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5.0 out of 5 stars
Flying High with the RAF Dance Band, 31 May 2010
If you are into vintage big band swing this CD is a must for your collection. I enjoyed nearly all the 25 tracks which I believe come from the wartime period before the band became known as the Squadronaires. There is not much sleeve information but the recording quality is good without the 78rpm flavour being fully engineered out. Whilst the vocals on numbers like 'Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B' dont work well in an english accent it is clear that this band was a highly competent ensemble which in my view compares favourably with the best american bands of the time. The content is a mix of wartime hits, balads and dance standards and listen out for a superb dixieland-swing arrangement of 'I'm comming Virginia' which I think Artie Shaw would have been proud of. For what it costs its well worth a try.