soundtracks /Easy Listening CAT NO: ADDCD3417 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Composer and conductor Dimitri Tiomkin, born in Russia in 1894, but who emigrated to the USA after the First World War, is one of the most successful and celebrated composers of film music in the history of cinema. Nominated for 22 Academy Awards, he won four of them, for Best Original Score for High Noon, The High And The Mighty and The Old Man And The Sea and for Best Original Song for High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me). In the process of writing songs and themes for dozens of movies, he had more than 25 chart entries with his compositions when recorded as singles by other artists. This great-value 55-track 2-CD set comprises themes and music from original and highly significant first quarter-century of his career. It includes music from all the films for which he won Academy Awards, and a significant proportion of those for which he was nominated. It offers a substantial and varied insight into the work of one of the legendary, but sometime unheralded, figures in the world of movie music via some compositions which are veritable masterpieces of their kind.
ARTIST: Annie Laurie TITLE: The Collection 1945-62 GENRE: R&B/Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3418 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Annie Laurie was an R&B, blues and sophisticated jazz and pop singer born in Atlanta, in 1924, who came to prominence in 1947 with her debut hit Since I Fell For You, and over the next 15 years recorded and released material which brought her several more successes in both pop and R&B charts, recording for much of the early era of her career with a trio and band led by pianist and songwriter Paul Gayten. At the start of her career she recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s legendary J&M Studios in New Orleans, which gave her work from those years a distinctive Crescent City sound. This excellent- value 51-track 2-CD set comprises comprising most of the A & B sides of her releases on the Cosmo, De Luxe, Regal, Okeh, Savoy and Ritz labels from this era, including performances with the bands of Paul Gayten and Danny Kessler, as she rode the waves of the upheavals in the market occasioned by the advent of rock ‘n’ roll to take her hit-making career into the 1960s.
ARTIST: Homer & Jethro TITLE: The Kings Of Comedy Country - The Collection 1949-62 GENRE: Comedy/Country CAT NO: ADDCD3419 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Homer and Jethro were a country duo, real names Henry Haynes and Kenneth Burns, with their musical roots in hillbilly and bluegrass, who worked together on radio in the 1930s and reunited after service in WWII to perform again on radio, developing an act which featured exaggerated hillbilly comedic routines. After signing to RCA in 1949, their producer suggested developing their style by recording parodies of well-known pop and country hits, and they immediately struck a chord with their re-working of composer Frank Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. Over the next dozen years or so they remained consistently popular on radio and TV with this approach, and focused much of their recorded output in this direction. This great-value 58-track 2-CD set brings together selected A & B sides of their releases on RCA from this era, mostly comprising their trademark parody and comic performances. It features all their country and pop chart entries on RCA from these years, including the Top 10 hits Baby It’s Cold Outside and How Much Is That Hound Dog In The Window.
ARTIST: Shep Fields And His Rippling Rhythm TITLE: All The Hits And More 1936-43 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3420 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Shep Fields, born Saul Feldman in Brooklyn in 1910, led one of the many highly successful “sweet” music orchestras of the 1930s, popular both on radio, in ballrooms and on record, and developing a trademark sound and style which he called his “Rippling Rhythm” that helped set him apart from other bands. In the early 1940s, he re-launched the orchestra with a new style as Shep Fields & His New Music, and continued having hits. Although his chart career was not as long as that of some of his peers, he nevertheless racked up nearly forty hits between his debut in 1936 and 1943, when the American Federation of Musicians recording ban seriously affected his career momentum, although he continued recording and performing into the 1960s. This excellent-value 50-track 2-CD set comprises selected A & B sides of his releases on the Bluebird label from this era, and features all his 38 career hits, including the No. 1s Did I Remember?, In The Chapel In The Moonlight, That Old Feeling, The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down, Thanks For The Memory, Cathedral In The Pines and South Of The Border.
ARTIST: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons TITLE: Origins And Early Years 1953-62 GENRE: Doo-wop/Pop CAT NO: ADDCD3411 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
The Four Seasons, featuring the remarkable and unmistakeable voice of Frankie Valli, were one of the most popular and successful groups of the 1960s on both sides of the Atlantic. When they had their first big hit as The Four Seasons in 1961 with Sherry, they were by no means new to the pop scene and both Frankie Valli and the group had paid their dues for the best part of a decade, honing their skills in a variety of guises. This 58-track set features most of Frankie Valli’s early recordings and The Four Seasons’ early successes. Includes the tracks You’re The Apple Of My Eye, Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
ARTIST: Joan Baez TITLE: Early Years - The First Albums 1959-61 GENRE: Folk CAT NO: ADDCD3412 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Joan Baez is one of the most revered and important names in contemporary folk music. In 1959, with two other folk enthusiasts, she recorded a number of songs in a friend’s cellar, and that became the album Folk Singers Round Harvard Square, from which all the titles featuring Joan are included here. She was invited to perform at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival which led to her signing with Vanguard Records, and her first two albums for Vanguard from 1960 and 1961, Joan Baez and Joan Baez Vol. 2, which comprise the rest of this collection. Recorded while she was still a teenager, the compilation offers a captivating insight into her already highly developed talent.
ARTIST: Ivory Joe Hunter TITLE: Since I Met You Baby - The ’50s Collection GENRE: Blues/R&B CAT NO: ADDCD3413 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Pianist, singer and songwriter Ivory Joe Hunter was a blues balladeer specialising in a unique brand of highly tuneful and soulful blues songs that bucked the trend for more raucous and extrovert blues in the 1940s and early ’50s, although he boogie with the best of them as well. This 51-track set picks up the story from that point and includes selected A- and B-sides from his releases on the MGM, Atlantic & Dot labels during the 1950s. It features all his 12 R&B and pop chart entries from this era, including the R&B No.1s I Almost Lost My Mind, I Need You So and Since I Met My Baby, plus the Top 5 hits Guess Who, Jealous Heart, Waiting In Vain, I Quit My Pretty Mama and Empty Arms.
ARTIST: Ralph Flanagan & His Orch. TITLE: Hot Toddy - Hits & Selected Singles 1946-56 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3414 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Ralph Flanagan was a pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader, who worked with the orchestras of Charlie Barnet, Boyd Raeburn, Hal McIntyre, Sammy Kaye, Alvino Rey and Blue Barron before launching his own band in the late 1940s. Based very much on the sound of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Flanagan performs a range of straight orchestral and swinging jazz pieces, along with the hot songs of the day sung by his featured vocalist Harry Prime and his vocal group The Singing Winds. It features his 21 career chart hits, including the Top 10s Don’t Cry Joe (Let Her Go, Let Her Go), Rag Mop, Nevertheless, Harbour Lights, Slow Poke, I Should Care and Hot Toddy.
