Hottest of the Decca 'M' Series (1929-1930)

The Hottest of the Decca 'M' Series (1929-1930)

by Ambrose
     
 

The British Decca record label was established in early 1929. After creating a handful of experimental unreleased pressings, the highly regarded dance band led by Bert Ambrose became the first such organization to make commercially issued records for this company. Retrieval's Hottest of the Decca 'M' Series presents two-dozen cherrypicked titles from this part…  See more details below

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The British Decca record label was established in early 1929. After creating a handful of experimental unreleased pressings, the highly regarded dance band led by Bert Ambrose became the first such organization to make commercially issued records for this company. Retrieval's Hottest of the Decca 'M' Series presents two-dozen cherrypicked titles from this part of the Ambrose discography, beginning with "A Precious Little Thing Called Love" from April 25 and skipping along chronologically to end upon "I'm on a Diet of Love," which was waxed on February 19, 1930. This is not an exhaustively complete survey of Ambrose on Decca 'M', and the word "hottest" might mean popular and best-selling if not the liveliest or most danceable. Like several other similarly excellent Ambrose collections covering roughly the same period, this set is sprinkled with sweet vocals by Eddie Grossbart, Lou Abelardo, and Sam Browne. While none of these gents measured up to the standard set by the afterwards deified Al Bowlly, each was a capable interpreter of traditional pop songs like "Louise," "Hittin' the Ceiling," and "If I Had a Talking Picture of You." The best thing about vintage Ambrose is the solidity of his band, its star instrumentalists, and the expertly crafted arrangements which enabled the group to swing well before the word "swing" became a tool for mass marketing. The Ambrose band really triumphed during the '30s. These recordings document their ascension to prominence as one of the best dance bands of their time. For that reason, Retrieval's superbly crafted tribute to Ambrose is most highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/2009
Label:
Retrieval Records
UPC:
0608917592528
catalogNumber:
79057
Rank:
107828

Tracks

  1. A Precious Little Thing Called Love
  2. Mean to Me
  3. You're the Cream in My Coffee
  4. Do Something
  5. Sugar Is Back
  6. Walking with Susie
  7. Breakaway
  8. Louise
  9. Hittin' the Ceiling
  10. I'm Bringing a Red, Red Rose
  11. Thou Swell
  12. Lovable and Sweet
  13. L-O-V-E
  14. If I Had a Talking Picture of You
  15. Miss Wonderful
  16. Painting the Clouds with Sunshine
  17. Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with Me
  18. I'll Be Getting Along
  19. Piccolo Pete
  20. Happy Days Are Here Again
  21. High and Low
  22. The One I Love Just Can't Be Bothered with Me
  23. I'm Following You
  24. I'm on a Diet of Love

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ambrose   Primary Artist,Banjo
Ted Heath   Trombone
Ernie Lewis   Violin
Danny Polo   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Sam Browne   Vocals
Joe Brannelly   Banjo,Guitar
Dick Escott   Bowed Bass,String Bass
Joe Jeanette   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Crossman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Reginald Pursglove   Violin
Dennis Ratcliffe   Trumpet
Sylvester Ahola   Trumpet
Bert Read   Piano
Phil Neely   Violin,Vocals
Lou Abelardo   Violin,Vocals
Eddie Grossbart   Violin,Vocals
Eric Siday   Violin
Max Bacon   Drums

Technical Credits

Ambrose   Director
Lew Stone   Arranger
Dick Escott   Brass Band
Bert Read   Arranger
Harry Coster   Original Material
G. Le Vant   Composer
Marcel van den Broek   Cover Design
Wim Bor   Original Material

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