4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2008
Denny Dennis (1913 - 1993)was without a doubt Britains finest male vocalist of the thirties and forties.His recordings are however almost impossible to find.So it was with great pleasure i discovered that Sepia records have released this CD "The Bluest Kind of Blues" which also just happens to be the title of one of his best recordings made in 1946.
Sepia have used the CEDAR audio noise reduction system and used
24 bit mastering for these 78 rpm recordings (26 tracks in all). The result is outstanding considering the age of these recordings.
I can also recommend Living Era,s release "A Tribute to Denny Dennis,
The English Trouadour" (AJA 5127)released in 1994 although you may find this one hard to find.
There is also a fascinating and excellent book written by Mike Carey
"I,ll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs,The Denny Dennis Story" publised by
Pinnacle Printing in 1992 shortly before Dennys unfortunate death.This book contains a complete discography of Dennys recordings.Again maybe hard to find but well worth the effort.
As to this Release "The Bluest Kind of Blues" from Sepia a full 5 stars.Wished i could give it more.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2009
Absolutely wonderful baritone singer. He has one of the most warm and comforting voices. I first heard him on BBC Radio 2 Malcolm Laycock programme singing But Beautiful. I just fell in love with his interpretation of the song and above all, his voice, so sincere and romantic. I'd highly recommend this album. It's incredibly romantic and sentimental. If you like this kind of music and singing, I'd recommend other singers such as Steve Conway, Al Bowlly and Tino Rossi.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2011
Dubbed "the British Bing Crosby" by his employer Roy Fox in the thirties (a sobriquet Dennis hated), Dennis freely admitted Crosby's influence on his singing style (but then, who wasn't influenced by Der Bingle in those days?). After his period with the Dance Bands (covered under his own name on Living Era, but also on Living Era and Vocalion issues of Ambrose, Fox and Jack Hylton) in his mature style, which is on fine display on this very welcome release, he is very much his own man however (and without the strain Crosby had in his upper register). This collection of ballads in the typical post-war style initiated by the Stordahl-Sinatra tandem shows off Dennis's warm voice, fine rhythmic feel and flawless diction and intonation to very good effect. A pity that none of his recordings with Tommy Dorsey are included, but that is just a minor quibble. Informative liner notes, info about recording dates (alas not about the labels) and backing orchestras are a welcome extra to a long overdue reissue of one of Britains leading singers.