The Best of the Big Bands

The Best of the Big Bands

by Harry JamesHarry James


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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?

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