ARTIST: The De Castro Sisters TITLE: Teach Me Tonight - Singles & Albums 1952-60 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3415 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
The De Castro Sisters were a vocal trio whose mother was a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl from Chicago who married a wealthy Cuban aristocrat in the Dominican Republic and were largely brought up in Havana. This 59-track set includes selected A- and B-sides from their releases on the Tico, Abbott, RCA, ABC-Paramount and Capitol labels from this era, plus the titles from their Capitol albums The De Castros Sing and Rockin’ Beat. It features all their career chart entries, including the US No.2 Teach Me Tonight. They were a sophisticated close-harmony vocal group, with their style and repertoire naturally very much influenced by their Latin roots, and this selection of their recordings during what was the primary era of their career offers an entertaining showcase for their highly distinctive talent.
ARTIST: Tex Ritter TITLE: The Hits and Selected Singles Collection 1933-61 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ACTRCD9118 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE £12
Tex Ritter was one of the first “singing cowboys”, a performer who started out singing on radio in Texas in the 1920s before moving to New York to appear on radio and on Broadway. A pioneer of country music, he made his first records in 1933. His motion picture debut was in Song of the Gringo (1936) for Grand National Pictures he went on to appear in 70 movies. A substantial showcase for his distinctive style, it includes The Ballad of High Noon, I’m Wastin’ My Tears On You, You Two-Timed Me Once Too Often, You Will Have To Pay, There’s A New Moon Over My Shoulder, Jealous Heart, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You and When You Leave Don’t Slam The Door.
ARTIST: Various TITLE: America’s Greatest Hits 1948 GENRE: 1940s Pop CAT NO: ACQCD7161FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE £15
Acrobat continues its successful series devoted to the biggest chart records of each calendar year in the early chart era. Focussing on 1948, this 103-track set completes the series which has ran from 1940 through to 1962. The 4CD compilation includes just about every record which peaked in the Top 15 of the Billboard Best Sellers chart or in the Top 15 of the Cash Box chart during the year. For reasons of space, it excludes those records were still in the chart at the start of the year, but which peaked in the Top 10 in 1947, and so are included in our existing 1947 collection. It was a big year for solo vocalists, who were starting to dominate as the big swing bands declined in the era of post-war. It includes a 15,000+ word booklet with a commentary on every record.
ARTIST: Various TITLE: The 1957 R&B Hits Collection GENRE: R&B CAT NO: ACQCD7163 FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE £15
This release continues the strand of R&B and country collections associated with Acrobat’s highly popular “America’s Greatest Hits” series, this one focusing on the top R&B records in the US Billboard charts during 1957. This 115-track 4CD anthology includes almost every record which peaked in the Billboard R&B Top 15 during that year. With rock ’n’ roll now the dominant force in the pop chart, and with that music having substantial roots in R&B, the boundaries between the genres were becoming more flexible, with much more crossover between the charts. As a result a lot of familiar rock ‘n’ roll names, such as Elvis, Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis, appear alongside numerous R&B greats. It contains a 12,000+ word booklet featuring background notes on every record. It contains a 12,000+ word booklet featuring background notes on every record.
ARTIST: Various TITLE: The 1000th Billboard Chart GENRE: 1950s Pop CAT NO: ACQCD7164 FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE £15
As adjuncts the highly popular “America’s Greatest Hits” series of collections for each calendar year in the ’50s and early ’60s, Acrobat have already produced numerous collections based on landmark moments in the Billboard charts. The First Top 100 Nov. 1955 (ACQCD7062), The First Hot 100 Aug 1958 (ACQCD7083), The First Hot 100 of the ’60s (ACQCD7097), The Heartbreak Hotel Top 100 (ACQCD7122), The Day The Music Died - Feb 3rd 1959 Hot 100 (ACQCD7134), The Telstar Hot 100 December 22nd 1962 (ACQCD7144) and The Twist Hot 100 Jan. 25th 1962 (ACQCD7151), all comprise the Top 100 for the date in question. This collection celebrates another notable chart event in January 1959, when Billboard issued its 1000th chart and provides an evocative snapshot of the music scene at what was a dynamic period for music.
ARTIST: Various TITLE: The Greatest Country Hits of 1956 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ACQCD7162 FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE £15
This 4CD set continues Acrobat’s celebration of the biggest US country hits of each year. Containing 116 tracks, this is a solid overview of the most popular country music in 1956. The pop landscape was changing rapidly at this time with the advent of rock ’n’ roll and Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel shaking up the charts. Rock acts like Elvis, Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent and Johnny Cash all had roots in country and made their initial impressions on the established order in the country market during this year. There were a number of new arrivals, like George Jones, Charlie Walker and Don Gibson, on the scene who embraced the smoother “new Nashville” sound around this time. Needless to say, it is a fascinating and entertaining musical snapshot of country music as the industry entered a dynamic new era.
ARTIST: Dizzy Gillespie & Lalo Schifrin TITLE: Studio And ‘Live’ Collaborations 1960-62 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3408 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Lalo Schifrin, the Argentinian pianist, first met Dizzy Gillespie in 1956 and wrote the extended work Gillespiana for him. In 1960, he was offered the chance to join Gillespie’s Quintet, and over the next two years recorded a number of sessions with the jazz legend as well as performing with him at recorded concerts and club dates. This 2CD set comprises studio and ‘live’ recordings from the albums Gillespiana, Jazz At The Philharmonic In Europe, An Electrifying Evening With The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet and Dizzy On The French Riviera, along with selected other ‘live” performances.
ARTIST: The Hollywood Flames TITLE: Buzz Buzz Buzz - The Singles Collection 1950-62 GENRE: Doo-wop/R&B CAT NO: ACTRCD9116 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE: £12
The Hollywood Flames were a doo-wop and R&B group, who formed in Los Angeles in 1949. This 78-track set comprises most of their A- and B-sides of their releases. It features Buzz Buzz Buzz (pop No.11 and R&B No.5), Gee (R&B No.26), Rockin’ Robin (pop No.2 and R&B No.1) alongside the pop chart entries Little Bitty Pretty One and Over And Over. As a group whose music had to compete a dynamic and rapidly evolving market, it encompasses old school doo-wop, R&B, and in the later years pure rock ‘n’ roll, and this collection is an entertaining showcase for their versatility.
