Wednesday 25 September 2013

Vinyl Feature: Artie Shaw And His Orchestra ‎- did someone say "a Party?"

Clarinet player extraordinaire, composer, and bandleader Artie Shaw released this wonderful album of his typical swing style band music in 1956. It was produced by the Decca Record Company and Ace of Hearts Records as a mono album and my copy says it was printed in England by James Upton Ltd. Birmingham & London.

Front of Cover

The cover features a “pin-up” drawing of the “Petty Girl” by artist George Petty who was well known for his portraits of young ladies for Esquire Magazine between 1933 and 1956 as well as numerous calendars and other publications. Often reproductions of his drawings could be found decorating warplanes during the Second World War.

Back of Cover

Artie Shaw was known for being a perfectionist and in 1954 he actually stopped playing the clarinet in public stating it was because of his own perfectionism and that "I have taken the clarinet as far as anyone can possibly go. To continue playing would be a disservice.” He continued to write and direct and in 1981 he started a new Artie Shaw band with Dick Johnson playing clarinet, directing and playing solo although Artie Shaw did guest direct on occasion.

Side 1.
1 They Can't Take That Away From Me
2 My Funny Valentine
3 September Song
4 I'll Be Seeing You
5 Long Ago (And Far Away)
6 All The Things You Are
Side 2.
1 It Could Happen To You
2 These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
3 I Remember You
4 That Old Black Magic
5 More Than You Know
6 In The Still Of The Night

Artie Shaw music on Amazon

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