The Atomic Mr. Basie

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The Atomic Mr. Basie
The Complete Atomic Basie.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1958 (1958)
Recorded21–22 October 1957
StudioCapitol Studios
New York City
GenreSwing, big band
56:34 (1994 Reissue)
ProducerTeddy Reig
Count Basie and his orchestra chronology
Count Basie at Newport
The Atomic Mr. Basie
Count Basie Presents Eddie Davis Trio + Joe Newman
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[3]

The Atomic Mr. Basie (originally called Basie, also known as E=MC2 and reissued in 1994 as The Complete Atomic 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 Acclaimed Music, it is the 6th most critically acclaimed album of 1958, the 25rd most acclaimed of the 1950s, and the 837th most acclaimed of all time, based on an aggregation of hundreds of critics' lists from around the world.[4]


The album won Best Jazz Performance, Group and Best Performance by a Dance Band awards at the 1st Annual Grammy Awards.[5]

Track listing[edit]

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

Original Release (1958)[6]
1."Kid from Red Bank" (Basie, Neal Hefti)2:38
3."After Supper"3:22
4."Flight of the Foo Birds"3:21
6."Teddy the Toad"3:40
8."Midnite Blue"4:25
11."Lil' Darlin'"4:47
The Complete Atomic Basie Bonus Tracks (1994)[7]
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



  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". Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Count Basie at Acclaimed Music". Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  5. ^ "1958 Grammy Winners". Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Count Basie – The Atomic Mr. Basie (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Count Basie – Count Basie – The Complete Atomic Basie (CD, Album, Mono) at Discogs". Retrieved 30 June 2012.