The Mills Brothers, sometimes billed as The Four Mills Brothers, and originally known as The Four Kings of Harmony, were an African-American jazz and pop vocal quartet of the 20th century who made more than 2,000 recordings that combined sold more than 50 million copies, and garnered at least three dozen gold records. The Mills Brothers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.
The name Mills Brothers tends to conjure up in most minds the schmaltzy sounds of romantic commercialized recordings from the 1950's and 60's. The real Mills Brothers music can be found in these recordings from the 1930's. Here they are singing much more pure jazz arrangements of the standards, only it's from an era before they knew these would become standards. The voices are exquisite, and you can often be fooled into thinking that they have a band behind them, but excepting a tenor guitar, all the bass, tuba, trombone and trumpet sounds you hear are staright from the throats and the soul of the Mills Brothers - John, Harry, Donald and Herbert. These recordings are arranged chronologically from the late 20's to the end of the 30's. Musical guests include Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald. I first heard their version of Sweet Sue about 30 years ago, and I went crazy trying to track down more material from this period. It took me nearly 20 years to collect all of these recordings, and now they are available in one neat little package at a low budget price. I see this as an essential item in any jazz lovers collection, you'll discover a world of vocals you might never have been aware of....
Personnel includes: The Mills Brothers; Bing Crosby, The Boswell Sisters, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Dick Powell, Alice Faye, Ella Fitzgerald, The Mills Brothers recorded most of their popular material -- and all of their most innovative sides -- during the 1930s, making this five-disc JSP collection a treasure trove for fans of tight harmony vocal music.
CD1 - 21 tracks
CD2 - 23 tracks
CD3 - 23 tracks
CD4 - 24 tracks
CD5 - 25 tracks