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British Dance Bands Box set

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  • Audio CD (25 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: 5CD Music Digital
  • ASIN: B006T2I4ME
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Soft Lights And Sweet Music 2. Love Is The Sweetest Thing 3. I Got Rhythm 4. Stars Fell On Alabama 5. Who Made Little Boy Blue 6. What A Little Moonlight Can Do 7. Romanesca - Panama 8. Youre The Top 9. Too Beautiful For Words 10. Go Into Your Dance 11. The Way You Look Tonight 12. Ive Got You Under My Skin 13. At The Café Continental 14. September In The Rain 15. Theyre Tough, Mighty Tough In The West 16. So Rare 17. Im Gettin Sentimental Over You 18. Begin The Beguine 19. The Swiss Bell-Ringer 20. Green Eyes 21. Temptation 22. Night And Day 23. The Whole World Is Singing My Song 24. Melodies Of Yesterday - Where Or When - I Dont Know Why 25. Id Give The World CD2 1. Lets All Sing Like The Birdies Sing 2. Hummin To Myself 3. Im Playing With Fire 4. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart 5. I Never Had A Chance 6. Freckle Face Youre Beautiful 7. The Chestnut Man 8. Blue Moon 9. She Wore A Little Jacket Of Blue 10. The Song Of The Trees 11. Miss Annabelle Lee 12. Rhythm Lullaby 13. When A Lady Meets A Gentleman Down South 14. A Nice Cup Of Tea 15. Dont Play With Fire 16. Caravan 17. Moon At Sea 18. The Donkey Serenade 19. In The Still Of The Night 20. Tea For Two 21. Time On My Hands 22. You Dont Have To Know The Language 23. Come Closer To Me 24. There Ought To Be A Society 25. Marie CD3 1. Footloose And Fancy Free 2. My Idea Of Heaven 3. Beside A Dutch Canal 4. April In Paris 5. Two Cigarettes In The Dark 6. Isle Of Capri 7. Just Like Jack, Just Like Jill 8. Come A Little Closer 9. Ill Never Say Never Again Again 10. Where Theres You, Theres Me 11. Breaking In A Pair Of Shoes 12. Someday, Sweetheart 13. A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody 14. Three Hits of 1936 Medley - Intro: A Fine Romance - Serenade In The Night - Ill Sing You A ThousandLove Songs 15. Remember Me 16. Popcorn Man 17. Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride 18. Jeepers Creepers 19. Hear My Song, Violetta 20. Yes, My Darling Daughter 21. Skylark 22. The Lady Is A Tramp 23. Foxtrot Medley - Intro: This Is Romance - Youve Got Me Crying Again 24. You Keep Coming Back Like A Song 25. My Prayer CD4 1. The Music Goes Round and Round 2. Midnight, The Stars And You 3. Stay As Sweet As You Are 4. Black Coffee 5. A Little Bit Independent 6. On The Beach At Bali-Bali 7. Alone 8. When The Poppies Bloom Again 9. Pennies From Heaven 10. Shes My Lovely 11. In The Mission By The Sea 12. The Snake Charmer 13. While A Cigarette Was Burning 14. Romany 15. Tea For Two 16. In The Still Of The Night 17. Lovelight In The Starlight 18. Cherokee 19. The Nango 20. Stardust 21. On My Way Out 22. Lullaby In Rhythm 23. Zambezi 24. Clap Yo Hands - He Loves And She Loves - Funny Face CD5 1. Okay Baby 2. Lady Of Spain 3. Did My Heart Beat, Did I Fall In Love 4. La Cucaracha 5. Wagon Wheels 6. Hands Across The Table 7. The Moon Was Yellow 8. Lovely To Look At 9. Red Sails In The Sunset 10. Rhythm Of The Rumba 11. Stars Over Devon 12. East Of The Sun 13. By The Lazy Lagoon 14. Serenade In The Night 15. Harlem 16. Slumming On Park Avenue 17. You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby 18. South Of The Border 19. By The Sleepy Lagoon 20. The Ferryboat Serenade 21. Let Me Love You Tonight 22. Its Only A Paper Moon 23. Brazil 24. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise 25. Ill See You In My Dreams - Ambrose & His Mayfair Hotel Orchestra

