Musician - 11/96, 90
"...in [a] brief time he defined the conventions of Western swing with his band....fuses a wildly eclectic mix of popular tunes from the New York stage, vaudeville, and even minstrel shows...with hot jazz, blues, and hokum numbers....This diverse music was performed by a group that excelled at jazzy improvisation..."
& The Musical Brownies.
Personnel includes: Milton Brown (vocals); Bob Dunn (steel guitar); Cliff Bruner, Cecil Brower (fiddle); Fred "Papa" Calhoun (piano).
Includes liner notes by Cary Ginell.
The Complete Recordings of the Father of Western Swing 1932-1937 is exactly what its title suggests -- everything Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies recorded for both Victor and Decca Records, spread out over five compact discs. The very comprehensiveness of the box makes it appealing only to serious country music historians and dedicated fans, but within these five discs is some of the most groundbreaking, influential -- and just plain enjoyable -- popular music of the early 20th century. For those willing to make the investment, it is well-worth the money. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine