The Golden Age of Song

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Naturally, the Golden Age of Song referred to in the title of this, Jools Holland's 15th or so collection with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra since he became a British music institution thanks to his BBC show Later..., is what is often referred to as the Great American Songbook -- the songs written in the first half of the 20th century that form the core of our musical lingua franca. These songs have been sung many, many times before -- recently, Rod Stewart relied on these tunes to revive his career, spending the better part of the decade crooning these melodies with a wink and a grin -- but they suit Holland's signature swinging style, possibly because they ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Naturally, the Golden Age of Song referred to in the title of this, Jools Holland's 15th or so collection with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra since he became a British music institution thanks to his BBC show Later..., is what is often referred to as the Great American Songbook -- the songs written in the first half of the 20th century that form the core of our musical lingua franca. These songs have been sung many, many times before -- recently, Rod Stewart relied on these tunes to revive his career, spending the better part of the decade crooning these melodies with a wink and a grin -- but they suit Holland's signature swinging style, possibly because they derive from the same origins as his jumping boogie-woogie. So, the sound and songs are familiar and so is Jools' formula. He brings in a bunch of old friends (Tom Jones, Mick Hucknall, Paul Weller) and some new sensations (Paloma Faith, Rumer, Jessie J, Florence Welch), along with a couple of singers who straddle these two categories (Joss Stone, James Morrison). A new wrinkle is the excavation of a few songs from old Hootenannys, which is a clever way to get some of the more interesting performances: Weller duetting with Amy Winehouse on "Don't Go to Strangers" in 2006, Paolo Nutini singing "Lovin' Machine," Florence Welch vamping on "My Baby Just Cares for Me," Cee Lo Green gamely (if not quite successfully) mimicking Jackie Wilson on "Reet Petite" (its inclusion bends the rules of the Great American Songbook, but who really cares), and Lily Rose Cooper when she was still going as Lily Allen tearing it up on "The Lady Is a Tramp." Outside of these cuts, this is pretty standard fare: Holland plays the boogie-woogie, his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra jumps, and the singers all acquit themselves nicely, sticking to the text, always performing with skill and sometimes spirit. Despite all this, The Golden Age of Song feels pretty similar to any other Jools Holland record you could name -- and he's had a ton of them in the last decade -- but he's a reliable entertainer, so if you've ever been pleased with him in the past you'll be satisfied with him once again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2012
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • UPC: 825646543427
  • Catalog Number: 4654342
  • Sales rank: 37,831

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something's Got a Hold on Me - Paloma Faith (3:17)
  2. 2 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - Rumer (3:42)
  3. 3 Lovin' Machine - Paolo Nutini (2:38)
  4. 4 Bei Mir Bist du Schön - Joss Stone (4:18)
  5. 5 Get Here - Jessie J (3:03)
  6. 6 A Place in the Sun - James Morrison (3:53)
  7. 7 Don't Go To Strangers - Amy Winehouse (4:07)
  8. 8 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (3:34)
  9. 9 My Baby Just Cares For Me - Florence Welch (3:39)
  10. 10 Mad About My Baby - Caro Emerald (3:15)
  11. 11 I'll Sail My Ship Alone (3:37)
  12. 12 Reet Petite (2:58)
  13. 13 Sweet Country Love Song - Gregory Porter (3:12)
  14. 14 September in the Rain (3:11)
  15. 15 The Lady is a Tramp - Lily Rose Cooper (2:56)
  16. 16 Get Away Jordan (3:32)
  17. 17 When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Primary Artist
Jools Holland Indexed Contributor, Piano, Group Member
Ruby Turner Vocals, Group Member
Geraint Watkins Accordion
Roger Goslyn Trombone, Group Member
Sally Herbert Violin
Laurie Latham Percussion, Celeste, Glockenspiel
Gilson Lavis Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Nick Lunt Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Winston Rollins Trombone, Group Member
Fayyaz Virji Trombone, Group Member
Katherine Shave Viola
Pete Long Tenor Saxophone
Frank Schaefer Cello
Rico Rodriguez Trombone, Group Member
Michael "Bami" Rose Saxophone, Group Member
Julia Singleton Violin
Claire Orsler Viola
Billie Godfrey Background Vocals
Ian Burdge Cello
Sophie Harris Cello
Anna Hemery Violin
Jacqueline Norrie Violin
Jason McDermid Trumpet, Group Member
Bryan Chambers Background Vocals
Simon Allen Saxophone
Chris Storr Trumpet, Group Member
Phil Veacock Saxophone, Group Member
Marina Solarek Violin
Dave Swift Bass, Group Member
Lisa Grahame Saxophone, Group Member
Simon Willescroft Saxophone
Christopher Holland Organ, Group Member
Derek Nash Saxophone, Group Member
David Smith Violin
Louise Marshall Background Vocals, Group Member
Jon Scott Trumpet, Group Member
Danny Marsden Trumpet
Rosie Mae Background Vocals, Group Member
Mark Flanagan Group Member
Robbie Harvey Trombone
Kirsten Klingels Violin
Dinah Bearmish Cello
Alister White Trombone
Tim Wilford Violin
Sharada Mack Viola
Jenny Thurston Violin
Paul Fisher Trombone
Technical Credits
Etta James Composer
Jools Holland Composer
Brenda Russell Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Noël Coward Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Henry Bernard Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Tyran Carlo Composer
Saul Chaplin Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Redd Evans Composer
Mark Fisher Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Jacob Jacobs Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Laurie Latham Producer, Engineer, Additional Production
Leroy Kirkland Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Paul Webster Composer
Dave Mann Composer
Arthur Kent Composer
Larry Shay Composer
Lois Mann Composer
Sholom Secunda Composer
Henry Thurston Composer
Pearl Woods Composer
Morry Burns Composer
Bryan Wells Composer
Liberty Ellman Vocal Engineer
Jason McDermid Horn Arrangements
Ron Burrow Engineer, Pro-Tools, Additional Production
Phil Veacock Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Mark Cooper Producer
Jonathan Scott Horn Arrangements
Derek Nash Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Gregory Porter Composer
O. Merritt Composer
William McDade Composer
Jon Scott Horn Arrangements
D. Lambert Composer
Janet Fraser Crook Director
Tim Young Mastering
Mary McCartney Cover Photo
Ronald Miller Composer
Allison Howe Producer
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