This is a C.D. guaranteed to win new friends for Jack Payne, one of the true greats of British dance band music. What he and his superbly professional band of musicians produced was never less than tuneful, and always highly accomplished. A comparable master band-leader is Ray Noble, whose arrangements are subtle in ways different to Payne's. Both made an individual sound - Payne's being noted for its strong rhythmic drive. Noble had the benefit of Al Bowlly's lyrical voice on many of his 30s recordings; Payne either sang himself, or often gave the vocals over to Billy Scott Coomber, but they both contributed to the style of the music. The songs are period pieces, and none the worse for that.
There are some real gems on this disc - and some that are great fun, as was Payne's style: 'The Argument Song' is full of very clever patter, while 'You Can't Do That There 'Ere' has the band joining in to the chorus with great gusto. 'My Brother Makes Noises for the Talkies' is an amusing bit of nonsense, also making you think about a rather subtle wit at work in presenting the piece; while the final track on the disc, 'The Peanut Vendor' is so beautifully done - just listen to those saxophones pushing the whole piece forward. Older listeners (I mean those over 30) will remember how Morecambe & Wise did their own version of this. The disc is so cheap that it begs to be bought...!
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British swing is less well known in comparison to its American cousin... It is more mellow but no less good try this as an introduction to something else in the swing line. Much more foxtrot than Lindy though!