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Perfect Swing: Lively Jazz Swing Bands Of The 1930s & 40s

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For such a short and innocuous a word, ‘Swing’ packs quite a punch! You’ll find the music style perfectly demonstrated on this album by many adept artists including Benny Carter, Woody Herman, Harry James, Jimmie Lunceford, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington.
“What a joy to listen to Past Perfect’s ‘Perfect Swing’ and ‘Perfect Big Bands’ collections. Not only do they mix popular favourites with occasional rarities, but the clarity of reproduction is startling. They keep Past Perfect as one of the world’s leaders in sound restoration.” Malcolm Laycock
‘ve been listening to this music to help me get to sleep for the past 2 months. Never gets old! Swing was definitely king.” Jay B

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  1. Sunday Benny Carter 0:30
  2. Ain't She Sweet Jimmie Lunceford 0:30
  3. Exactly Like You Teddy Wilson 0:30
  4. Topsy Count Basie 0:30
  5. At The Woodchoppers Ball Woody Herman 0:30
  6. Air Mail Special Benny Goodman 0:30
  7. Music Makers Harry James 0:30
  8. Exposition Swing Duke Ellington 0:30
  9. Lindy Hop Lil Armstrong & Her Swing Band 0:30
  10. Good Queen Bess Johnny Hodges 0:30
  11. The Jumpin' Jive Cab Calloway 0:30
  12. Deep River Tommy Dorsey 0:30
  13. Flying Home Lionel Hampton 0:30
  14. Wham Glenn Miller 0:30
  15. Blue Skies John Kirby 0:30
  16. Wednesday Night Hop Andy Kirk & His Clouds Of Joy 0:30
  17. Swing That Music Louis Armstrong 0:30
  18. Oh ! Lady Be Good Artie Shaw 0:30
  19. Major And Minor Stomp Jimmy Dorsey 0:30
  20. Indiana Earl Hines 0:30
  21. It Can Happen To You Red Norvo 0:30
  22. Skyliner Charlie Barnet 0:30
  23. The Eel Bud Freeman & His Summa Cum Laude Orchestra 0:30
  24. Wrappin' It Up Benny Goodman 0:30


  • Comprehensive Booklet Notes
  • A Collection of Classic Swing
  • Original Cover Art By Philip Castle
  • Lively, Danceable Beats
  • Duke Ellington & Benny Goodman
  • 24 Swinging Remastered Tracks
  • “Kudos to Perfect Swing folks for this series. Your selection of music and quality of sound is nothing but first rate. Many young people would never hear this anywhere else. Cheers!” Greg Smith

Perfect Swing For so short and innocuous a word, ‘swing’ packs quite a punch. Although the heyday of swing music was more than half a century ago, even a passing reference to ‘swing’ can beam up images of lively jitterbuggers, crowded dance pavilions, and those beacons of the past, the big bands, endlessly active, instruments glinting in the ballroom spotlight.
Of course, to lovers of between-the-wars jazz, swing is far more than a portmanteau term for a musical style. But try to get a fan or indeed, a critic to define what they mean by swing and you tend to get a response which echoes Fats Waller’s famous dictum: “If you have to ask, you’ll never know. Writer Gene Lees’ was a touch more helpful when he wrote that ‘the verb describing what the music was supposed to do turned into a noun to identify it: swing.’ In time, press agents made this a show business construct, employing ‘swing’ as useful shorthand for the music made by the myriad touring big bands (and their smaller offshoots) which – sparked by Benny Goodman’s extraordinary breakthrough at the Los Angeles Palomar Ballroom in August 1936 – sprang up all over the United States.


2 reviews for Perfect Swing: Lively Jazz Swing Bands Of The 1930s & 40s

  1. BBC Radio 2

    What a joy to listen to Perfect Swing! Popular favourites are mixed with rarities, and the clarity of reproduction is startling.

  2. Mr MS, Australia

    We saw your advertisement in This England magazine and accordingly knew this was very much what we had been looking for. Thanks again for your delightfully prompt service

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