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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: West End
  • ASIN: B000TUC4HI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Let's Dance At The Make-Believe Ballroom (Vocalists: The Blue Notes)
2. Happy Ending (Vocalist: Jimmy Mesene)
3. Over My Shoulder (Vocalist: Harry Case)
4. Fare Thee Well, Annabelle
5. A Little Rendezvous In Honolulu (Vocalists: Monte Rey & trio)
6. Counting Crotchets In My Sleep (Vocalists: Clem Stevens & trio)
7. Boo-Hoo (Vocalists: Betty Dale & The Blue Notes)
8. This Year's Kisses (Vocalist: Clem Stevens)
9. Change Partners (Vocalist: Chick Henderson)
10. A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Vocalist: Clem Stevens)
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Quickstep: Blue Room
2. Quickstep: How High The Moon?
3. Quickstep: Button Up Your Overcoat
4. Waltz: Poème (In Your Eyes)
5. Waltz: Babette
6. Waltz: Changing Partners
7. Foxtrot: Have You Ever Been Lonely?
8. Foxtrot: Laura
9. Foxtrot: Blue Star (The `Medic' Theme)
10. Quickstep: You're The Cream In My Coffee
See all 27 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Following the runaway success of AVID's earlier release
Ballroom Dancing: The Essential Collection (AVC 896) and a flood of emails
demanding we give him his own CD, we are pleased to present an entire
double CD devoted to the greatest British band leader of the 20th
century...Joshua Alexander Loss, better known as just plain Joe Loss!
We begin our story way back in 1933 with a side from his very first
recording session titled Happy Endings which includes Joe's first signature
tune "Let's Dance At The Make Believe Ballroom."
Here we feature Joe performing with top vocalists of the day Monte Ray and
Chick Henderson as well as his fine instrumental work like Woodchoppers
Ball, Oasis and Southern Fried.
As we discovered with the "Ballroom Dancing" CD Joe became synonymous with
strict tempo dance records and CD2 is rightly made up of these sides
recorded between 1949 and 1956.
Joe continued performing for nearly sixty years before sadly passing away
in 1990 at the age of 80 the same year that he gave up the baton!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Although Joe Loss began leading a band at the tender age of 21, that was in 1930, by which time the first wave of dance band leaders was well established. But by 1933 Joe was broadcasting and had begun recording, and he went on to outlast the rest of them, only laying down his baton in 1990. One of the factors in his longevity was that he saw early on the need to cater also for the growing popularity of ballroom dancing. From 1937 on he kept a foot in both camps by producing a series of records entitled Dancing Time For Dancers.

This Essential Collection reflects that dual approach by concentrating the dance band aspect on the first CD, which opens with Joe's first signature tune, followed by his first recording, "Happy Ending", for Edison Bell Winner. "Fare Thee Well, Annabelle", which was issued on Octacros, is something of a rarity also. Both Monte Rey and Chick Henderson are well represented in this judicious selection, which spans 1933 to 1949, It concludes with "In The Mood", which he adopted as his signature tune later on. By my reckoning five of the songs in this essential collection (including "Song Of India" where Rose Alper's vocal does little to embellish the melody) could have been bettered, but that is to say that the majority have earned their place. Most of the recordings on the second CD date from the fifties, and serve as a reminder of just how good a ballroom band this was. Despite being in strict tempo format, there is nothing predictable about the music, which sparkles thanks to the quality of the arrangements and the brilliance of the orchestra.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Matthews on 9 Dec. 2013
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i am no longer young , i can't take the racket they call pop , joe loss i danced to at the hammersmith palais ,and i was not exactly young then , have a nostalger fest
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Kinna on 13 Sept. 2013
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great value ,a wide range of music covered .chick Henderson features on quite a few tracks a great collectors album
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By Mr. MO MCCARTHY on 18 Jan. 2013
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Good recordings. Disk 2 is partiularly valuable with the names of the danes indexed for quick reference. I broke the case trying to open it but that's the nature of the beast.
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