Bob Crosby 1939 Camel Caravan Shows
- Released: November 18, 2003
- Label: Harlequin Records
- 1.The Love Nest - Bob Crosby, Harbach, Otto
- 2.Girl of My Dreams - Bob Crosby, Clapp, Sonny
- 3.Well All Right - Bob Crosby,
- 4.Three Little Words - Bob Crosby, Kalmar, Bert
- 5.Song of the Wanderer - Bob Crosby, Moret, Neil
- 6.You're the Top - Bob Crosby, Porter, Cole
- 7.I'm Prayin' Humble - Bob Crosby, Haggart, Bob
- 8.My Ideal - Bob Crosby, Chase, Newell
- 9.Fidgety Feet - Bob Crosby, Edwards, Eddie 
- 10.Sweet Lorraine - Bob Crosby,
- 11.Beer Barrel Polka - Bob Crosby,
- 12.What's New - Bob Crosby, Haggart, Bob
- 13.Smokey Mary - Bob Crosby, Bauduc, Ray
- 14.The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise - Bob Crosby,
- 15.Button Up Your Overcoat - Bob Crosby,
- 16.The Jumpin' Jive - Bob Crosby,
- 17.Muskrat Ramble - Bob Crosby, Gilbert, Ray
- 18.I'm Sitting on Top of the World - Bob Crosby, Henderson, Ray
- 19.Over the Rainbow - Bob Crosby, Arlen, Harold
- 20.Wolverine Blues - Bob Crosby, Morton, Jelly Roll
- 21.Till We Meet Again - Bob Crosby, Egan, Raymond
- 22.Bugle Call Rag - Bob Crosby,
- 23.Hindustan - Bob Crosby, Wallace, Oliver
- 24.The Little Man Who Wasn't There - Bob Crosby, Adamson, Harold
- 25.Washington and Lee Swing - Bob Crosby, Allen, Thornton
- 26.Boogie Woogie Maxixe - Bob Crosby, Crosby, Bob 
- 27.High Society - Bob Crosby, Armstrong, Louis
- 28.Clarinet Marmalade - Bob Crosby,
Personnel includes: Bob Crosby (vocals); Nappy Lamare (vocals, guitar);
Johnny Mercer, Helen Ward (vocals).
Personnel: Bob Crosby (vocals); Nappy Lamare (vocals, guitar); Helen Ward, Johnny Mercer (vocals); Eddie Miller (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Irving Fazola (clarinet); Joe Kearns, Bill Stegmeyer (alto saxophone); Gil Rodin (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Billy Butterfield, Zeke Zarchy (trumpet); Warren Smith , Ray Conniff (trombone); Joe Sullivan (piano); Ray Bauduc (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Charlie Crump.
Liner Note Author: Jim Godbolt.
Harlequin delivers another surprise package. Culled from radio broadcasts sponsored by the Camel cigarette company, here are no less than 28 previously unreleased recordings by the band that played Dixieland revival before there was such a thing as Dixieland revival. Bing Crosby's brother leads an ensemble partly peppered with members of Ben Pollack's Pick-a-Rib Boys. The rhythm section alone is a force to be reckoned with: drummer Ray Bauduc, bassist Bob Haggart, guitarist Nappy Lamare, and the amazing pianist Joe Sullivan. Irving Fazola and Eddie Miller light up the reed section, and Billy Butterfield comes across as a versatile trumpeter. A lot of these tunes are only about two minutes in length, which accounts for the comparatively high number of tracks. "Love Nest" is very attractive, and there are surprisingly cool versions of "What's New" (composed by Haggart) and "Girl of My Dreams," a melody thoughtfully revived in 1959 by Charles Mingus. For those who must have singers, Helen Ward performs a couple of standard ballads, and there are a few attempts at hipness by various males who sing or who have convinced themselves that they can sing. "Well All Right" is a rather contrived novelty group vocal led by Bob Crosby and Johnny Mercer. "The Jumpin' Jive" is similarly conspicuous as a Cab Calloway imitation involving Mercer again and the voice of Nappy Lamare. These two also trundle out something called "The Little Man Who Wasn't There." This one is so unsubstantial that they are unable to carry it beyond one minute and 49 seconds duration! The best selections are of course the instrumental versions of traditional jazz classics: Jelly Roll Morton's "Wolverine Blues" expands in a full-blown big-band arrangement. "Song of the Wanderer" is a smoker. "High Society" is dynamite. "Smokey Mary" showcases the percussionist from the get-go. "Fidgety Feet," "Bugle Call Rag," and "Muskrat Ramble" are stone beautiful Crescent City stomps. There's even a worthwhile rendition of "Beer Barrel Polka," performed in this case without any vocals, thank goodness. ~ arwulf arwulf
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