- Audio CD (25 May 2009)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Box set
- Label: Golden Stars
- ASIN: B0001Z2S4A
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Pennies from Heaven: Music from the TV Series & Other Songs from the 1930s Box set
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Top Customer Reviews
Fast Forward 30 years.......
I bought this as a fathers day present and lulled by its title, decided to revisit those early days (before giving it as a present) and listen to it. WOW. Now its probably age but now that Im older - I LOVED IT. It wasnt a case of being transported back to my younger days watching the tv series, no. It was actually a case of loving the music for what it was. Simple, fun and enjoyable. It was nice to come in from a stressful days work and put on something that lifted the spirits. Something that was so out of syn with todays society (and all the plastic, superficial music around today) that it proved a winning alternative to the sounds that I had in my music collection.
My good old pops alas didnt get this present, (he got something really nice though) as I decided to keep it. It has been listened to on several occassions and always puts a smile on my face.
Do I recommend it? Of course I do. Dont be sceptical and put it off, take a chance, go for it and enjoy!!
A purist would find this CD a disappointment, since fewer than half of the 48 tracks come from the BBC television series, (the vast majority of the originals were omitted, or a different version given) and the title could therefore be considered misleading.
Although two versions of the title song 'Pennies from Heaven' appear, one by Bing Crosby and another by 'The Street Singer' Arthur Tracy, only the latter appeared in the television series , where (according to my treasured LPs) it was also sung by Edward Molloy with Louis Levy and the Gaumont British Symphony.
The inclusion of several American recordings, notably those by Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, detracts from the simple charm of the original, which is a pity.
However, with the exception of Fred Astaire's 'Let's Face the Music and Dance' which appears to have been taken from a movie soundtrack, they are all perfectly good recordings and a good example of the popular music of that time.
Since this review was first written, a full selection of music from the television series HAS been issued - with no less than 69 tracks. However, the price left me gasping for breath!
The boxed set arrived well packaged and in the original sealed wrapping. The price I paid was excellent compared to any high street shop and internet search.
I would recommend this item to anyone who enjoys nostalgic music from a by-gone era.
I am 60 years of age if this helps.
it is simply Heaven sent .
This is as good a collection as any - buy and enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely collection of 'oldies' - always a joy to listen to. Excellent value and speedy dispatch from Zoverstocks.Published 16 months ago by Ginaliz27
Great two disc set of some of the most note worthy songs of the great age of American pop songs from the 30's to the 50's - most in the 30's and 40's - Astaire, Crosby, Bowlly,... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mr Christopher John Mercer
Delighted to buy this collection . It has replaced my worn out vinyl .
Only down side is the inclusion of 3 Bing Crosby numbers and 3 Fred Astaire numbers , however that's... Read more
Good selection of songs with good audio quality. I love old songs and I must say I'm satisfied of itPublished on 12 Sept. 2013 by Raly C.