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Feet Draggin' Blues '44 -'47

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Download links and information about Feet Draggin' Blues '44 -'47 by Harry James. This album was released in 1999 and it belongs to Jazz, Pop genres. It contains 20 tracks with total duration of 01:13:33 minutes.

Artist: Harry James
Release date: 1999
Genre: Jazz, Pop
Tracks: 20
Duration: 01:13:33
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. I'm Beginning to See the Light 3:17
2. I'm Confessin' 3:25
3. I Wish I Knew 3:26
4. Friar Rock 3:28
5. Who's Sorry Now 3:33
6. The Beaumont Ride 3:19
7. Do You Love Me 2:52
8. Easy 2:48
9. Keb-Lah 3:22
10. Moten Swing 6:21
11. Feet Draggin' Blues - Parts 1 & 2 6:28
12. Stella By Starlight 3:12
13. East Coast Blues 3:16
14. The Last Mile 3:25
15. Blue Turning Grey Over You 3:00
16. Cotton Tail 2:51
17. Pagan Love Song 3:11
18. Vine Street Blues - Parts 1 & 2 6:10
19. Redigal Jump 2:57
20. September Song 3:12

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Feet Draggin' Blues, 1944-1947 showcases 20 songs by Harry James and his band. The band is occasionally accompanied by a large string section, and the album features several tracks recorded by his small groups. The strings and the accompanying heavy James vibrato is employed for such ballads as the hauntingly beautiful "Stella by Starlight." The hot stuff is seen mostly on tunes arranged and composed with Ray Conniff, like "Friar Rock" where the James vibrato is far less conspicuous. Conniff was doing the bulk of the arranging at this time and there is a hint of the style he later adopted when leading his own band, but fortunately for James, at this point in time, Conniff's arrangements were still interesting. The small group is heard on such numbers as "I'm Confessin." That James had at least a feel for the blues is shown on "East Coast Blues."

During this period, James' bands were, as usual, loaded with top-flight musicians and most of them are heard soloing. Willie Smith is not only heard on alto, but he sings on "Who's Sorry Now." Other outstanding individual efforts come from Corky Corcoran, Juan Tizol, Babe Russin, and a rare introduction by guitarist Allan Reuss on "I'm Beginning to See the Light," where Kitty Kallen is featured on vocals. Even in the early 40s there is a premonition of what was to come with the Basie-like "Easy." This album is an excellent cross section of what a very popular band was doing during the middle 1940s.