ARTIST: Connee Boswell TITLE: Hits And Selected Singles 1931-54 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ACTRCD9117 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE: £12
Connee Boswell, the singer who began her career as Connie Boswell, was a member of the brilliant, influential and hugely successful vocal trio The Boswell Sisters, who had a string of hits in the 1920s and ‘30s. This 73-track set features selected A- and B-sides including the No.1s Bob White and Alexander’s Ragtime Band with Crosby, and the Top 10 hits Say It Isn’t So, On The Beach At Bali-Bali, Whispers In The Dark, I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart, On The Isle Of May, If I Give My Heart To You and An Apple For The Teacher. An entertaining showcase for her talent as a hit-maker.
ARTIST: Mel Tormé TITLE: The Chart Years - Selected Singles 1949-62 GENRE: Nostalgia/Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3407 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
Singer, musician, composer and actor Mel Tormé was one of the influential hit-making vocalists who emerged in the post-war years. As a fine jazz performer and successful songwriter, Tormé transcended the description of “crooner” often applied to his contemporaries. This 52-track collection comprises A- and B-sides of his releases on the Capitol, Coral, Bethlehem, Verve and Atlantic labels during these years, and including the US No.1 Careless Hands and the Top 10 hits Again, The Four Winds And The Seven Seas and Bewitched.
ARTIST: Billy Walker TITLE: The Tall Texan – Selected Singles 1949-62 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ADDCD3410 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Known as “The Tall Texan”, Billy Walker was a country singer who made his first records in 1949 and had his debut hit in 1954. This 56-track collection features all his pop and country hits from this era, including the country No.1 Charlie’s Shoes, the No.5 Willie The Weeper and the Top 20 entries Thank You For Calling, On My Mind Again and I Wish You Love. The set follows his progression through the country ranks as styles changed to the new Nashville sound, and he flirted with the rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll idioms along the way. An enlightening and entertaining introduction to a country star whose music merits more attention.
ARTIST: Hal McIntyre & His Orchestra TITLE: Sentimental Journey – The Singles Collection 1942-48 GENRE: Jazz/Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3409 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10
Hal McIntyre was a saxophonist and bandleader, who was a founder member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, but launched his own orchestra in 1941 and had a string of hits throughout the 1940s. This 47-track set includes the Top 10 hits Sentimental Journey, I’ll Buy That Dream and The Gypsy and the Top 20s I’m Making Believe, Cement Mixer (Put-Ti-Put-Ti) and There’s No-One But You. Overshadowed as he was by the big names of the swing era in whose footsteps he trod, he is perhaps less well-known than he might have been, but he made an entertaining contribution to the pop scene of the 1940s.
NEW FOR CHRISTMAS 2021
’Tis the season to be jolly… AGAIN! I think we can all agree, Christmas was a rather unusual experience in 2020.
While the high street was still lit up with sparkling installations shimmering in the night skies last year, the familiar hustle and bustle of shoppers pouring in and out of stores was somewhat absent and that familiar intoxicating whiff of mulled wine or roasting chestnuts didn’t hang so potent in the air.
The coronavirus has changed everything: how we work, socialise and shop… however, as we return to normality, we should all collectively stop, reflect, and be thankful for what we have. As we celebrate with our nearest and dearest again, a feel-good festive familiarity will hopefully return.
Global pandemic or not, every year music plays an essential part when creating that appropriate Yuletide atmosphere and Trapeze have a host of releases which will help spread the holiday cheer. There is something for everyone in our Fabulous range.
The Best Of Christmas (FACCD8516) is stuffed, like the proverbial Christmas turkey, with numerous delights including: Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (by Brenda Lee), Little Drummer Boy (Harry Simeone Chorale), Mary’s Boy Child (Harry Belafonte), Winter Wonderland (Johnny Mathis), I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (The Beverley Sisters), Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt) and White Christmas (Bing Crosby).
While Christmas With The Stars (FACCD8508), features a galaxy of wonders, such as Deck The Halls (Peggy Lee), I Saw Three Ships (Nat King Cole), It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Pat Boone), O Holy Night (Johnny Mathis), Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Paul Anka) and We Wish You A Merry Christmas (The Drifters).
An assorted number of Christmas crackers appear on specials by Frank Sinatra (FACCD8511), Elvis Presley (FACCD8512), Johnny Mathis (FACCD8513), Ella Fitzgerald (FACCD8514) and Perry Como (FACCD8515), while A Classical Christmas (FACCD8510), The Crooners At Christmas (FACCD8502), A Country Christmas (FACCD8503) and A Rhythm & Blues Christmas (FACCD8504), offer cherry-picked favourites from your genre of choice.
If you’re after a traditional soundtrack to the season of goodwill, we’re sure to have something to light your Christmas candles on: A Traditional Christmas (FACCD8506), Christmas From St. John’s (FACCD8509), Carols From St. Paul’s Cathedral (FACCD8507) and Carols With The Stars (FACCD8508).
And don’t forget, the perennial favourites from Acrobat, Traditional Christmas Carols (ADDCD3280) and 40 Christmas Classics (ADDCD3279) are also available! We guarantee these good old fashioned Christmas collections will put a seasonal spring in your step...
ARTIST: Henry Mancini TITLE: Movies & Moods – The Magic Of Mancini 1956-62 GENRE: Easy Listening CAT NO: ADDCD3403 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Composer, arranger and conductor Henry Mancini is renowned for his involvement in music for the movies. This 52-track set comprises A- and B-sides of his singles between 1956 and 1962, plus selected titles from his Liberty album Driftwood And Dreams and his RCA albums The Blues And The Beat and Combo. It features his hits from this era, including the Academy Award-winning Moon River and Days Of Wine And Roses, plus the themes from Mr. Lucky, The Great Impostor and Hatari. A fascinating and varied showcase for Mancini’s unique skill as a composer.
ARTIST: Mickey And Sylvia TITLE: The Singles & Albums Collection 1952-62 GENRE: R&B CAT NO: ADDCD3402 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Mickey Baker was a guitarist and Sylvia Vanterpool was a singer who was also one of his guitar pupils, and they teamed up to make records as Mickey & Sylvia. Becoming famous for recording the first hit version of the timeless pop standard Love Is Strange, this substantial set is a comprehensive overview of their output during the primary period of the career. It features all their eight career hits in the US pop and R&B charts. They were one of the few boy/girl duos to make an impact during the rock’n’roll era.
