Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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

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.
Richard S. Ginell

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-complete-decca-trios-plus-1936-1947-mw0000030259

Les Paul
The Complete Decca Trios



1 New Dupree Blues (White)  3:04
2 Daddy Let Me Lay It On You (Coleman)  2:43
3 I Just Want Your Stingaree (White)  2:38
4 Black Rider (Jones)  2:27
5 I'll Keep Sittin' On It (If I Can't Sell It) (Hill, Razaf)  2:57
6 Trouble In Mind (Jones)  2:36
7 Just Because (Chappalear, Attlesey)  2:54
8 Answer To Just Because (Chappalear, Attlesey)  2:50
9 Deep Elem Blues #2 (Attlesey, Attlesey)  2:56
10 Deep Elem Blues (Attlesey, Attlesey)  2:55
11 Cindy (trad.)   2:22
12 The Filipino Hombre (trad.)  2:43
13 Dream Dust [prev. unreleased] (Seiler, Marcus, Wood)  3:02
14 Begin The Beguine (Porter)  3:03
15 Dark Eyes (trad.)  2:31
16 Blue Skies [prev. unreleased] (Berlin)  2:38
17 Blue Skies (Berlin)  2:37
18 Begin The Beguine (Porter)  3:01
19 Dream Dust (Seiler, Marcus, Wood)  2:53
20 Dark Eyes (trad.)  2:41
21 It's Been A Long, Long Time (Cahn, Styne)  2:58
22 Whose Dream Are You ? (Willson)  3:15
23 Hawaiian Paradise (Owens)  3:04
24 My Isle Of Golden Dreams (Kahn, Blaufuss)  Trio 2:43
25 Spellbound (Davis, Rozna)  3:08
26 Everybody Knew But Me [prev. unreleased] (Berlin)  3:10


Cd. 2

1 Baby, What You Do To Me (George, James, Newman)  2:29
2 Everybody Knew But Me (Berlin)  3:14
3 Song Of The Islands (King)  Trio 2:56
4 Sweet Leilani (Owens)  Trio 3:00
5 King's Serenade (King)  Trio 2:49
6 To You Sweetheart Aloha (Owens)  Trio 2:47
7 Sweet Hawaiian Moonlight (Klickman, Frost)  Trio 2:54
8 Aloha Oe (Liliuokalami)  2:50
9 Pretending (Sherman, Symes)  Trio 2:42
10 Gotta Get Me Somebody To Love (Wrubel)  Trio 3:09
11 A One Sided Affair (Worth)  2:46
12 What Would It Take ? (Whitney, Kramer)  2:56
13 Rumors Are Flying (Benjamin, Weiss)  2:56
14 It's A Pity To Say Goodnight (Reid)  2:43
15 Steel Guitar Rag (McAuliffe, Travis, Stone)  2:55
16 Guitar Boogie
[prev. unreleased] (Smith)  Trio 3:37
17 Guitar Boogie (Smith)  2:29
18 Caravan [prev. unreleased] (Ellington, Tizol)  2:33
19 Somebody Loves Me
[prev. unreleased] (Gershwin, DeSylva, MacDonald)  3:04
20 Gotta Get Me Somebody To Love ? (Wrubel)  2:52
21 What Am I Gonna Do About You ? (Cahn, Styne)  2:59
22 Drifting And Dreaming (Alstyne, Schmidt, Curtis, Gillespie)  2:59
23 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve ? (Loesser)  2:26
24 My Future Just Passed (Whiting, Marion Jr.)  2:49


Featuring Les Paul, Bing Crosby, Terry Shand, Cal Gooden, Georgia White, Bob Meyer, Dick Haymes, Jud DeNaut, Walter Wechsler, Tom Todd, Laverne Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Patty Andrews, Abe Siegel, Clint Nordquist, Bob Armstrong, Helen Forrest, Irv Kluger, Clint Neagley, Bob Lawson, etc.

Recorded in Chicago, New York & Hollywood ; between May 11, 1936 & July 25, 194

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zorro said...

Thank you. Very good stuff
And thanks also for the zippyshare links

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Always Complete/ Thanks a lot

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

jose salazar said...

please what is the pw?
thank you very much

Steve Rydzewski said...

Hello Mel. My first time here and what a great site! But I'd love you to PLEASE re-up this Les Paul Collection. Thank you so much. – SteveR, Phila., PA

Melanchthon said...


Cd. 1
Cd. 2

musician3 said...

AMAZING...............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

jm said...

My dominant feelings at this moment: startled enlightenment, awed thanks!

deGallo said...

Not one of my favorite guitar players but I do like it nonetheless. Thank you.

stringbender said...

Many thanks!

stringbender said...

Many thanks!

lucky5 said...

Many thanks, Mel!

Anonymous said...

links are dead, Mel!
any chance of re-uploading this gem? thanks!