Ken Burns JAZZ Collection: Benny Goodman

  • BENNY GOODMAN: KEN BURNS JAZZ: BENNY GOODMAN: 2000: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A 22 song- 77 minute overview of The King Of Swing- Benny Goodman’s career. I am by no means an expert on Goodman or any jazz artist- are any Goodman essential tracks missing? Are these the best recordings? I don’t know but it sounds good to me.

A series of black-and-white images of the Beatles with the colors inversed

  • THE BEATLES: LET IT BE..NAKED: 2003: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: In my mind when I hear Let It Be- it will always be the original album produced by Phil Spector since I have heard that version hundreds of times over the years- but this version which strips off the Spector overproduction sounds better. The Beatles were fortunate during their careers to be surrounded by good people- you have to wonder at the end how did Phil Spector and Allan B. Klein especially- become involved? Spector was great working with artists of lesser talent- he never had anyone close to The Beatles before- or after. Dig It and Maggie Mae from the original are omitted- and Don’t Let Me Down- which was the b-side of Get Back- and a fantastic song- added.


The Civil War [Original TV Soundtrack]

  • KEN BURNS CIVIL WAR SOUNDTRACK: 1990: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: While driving around the battlefield at Gettysburg had to play the outstanding Burns soundtrack to his famous series as background music. He may have had some errors in the series but the soundtrack is perfect.