ARTIST: Gogi Grant TITLE: The Wayward Wind – The Essential Collection 1955-61 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3404 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Gogi Grant came to the fore through TV talent shows, before landing a contract with RCA-Victor. RCA’s Dave Kapp gave her the name “Gogi”, which was the name of his favourite restaurant. She moved to the Era label, for whom she had her debut No.9 hit Suddenly There’s A Valley and her landmark US No.1 and UK Top 10 with The Wayward Wind before moving back to RCA in 1957. This 53-track compilation, provides a showcase for a talent who was very much of her era and has probably not had the attention she merits.
ARTIST: Rex Allen TITLE: The Arizona Cowboy – Selected Singles 1946-62 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ADDCD3406 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Rex Allen was one of the later era of “Singing Cowboys”, whose career encompassed not only being a recording artist but also having a high profile as a star of western movies. Born in Arizona, he made his start as a singer, becoming known as “The Arizona Cowboy”, which became the title of one of his first films after signing to Republic Pictures. This 55-track compilation comprises selected A- and B-sides of his singles on the Mercury, Decca & Buena Vista labels from these years. It features his Top 5 hits Crying In The Chapel, and Don’t Go Near The Indians, along with his other popular numbers such as Sparrow In The Treetop, Afraid and Marines, Let’s Go.
ARTIST: Hadda Brooks TITLE: Out Of The Blue - The Singles & Albums Collection 1945-53 GENRE: R&B/Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3405 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE £10
Hadda Brooks was a distinctive singer of ballads in the late 1940s and enjoyed three Top 10 R&B hits with her sophisticated vocal recordings. This collection includes those hits, That’s My Desire, Out Of The Blue and What Have I Done, alongside album cuts from the era. A classically-trained pianist who turned to jazz and boogie woogie, she was one of the more unusual artists of the post-war decades. Straddling stylistic boundaries in a highly individual manner, this selective compilation of her output provides an entertaining showcase for the singer’s eclectic style.
ARTIST: Tommy Dorsey Orchestra TITLE: The Hits Collection 1935-58 GENRE: Jazz/Nostalgia CAT NO: ACSCD6009 FORMAT: 6CD BUY HERE £18
Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra was one of the leading big bands of the swing era in the 1930s and ‘40s. Developing a style of music which had its roots in the hot jazz of the 1920s, but crossing over to appeal to the broad mass of the American radio-listening public, trombonist Dorsey had a prolific career. This great-value 6CD set features 146 tracks and includes a remarkable tally of 13 No.1 hits, including The Music Goes Round And Round, Marie, You, Once In A While, Music Maestro Please, Our Love, I’ll Never Smile Again, There Are Such Things and In The Blue Of The Evening.
Digby Fairweather: Notes From A Jazz Life Vol 2
ARTIST: Digby Fairweather TITLE: Notes From A Jazz Life Volume 2 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3397 FORMAT: 2CD BARCODE: 824046339722 BUY HERE: £10.00
Cornetist Digby Fairweather has become one of the leading figures on the British jazz scene, both as a bandleader and sideman in other leader’s bands, and as a writer and broadcaster, as well as being the founder and director of the charity Jazz Centre UK in Southend, aimed at promoting, preserving and celebrating the culture of jazz.
As a cornetist, his style embraces many strands of jazz, being influenced by the likes of Nat Gonella, Louis Armstrong, Ruby Braff, Billy Butterfield, Bobby Hackett, and Red Nichols.
This 35-track-2CD set is the second volume of a retrospective of his career to date, compiled by Digby himself, and with substantial booklet notes written by him. Included is recordings from across his career from 1979 through to 2018, and features recordings with a host of the top names in British jazz, including several by bands he has led under the names of Digby’s Half Dozen and Digby’s Fairweather Friends. Among the artists with whom Digby performs in this set are Tony Compton, Stan Barker, John Barnes, Martin Litton, Roy Williams, Denny Wright, Ike Isaacs, Len Skeat, Brian Lemon, Stan Bourke and more.
It’s the second part of a musical overview of a significant career selected by the artist himself, and providing not only a showcase for his talents, but an entertaining insight into the British jazz scene across four decades. The five-star rated Digby Fairweather Notes From A Jazz Life (ADDCD3322), released in February 2020, was incredibly well-received and was universally applauded by critics.
“Notes From A Jazz Life chronicles Digby Fairweather’s half century on the jazz scene. Let’s hope volume two is in the pipeline,” wrote Russell Corbett in Jazz Rag… well here it is and it’s another thoroughly enjoyable overview of Dig’s career!
August + September 2021
ARTIST: Various Artists TITLE: Bebop: Pioneers & Classic Performances 1941-49 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACTRCD9113 FORMAT: 3CD BARCODE: 824046911324 BUY HERE: £12.00
Bebop developed in the early to mid-1940, as the younger generation of jazz musicians expanded the creative possibilities of jazz. As bebop was not intended for dancing, it enabled musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Kenny Clarke and Thelonious Monk, to play at faster tempos. This 3-CD set features 70-tracks from these pioneers. Compiled in chronological order, with a substantial booklet, the collection features recordings which are seen as significant performances in the genesis of bebop, or regarded as important or notable examples.
ARTIST: Clarence 'Frogman' Henry TITLE: But I Do - The Complete Releases 1956-62 GENRE: R&B CAT NO: ACMCD4402 FORMAT: 1CD BARCODE: 824046440220 BUY HERE: £10.00
Clarence Henry was a rhythm and blues singer-pianist from New Orleans and an early disciple of Fats Domino and Professor Longhair. This 30-track CD features the A- and B-sides of his singles during this era on the Argo label plus the tracks from his You Always Hurt The One You Love album. It includes all his 10 pop, R&B and UK chart entries from these years, including Ain’t Got No Home, I Don’t Know Why (But I Do) and You Always Hurt the One You Love. This collection offers an entertaining showcase for that distinctive approach.
ARTIST: Johnny Fuller TITLE: The Many Sides of Johnny Fuller 1948-62 GENRE: Blues CAT NO: ADDCD3396 FORMAT: 2CD BARCODE: 824046339623 BUY HERE: £10.00
Johnny Fuller, born in Mississippi in 1929, was nevertheless primarily associated with California blues, although his recordings over the years covered a remarkable range of musical bases within the broad categorisation of blues. This 53-track collections features just about all his A- and B-sides on the Jaxyson, Flair, Rhythm, Hollywood, Money, Aladdin, Imperial, Irma, Specialty, Veltone and Art-Tone labels during this era. He was a talented singer, guitarist and songwriter, and this varied set offers an entertaining showcase.
