A terrific collection of ten Tommy Dorsey recordings at an unbelievable price.
Personnel includes: Tommy Dorsey (trombone); Edyth Wright, Jack Leonard, Jo Stafford, Sy Oliver (vocals); Bunny Berigan (trumpet).
This budget-priced, ten-track collection is notably skimpy, boasting nothing more in its packaging than song titles and times, plus a couple of photographs of Tommy Dorsey. But it also features some of Dorsey's best and best-known numbers, including the number one hits "The Music Goes 'Round and Around," "Marie," and "Music, Maestro, Please!" The million-seller "Boogie Woogie" and other instrumental favorites "Opus One" and "Song of India" are also featured. There are numerous longer and better compilations of Dorsey's music, of course. The idea of this one is that during a trip to the drugstore the consumer may spy it -- selling for only five bucks or so -- on a rack, make an impulse purchase, pop it in the CD player in the car, and enjoy the big-band memories on the way home. For that, it's fine. ~ William Ruhlmann