Studio Recordings 1951 53

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Review Text Since the Billy May approach to arranging was often capable of blowing all but the strongest vocalists out of the room, a collection of his studio orchestra's unaccompanied recordings is welcome indeed. The two-disc set Studio Recordings 1951-1953 reissues 50 sides, most of them closer to big-band jazz than the type of easy-listening pop churned out by Jackie Gleason or Ray Conniff. May's arranging chops were unparalleled, and he compensates for the lack of vocals by adding plenty of parts for the more lyrical of his orchestra voices. Standards from the American songbook, such as "Lulu's Back in Town" and "When I Take My Sugar to Tea," make for most of the highlights, though originals like "Mayhem" and "Fat Man Boogie" illustrate that May's composer skills were impressive as well. ~ John Bush

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CD: 1

  1. 1. All of Me - 3:17
  2. 2. My Silent Love - 3:13
  3. 3. If I Had You - 3:26
  4. 4. Lulu's Back in Town - 3:19
  5. 5. When My Sugar Walks Down the Street - 3:50
  6. 6. Fat Man Boogie - 3:02
  7. 7. Lean, Baby - 3:16
  8. 8. I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans - 3:56
  9. 9. Charmaine - 3:05
  10. 10. Orchids in the Moonlight - 2:26
  11. 11. When I Take My Sugar to Tea - 3:51
  12. 12. There Is No Greater Love - 3:37
  13. 13. Unforgettable - 3:39
  14. 14. Silver and Gold - 3:47
  15. 15. Always - 3:53
  16. 16. My Last Affair - 3:43
  17. 17. When Your Lover Has Gone - 3:16
  18. 18. Please Be Kind - 3:34
  19. 19. Mayhem - 3:47
  20. 20. You're Driving Me Crazy - 3:00
  21. 21. Perfidia - 3:02
  22. 22. Diane - 2:21
  23. 23. Tenderly - 2:28
  24. 24. Hello Out There - 3:01
  25. 25. Memphis in June - 3:07

CD: 2

  1. 26. When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano - 2:28
  2. 27. Love Is Just Around the Corner - 3:57
  3. 28. Easy Street - 3:51
  4. 29. Honest and Truly - 3:49
  5. 30. Gin and Tonic - 3:43
  6. 31. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) - 3:40
  7. 32. Cute Piece of Property - 3:44
  8. 33. Driftwood - 2:06
  9. 34. Do You Ever Think of Me - 3:33
  10. 35. Cocktails for Two - 3:32
  11. 36. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails - 3:42
  12. 37. Little Brown Jug - 2:27
  13. 38. Makin' Whoopee - 3:11
  14. 39. Let's Put Out the Lights and Go to Sleep - 2:24
  15. 40. You and the Night and the Music - 3:11
  16. 41. Cheek to Cheek - 3:37
  17. 42. Bacchanalia - 2:21
  18. 43. From the Land of Sky Blue Water - 3:53
  19. 44. Gone With the Wind - 3:42
  20. 45. Good Gravy - 3:48
  21. 46. Comin' Thru the Rye - 2:13
  22. 47. Romance - 2:09
  23. 48. Street of Dreams - 3:06
  24. 49. Dixieland Band - 2:25
  25. 50. Cool Water - 2:04

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Release Date
9/2/03 

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