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Swingle Singers - Greatest Hits FLAC album

Performer: Swingle Singers
Genre: Jazz / Classical music
Title: Greatest Hits
Country: Netherlands
Released: 1979
Style: Baroque, Swing
FLAC version ZIP size: 1802 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1987 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1821 mb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 134

Bach's Greatest Hits (released as Jazz Sébastien Bach in France) is the debut album released by the Paris-based Swingle Singers. The album was a 1963 Grammy award winner for "Best Performance by a Chorus" and the group also won the 1963 Grammy award for "Best New Artist". All tracks from the album are included on the CD reissue, compilation Jazz Sebastian Bach (together with all tracks from 1968's Jazz Sébastien Bach Vol. 2) and on the 11 disk Philips boxed set Swingle Singers.

Swingle Singers ‎– Greatest Hits. Label: Philips ‎– 9279 029. Series: Success Series –. Format: Cassette, Album, Compilation, Stereo. Country: Netherlands.

New", in the sense that the Swingle Singers started out, in their original, Paris-based layout around the group's founder Ward Swingle and in 1963, with a chart-making Bach album, "Jazz Sébastien Bach" (published in the US under the title "Bach's Greatest Hits"), followed in 1968 by a sequel, "Jazz Sébastien Bach volume 2", "Back to Bach"). I guess the Swingles had left very few of Bach's greatest "hits" untapped in their albums from the 1960s, and in fact some of those they sing here were already in the earlier albums: Badinerie from Orchestral Suite No. 2 (Anyone For Mozart, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi?), Air on a G string from Orchestral Suite No. 3 (in the Jazz Sebastian Bach.

The original, Paris-based Swingle Singers, the vocal octet founded in 1962 by the American Ward Swingle (born in Mobile, Alabama), had specialized in a style more or less invented by Swingle: scatting the great hits of the classical composers. By 1969, Swingle and his group felt the need to do something else and widen their scope, and this album is the result. It manifests both change and permanence.

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A1 Largo
A2 Badinerie
A3 Air
A4 Chorale
A5 Allegro
A6 Prelude In F
B1 Prelude For Organ Choral
B2 Aria
B3 Bourrée
B4 Fugue In D
B5 Sinfonia
B6 Prelude In A


  • Arranged By, Adapted By – Ward Swingle
  • Composed By – Georg Friedrich Händel (tracks: A3, A5), Johann Sebastian Bach (tracks: A1-A2, A4, A6-B6)
  • Photography By – Phonogram/Jacques Aubert*


A1: Largo from Harpsichord Concerto in F minor
A2: Badinerie from Suite in B minor
A3: Air from Harpsichord Suite in E
A4: Chorale from Cantata "Herz un Mund und Tat und Leben"
A5: Allegro from Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 4
A6: Prelude in F from the Well-tempered Clavier, 2nd book
Ⓟ 1968: 4, 6; 1964: 1, 2, 3, 5

B1: Prelude for Organ Choral No. 1
B2: Aria from Suite in D
B3: Bourrée from English Suite No. 2
B4: Fugue in D from the Well-tempered Clavier 1nd book
B5: Sinfonia from Partita No. 2
B6: Prelude in A from the Well-tempered Clavier, 1nd book
Ⓟ 1964: 1, 2, 3, 5; 1968: 4, 6

Side 1 & 2: Ed. Tutti

Manufactured under licence from Phonogram International by RTB Records Yugoslavia

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: SOKOJ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Inscription Side A): LP 5963 A 27879
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Inscription Side B): LP 5963 B 27879
  • Other (Central Label (A and B side)): I - 3 ooo

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
9279 029 Swingle Singers* Greatest Hits ‎(Cass, Album, Comp) Philips 9279 029 Netherlands 1979
LP 5963, 9279 029 Swingle Singers* Greatest Hits ‎(LP, Comp, RE) PGP RTB, Philips LP 5963, 9279 029 Yugoslavia Unknown
9279 029 Swingle Singers* Greatest Hits ‎(LP, Comp) Philips 9279 029 Netherlands 1979
9279 029 The Swingle Singers* Greatest Hits ‎(LP, Comp) Philips 9279 029 Italy Unknown