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Les Paul/Les Paul & Mary Ford/Mary Ford: The Complete US & UK Hits 1945-1961 *

Track List

>It's Been a Long Long Time
>Rumors Are Flying
>Lover
>Brazil
>What Is This Thing Called Love
>Nola
>Goofus
>Tennessee Waltz
>Little Rock Getaway
>Mockin' Bird Hill
>How High the Moon
>I Wish I Had Never Seen Sunshine
>Josephine
>World Is Waiting for the Sunrise, The
>Whispering
>Just One More Chance
>Jazz Me Blues
>Jingle Bells
>Tiger Rag
>I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
>Carioca
>In the Good Old Summertime
>Smoke Rings
>Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me
>Meet Mister Callaghan
>My Baby's Coming Home
>Lady of Spain
>Bye Bye Blues
>I'm Sitting on Top of the World
>Sleep
>Vaya con Dios (May God Be with You)
>Johnny (Is the Boy for Me)
>Don'cha Hear Them Bells
>Kangaroo, The
>I Really Don't Want to Know
>South
>I'm a Fool to Care
>Auctioneer
>Whither Thou Goest
>Mandolino
>Song in Blue
>Someday Sweetheart
>No Letter Today
>Humming Bird
>Amukiriki (the Lord Willing)
>Magic Melody
>Texas Lady
>Mack the Knife (Moritat)
>Nuevo Laredo
>Cimarron (Roll On)
>Cinco Robles (Five Oaks)
>Put a Ring on My Finger
>Jealous Heart
>It's Been a Long, Long Time
>Jura (I Swear I Love You)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Paul Watts.

This comprehensive two-disc set from Britain's Acrobat label features 55 tracks from guitar pioneer Les Paul and his wife, vocalist Mary Ford. Paul got his start as a jazz guitarist in the 1940s and can be heard here accompanying both Bing Crosby ("It's Been a Long Long Time") and the Andrews Sisters ("Rumors Are Flying") before moving on to the more experimental sounds that earned him acclaim throughout the latter part of the decade and the '50s. His groundbreaking use of multi-tracking and tape manipulation inspired the otherworldly sound of instrumental solo tracks like "Brazil" and "Nola." Beginning in 1948, the duo of Les Paul & Mary Ford were a major force on the pop charts, with Ford's dulcet voice often stacked in impressive multi-tracked harmonies while Paul handled all of the accompaniment with a multitude of cascading guitar parts and tones. The Complete US & UK Hits 1945-1961 features their best-known hits, like "Tennessee Waltz," "How High the Moon," and "Mockingbird Hill," along with a host of other duet and instrumental tracks from their prime years together. ~ Timothy Monger



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