The Atomic Mr. Basie

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. 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] It was voted number 411 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).[6] According to Acclaimed Music, it is the 6th most critically acclaimed album of 1958, the 25th 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.[7]

The Atomic Mr. Basie
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1958 (1958)
Recorded21–22 October 1957
StudioCapitol[i] (New York)
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
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[3]
Tom HullA–[5]


The album won Best Jazz Performance, Group and Best Performance by a Dance Band awards at the 1st Annual Grammy Awards.[8]

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed and arranged by Neal Hefti, except where indicated.

Original Release (1958)[9]
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."Li'l Darlin'"4:47
The Complete Atomic Basie Bonus Tracks (1994)[10]
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


Notes and referencesEdit


  1. ^ Basie's session for the Atomic album was at Capitol Studios Studio A (Capitol Records, Inc.), located in the Theater District, Midtown Manhattan, on the first floor (one floor up) in the Eaves Building at 151 West 46th Street. The Eaves Costume Company occupied the ground floor. (The Sound Studies Reader, Jonathan Sterne, ed., Routledge, 2012, pps. 310–311; OCLC 916524063)


  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. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  5. ^ Hull, Tom (n.d.). "Essential Jazz Albums of the 1950s". Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  6. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (2006). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 153. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  7. ^ "Count Basie at Acclaimed Music". Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  8. ^ "1958 Grammy Winners". Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  9. ^ "Count Basie – The Atomic Mr. Basie (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Count Basie – Count Basie – The Complete Atomic Basie (CD, Album, Mono) at Discogs". Retrieved 30 June 2012.