Best of the Brunswick Years 1932-1934

Best of the Brunswick Years 1932-1934

by Glen Gray


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After the Casa Loma Orchestra reorganized around Glen Gray in 1929, they relocated from Detroit to New York City and hit the big time with a residency at the Roseland Ballroom and twin recording contracts, one from OKeh (as the Casa Loma Orchestra) and another from Victor (with Glen Gray added to the masthead). By 1935, they had topped the Hit Parade with "Blue Moon" and "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," for the Decca label. Between those periods, however, they were recording for Brunswick, an affiliation that produced both good music and popular music. Unfortunately, very little of it is included on Best of the Brunswick Years 1932-1934, despite the claims of its title. The compilation avoids not only the Casa Loma sides that were most commercially successful ("Sophisticated Lady," "Out in the Cold Again," "It's the Talk of the Town") during their Brunswick period, but also the ones that were most artistically defined ("Blue Jazz," "Limehouse Blues," "Moonglow"). Instead, the listener is subjected to second-rank sweet-band music with a few highlights, but much bland material. The vocal tracks are the most worthy, including a 1932 side with Connee Boswell acing her interpretation of Hoagy Carmichael's workaday "Washboard Blues," and the songs led by Casa Loma's talented pair of singer/musicians, Pee Wee Hunt (reminiscent of Jack Teagarden) and Kenny Sargent (nearly a dead ringer for Bing Crosby). With a title like "The Uncollected Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Orchestra", this collection could be accepted for what it is.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431757420
catalogNumber: 7574
Rank: 113251

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glen Gray   Primary Artist
Lee Wiley   Vocals
Connee Boswell   Vocals
Pee Wee Hunt   Vocals
Kenny Sargent   Vocals
Clarence Hutchenrider   Vocals

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Steve Perry   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jonathan Cain   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
I. Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Dan Rivard   Producer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Reginald Foresythe   Composer
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Joseph Young   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
Winky Tharp   Composer
Billy Baskette   Composer
Goering   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Fichera   Liner Notes
Fred B. Callahan   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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