Well known as a jazz and pop musician, Les Paul had a string of smash hits on Capitol Records with his wife Mary Ford from 1948 to 1955. The Best Of The Capitol Masters
focuses on that string of hits and more.
This Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer, five-time Grammy Award winner, pioneer of the solid-body electric guitar, and the inventor of numerous enduring studio techniques - including multi-track recording and the use of reverb - continues to influence countless musicians today. This new CD features 3 bonus tracks, new cover art and updated track notes by Les Paul.
This is a compilation of the best songs contained on the Les Paul box set, THE LEGEND AND THE LEGACY.
Les Paul & Mary Ford: Mary Ford (vocals); Les Paul (guitar).
Liner Note Author: Les Paul.
Die-hard Les Paul fans will need to own THE LEGEND AND THE LEGACY, a four-disc archival set of Paul's work with Capitol, but those not willing to make that leap might consider BEST OF THE CAPITOL MASTERS: 90TH BIRTHDAY EDITION. A distillation of that same set, BEST OF is a concise and economical alternative to THE LEGEND. By the time Paul was recording for Capitol, he was already branching out into radical experimentation with recording and engineering techniques, and many of those experiments are featured here.
One of the first to use multi-track technology, Paul would layer tracks of his own guitar work to create an expansive, chamber-pop sound. Moreover, Paul manipulated tape speeds to augment the sound of his playing, and would often mix different speeds together to create a freaky choral effect. BEST OF THE CAPITOL MASTERS also represents the fruitful partnership Paul developed with singer Mary Ford (also his wife), who sings on many of these tracks. Mary's nimble vocals give the tunes (especially the jazz standards) an accessible charm that offsets Paul's experimentation, making this fine single-disc overview a fun listen (in addition to its value as a historical document).