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Strike Up The Band & Ted Heath's 'fats' Waller Album

Ted Heath Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dutton
  • ASIN: B00005UWU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Strike Up the Band
2. Obsession
3. Clair De Lune
4. The Piper's Patrol
5. Vanessa
6. Hot Toddy
7. On The Bridge
8. Twilight - Alpine Boogie
9. You Are My Heart's Delight
10. Alouette
11. La Mer
12. Hawaiian War Chant
13. Honeysuckle Rose
14. Ain't Misbehavin
15. Blue, Turning Grey Over You
16. Jitterbug Waltz
17. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
18. Alligator Crawl
19. Soho
20. Limehouse
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Medium 1
  1. Strike Up The Band
  2. Obsession
  3. Clair de lune
  4. The Piper's Patrol
  5. Vanessa
  6. Hot Toddy
  7. On The Bridge
  8. Twilight-Alpine Boogie
  9. You Are My Heart's Delight
  10. Alouette
  11. La Mer
  12. Hawaiian War Chant
  13. Honeysuckle Rose
  14. Ain't Misbehavin'
  15. Blue, Turning Grey Over You
  16. Jitterbug Waltz
  17. I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling
  18. Alligator Crawl
  19. Soho
  20. Limehouse
  21. Piccadilly
  22. Chelsea
  23. Bond Street
  24. Whitechapel

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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid (early) Heath 10 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Frank Sinatra (or rather, his producer at Capitol) is often credited with having invented the concept album. I wonder if this credit should not go to Ted Heath with his 1953 Fats Waller album. No matter, the disc on hand is a most enjoyable coupling of Waller's music (including the slightly reworked "London Suite") and a collection of Heath hits from the early Fifties such as "Hot Toddy" and "Obsession" (and no vocals!). The take off on a Bavarian folk song dressed up as a boogie-woogie is mildly hilarious but in good taste. And this is what prevails throughout: good taste, with a high point in a beautifully arranged and executed "Clair de Lune" by Debussy and Waller's "Blue Turning Grey Over You".
The sound is crisp and clear, certainly when one realizes that the recordings are over fifty years old.
There may be better Heath albums available on Vocalion, but this is certainly a good choice if you want to know what the Heath band was all about in the early Fifties and why it has still such an appeal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kings of Swing 26 April 2002
By Tad Ulrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There simply was not a better swing oriented big band in the 1950's than the one led by Great Britain's Ted Heath. It recorded prolifically throughout the 1950's with a consistency that was remarkable. It was truly a British band with members from both Scotland and England. It was far from being an innovative band like Stan Kenton, for example, but it was nonetheless very good at what it did.
This collection contains two albums from roughly the early to mid 1950's. Both carry that Heath trademark of top flight musicians and arrangments (usually by Johnny Keating, Ralph Dollimore and the pianist, Frank Horrox). Virtually every album the Heath band recorded was very organized and formulated.
Every good band must have a good rhythm section and the Heath band's was second to none featuring Frank Horrox, piano; Johnny Hawksworth (poll winner) on bass and Ronnie Verrell (poll winner) on drums.
Both STRIKE UP THE BAND and the FATS WALLER ALBUM feature ballads and uptempo swingers, giving the fine soloists some stretching room here and there. VANESSA from STRIKE UP THE BAND is a fine example of varying uptempos in the same tune.
Anyone who has never heard this fine band and who appreciates pure big band swing will find much to be pleased with in this collection as they will with virtually any Heath recording from the 1950's.
But to really appreciate this band you need to hear their London Palladium, Carnegie & Kingsway Hall records. In those settings, this band was simply awesome and is some of the best straight ahead big band jazz ever made. Completely different from their studio sessions. Hopefully Dutton/Vocallion in their great vision will see fit to release them on cd (fortunately I still have them all on l.p.)
But for the swing oriented big band lover, this two-fer will prove very satisfying.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Fine CD 10 Jan 2009
By Bruce Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are going to own a Ted Heath CD--this is about as good as it gets. The arrangements are fantastic, I can't say enough good things about them--especially for the "Strike Up the Band" portion, and the group has a really fat, brassy sound highly becomming to any big band. The music is on the commercial side, so don't expect long jazz solos, and the performances of each tune are on the short side of things--3 min. or less usually. This is about the English equivalent to the state-side Les Brown band, also back in the mid 1950's (however, the arrangements for the first portion of this CD are more interesting and less predictable).
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