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  • Audio CD (1 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Retrospective
  • ASIN: B003UFMK3W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Love Is the Sweetest ThingAl Bowlly 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Time on My HandsAl Bowlly 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Lady of SpainAl Bowlly 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Lazy DayAl Bowlly 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Hang Out the Stars in IndianaAl Bowlly 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Sweet and LovelyAl Bowlly 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Got a Date with an AngelAl Bowlly 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. GuiltyAl Bowlly 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Hold My HandAl Bowlly 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. I Was TrueAl Bowlly 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. By the FiresideAl Bowlly 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. We've got the Moon and SixpenceAl Bowlly 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Sailin' on the Robert E. LeeAl Bowlly 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. I Can't Write the WordsAl Bowlly 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Lying in the HayAl Bowlly 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Maybe It's Because I Love You Too MuchAl Bowlly 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. The Old Spinning-WheelAl Bowlly 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Roll Up the CarpetAl Bowlly 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Love Locked OutAl Bowlly 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Night and DayAl Bowlly 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. My Hat's on the Side of My HeadAl Bowlly 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Close Your EyesAl Bowlly 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. You Ought to See Sally on SundayAl Bowlly 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. I'll String Along with YouAl Bowlly 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Over My ShoulderAl Bowlly 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. The Very Thought of YouAl Bowlly 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. When You've Got a Little Springtime in Your HeartAl Bowlly 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. I Never Had a ChanceAl Bowlly 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. JudyAl Bowlly 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The Isle of CapriAl Bowlly 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Blue MoonAl Bowlly 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. My Melancholy BabyAl Bowlly 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Paris in the SpringAl Bowlly 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Top Hat, White Tie and TailsAl Bowlly 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Dinner for One Please, JamesAl Bowlly 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. The Touch of Your LipsAl Bowlly 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Easy to LoveAl Bowlly 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. I've Got You Under My SkinAl Bowlly 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Where the Lazy River Goes ByAl Bowlly 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Bei Mir Bist du SchoenAl Bowlly 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. MarieAl Bowlly 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Moonlight on the HighwayAl Bowlly 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Sweet as a SongAl Bowlly 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Mama, I Wanna Make RhythmAl Bowlly 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Music, Maestro, Please!Al Bowlly 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Penny SerenadeAl Bowlly 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Two Sleepy PeopleAl Bowlly 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. DreamingAl Bowlly 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. It Was a Lover and His LassAl Bowlly 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. When That Man Is Dead and GoneAl Bowlly, Jimmy Mesene 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Goodnight, SweetheartAl Bowlly 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Nov. 2010
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If you tap in "Al Bowlly" on Amazon you'll find over 100 albums on offer, of which you probably own a number already. So you may well ask why should you add this to your collection? The short answer is because of the quality of Alan Bunting's remastering, which is as good as I've heard, and enables every nuance of the words and music to be appreciated to the full. It's claimed to be "His 51 Finest", but to cover the period 1931 to 1941 without including a single Roy Fox recording strikes me as perverse.

Amazon shows only the song titles, which is an insufficient guide. On the first CD, tracks 1 to 5, 7 to 13, 16 to 19, and 21 to 25 are by Ray Noble with the NMDO, as are tracks 1, 2, 4 & 25 on CD 2, 5 to 13 being by his US orchestra. Filling in the gaps, on CD 1 tracks 6 & 20 are by Carroll Gibbons & the SHO, 14 & 15 are by Lew Stone (as are tracks 16, 18 & 19 on CD 2) and Monia Liter on piano accompanies track 26 on CD 1 and track 3 on CD 2. To complete CD 2, tracks 14, 15 and 22 are by Ronnie Munro, track 17 is with the Crooner's Choir, tracks 20 & 21 are by Geraldo, track 23 is with Ken "Snakehips Johnson, and track 24 is with Jimmy Mesene.

Thus the emphasis is very much on Ray Noble, with 24 recordings by the NMDO and nine by his US orchestra, and the compilation is topped and tailed by two of the most reissued song in the Al Bowlly canon. So there's a fair amount of duplication, not least with the Vocalion and Rathbone series, which in these straitened times is an important factor. But it's attractively packaged, with a good track listing, and a potted bio by Peter Dempsey, so if you can stretch to it I guarantee you'll not be disappointed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia Sidery on 9 Nov. 2010
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I think purchasing this cd is the best thing ever. Although, I am young at age I am a fun of Al Bowlly and I always wanted to buy a cd that will have most of my favourite songs. This includes all of my favourites! Also the high quality of the sound, gives you the sense that it was recorded just yesterday! Thumbs up for Al Bowlly's '51 finests'!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Webb on 7 Jan. 2012
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All the best known ones and quite a few I've never heard before, in a good quality affordable package. Nostalgia at its best!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By happy sam on 5 April 2013
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On a lovely summer afternoon, what could be better than sitting in the garden, a glass of something in your hand and listening to Al's voice singing on the breeze. A timeless pleasure indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Dec. 2011
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I bought this cd for my Dad and he absolutely loves it thankyou Amazon for making an 80yr old very happy this Christmas. I will be back again in the future for more purchases as i am sure Dad has a long list of singers from this era that he will want me to try to get for him and now i know where to come to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fan on 6 Nov. 2011
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They don't write them like this anymore. More's the pity. However, it is nice to know that they are available on Amazon. Our grandchildren love them so maybe they are coming back?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bill on 8 Dec. 2011
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i found the sounds clear and the voice content very good for an old recording also the service was very good for a old record
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By don hawkwind on 4 Aug. 2014
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I had only heard one or two songs from this singer, but remember my father saying how good he was until his death in the war. So I bought the CD now transferred onto my brennan player and the CD passed to my parents. Dad could not thank me enough and says it has brought back many memories from years ago. Money well spent.
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