ARTIST: Jeri Southern TITLE: The Singles & Albums Collection 1951-59 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ACQCD7160 FORMAT: 4CD BARCODE: 824046716028 BUY HERE: £15.00
Jeri Southern was a highly-regarded singer and pianist, well-known as a jazz performer, but whose recordings ranged across the spectrum of sophisticated and commercial pop as well as jazz in both small group and big band contexts. This 101-track collection features just about all of the A- and B-sides of her singles on the London, Decca, Roulette and Capitol labels. It includes her hit singles You Better Go Now, Occasional Man and Fire Down Below. The set provides a substantial cross-section of her recorded work, and an enjoyable showcase for her versatility.
ARTIST: Sons Of The Pioneers TITLE: Tumbling Tumbleweeds – The Chart Years 1934-49 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ADDCD3395 FORMAT: 2CD BARCODE: 824046339524 BUY HERE: £10.00
The Sons Of The Pioneers were one of the USA’s earliest western singing groups, and the primary originators of what might be called “cowboy country”. Their songs, vocal harmonies and instrumental make-up influenced countless artists who followed them and have been able to compete with many acts that they have influenced. This 53-track collection features all their career chart entries, including Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Cool Water, Stars and Stripes On Iwo Jima, No One To Cry To, Cigareetes, Whusky, And Wild, Wild Women, Teardrops In My Heart and Room Full Of Roses.
ARTIST: The Jan Garber Orchestra TITLE: Melody From The Sky – Hits & Memories 1923-51 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACTRCD9114 FORMAT: 3CD BARCODE: 824046911423 BUY HERE: £12.00
Jan Garber was a violinist and bandleader with his musical roots in the hot jazz-based dance band music of the 1920s. His orchestra evolved to become one of the many highly successful bands playing “sweet” music on radio and record during the 1930s and into post-war years. So popular was his jazz, played in the vein of contemporaries such as Guy Lombardo, he was known as “The Idol Of The Air Lanes”, a phrase which appeared for years on his record labels. His records were also consistently successful, to the extent that he had nearly 60 hits during his career. This 73-track, 3-CD, set includes selected A- and B-sides from this era.
ARTIST: Ruth Brown TITLE: The Queen Of R&B 1949-61 GENRE: R&B CAT NO: ACQCD7158 FORMAT: 4CD BARCODE: 824046715823 BUY HERE: £15.00
Perhaps more than any other artist, Ruth Brown helped lead the way in bridging the gap between R&B and pop as far as female artists were concerned in the ’60s. So successful was she that she became known as “The Queen Of R&B” and her record company Atlantic was sometimes referred to as “the house that Ruth built. This 109-track set features all her 25 career R&B and pop chart hits including the R&B No.1s Teardrops From My Eyes, 5-10-15 Hours, (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean, Oh What A Dream and Mambo Baby.
ARTIST: J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding TITLE: Trombones For Two - The Classic Collaborations 1953-56 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACQCD7159 FORMAT: 4CD BARCODE: 824046715922 BUY HERE: £15.00
J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding were among the leading innovators and primary exponents of the trombone in modern jazz. Exploring the instrument’s potential in the challenging musical era following the emergence of bebop in the 1940s, where trumpet and saxophone were more suited to the medium’s rapid tempos and demand for technical mastery, the duo established their reputations as soloists. This 4CD set makes for an enlightening listening as they present both familiar and original jazz repertoire in a variety of unusual musical settings.
ARTIST: Gale Storm TITLE: I Hear You Knockin’ - The Singles & Albums Collection 1955-60 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3393 FORMAT: 2CD BARCODE: 824046339326 BUY HERE: £10.00
Gale Storm was a movie and TV actress and singer who had a successful career starring in more than 30 films and in the long-running TV series My Little Margie. She had a relatively brief career, with her active involvement only lasting about four years, but in that time she had 11 hits as she adapted to the new musical environment as rock ‘n’ roll changed took over. This 60-track set comprises all her US chart entries, including the No.2 I Hear You Knocking, and her other Top 10 hits Memories Are Made Of This, Teen Age Prayer, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Ivory Tower and Dark Moon.
ARTIST: Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs TITLE: Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Collection 1948-62 GENRE: Country CAT NO: ADDCD3394 FORMAT: 2CD BARCODE: 824046339425 BUY HERE: £10.00
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs were among the leading exponents of bluegrass music in the post-war era. This 56-track set comprises selected A- and B-sides, including their eight US pop and country hits during these years, including the The Ballad Of Jed Clampett, Tis Sweet To Be Remembered, Cabin In The Hills and Go Home. With original songs alongside compositions by other writers, and examples of the classic bluegrass “breakdown” style, it’s a feast of top-class and archetypal bluegrass music by two of its most illustrious representatives.
ARTIST: The Playmates TITLE: Beep Beep! The Playmates Collection 1957-62 GENRE: Easy-Listening CAT NO: ADDCD3392 FORMAT: 2CD BARCODE: 824046339227 BUY HERE: £10.00
The Playmates were a vocal trio who came together at the University of Connecticut and developed an act based around novelty pop material and vocal harmonies. Over the next five years they had 10 hits, the best-known being the No.4 US novelty hit Beep Beep, which became a perennial favourite on radio request shows on both sides of the Atlantic. This 58-track collection offers a substantial selection of their recordings from what was the primary era of their career, and it’s an entertaining showcase for their highly distinctive talent.
ARTIST: Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra TITLE: All The Hits & More 1931-45 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ACTRCD9112 FORMAT: 3CD BARCODE: 824046911225 BUY HERE: £12.00
The Casa Loma Orchestra, a co-operative enterprise led for most of its existence by saxophonist Glen Gray, was one of the most popular and successful of the “sweet” orchestras who rose to fame during the 1930s. They played middle-of-the-road dance music and the latest songs of the day, often from Broadway and Hollywood as well as Tin Pan Alley. This 68-track, 3-CD, set includes selected A- and B-sides from their releases on the Okeh, Brunswick, Victor and Decca labels during this time, and features all those 60 hits, among them the No.1s Blue Moon, When I Grow Too Old To Dream, Heaven Can Wait, Sunrise Serenade and My Heart Tells Me.
