Best of the Big Bands

Best of the Big Bands

by Les BrownLes Brown




As is often true of Columbia's early-'90s CD series titled Best of the Big Bands, the music is more rewarding than the packaging, illogical programming, or vacuous liner notes. The recording dates and personnel of the 16 Les Brown recordings on this disc are inexcusably left off. However, most of Brown's biggest hits are here (including his theme "Leap Frog," "Sentimental Journey," "Bizet Has His Day," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," and "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time") and the program (although not in chronological order) is consistently satisfying. This is the Les Brown CD to get, at least until a better reissue series comes along.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/19/1989
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644534429
catalogNumber: 45344


  1. Leap Frog
  2. Sentimental Journey
  3. You Won't Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart
  4. Floatin'
  5. I Got the Sun in the Morning
  6. A Foggy Day
  7. Bizet Has His Day
  8. All Through the Day
  9. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  10. 'Tis Autumn
  11. On the Beach at Waikiki
  12. 'S Wonderful
  13. My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time
  14. Mexican Hat Dance
  15. Just One of Those Things
  16. Twilight Time

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brown   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Leader,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Bandleader
Doris Day   Vocals
Dave Pell   Saxophone
Warren Covington   Trombone
Abe Most   Saxophone
Lucy Ann Polk   Vocals
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Jack Haskell   Vocals
Richard Gould   Trombone
Aarons   Saxophone
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Carl Berg   Trumpet
Geoff Clarkson   Piano
Mark Douglas   Trumpet,Saxophone
Bobby Gibbons   Guitar
Robert Higgins   Trumpet
Ray Leatherwood   Bass
Bob Leininger   Bass
Ann Mason   Harp
Ken Meisel   Trombone
Bobby Pring   Trombone
Jack Sperling   Drums
Butch Stone   Vocals
Bob Thorne   Trumpet
Hy White   Guitar
James Zito   Trumpet
Gordon Drake   Vocals
Richard L. Noel   Trombone
Richard Shanahan   Drums
Henry Stone   Saxophone
LaVerne Bowe   Trumpet
Clyde Brown   Trombone
Stumpy Brown   Vocals
Warren Brown   Trombone
Ronnie Chase   Trombone
Don Jacoby   Trumpet
Eddy Julian   Drums
Ray Kellogg   Vocals
Steve Madrich   Saxophone
Alfred Muller   Trumpet
Theodore Nash   Saxophone
Joe Petrone   Guitar
LaVerne Rowe   Trumpet
Billy Rowland   Piano
Mascagni Ruffo   Saxophone
Ed Scherr   Saxophone
Betty Taylor   Vocals
Wolfe Tayne   Saxophone
Jack Walker   Trumpet
George Weidler   Saxophone
Eileen Wilson   Vocals
Ralph Young   Vocals
Sy Zeutner   Trombone
Charlie Green   Bass
Ralph Pfiffner   Trombone
Don Paladino   Trumpet
Robert Fowler   Trumpet
Don Boyd   Trombone
James Williamson   Saxophone
Robert Higgins   Trumpet
Bailey. Eddie   Trumpet
Four Hits And A Miss   Vocals,Ensemble
Jack Tucker   Saxophone
James Pratt   Drums

Technical Credits

Georges Bizet   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Brown   Composer
Victor Mizzy   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Manny Curtis   Composer
Alan Dunn   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Joe Garland   Composer
Tim Geelan   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Ben Homer   Composer
Nevins   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Michael Brooks   Producer
Tony Sellari   Art Direction
Bob Higgins   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Gerry Stover   Composer
Leo Corday   Composer
Herman Fairbanks   Composer
Will Fredwald   Liner Notes
Henry Kailimai   Composer

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