Personnel: Tex Beneke (vocals, tenor saxophone); The Gwen Bari Trio, Bill Raymond, Betsy Gay, Ray Eberle (vocals); Sam Drugan, Earl Backus, Al Hendrickson, Barry Galbraith, Sam Herman (guitar); Bill Ainsworth, Tino Barzie, Wilbur Schwartz (clarinet, alto saxophone); Teddy Lee (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Red Press, Skip Galluccio (alto saxophone); Jerry Sanfino, Johnny Hayes, Frank Mayne, Gene Cipriano, Ed Gerlach, Bob Peck, Bob Tricarico (tenor saxophone); Bill Holcombe, Bob Dawes, Sol Schlinger (baritone saxophone); Joe Ferrante , Nick Capezuto, Eddie Zandy, Whitey Thomas, Jack Steele, Buddy Yeager, Art Depew, Jimmy Campbell , Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham, Bob Funk (trumpet); Ralph Craig, Dick Nash , Tom Mitchell Jr., George Monte, Dick Gould, Paul Tanner, Jim Harwood , Urbie Green, Leroy Anderson , Chauncey Welsch, Jack Green (trombone); Art Wagner, Nat Pierce (piano); Moe Purtill, Jimmy Pratt, Mel Lewis, Alvin Stoller, Osie Johnson (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Robin Cherry.
Liner Note Author: Tony Middleton .
Recording information: Chicago, IL (01/03/1950-02/27/1956); Hollywood, CA (01/03/1950-02/27/1956); New York, NY (01/03/1950-02/27/1956).
Arrangers: Jerry Gray; Henry Mancini.
Appearances can be deceiving. While this slim volume looks like a true odds-and-sods collection, it is actually a treasure trove, chock-full with 27 tracks. Tex Beneke's many sides -- as bandleader, arranger, and vocalist -- all come off here looking like a diamond in the rough. Beneke collectors will no doubt have some of this, but that still leaves room for more discoveries: "The Yodel Waltz " by the Gwen Bari Trio with Tex on lead voice, a gorgeous version of "The Wedding of the Painted Doll," a smokin' version of "Danny's Hideaway," and tons more. This is a classic slab of activity by the lanky saxophonist and singer. Certainly some of these sides are a bit rough sonically (the radio transcriptions), but most sound fine indeed. One of the big highlights here is Beneke and the Crew Chiefs doing "Singin' in the Rain." Recommended for fans who can't get enough. ~ Thom Jurek