Product Description

All original recordings digitally remastered. Over 370 mins of music on 5 CDs. In depth liner notes for each volume by genre expert Peter Dempsey. Includes performances by Carroll Gibbons & His Boy Friends, Henry Hall & His BBC Dance Orchestra, Debroy Somers & His Band, Nat Gonella & His Georgians, Harry Roy & His Mayfair Hotel Orchestra and many more.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
On the face of it, a 5-CD set at this price would seem too good to be true, but the price is the only cheap thing about this compilation. Every CD is self-contained in that each comes in a separate jewel case, with a comprehensive liner note and clearly annotated tracks, which are arranged in chronological order. Broadly speaking, the collection covers the thirties and forties, plus a handful of tracks from the fifties. The tracklist is as follows:

1] Soft Lights And Sweet Music - Ambrose & His Mayfair Hotel Orchestra
2] Love Is The Sweetest Thing - Henry Hall's BBC Dance Orchestra
3] I Got Rhythm - Joe Brannelly's Blue Mountaineers
4] Stars Fell On Alabama - Jack Jackson & His Dorchester Hotel Orchestra
5] Who Made Little Boy Blue?
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
British Dance Bands, Various Artists, Music Digital 90522
There are two great reasons to purchase, plus detailed liner notes from Peter Dempsey with each CD. You may know that back in the early 2000s Peter began a series of Dance Band CDs for Naxos that ran to 3 volumes and then stopped. This collection continues that good work and is a large canvas so expect some rare items. The sound quality of the transfers is very good indeed.The box contains 5 individually packaged single CDs so is a large box...This brand new 124 track and 370+ minutes of music is a wonderful compilation and has so much to offer particularly in the number of bands featured. Not just the most well known but many of the popular recording bands are here to delight... Joe Brannelly; Brian Lawrence; Walford Hyden; John Alfred (Jack) McCormick; Bram Martin; Josephine Bradley; William "Billy" Munn; Charles "Nat" Star etc.
The collection also features many well known vocalists from the dance band era particularly Al Bowlly and Sam Browne but with so very many more.
Vocalists include: Les Allen; Bill Currie; Julie Dawn; Doreen Lundy; Paul Rich; Dan Donovan; Kenneth Beaumont etc
Great value and a winning collection from start to finish.
CD1: 1932-1949
CD2: 1932-1958
CD3: 1935-1956
CD4: 1936-1956
CD5: 1931-1951
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Caton on 13 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm currently working my way through the 5 discs. Each disc has a selection of excellently transferred recordings of (surprise) British dance bands. These records date from the late 20's to the 1950's and seem to have been selected to give variety within that CD programme. A pleasant surprise is that the liner notes are informative about the bands featured, and give details of the recordings with date (albeit the listing on the back of the box is simple title & artiste).

All in all an excellent selection of superb recordings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Royster on 30 July 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Best of the Best....Oh how i wish i had bought this gem of British Dance Bands sooner....there are plenty of in depth reviews on this amazing compilation so i'll just share with you what it means to me....from the first number on cd 1 to i'll see you in my dreams ending cd 5 i'm taken on a trip down memory lane like no other i've ever encountered - music that has me tapping my toes or just closing my eyes and seeing the likes of Roy Fox, Henry Hall and Ambrose ( to name a few ) strutting their stuff, every cd is a surprise at how many great bands we had producing such great music, there are tunes that have me back sitting infront of the wireless with Mum and Dad - tunes and singers that remind me ( if ever i needed reminding ) of why i fell in love with this music in the first place.
Nothing that i've bought in the past that comprises of 30's and 40's music comes close to taking me back to a very special time in our musical history than this box set....i will i assure you be spending a lot of time with Messrs Noble, Payne and friends - care to join me?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By June Briffett on 15 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
this was a gift for my elderly father in law who has always loved his music. There was a great selection on the disc which brought back many very happy memories
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M H Rouse on 6 Mar. 2014
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For those who line me love the music of this period this is a very evocative collection and good value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Smith on 17 Jun. 2014
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A fine selection of dance band recordings, many of which I have not heard before.

It is aimed at the older generation to whom it will bring back many happy memories.
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