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October 04, 2009


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Doug Zielke

Look out,Wynton!!!

mort freed

Lord, this is what passes for atonal these days? Arnold Shoenberg's spinnin'! Quite good, though. And what a voice!

John P. Cooper

Artie Shaw - A Man and His Dream.

When I dispose of my Shaw LPs for the new Mosiac set, the above will be one of the albums I will be keeping for cover and the recordings on it.

Someone suggested that perhaps the diaphanously clad damsel is Shaw's or any man's dream.

Under some set of circumstances, the LP was reissued with a different cover and entitled REISSUED BY REQUEST. A marvelous album, it stayed in the catalog for many years and contained several alternate takes which they didn't bother to mention in the liner notes. I only found out recently that I have been listening to the unissued version of SUMMERTIME for the last 45 years.

Great cover, great sides, well programmed = a keeper!

John P. Cooper

Artie Shaw - A Man and His Dream :

I should add that "A Man and His Dream" is the title of one of the recordings from 1939 - a fine song, little heard today, from a Bing Crosby picture.

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