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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2007
An excellent collection of recordings from the 20's and 30's.Having been a bonzos fan since the 60's,I was drawn to this by the title and was not disappointed.It lets you hear how good some of these acts really were and confirms that we Brits have alweays been a bit eccentric in the music department.It also brought back hidden memories from my childhood.My gran had several Billy Cotton records which she would play on a Saturday morning when we used to visit as well as a couple of Spike Jones tunes I used to play repeatedly.Sadly,they were thrown away when she passed on.
It's hard to pick out a favourite but Jollity Farm and Dr Jazz Stomp are particularly good.
The saddest aspect to this is that were they new, contemporary recordings, they would never be released.humour seems to have gone out of fashion in today's megabucks industry.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
If I had come across this CD in a shop, I wouldn't have given it a second glance - even with eye-catching artwork. It appears to be a Bonzo Dog Band CD (which I admit would not be on my shopping list) when in fact it is an entertaining selection of novelty and cheer-up recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Most of the songs in this selection were revisited in the 1960s by the Bonzo Dog Band, whose members were particularly interested in British Dance Band novelty records.

Needless to say, this collection is largely made up from the wonderful legacy of recordings that the British Dance Bands have left us and which are still attracting new devotees in the 21st Century. Some are classics like Jack Hylton's "Button Up Your Overcoat", Jack Payne's "Make Yourself A Happiness Pie" and The Savoy Havana Band's "Masculine Women and Feminine Men". Others like Henry Hall's recording of "Mickey's Son And Daughter", Hal Swain's "Hunting Tigers Out In India(Yah)", The Continental Five's "The Sheik Of Araby", and Ray Starita's "The Flies Crawled Up The Window" are lesser-known recordings, and are reissued here for the very first time, as far as I know.

Some songs included in this compilation are new to me. Part of the melody of "I'm Gonna Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight", recorded in December 1924 by The Savoy Havana Band, reminded me of a 1931 novelty number called "Sing Holly! Go Whistle! Hey! Hey!". It would have not have been out of place in this particular compilation. The compilers claim that they have chosen the best original versions of these songs - a claim I would dispute as surely the best renditions of "Ali Baba's Camel" and "My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies" were by Jack Payne's BBC Dance Orchestra. Having said that, it is good to have these neglected versions by Stan Greening's band and Albert Whelan respectively.

The line up of British Dance Bands includes a further four recordings by the Hylton Orchestra, Europe's premier stage band of the inter-war years. Other British bands featured include those led by Percival Mackey, Billy Cotton, Jay Whidden, and Jay Wilbur. His version of "We'll All Go Riding On A Rainbow" is wonderfully performed by his recording band and well sung by the ever dependable Sam Browne. In addition to these dance band delights, other recording artists are included: Whispering Jack Smith; Noel Coward; Bebe Daniels & Ben Lyon; Leslie Sarony; Leslie Holmes; and Jack Hodges the Raspberry King. If that weren't enough, Jelly Roll Morton and Guy Lombardo are here too.

This is a beautifully produced CD with an informative booklet illustrated with images from sheet music covers. The remastering is really excellent and brings out the best in these recordings, which were made between 1921 and 1939.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
This is a wonderful collection of 1920s and 1930s craziness that inspired The Bonzo Dog Band in the 1960s. Crammed with informative sleeve notes and illustrations from original sheet music artwork this is a feast for fans of The Bonzos and fans of obscure music in general. Including the original 1920's and 1930's recordings that were covered by the Bonzo Dog band here you can find the original wild versions of My Brother Makes The Noises For the Talkies, Ali Baba's Camel, Hunting Tigers Out In India (Yah), Button Up Your Overcoat, Mickey's Son and Daughter, Jollity Farm and more! Many of these recordings have never been re-issued since the days of the Gramophone! The CD also includes tunes the Bonzos performed but never recorded, and songs they should have recorded (such as the ludicrous Cave Of Omar Khayyam and the follow up to Jollity Farm - Misery Farm!)Its incredible to think that music this weird could have been made nearly 100 years ago! Simply spiffing!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2010
Had I not looked carefully I would not have realised exactly what this album is. As other reviewers have pointed out, this is NOT a Bonzo Dog Band album. Instead it's a wonderful collection of the original 20s and 30s novelty songs that inspired them, many of which the Bonzos covered during their existence in the 1960s and 70s.

It's a truly marvellous collection of hard-to-get original novelty songs, beautifully restored, but Amazon really need to fix the Artist and Genre information, which is not only incorrect in the page listings for both MP3 and CD versions, but actually incorrect in the file metadata on the mp3 version.

The correct artist attribution is as follows:

1 Leslie Sarony With Jack Hylton And His Orchestra - Jollity Farm
2 BBC Dance Orchestra, The - Mickey's Son And Daughter
3 Savoy Havana Band, The - I'm Gonna Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight
4 Jack Hylton And His Orchestra - Button Up Your Overcoat
5 Percival Mackey And His Band - On Her Doorstep Last Night
6 Rhythmic Troubadours, The - Ali Baba's Camel
7 Jack Hylton And His Orchestra - By A Waterfall
8 Hal Swain And His Band - Hunting Tigers Out In India (Yah)
9 Albert Whelan - My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies
10 Jack Hylton's Jazz Band - Laughing Waltz
11 Whispering Jack Smith - All By Yourself In The Moonlight
12 Noël Coward - A Room With A View
13 Bebe Daniels & Ben Lyon - Little Sir Echo
14 Jack Payne And His Dance Orchestra - Make Yourself A Happiness Pie
15 Jay Wilbur And His Band - We'll All Go Riding On A Rainbow
16 Billy Cotton And His Band - Skirts
17 Continental Five, The - The Sheik Of Araby
18 Jack Hylton And His Orchestra - Bell Bottom Trousers
19 Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers - Dr. Jazz Stomp
20 Ray Starita And His Ambassadors - The Flies Crawled Up The Window
21 Jay Whidden And His Band - I Lift Up My Finger And I Say "Tweet Tweet"
22 Savoy Havana Band, The - Masculine Women And Feminine Men
23 Leslie Sarony - Misery Farm
24 Roy Leslie - Omar Khayam's Cave
25 Jack Hodges The Raspberry King - Everything Is Fresh Today
26 Savoy Havana Band, The - Last Night On The Back Porch
27 Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians - I Love To Bumpity Bump
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2014
Never Imagined that "What we all want, lots of L.s.d, was from an original song, reefing to money rather than a psychedelic drug!!
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on 28 January 2013
Today you hear the music which was first played on windup gramphones loud and clear without clicks and surface noise,songs which were introduced by dance bands and which were mainly from America
As there was no such thing at the time of the record collector these would end up in junk shops for a few pence ready to be discovered decades later BY collectors.
Such as the recordings presented here with a booklet full of period artwork
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on 10 January 2015
marvellous and jolly
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I don't wish to be negative , rather informative. As a long time Bonzos fan who has all the Bonzos stuff on vinyl and CD I read all the helpful reviews and bought the CD.

There are some great tracks on here, but for every one the Bonzos covered I couldn't help but think the Bonzos versions were so much better and had so much more energy and inventiveness.

So in that respect, the experience is a little disappointing, which is perhaps inevitable when you hear a favourite song done by someone else. I don't want to put anyone off but I didn't anticipate this when I bought the CD.

All credit to those who put the compilation together, but I did think the CD was slightly expensive for what was on there - a bunch of old mono recordings. Pour L'Amour Des Chiens is 9.98 and you get full CD , DVD and great booklet too!
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