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4.8 out of 5 stars
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on 23 March 2008
Virtually every musical style is tackled by Henry Hall and his BBC Dance Orchestra, from children's songs to latin americana, from silly pop songs of the day to adaptations of the classics. Personally I'm not always enamoured of these excursions beyond straight dance music, but somehow Hall manages to captivate me with his musical offerings, rendering even the take-off on Bach palatable.
Volume two ("Underneath the Arches") is even better; when may we finally welcome volume three?
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 3 November 2007
This was Vocalion's first release devoted to Henry Hall, who in early 1932 was invited at short notice to form a new BBC Dance Orchestra to take the place of that led by Jack Payne, when that worthy unexpectedly handed in his resignation. The story is well told in Bob Francis' liner note, which details the different approach Henry adopted during his own tenure. This is a well-chosen selection, which includes that perennial favourite "The Teddy Bears' Picnic", and Henry's opening and closing themes, "Five-Fifteen" and "Here's To The Next Time" respectively. We hear mainly the vocal talents of Dan Donovan, but Kitty Masters, Les Allen, George Elrick, Hildegarde, and Val Rosing get a hearing also. If you want be reminded of a time when radio was king then this is for you.
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on 26 December 2011
I am deeply satisfied.This product from Vocalion brings back happy childhood memories, of scratchy 78 RPM records, school days humming "Teddy Bears Picnic"...and my Grandpa.
The sound is good and the selection of numbers is also fairly representative.
All in all, an excellent buy.
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on 17 January 2016
Fantastic audio quality. I tip my hat to the audio engineers who worked on the remastering process and have produced a fine compilation album of some of Henry Hall's best loved songs for a new generation. It makes for enjoyable listening.
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on 29 January 2015
Good
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