Don Everly, older brother in groundbreaking rock duo, dies at 84
We were saddned to learn that Don Everly, the surviving member of the rock 'n' roll duo The Everly Brothers, died on Saturday, August 21, at the age of 84. A family spokesperson confirmed Everly's death to the Los Angeles Times, but did not disclose the cause. Everly and his brother, Phil, were known for their close harmonies, and influenced groups like The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel.
"Don lived by what he felt in his heart," said a statement released by Everly's family. "Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams... living in love with his soul mate and wife Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother. Don always expressed how grateful he was for his fans."
ARTIST: The Everly Brothers TITLE: Complete US & UK Singles As & Bs & EPs 1956-62 GENRE: Rock & Roll CAT NO: ACTRCD9047 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £12.00
They began writing and recording their own music in 1956, and their first hit song came in 1957, with Bye Bye Love, written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. The song hit No.1 in the spring of 1957, and additional hits would follow through 1958, many of them written by the Bryants, including Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have to Do Is Dream, and Problems. In 1960, they signed with the major label Warner Bros. Records and recorded Cathy's Clown, written by the brothers themselves, which was their biggest selling single.
The Everly Brothers were elected to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in its first year, 1986, and they were given a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 1997.
Brother Phil died of pulmonary disease in 2014, aged 74. Don is survived by his mother, wife Adela, son Edan and his daughters Venetia, Stacy and Erin.
ARTIST: Carmen McRae TITLE: The Singles & Albums Collection 1946-58 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACQCD7157 FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE: £15.00
Carmen McRae was one of the finest and most highly-regarded jazz and sophisticated pop singers of the post-war era. Renowned for her highly individual interpretation of the standards of the Great American Songbook, McRae was born in Harlem of Jamaican parentage in 1920 and performed in New York’s jazz clubs in the 1940s. This 97-track collection includes her chart entries between 1946 and 1958 and proves a substantial and thoroughly absorbing overview of the first key decade and more of her career when she established herself as a supremely talented singer.
ARTIST: Dave Brubeck TITLE: The Early Years - The Singles Collection 1950-52 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3389 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Dave Brubeck was one of the highly–influential pioneers of the west coast “cool school” of modern jazz musicians. He is famous, of course, for his landmark Time Out and Time Further Out albums of 1959 and 1960 with his famous Quartet, but he had made his first recordings more than a decade earlier, before that group had evolved. The repertoire included here primarily features versions of Great American Songbook standards, which were the stockin-trade of modern jazz musicians of the era. A fascinating insight into Brubeck’s music as he refined and developed jazz for a whole generation.
ARTIST: Bobby Charles TITLE: Later Alligator! Recordings & Compositions 1956-62 GENRE: Rock’n’Roll CAT NO: ADDCD3391 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Born Robert Guidry in Abbeville, Louisiana, in 1938, he became famous as songwriter under his birth name, but also had success as a recording artist under the name Bobby Charles. Beginning his career as an 18 -year-old with R&B hit Later Alligator, Charles was very much a pioneer of the Louisiana-based Swamp Pop style alongside Jimmy Clanton. This 55-track set comprises his A- and B-sides for the Chess and Imperial labels alongside covers of his songs recorded by other artists such as Bill Haley, Fats Domino, and Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry.
ARTIST: Various Artists TITLE: America’s Greatest Hits 1949 GENRE: Easy-Listening CAT NO: ACQCD7156FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE: £15.00
Acrobat’s popular series devoted to the biggest chart records of each calendar year continues with a look at 1949. With 103 tracks, this compilation includes just about every record which peaked in the Top 15 of the Billboard Best Sellers and Cash Box charts. For reasons of space, it excludes some records which peaked in 1948’s Top 15, and will be included in a future collection. Only eight different records made No.1 in the chart, some with very long stays at the top. As usual, there were also quite a number of highly collectable records by some artists we don’t hear too much about these days.
ARTIST: Jonathan Winters TITLE: The Complete Albums 1959-62 GENRE: Comedy CAT NO: ACTRCD9110 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE: £12.00Jonathan Winters was an American comedian, actor, broadcaster, TV presenter, artist and author who received eight Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album during his career. This 3CD set includes the complete contents of his first five albums, all on the Verve label – The Wonderful World Of Jonathan Winters, Down To Earth, Jonathan Winters In Concert: Here’s Jonathan, Another Day, Another World and Humor Seen Through The Eyes Of Jonathan Winters, all recorded in front of a ‘live’ audience. It naturally includes many of the routines which made him famous on TV and laid the groundwork for numerous performers and comedians.
ARTIST: Johnny Desmond TITLE: The Singles Collection 1939-58 GENRE: Easy-Listening CAT NO: ADDCD3390FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Born Giovanni Alfredo De Simone in Detroit 1919, Johnny Desmond was one of the substantial cohort of Italian -American crooners. This 50-track double album has a few recordings with the bands of Bob Crosby and Gene Krupa, along with selected A- and B-sides of his singles on the RCA-Victor, MGM and Coral labels during this era, including recordings with Don Cornell, Alan Dale, Buddy Greco, Eileen Barton, The McGuire Sisters, Jane Russell and Monica Lewis. A varied showcase for his talents as a big band vocalist and top class ballad singer.
