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Another must-have Hylton,
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This review is from: Turn on the Heat (Audio CD)
Having enjoyed Paul Whiteman for many years and the big band music of the 1920s and 1930s in general I have only recently investigated Whiteman's very worthy British equivalent, Jack Hylton. Thanks to the Amazon reviews, which I have found to be almost invariably reliable, I have been able to narrow down the essential Hylton albums to the present one, "Turn on the Heat", as well as "Hot Hylton" and "She Shall Have music". I found them all equally enjoyable. While there is a slight overlap of tunes across the three albums, they score well for their top sound quality, generous number of tunes and the overall quality of content. Collectively they cover the period 1925-1939. There are few if any dud tracks as even the forgettable pop tunes of the time are performed with drive and precision in attractive arrangements with the singing kept to a minimum, although Sam Browne's many contributions are always worth hearing. A number of familiar standards are to be found on "Turn on the Heat" like "Varsity Drag", "Music Maestro Please" and "You're the Cream in My Coffee", but the highlights for me have been the forgotten gems like "The Breakaway" and "I Want to be Bad".
I can only endorse what the other reviewers have said and recommend this album, along with the other two I have mentioned as an essential cross section of Jack Hylton's vast output.