The V-Disc Recordings

The V-Disc Recordings

by Benny GoodmanBenny Goodman


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This four-CD set is a treasure trove of wartime Benny Goodman activity, containing 68 tracks recorded or released on behalf of the Navy V-Disc program. In addition to the full band, the Benny Goodman Trio (with Teddy Wilson and Specs Powell) is represented, along with the "V-Disc Quartette," and the Benny Goodman Quintet. There are no dates included or other information, but the recordings generally span from the second half of 1943 until the middle of 1945. These aren't Goodman's complete V-Disc issues, nor has there apparently been much effort to keep what is here in recording or release order. They have been assembled in a sensible order for listening pleasure, however, and there's a considerable amount of that to be had. Goodman, like most other artists, was sidelined from recording for much of the early '40s by the Musicians Union's recording ban, but he recorded dozens of V-Discs that served to capture his repertory and his band's sound during this era. The Goodman band, in particular, through a combination of serving the public in their work and the growing optimism of the later war years -- and the plentiful work and money -- developed a reputation for reckless abandon in their performances during this period that made them a wonder to hear, stretching out on every solo as though there were no tomorrow. The repertory is, thus, unique, and priceless -- Goodman and his band (and trio and quartet) at the peak of their performance and innovation. The sound is uniformly good throughout this collection, with few exceptions of consequence, and the only flaw is the lack of any detailed notes.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/1998
Label: Collector's Choice
UPC: 0617742359220
catalogNumber: 3592

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman   Primary Artist
Art Lund   Track Performer
Benny Goodman Sextet   Track Performer
Benny Goodman & Quartet   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tiny Bradshaw   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Charlie Christian   Composer,Contributor
Buck Clayton   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer,Contributor
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Mel Powell   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Ray McKinley   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jack Pettis   Composer
Edward Johnson   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Nick Fatool   Contributor
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Composer,Contributor
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jerry Gray   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Joe McCoy   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Peter Norman   Composer
Chico O'Farrill   Composer
Bobby Plater   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Eddie Sauter   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Art Hickman   Composer
Buster Harding   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Alberto Dominguez   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Mac Powell   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Phil Boutelje   Composer
Ford Dabney   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Milton Leeds   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Eugene Lockhart   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Eddie Seiler   Composer
Ernest Seitz   Composer
André Tabet   Composer
Tell Taylor   Composer
Dick Winfree   Composer
Alex Alstone   Composer
Frances Ash   Composer
Roger Bernstein   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
William A. Welch   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Harry Williams   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer
E. Larkins   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer

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