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ARTIST: Ahmad Jamal TITLE: At The Pershing And Other 'Live' Recordings 1958-1959 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACTRCD9094 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE: £12.00
"A priceless collection that will be difficult to prise out of my CD player for sure!" – Gerry Stonestreet (In Tune Issue 342)
"Taken singly or together, these remastered performances show conclusively that as a young man, Ahmad Jamal was already an accomplished and innovative pianist and composer. The African-American critic Stanley Crouch has written that he was a “true innovator of the jazz tradition … Through the use of space and changes of rhythm and tempo, Jamal invented a group sound that had all the surprise and dynamic variation of an imaginatively ordered big band”. Fortunately for all of us, he also managed to mature with age – and is still around to prove it." – John White (Jazz Journal Autumn 2020)
"…These tracks swing and if it's Erroll Garner's style that sometimes comes to mind, that's fine. Jamal is subtle, harmonically canny and never less than intriguing [Vernel] Fournier brings a street-wise kick to Poinciana that influenced many other players. Unsurprisingly, there was follow-up album to At The Pershing Vol 1 [whose eight tracks open CD1 here] and Acrobat have helpfully combined the Pershing pair with two more made by the trio at the Spotlite Club in Washington, also in 1958, together with other recordings from New York and the 1959 Newport Festival. Often reissued but seldom so completely this is essential music." – Peter Vacher (Jazz Rag Issue 162)
"The excellent album takes us from early Chicago sessions via Washington DC, the NY Nola Penthouse, to the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival. It is a good demonstration of exactly what Miles Davis so loved about Ahmad at this period - the space in his playing, the dynamics and the interaction with the trio. It's addictive listening, and the three CDs here serve the addiction well." – Alyn Shipton (Jazzwise Issue 258)
ARTIST: The Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker TITLE: The Collection 1952-53 GENRE: Jazz Cat NO: ADDCD3339 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
"This double CD set brings together most of the recordings by the quartet that was the epitome of the West Coast Cool Jazz movement. As the dates show, it was only a brief period in the long careers of both Mulligan and Baker, but like Mulligan's brief involvement with Miles Davis on the 'Birth of the Cool' sessions, it has become one of those defining moments in the development of modern jazz. These recordings have of course been issued many times over by various labels over the years and there is plenty of choice available but this present set is pretty definitive in its scope, has first rate sound and full discographical details and the usual scholarly essay by Paul Watts making it a very attractive proposition. The music contained therein is an essential part of the post war jazz canon so no serious collection should be without it." – Gerry Stonestreet (In Tune Issue 342)
"The material on this CD is constantly reissued although Chet Baker is not usually given equal billing. Baker quickly became an integral voice in the rich tapestry of contrapuntal interplay created by the leader, who was a master in the art of constructing spontaneous arrangements that had form and structure." ***** – Gordon Jack (Jazz Journal Autumn 2020)
"If the merit of Acrobat's new celebration of the classic Mulligan-Baker association is that it is offered at a knock-down price then so be it, but the truth is that this much-admired and often reissued music is a kind of exercise in small-scale modern jazz perfection. Their interplay can seem like a kind of cool polyphony, the instrumental lines interweaving, the sparsity of the rhythm support grounding the ensemble perfectly. It also earned the quartet a degree of popularity well beyond the narrow confines of jazz hipsterdom. Timeless, a tribute to the exceptional musicianship of the co-leaders but above all, this is music that's a delight to hear. Overly familiar to some maybe, but a joy for newcomers to discover." – Peter Vacher (Jazz Rag Issue 162)
"These Mulligan Quartet recordings have become central to the definition and (to coin a phrase) the 'birth of the cool'. There has always been a danger when playing cool jazz that it could become its diminutive 'cold'. However, nobody could call this music cold. Yes, it is cerebral and controlled, but there are always surprises to hold the listener. This was music of its time and holds a deserved place in the jazz journey. These CDs are a fine example by two influential jazzmen, trying new ideas and starting a whole new era." – Barry Clare (Just Jazz Issue 270)
ARTIST: Count Basie TITLE: The Collection 1937-39 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACTRCD9105 FORMAT: 3CD BUY HERE: £12.00
"It would take much, much more than the space afforded here to do justice to this outstanding release and to provide more than a cursory round up of the highlights contained therein. It's always satisfying to read that a set contains the complete recordings of an artist during the defined period and that's what Acrobat have provided here... One of the sets of the year without doubt." – Gerry Stonestreet (In Tune Issue 350)
"Nothing can be more welcome than the rerelease of this superb collection of 78s which have been out of the catalogues for some time. These 63 gems are all the A and B sides of Basie's earliest band recorded during its Decca period, 1937 to 1939. It is hard to imagine what was the sensational impact on the New York jazz world when Bill Basie and his Kansas City band arrived there in 1935, breathing fire... Wild and spontaneous, here is where it all started with the band called the Magnificent Swing Machine. It is 84 years since Basie recorded these tunes but there is no need to make allowances for the passage of time. Here they are again in 2021 and still fresh as daisies." – John Martin (Jazz Rag Issue 165)
"Covering just two years from January 1937 to January 1939, it contains pretty much all you need to appreciate why this edition of the pianist's band was rightly regarded as a game-changer. Although there may be those who question why we need yet another edition of material long familiar to record buyers, it's worth remembering that somewhere there may be millennial jazz fans who've never heard a note of this music. I for one cannot imagine a richer feast for anyone curious as to the ingredients of ‘swing’. In clear sound, with helpful booklet notes and available at bargain price, this makes a great introduction to anyone who may only know Basie from the Atomic period onwards. Highly recommended." **** – Simon Spillett (Jazzwise Issue 263)
"A substantial, thorough and enlightening overview of this key era of Basie's career." – Pete Lay (Just Jazz Issue 276)
ARTIST: Miles Davis TITLE: Before The Cool - The Collection 1945-48 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3363 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
"These 'apprenticeship years' recordings naturally in no way match what was to come later but they are invaluable in charting his development. At the same time, this is enjoyable jazz, which in the light of all that has happened in the intervening years, proves to be much easier to listen to than perhaps it was when these recordings were first released." – Gerry Stonestreet (In Tune Issue 347)
"Newcomers to Miles' later more acceptable work should view this set as essential listening, for it is very palpably his Old Testament, as he feels his way to what is to come." ***** – Steve Voce (Jazz Journal February 2021)
"Here's another of Acrobat's double-CD tutorials, just right for these dreary lockdown days." – Peter Vacher (Jazz Rag Issue 164)
"What we have is the tried and true classics in which Davis played second fiddle to Bird." **** – Brian Priestley (Jazzwise Issue 259)
ARTIST: Eddie Heywood TITLE: The Collection 1940-59 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3349 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
