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The Essential Collection - British Dance Bands

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  • Audio CD (21 Aug. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: West End
  • ASIN: B000H5U49K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

The more sedate cousin to American Swing, the Golden Age of British Dance Bands covered the period between 1927 and 1939. At that time most top hotels and restaurants would feature a dance band led by one of the era’s great bandleaders. AVID Entertainment’s tribute to the UK Dance Band era in it’s Essential Collection series features all the legendary leaders of the day from Ambrose, Lew Stone, Ray Fox and Geraldo to the BBC’s Jack Payne and Henry Hall. Many of these greats even had their own regular radio shows airing to millions of listeners each week. The start of the second world war put an end to this golden period but the music of course lives on in the grooves of this fine double CD from AVID!

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This 2-CD set comprises 50 tracks and delivers over two-and-a-half hours of music for half the price of one normal CD. It sounds too good to be true, and has been achieved by combining two earlier separate CDs, AVC 539 and AVC 632. The track listing omits personnel and recording dates, and the liner note is minimal, but sound quality is excellent and some of these tracks have not been reissued since their original release. It could be argued that others are too familiar, and that a few do not merit "essential" status, but that would be to look a gift horse in the mouth, because overall this is an excellent compilation. Whether or not to buy it must depend partly on how many of these tracks you own already, but with that small proviso it is heartily recommended.
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when i ordered this double c.d for such a low price i was;nt quite sure what i would be getting but i was pleasently surprised. to get 50 briliant recordings played & sung by an array of top class artists lasting 2 and a half hours is real value for money.
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A superb collection of nostalga from a timeless period. The quality of the recordings is excellent. Highly recommended
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My Father, who is 93 years old, was reminiscing about the 'Good Old Days' of band music. Being a musician himself he had a hankering to hear these bands play again, not the modern day music that he can't understand. It is difficult for him to understand that the way for him to hear this music is on a cd, he didn't know what that was, but was thrilled when he heard the lovely sounds coming from the 'boogie box', another first for him.
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What a fabulous CD - the mix of Orchestras and Bands is superb and the quality just excellent. What a find and what a terrific buy. So glad I happened upon it.
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This marvellous collection of dance band music selections is absolutely brilliant from start to finish and the price is great. I have some of these on LP and the compiler seems to have chosen songs which I already rate highly in my LP collection and I look forward to more of the same.
The only slight niggle I have is the lack of a date for each individual item - as the producers seem to have given Al Bowlly's 'Essential'Collecton by the same company. Otherwise it is perfect!!
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I bought this CD through Amazon dealer Zoverstocks. I am very happy with the selection as it brings back memories of my grandpa and his era. But a major quibble- the track 23 on disc 2 which is a rare Joe Loess version of ' you go to my head' is damaged. It skips after 5 seconds and then comes to a halt. I am feeling very cheated by this as Joe Loess is a particular favorite of mine.
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What an utter delight this 2CD collection is. Two and a half hours of vintage gold. It's been on repeat all afternoon. The sound quality is good. There's a real mix of bands and material. Some I've heard of , some I haven't but all very pleasing and enjoyable. And so very very English don'tchaknow. Who ever compiled this collection knows their stuff.
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