Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Les Paul - V-Disc Recordings

These are jazz-oriented Les Paul Trio recordings from the 1940s, and bear little resemblance to Paul's pop recordings with Mary Ford, lacking vocals and multiple guitar overdubs. This is an important point on an album that leads off with "How High the Moon" in a rendition that is very different from Paul's subsequent hit record. That said, the album contains 24 examples of the trio's jazz prowess, especially its leader's facility for soloing. Most of the tracks last only one or two minutes, but that's enough time for Paul to work fast, interesting variations a series of standards. Everything' s up for grabs, from tune to tempo, and the trio romps through performances that must have amazed the G.I.s who were the first audience for these recordings. Note that this album was mastered from records without any sound improvement, and sometimes the quality suffers for that.
William Ruhlmann

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/v-disc-recordings-mw0000240952

Les Paul
V-Disc Recordings


1 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  2:12
2 Begin the Beguine (Porter)  2:53
3 All of Me (Marks, Simons)  2:53
4 Dark Eyes (Trad.)  2:24
5 I Surrender, Dear (Barris)  1:59
6 Moonglow (DeLange, Hudson, Mills)  1:43
7 If I Love Again (Oakland)  1:08
8 Coquette (Berlin)  1:38
9 Dream Dust (Marcus, Seiler, Wood)  3:16
10 Fine and Dandy (Swift)  2:29
11 I'm in the Mood for Love (Field, McHugh)  1:47
12 Pour Butterfly (Hubbell)  2:38
13 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  1:47
14 It's the Talk of the Town (Livingston, Neiburg, Symes)  2:10
15 I've Found a New Baby (Palmer, Williams)  2:55
16 Why Do I Love You ? (Hammerstein II, Kern)  2:38
17 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard)  1:39
18 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (Creamer, Layton)  1:59
19 This Can't Be Love (Hart, Rodgers)  3:08
20 Up and at 'Em (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:17
21 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin)  1:40
22 Someone to Watch over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  1:11
23 It's Only a Paper Moon (Arlen, Harburg, Rose)  1:26
24 I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me (Gaskill, McHugh)  1:43


Les Paul and His Trio
Les Paul - g
Cal Gooden - g
Hal Dean - p
Bob Meyer - b

Recorded in Hollywood, California ; 1945 [radio transcriptions]

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jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

deGallo said...

Nice!! Thank you.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx Melanchthon - too little of Paul in a jazz context. I'm sorry I missed his Monday gigs in NYC.

guillaume said...

Sorry, I'm new here.. could you please tell where to get the PW ?

der bajazzo said...

A great collection of Les Paul's V Discs.

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

fcapeau said...

Don't know why or how, but i never owned this tracks !!! Many thanks, Mel.

Barron said...

This is fantastic! Thank you very much!

Adrian said...

Thanks a lot for the nice collection.
Please check track nr. 7 If I Love Again for some strange noises.
Thanks again.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Melanchthon said...


hepcat said...

Many thanks, Mel.

AmyBRAINS said...

Great Les Paul's V Discs!!
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

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