Monday, February 7, 2022

VA - Tuxedo Junction, Harmony Records Story 1957-1962 [2014] (2 x CD's)



VA - Tuxedo Junction, Harmony Records Story 1957-1962 [2014] (2 x CD's)

Harmony Records was founded in 1925 as a subsidiary of Columbia Records and was revived in 1957. This new Harmony label was used solely to release 33rpm long-playing records and like many other budget labels, it was 'cheap and cheerful'. Harmony however, had the advantage of the entire Columbia back catalogue to draw upon for their compilations. With such an eclectic mix as this, there are riches to be found on every track of our compilation, from Gene Krupa's jazzy title track to the Carter Family's traditional closer - a veritable cornucopia of delights.

This is an interesting collection that is quite hard to categorise. The cover states 1957-1962 and this to some extent is true since all of the tracks were released or re-released by Harmony Records on LP's during this time span. However, the actual recording dates range from 1928 to 1959. There are a good few cover versions here as well as a few original recordings. As for the content, well it ranges from the Appalachian country/folk of the Carter Family to fifties pop and rock 'n' roll via big band, a little jazz themed material and Liberace! Enjoy eclectic. (Amazon)




Track list


01 Gene Krupa Tuxedo Junction 2:59

02 Pearl Bailey Saturday Night Fish Fry 2:55

03 Don Cherry I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (and Write Myself A Letter) 2:13

04 Rosemary Clooney Hello Young Lovers 2:20

05 Carl Perkins Hey Good Lookin' 2:43

06 Harmony Blazers Johnny B Goode 2:42

07 Floyd Tillman I Love You So Much It Hurts 2:42

08 Little Jimmy Dickens Jambalaya 2:12

09 Flatt & Scruggs Shuckin' The Corn 2:03

10 Don Cherry I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine 2:28

11 Dinah Shore Mad About The Boy 3:02

12 Liberace Stardust 2:49

13 Sammy Kaye It's All In The Game 2:52

14 Les Brown & His Orchestra I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm 2:46

15 Anita O'Day With Gene Krupa I Take To You 2:32

16 Meade Lux Lewis Bear Cat Crawl 2:23

17 Hank Garland Secret Love 2:39

18 Rocky Curtis & The Harmony Flames Tallahasee Lassie 2:21

19 Carter Family Wildwood Flower 3:16

20 Toni Arden Kiss Of Fire 2:23

21 Billie Holiday The Man I Love 3:04

22 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra South Of The Border 3:12

23 Sarah Vaughan That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) 3:31

24 Chordettes Drifting And Dreaming 1:38

25 Nelson Eddy Riders In The Sky 2:58


01 Hank Garland Autumn Leaves 2:47

02 Dinah Shore Dream A Little Dream Of Me 3:09

03 Ella Fitzgerald My Melancholy Baby 2:56

04 Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys Blue Moon Of Kentucky 2:09

05 Harmony Blazers Book Of Love 2:06

06 Pearl Bailey Personality 3:16

07 Liberace As Time Goes By 2:14

08 Harry James On A Little Street In Singapore (feat. Frank Sinatra) 2:51

09 Chordettes For Me And My Girl 2:20

10 Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White 2:49

11 Polly Bergen & Bill Bergen San Antonio Rose 1:58

12 Rosemary Clooney Too Young 2:53

13 Woody Herman & His Orchestra Sabre Dance 2:37

14 Floyd Tillman Slippin' Around 2:44

15 Lefty Frizzell My Rough And Rowdy Ways 2:39

16 Toni Arden Come Back To Sorrento (Torna A Surriento) 2:33

17 Gene Krupa Feat. Anita O'day Boogie Blues 3:23

18 Anita O'Day With Gene Krupa Fool Am I 2:49

19 Al Dexter & His Troopers Pistol Packin' Mama 2:48

20 Nelson Eddy Without A Song 2:36

21 Flatt & Scruggs Foggy Mountain Special 2:03

22 Stanley Brothers The Lonesome River 2:43

23 Jimmy Dean Just As I Am 2:10

24 Sarah Vaughan Nice Work If You Can Get It 2:37

25 Carter Family Worried Man Blues 3:00