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Britain's First Number Ones 1945 - 1952 Box set, Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (31 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Fantastic Voyage
  • ASIN: B002R198JY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Evelyn Knight & The Jesters - Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry - Evelyn Knight & The Jesters
2. Dorothy Squires - The Gypsy - Dorothy Squires
3. Issy Bonn - I'm In Love With Two Sweethearts - Issy Bonn
4. Bing Crosby with The Les Paul Trio - It's Been A Long Long Time - Bing Crosby and the Les Paul Trio
5. Lou Preager (vocal Paul Rich) - Cruising Down The River - Lou Preager & Paul Rich
6. Geraldo - Kentucky - Geraldo
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin - People Will Say We're In Love - Bing Crosby and Trudy Erwin
2. Gracie Fields - Now Is The Hour - Gracie Fields
3. Sammy Kaye - An Apple Blossom Wedding - Sammy Kaye
4. Red Nichols - Peg O' My Heart - Red Nichols
5. Hutch - Peg O' My Heart - Hutch
6. Dorothy Squires - A Tree In The Meadow - Dorothy Squires
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Eve Young - (If I Knew You Were comin') I'd've Baked A Cake - Eve Young
2. Billy Eckstine - My Foolish Heart - Billy Eckstine
3. Bill Snyder - Bewitched - Bill Snyder
4. Doris Day - Bewitched - Doris Day
5. Eve Young - Silver Dollar - Eve Young
6. Jo Stafford - Goodnight Irene - Jo Stafford
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Product Description

If you thought the charts commenced in 1952, think again... There is considerable interest in the British singles charts. In November 1952 the New Musical Express published a sales chart, and various UK music publications have done so since then. Many collectors are obsessed with accumulating every recording that charted. First they sought out the original vinyl, now they look for the same tracks on CD. This demand has been met by The First British Hit Parade (a single-CD collection of every recording in the British singles sales charts of 1952) and the ongoing British Hit Parade series, which comprises a pair of multi-disc sets for each year from 1953 onwards. Fantastic Voyage continued this series with the 1958 sets earlier this year (FVQD001 and FVQD002) and the 1959 sets will follow in January 2010. However, Britain s First Number Ones 1945-1952 will come as surprise to those who thought the charts commenced in 1952. By drawing on surveys of sheet music sales, which provided the basis of Radio Luxembourg s chart show from 1949 onwards, journalist and pop musician Bob Stanley has effectively pushed back the charts by 13 years. Next year Fantastic Voyage intends to release a compilation of the number ones from 1939 to 1945, but first we bring you a 3CD round-up of the chart-toppers from August 1945 through to August 1952. Radio Luxembourg was very popular with radio listeners across Britain from the late thirties through to the sixties, providing many with their easiest access to pop music on the airwaves before the proliferation of pirate radio and the advent of BBC Radio 1.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2010
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The sixty-nine tracks on Britain's First Number Ones make a nice companion to Fantastic Voyage's other project of cataloguing the NME charts through the years. The NME chart started in 1952 and this collection covers the seven year post war period leading up to this, from 1945 to 1952. There were no UK record sales charts before the NME chart so these number ones are actually for the sheet music sales compiled by Radio Luxembourg.

A nicely presented package, and good value, it must be remembered that these tracks will not have been compiled from master tapes and so the sound quality can be a bit variable. But these are all the original recordings and modern mastering techniques have made them sound pretty good considering - better than you may remember them! Other compilations tend to gather later recordings of some songs, and some songs included here can be very hard to find elsewhere, so this set fills a gap.

If you are collecting the NME series then this one will not disappoint as it is very much the same sort of thing. Five stars for value and the team has done the best job possible within the constraints of the material available.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on 25 Jun. 2010
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Like 99.9% of popular music lovers, I thought the Hit Parade in Britain began with Al Martino in 1952.
However, this disc contains all the Number 1 hits (sheet music sales) from Radio Luxembourg from August 1945 through to November 1952 when Here in My Heart became the top selling record. By now the radiogram was replacing the piano in our parlours, and 78 rpm discs were beginning to outsell sheet music.
This 3 cd set is a reflection of those post war years when music acted as a pick-me-up in those austere days. A great collection for the nostalgics and music historians.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Owen on 21 Mar. 2010
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This is a brilliant triple album if only for the wonderfully informative booklet written by Bob Stanley, Ossie Dales and Brian Henson. The Radio Luxembourg top 20, based on sheet music sales, is the source of song titles and the authors have selected the most memorable version of each song. In some cases more than one version of a song appears where they are very different. This may be where there was an instrumental version and a vocal version. Also included is Patti Page's 'Tennessee waltz' which is regarded as the 'definitive' version of the song even though it post dated the Jo Stafford version which coincided with top sheet music sales.

The booklet gives a potted history of each song and artist and highlights where songs were hits by different artists at a later date. It even refers to Dame Vera Lynn being the oldest person to top the UK album chart in 2009 at the age of 92!

For anyone who played with an older relative's wind up gramophone and 78s, the album presents a very nostalgic listen. If you are old enough to remember the songs first time round even better! The Beatles admit to being influenced by songs such as these (as their recording of 'Fool on the Hill' demonstrates) so this album represents a real piece of musical history.

The quality of recordings is remarkable given how old they are. With a few exceptions, such as Pee Wee Hunt's '12th Street rag' this is very much an album from the ballad era. With legends such as Bing Crosby, Perry Como and early Frank Sinatra this is a fascinating musical tapestry of post war Britain.

The Music Factory in Leeds has issued CDs of every UK chart number one from Al Martino's 'Here in my Heart' in 1952 onwards - which it regularly updates. With the issue of this triple album, it is now possible to own 65 years (at the time of writing) of UK number ones all on CD! Which ever way you look at it the issue of this triple album is something special.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 16 April 2011
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This is actually the 2nd Volume of Britain's No 1s from sheet music-the first began in 1939 and went to 1954.Its not known just what the ratio was between sheet music and discs because many songs had up to 5 photos on the front As many songs were covered by Donald Peers and as he was the big gun of the day you can assume he would sell more copies of songs like Lavender Blue
Eve Young became Karen Chandler and topped the charts in America with Hold me thrill me kiss me.
I noted the Andrews Sisters name against the song Near You-which had topped the American charts for the Frances Craig Orchestra and was the first record from Nashville's Bullet label
A really interesting series but bear in mind that sometimes a song copy didn't mean the artist on the front had the hit.Song copies of That'll be the day-in 1957-showed Larry Page!
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