Les Paul - The Complete Decca Trios -- Plus (1936-1947)

Les Paul - The Complete Decca Trios -- Plus (1936-1947)
Artist: Les Paul
Duration: 02:20:40
Album: The Complete Decca Trios -- Plus (1936-1947)
Recording Date: May 11, 1936 - July 25, 1947
Genre: Vocal
Styles: Swing, Guitar Jazz, Jazz Instrument
Release Date: November 18, 1997

More than just a roundup of the Les Paul Trio's Decca recordings -- which by themselves wouldn't add up to a single CD, let alone two -- this 50-track set is a bewilderingly diverse compendium of Paul's adventures in show business prior to his string of hits with Mary Ford. In doing so, MCA has made amends for at least four decades of neglect, unearthing ten previously unreleased tracks as part of the deal. The set begins with six of Paul's earliest sides backing salacious blues shouter Georgia White on acoustic guitar, and then there are four extremely rare sides of Paul doing his hillbilly Rhubarb Red act, tootling on harmonica, strumming rhythm guitar, and singing in a honeyed voice. Throughout the collection, there are extensive samplings of Paul backing several top singers from the mainstream of '40s pop -- Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Dick Haymes, Helen Forrest, and the Delta Rhythm Boys -- his clever, caressing guitar obligatos enhancing the vocals and foreshadowing his ballad work with Ford. The trio sides form the heart of the set, but here again, there is a lot of diversity. Jazz sides like "Blue Skies" and "Dream Dust" are showcases for Paul's extraordinary melodic gift and speed, and the newly released outtakes reveal his streak of perfectionism. But there are also several sweetly sedate Hawaiian tunes and a couple of nifty country & western workouts, "Guitar Boogie" and "Steel Guitar Rag," that integrate his jazz licks into the picture. Although the sound is slightly distorted in spots and short on bass -- the "noise reduction" gremlins at MCA are at it again -- this double-disc set is still a treasure chest for Les Paul collectors.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
New Dupree Blues / Georgia WhiteLes Paul feat: Georgia White3:01
Daddy Let Me Lay It on You / Larry ColemanLes Paul feat: Georgia White2:40
I Just Want Your Stingaree / Georgia WhiteLes Paul feat: Georgia White2:36
Black Rider / R.J. JonesLes Paul feat: Georgia White2:25
I'll Keep Sittin' on It (If I Can't Sell It) / Alexandra Furmark Hill / Andy RazafLes Paul feat: Georgia White2:55
Trouble in Mind / Richard M. JonesLes Paul feat: Georgia White2:33
Just Because / Leon Chappelear / Bob SheltonLes Paul2:52
Answer to Just BecauseLes Paul2:47
Deep Elem Blues, No. 2 / TraditionalLes Paul2:54
Deep Elem Blues / TraditionalLes Paul2:53
Cindy / TraditionalLes Paul feat: Terry Shand & His Orchestra2:20
The Filipino Hombre / TraditionalLes Paul feat: Terry Shand & His Orchestra2:41
Dream Dust / Sol Marcus / Eddie Seiler / Guy WoodLes Paul feat: Les Paul Trio2:59
Begin the Beguine / Cole PorterLes Paul feat: Les Paul Trio3:01
Dark Eyes / TraditionalLes Paul feat: Les Paul Trio2:28
Blue Skies / Irving BerlinLes Paul feat: Les Paul Trio2:35
Blue Skies / Irving BerlinLes Paul feat: Les Paul Trio2:34
Begin the Beguine / Cole PorterLes Paul feat: Les Paul Trio2:58
Dream Dust / Sol Marcus / Eddie Seiler / Guy WoodLes Paul feat: Les Paul Trio2:51
Dark Eyes / TraditionalLes Paul feat: Les Paul Trio2:38
It's Been a Long, Long Time / Sammy Cahn / Jule StyneLes Paul feat: Bing Crosby2:56
Whose Dream Are You? / Meredith WillsonLes Paul feat: Bing Crosby3:12
Hawaiian Paradise / Harry OwensLes Paul feat: Les Paul Trio3:01
My Isle of Golden Dreams / Walter Blaufuss / Gus KahnLes Paul feat: Les Paul Trio2:41
Spellbound / Mack David / Miklós RózsaLes Paul feat: Helen Forrest3:05
Everybody Knew But Me / Irving BerlinLes Paul feat: Helen Forrest3:10

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