(2011) The Human Orchestra

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... read moreThe Human Orchestra, which featured 16 tracks by pre-rock & roll black vocal groups from the 1930s and 1940s, was originally released as an LP in 1985 by a Swedish label. This two-disc set takes the original 16-track archival collection and adds 34 additional tracks from the same era to come up with...

02:16′:40″ 50 Songs

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Mr Ghost Goes To Town
3:03
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My Walking Stick
2:21
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Oh! Mabel Oh!
2:37
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Dixie Rhythm
2:36
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Suntan Baby Brown
2:40
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Swingin' At The Cotton Club
2:27
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Minute And Hour Blues
2:35
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Kickin' The Gong Around
3:10
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Jungle Fever
3:07
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Wah Dee Dah
2:58
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Swingin' On The Strings
2:37
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Moonglow
2:44
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Hambone Am Sweet
3:02
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Za Zu Swing
2:09
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Pickin' A Rib
2:43
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Let The Party Go On
2:39
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Fool That I Am
2:58
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Somebody Stole Gabriels Horn
2:59
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Basin Street Blues
2:53
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Fit As A Fiddle
2:26
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Jitterbug Sadie
2:39
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That's The Rhythm
2:39
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I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
2:59
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Dirt Dishing Daisy
3:47
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Just A Jitterbug
2:45
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I’D Rather Drink Muddy Water
2:48
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Heebie Jeebies
2:35
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That Doggone Dog Of Mine
2:50
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My Sugar Walks Down The Street
2:21
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Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
2:19
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That’S On Jack That’S On
2:31
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Its Sleepy Time In Hawaii
3:15
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My Buddy Blues
2:52
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Return, Gal Of Mine
2:44
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I Miss You So
2:48
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I’M Through
3:10
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Love Grows On The White Oak Tree
2:23
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Somebody Loses, Somebody Wins
3:07
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Sweet Lousie
2:55
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Swinging At The Candy Store
2:27
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Swing Out Uncle Wilson
2:36
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The Jive Is Jumpin’
2:28
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I Like Pie, I Like Cake
2:50
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Nuts To You
2:31
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“Murder” He Says
2:30
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Hit That Jive Jack
2:25
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Milk Shake Stand
2:55
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Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer
2:53
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Rosie The Riveter
2:22
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Ooh Look A There Ain’T She Pretty
2:32
Released 12 August 2011, ℗ Jasmine Records

Review

The Human Orchestra, which featured 16 tracks by pre-rock & roll black vocal groups from the 1930s and 1940s, was originally released as an LP in 1985 by a Swedish label. This two-disc set takes the original 16-track archival collection and adds 34 additional tracks from the same era to come up with a fascinating survey of jump and jive black vocal acts, many of which were capable of approximating an orchestra with their voices. Among the gems here (all recorded between 1932 and 1947) are sides cut by the Mills Brothers, the Ink Spots, the Five Jones Boys, the Four Blackbirds, the Three Keys, and the Four Clefs , among many others, and these exciting and revealing performances clearly prefigure the later street-corner harmonies of the doo wop era. ~ Steve Leggett