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Glen Gray's Casa Loma Orchestra


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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, although their music was very much rooted in the hot orchestral jazz of the 1920s, which was particularly reflected in their early recordings. During a career which lasted into the 1960s, the orchestra enjoyed a stellar period of chart success as they racked up no less than 60 hits between 1931 and 1945, including five No. 1s. This 68-track 3-CD set comprises selected A and B sides from their releases on the Okeh, Brunswick, Victor and Decca labels during this time, and features all those sixty 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". There are some noted names among the band's featured vocalists whose performances are included here, that list comprising Pee Wee Hunt, Kenny Sargent, Mildred Bailey, Lee Wiley, Clyde Burke, Louis Armstrong, LeBrun Sisters, Eugenie Baird and Fats Daniel. Including as it does some of the first commercial recordings of standards of the Great American Songbook, it's not only a fine musical tribute to the Casa Loma orchestra but an evocative window on the music of the era.

Disk 1

  1. A Hundred Years From Today
  2. Blue Jazz
  3. Casa Loma Stomp
  4. Dixie Lee
  5. Do The New York
  6. Happy Days Are Here Again
  7. Heat Wave
  8. I Never Had A Chance
  9. Infatuation
  10. Limehouse Blues
  11. Love Me
  12. Sophisticated Lady
  13. Spellbound
  14. The Champagne Waltz
  15. The House Is Haunted (By The Echo Of Your Last Goodbye)
  16. Trouble In Paradise
  17. Under A Blanket Of Blue
  18. Weep No More, My Baby
  19. White Jazz
  20. Wild Goose Chase
  21. You Have Taken My Heart

Disk 2

  1. Blue Moon
  2. Fare Thee Well, Annabelle
  3. I Cried For You
  4. I See Your Face Before Me
  5. Learning
  6. Lookie, Lookie Here Comes Cookie
  7. Moon Glow
  8. My Heart Is An Open Book
  9. Never In A Million Years
  10. Out In The Cold Again
  11. Pardon My Southern Accent
  12. Smoke Rings
  13. Sweet As A Song
  14. The Night Is Young
  15. The Object Of My Affection
  16. Two Cigarettes In The Dark
  17. When I Grow Too Old To Dream
  18. With All My Heart
  19. You Go To My Head
  20. You Never Know

Disk 3

  1. Blue Rhapsody
  2. Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie
  3. Gotta Be This Or That
  4. Gotta Get Some Shut Eye
  5. Heaven Can Wait
  6. If I Had My Way
  7. My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart)
  8. My Shining Hour
  9. No Name Jive
  10. One Dozen Roses
  11. Song Of India
  12. Sunrise Serenade
  13. Tears From My Inkwell
  14. This Night (Will Be My Souvenir)
  15. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  16. Yours Is My Heart Alone

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UPC Number: 136000094250

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