- Released: August 11, 1994
- Label: Circle
- 1.Night Ride
- 2.Never in a Million Years
- 3.They All Laughed
- 4.Sophisticated Swing
- 5.The Girl on the Police Gazette
- 6.Head over Heels in Love
- 7.They Can't Take That Away from Me
- 9.Poor Robinson Crusoe
- 11.Swing, Swing, Dear Mother-In-Law
- 12.The Kid in the Three-Cornered Pants
- 13.Long as You've Got Your Health
- 14.The Goona Goo
- 15.It's Swell of You
- 16.Whoa Babe
Compilation producer: George H. Buck, Jr.
Personnel: Ozzie Nelson (vocals, saxophone).
Liner Note Author: George H. Buck, Jr.
Recording information: World Broadcasting Systems, Inc. New York City, NY (03/16/1937).
Ozzie Nelson was no Benny Goodman or Jimmy Dorsey, and his band wasn't up to those standards, but they were one of the most popular radio orchestras of their era. This collection of 16 songs, assembled from radio transcription recordings done in 1937, shows why -- they had a subtle but compelling way with a beat, and a mix of elegance and jauntiness that does indeed, as the long-ago Downbeat writer observed, get under your skin. His singing wasn't bad either, a fresh-faced tenor voice, expressive and cheerful in the manner of his idol Rudy Vallee, though by 1937 he'd outgrown Vallee's influence. "Head Over Heels In Love" and "Whirligig" are the best numbers here, but "Swing, Swing Dear Mother-in-Law," "Poor Robinson Crusoe," and "Sophisticated Swing," as well as just about everything else here, has something to recommend it. Charlie Buebeck's baritone and sax and clarinet are highlights among the players, but this was a solid band all the way through. ~ Bruce Eder