"As the excellent (as usual) liner notes state, it would be very easy to dismiss Eddie Heywood as a jazz pianist who had a couple of hits in the 50s including Canadian Sunset, and for many that would be all that needed to said. However, that would be doing him a gross injustice and this two disc set with 46 tracks shows exactly why there was so much more to his career. While no one would claim that Heywood was in any way a pioneer or an innovator his contribution over many decades as a jazz pianist who worked with the very best is never in question, and this compilation is a timely reminder of a musician worthy of more than just a footnote in the history of popular music." – Gerry Stonestreet (In Tune Issue 343)
"...a good introduction into the music of Eddie Heywood, even for those not keen on the later material, as the early small swing group sides are very good." – Matthew Wright (Jazz Journal December 2020)
"Engaging, always tuneful and there are some real gems here." – Peter Vacher (Jazz Rag Issue 165)
"From the get-go this looked like a fabulous compilation to this reviewer and as soon as it hit the CD player it proved so. We are treated to 46 performances (over two CDs) by the cream of 1940s/50s Jazz Giants, the majority of tunes are old favourites and/or ones that regularly appear in 'Great American Songbook' compilations, but don't be put off by this sweeping remark. It is a well thought out compilation. If your tastes lie in the music of the war years and after and you have a romantic bent you will love this set, available from the online behemoth for under a tenner, it is a bargain and one that will feature regularly on my play list! A word of praise too for Acrobat Music who continue to give us such superb recordings at a bargain price, long may they prosper." – Clive Fleckner (Jazzviews September 2020)
"This is an excellent value, 46-tack CD, double CD set, which comprises recordings from across two decades. A thoroughly absorbing and entertaining collection which provides a varied and fascinating showcase for his remarkable talent in being able to thrive across a spectrum of jazz and pop contexts." – Pete Lay (Just Jazz Issue 271)
ARTIST: Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five TITLE: The Fifties Collection 1951-58 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ADDCD3353 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
"This welcome release from Acrobat features some of Jordan's music from the period following most of his hits and therefore has some songs that may not be familiar to listeners who are acquainted with Jordan's golden era. There is very generous playing time on both discs... Louis Jordan's music never fails to cheer me up and I hope it will do the same for you.” – Paul Mooney (Blues & Rhythm February 2021)
"This is a very worthwhile collection devoted to a rather overlooked and unconsidered period of Jordan's career which contains much good music that is well worth hearing as an addition to the two previous Acrobat sets." – Gerry Stonestreet (In Tune Issue 345)
"The Louis Jordan Collection 1951-1958 is the final follow-up to the Acrobat releases Jukebox Hits 1942-1947 and Jukebox Hits 1947-1951. It is equally extensive and 52 tracks seems a rather staggering amount, but in the case of Louis “The King of The Jukebox” Jordan, it is peanuts." – François van de Linde (Jazz Journal December 2020)
"New double-CD special from the enterprising Acrobat people. With 52 tracks spread over two discs, assembled in chronological order, this provides a fascinating picture of the ever-hopeful Jordan… thoroughly recommended to those who want to know what came after Choo Choo Ch-Boogie and the rest." – Peter Vacher (Jazz Rag Issue 164)
"The Tympany Five tracks are very consistent and most of them funny and apt, but the great revelation about Jordan of this period is that he was equally able when fronting a big band. A rounded portrait of Jordan's best works…" **** – Alyn Shipton (Jazzwise Issue 259)
"This great value, 52-track, double CD set captures Louis performing with the same energy, humour and rocking intent as in earlier years, as his finely-honed band swings through some quality material, with the later recordings demonstrating how much he was part of the rock'n'roll explosion." – Pete Lay (Just Jazz Issue 272)
ARTIST: Charlie Parker TITLE: The Collection 1941-54 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACSCD6008 FORMAT: 6CD BUY HERE: £18.00
Charlie Parker is, without doubt, one of the most important and influential musicians in the entire history of jazz. As a pioneering and innovative alto saxophonist during the bebop era, Parker was a composer of some of the most enduring modern jazz standards. Nicknamed “Bird”, he produced a substantial and extraordinary body of recorded work. This 137-track collection features interesting early recordings, a significant selection of his recordings as leader, and also work as a prominent member of other leaders’ bands.
ARTIST: Art Tatum TITLE: The Collection 1932-47 GENRE: Jazz CAT NO: ACQCD7155 FORMAT: 4CD BUY HERE: £15.00
Of all the pianists in the annals of jazz, Art Tatum is the one who is most often cited by greats of the post-war era as a key influence and inspiration. His remarkable speed, dexterity, fluency and sheer relaxed mastery of the keyboard, set him apart from just about all of his peers. This 93-track set comprises a significant proportion of his recordings from his studio debut in 1932 through to 1947. It does not purport to be a definitive collection of this first significant era of his career, but it’s certainly a substantial showcase for one of the great piano stylists of the genre.
ARTIST: Connie Haines TITLE: The Collection 1939-54 GENRE: Easy-Listening CAT NO: ADDCD3386 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Connie Haines was a female vocalist who established a reputation as a singer with a number of prominent big swing bands of the early 1940s before going on to forge a solo career. Working with Harry James’ orchestra and then Tommy Dorsey, she had notable success during the war years. This 50-track set includes the Top 20 hits Two Dreams Met, You Might Have Belonged To Another, Kiss The Boys Goodbye and What Is This Thing Called Love? She was a talent equally at home singing with big bands or performing mainstream pop that characterised the post-war era.
ARTIST: Peppermint Harris TITLE: The Collection 1948-60 GENRE: Blues/R&B CAT NO: ADDCD3388 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Born Harrison Nelson, in 1925, Peppermint Harris was a jump blues and R&B artist, who originally recorded in 1948 as Peppermint Nelson. He acquired his new name by accident while recording Raining In My Heart for the Sittin’ In With record label run by Bob Shad, who allegedly forgot his name and released them as by Peppermint Harris. He scored his big hit in 1951 with the R&B No.1 I Got Loaded. Maybe not one of the biggest stars in the pantheon of blues greats, he is still a performer whose influence should not be forgotten and this 52-track set is a thorough cross-section from his career.
ARTIST: Jimmy Clanton TITLE: The Collection 1957-62 GENRE: Late ’50s Pop CAT NO: ADDCD3385 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Coming into the pop scene in 1957 after the first wave of pioneering rock ‘n’ roll stars, as teen stars provided a slightly different and more universally acceptable strand of the new music, Jimmy Clanton had a run of hits through into the ‘60s before his music was overtaken by the British Invasion. This 62-track collection features his 10 US hits from this era, including the pop No.4 and R&B No.1 Just A Dream, the pop No.5 Go, Jimmy, Go and the pop No.7 Venus In Blue Jeans. An excellent showcase for his particular style as a teen idol.
ARTIST: Blue Barron Orchestra TITLE: The Collection 1938-53 GENRE: Nostalgia CAT NO: ADDCD3387 FORMAT: 2CD BUY HERE: £10.00
Blue Barron, born Harry Freidman, was an American orchestra leader in the 1940s and early 1950s during the “Big Band” era. Friedman launched his Blue Barron Orchestra on the Floating Palace showboat New York in 1936. This 48-track compilation includes all his career hits, including the 1949 No.1, Cruising Down The River. The record sold more than one million copies, gaining gold disc status. The set also features Top 20 chart entries At A Perfume Counter, Darn That Dream, You Walk By, Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba, You Were Only Fooling, A Strawberry Moon, Powder Your Face With Sunshine and Are You Lonesome Tonight.