The Atomic Mr. Basie

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The Atomic Mr Basie
Studio album by Count Basie and his orchestra
Released 1958
Recorded 21–22 October 1957, at Capitol Studios, New York City.
Genre Swing, Big band
Length 39:30[1]
56:34 (1994 Reissue)
Label Roulette
Producer Teddy Reig
Count Basie and his orchestra chronology
Count Basie at Newport
(1957)
The Atomic Mr. Basie
(1958)
Basie Swings, Bennett Sings
(1959)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/5 stars[3]

The Atomic Mr. Basie (originally called Basie, also known as E=MC2 and reissued in 1994 as The Complete Atomic Mr Basie) is a 1958 album by Count Basie and his orchestra. The album is one of Basie's most famous and is critically acclaimed. Allmusic gave it 5 stars, reviewer Bruce Eder saying "it took Basie's core audience and a lot of other people by surprise, as a bold, forward-looking statement within the context of a big-band recording."[2] It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, Will Fulford-Jones calling it "Basie's last great record."[1] According to acclaimedmusic.net it is the 26th most critically acclaimed of the '50s, the 695th most acclaimed of all time and Basie's most acclaimed album overall.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed and arranged by Neal Hefti except where noted.

Original Release (1958)[5]
No. Title Length
1. "Kid from Red Bank" (Basie, Neal Hefti) 2:38
2. "Duet"   4:10
3. "After Supper"   3:22
4. "Flight of the Foo Birds"   3:21
5. "Double-O"   2:45
6. "Teddy the Toad"   3:40
7. "Whirlybird"   3:46
8. "Midnite Blue"   4:25
9. "Splanky"   3:35
10. "Fantail"   2:50
11. "Lil' Darlin'"   4:47
The Complete Atomic Basie Bonus Tracks (1994)[6]
No. Title Length
12. "Silks and Satins" (Jimmy Mundy) 4:05
13. "Sleepwalker's Serenade (Alternative Take)"   3:37
14. "Sleepwalker's Serenade"   3:39
15. "The Late, Late Show" (Roy Alfred, Murray Berlin) 2:52
16. "The Late, Late Show (Vocal Version)" (Alfred, Berlin) 3:02

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (2008). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Octopus Books, London. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-8440-3624-0. 
  2. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. The Atomic Mr. Basie at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Basie/The Atomic Mr. Basie/The Complete Atomic Basie at Acclaimed Music". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Count Basie at Acclaimed Music". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Count Basie – The Atomic Mr. Basie (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Count Basie – Count Basie – The Complete Atomic Basie (CD, Album, Mono) at Discogs". Retrieved 30 June 2012.