Al Donahue The Solid Swing of Al Donahue & His Orchestra

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  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Collectables Records

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An irresistable collection of swingin' hits by Al Donahue and His Orchestra. Enjoy Donahue and His Orchestra's takes on such swing standards as "In The Mood" and "Fifth Avenue."


  • 1.Spring Is Here (Vocal By Barry Mckinley)
  • 2.Stop Beatin' Round The Mulberry Bush (Vocal By Paula Kelly)
  • 3.Jeepers Creepers (Vocal By Paula Kelly)
  • 4.Alexander's Swingin'
  • 5.Stairway To The Stars (Vocal By Paula Kelly)
  • 6.South American Way (Vocal By Paula Kelly)
  • 7.Moon Love (Adapted From Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony, 2nd Movement) (Vocal By Paula Kelly)
  • 8.Basket Weaver (Vocal By Paula Kelly)
  • 9.Bumble Bee Stomp
  • 10.My Prayer (Vocal By Phil Brito)
  • 11.Poor Old Joe (Vocal By Hoagy Carmichael)
  • 12.In The Mood (Vocal By Paula Kelly)
  • 13.Darn That Dream (Vocal By Paula Kelly)
  • 14.Tuxedo Junction
  • 15.You Can't Brush Me Off (Vocal By Paula Kelly) (From The Paramount Picture "Louisiana Purchase")
  • 16.Fifth Avenue (Vocal By Dee Keating)
  • 17.Ohio Breakaway
  • 18.The Wise Old Owl (Vocal By Dee Keating)
  • 19.With A Twist Of The Wrist (Vocal By Phil Brito)
  • 20.Java Jive (Vocal By Dee Keating)
  • 21.Why Don't We Do This More Often? (Vocal By Pat Kaye)
  • 22.The Waiter And The Porter And The Upstairs Maid (Vocal By Phil Brito & Ensemble)
  • 23.I Wish I Had A Sweetheart (Like That Old Sweetheart Of Mine) (Vocal By Jean Gordon)
  • 24.Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag (Vocal By Jean Gordon)
  • 25.Goodbye, Good Luck And God Bless You (Vocal By Phil Brito)

Product Description:

Al Donahue: Paula Kelly , Phil Brito.
Personnel: Paul Henderson Kelly, Barry McKinley, Phil Brito, Hoagy Carmichael (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Gary Theroux.
Recording information: 05/31/1938-01/07/1942.
Best of Al Donahue encompasses several of the bandleader's sweet light pop arrangements of familiar songs, including "Darn That Dream," "Jeepers Creepers," "Spring Is Here," "In the Mood," and "Tuxedo Junction." These 25 tracks should be more than adequate for the majority of fans of favorites from the big-band era. ~ Al Campbell

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Never thought I'd see Al Donahue arrive on CD! Music Lover: from North Hollywood, CA US -- October, 30, 2005

This popular big band leader of the late 1930s and early 1940s has been almost entirely forgotten, save for his mega-smash "Jeepers Creepers." Leave it to Dan Rivard to ressurect Donahue's swinging bones with this new CD, the first EVER comp of the band leader's work!

Ken Robertson works his usual magic with the pre-tape-era audio, but some tracks do suffer wear more than others, especially the opening rarity "Spring is Here." More puzzling is Rivard's omittance of several of Donahue's hits, all owned by Sony like the rest of these here, in favor of more obscure fare. Sure, the smash hit "The Wise Old Owl" is extremely welcome (in its worldwide CD debut), but one wonders what became of the top ten "Lambeth Walk" and minor chart hits "Heart and Soul" and "I Hear a Rhapsody."

But Rivard does dish up a surprise at the end... two previously unreleased studio sides from 1942! Wow! A sensational job overall, despite the sometimes perplexing track selection.

One can only hope Mr. Rivard will next set his sights on bandleaders Bob Chester and Abe Lyman's RCA-Bluebird hits... [hint hint]

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  • Sales Rank: 22,547
  • UPC: 090431768426
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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