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This is very much a hodgepodge set that does not live up to its clichéd title. The recording dates and personnel listing are not included in the chatty liner notes and, although there is some excellent music here (including "Strictly Instrumental," "I Had the Craziest Dream," "You Made Me Love You," "It's Been a Long, Long Time," and "Ciribiribin"), the programming is not in chronological order and almost seems random. Why hasn't Columbia ever released its many enjoyable and valuable Harry James recordings in complete and coherent fashion?

Customer Reviews

Its great

Harry james is really good. And he's from the mid 1900's

Best of the big bands

Great. Loved it for 50 years!

You Made Me Love You

No vocals? I bought this song expecting to hear Helen Ward singing (as her name is credited after the song title). Nice tune but disappointed.


Born: March 15, 1916 in Albany, GA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Harry James was one of the most outstanding instrumentalists of the swing era, employing a bravura playing style that made his trumpet work instantly identifiable. He was also one of the most popular bandleaders of the first half of the 1940s, and he continued to lead his band until just before his death, 40 years later. James was the child of circus performers. His father, Everette Robert James, was the bandleader and trumpet player in the orchestra for the Mighty Haag Circus, and his mother, Maybelle...
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Best of the Big Bands, Harry James
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Vocal, Trad Jazz, Traditional Pop, Big Band, Easy Listening, Swing
  • Released: Jun 19, 1990

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