With Strings: In a Romantic Mood + Soft Sands
Essential Jazz Classics
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3-LP on 2-CD Plus 4 BONUS TRACKS
This release compiles, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON A SINGLE SET, Oscar Peterson’s earliest recordings as a leader backed by a string orchestra. Featured here are the complete albums "In a Romantic Mood" (Verve MGV-2002), "Soft Sands" (Verve MGV-2079), and "Buddy DeFranco and Oscar Peterson Play the George Gershwin Song Book" (Verve MGV-2022). This collection also contains the only two existing alternate takes from the sessions, and, as a bonus, an extremely rare complete Buddy Rich date, which presents the drummer solely in the role of vocalist, backed by Oscar Petreson and string.
OSCAR PETERSON, piano on all tracks, plus:
CD 1 [1-12]: IN A ROMANTIC MOOD
Orchestra & Strings conducted by RUSSELL GARCIA.
Los Angeles, December 30, 1955.
CD 1 [13-24]: SOFT SANDS
Orchestra & Strings conducted by BUDDY BREGMAN
(Oscar Peterson also sings on 14, 18, 22 & 24.)
Los Angeles, March 28 & July 31, 1957.
CD 2 [1-12]: BUDDY DeFRANCO & OSCAR PETERSON PLAY THE GEORGE GERSWIN SONG BOOK
BUDDY DeFRANCO, clarinet
HERB ELLIS, guitar
RAY BROWN, bass
string & wind orchestra conducted and arranged by RUSSELL GARCIA.
Los Angeles, December 6 & 7, 1954.
BONUS TRACKS CD 2 [13-16]:
Orchestra & Strings conducted by Howard Gibeling.
Featuring BUDDY RICH, vocals & OSCAR PETERSON, piano.
Los Angeles, January 26, 1955.
INCLUDES 20-PAGE BOOKLET
CD 1: Total Time: 72:43
02 Stars Fell On Alabama
03 Black Coffee
05 The Boy Next Door
06 Our Waltz
08 I Thought About You
09 I Only Have Eyes For You
10 Stella By Starlight
11 A Sunday Kind Of Love
12 It Could Happen To You
13 Soft Sands
14 On The Outside Looking In
15 It Happens Every Spring
17 You Took Advantage Of Me
18 Why, Oh Why
19 Song To The Stars
21 I’ve Never Left Your Arms
22 I Can’t Get Started
23 Dream On A Summer Night
CD 2: Total Time: 63:54
01 I Wants To Stay Here
02 I Was Doing All Right
03 ‘S Wonderful
04 Bess, You Is My Woman Now
05 Strike Up The Band
06 They Can’t Take That Away From Me
07 The Man I Love
08 I Got Rhythm
09 Someone To Watch Over Me
10 It Ain’t Necessarily So
11 I Wants To Stay Here (A.T)
12 Someone To Watch Over Me (A.T)
13 Everything Happens To Me
14 Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
15 Sure Thing 16 Glad To Be Unhappy