This CD, together with vols. two and three, shows Henry Hall's Beeb Band in a most positive light (the later, bigger, band was, rhythmically speaking, rather blander than the 1932-1934 edition). Arrangements are pleasantly unsentimental, with plenty of pep, variety and excitement. The forward momentum when the rhythm secion plays four to the bar is terrific, so where Sid Colin's unkind comment in his book on the dance bands (Henry having had his musical tuition in the Salvation Army and the orchestra sounding the part) hails from I don't know. The programme consists of a number of well-known tunes, with the majority being relatively obscure, so the CD also offers the pleasure of discovery. After the relative disappointment of Vocalion's latest Paul Whiteman CD (which duplicated too many titles already available, mainly on HEP), and yet another Roy Fox CD from 1932 (which I didn't even bother to order), this platter restored my confidence in Vocalion, compliments of Henry Hall.