The Song Is...Irving Berlin

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The song is Irving Berlin, the style is swing, the decade for the most part is the 1930s, and the performers more than half the time are British. U.K. reissue label ASV Living Era here has compiler Colin Brown delve into his record collection of old 78s, remastered for CD with plenty of audible crackles. That collection favors British society orchestras like those of Geraldo, Harry Roy, and Bob Farnon, each of whom is heard multiple times. They play either instrumental versions of the Berlin favorites or arrangements in which a vocal chorus is taken only briefly and long after the band has had its say. There are some American singers, notably the Boswell Sisters and Al...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The song is Irving Berlin, the style is swing, the decade for the most part is the 1930s, and the performers more than half the time are British. U.K. reissue label ASV Living Era here has compiler Colin Brown delve into his record collection of old 78s, remastered for CD with plenty of audible crackles. That collection favors British society orchestras like those of Geraldo, Harry Roy, and Bob Farnon, each of whom is heard multiple times. They play either instrumental versions of the Berlin favorites or arrangements in which a vocal chorus is taken only briefly and long after the band has had its say. There are some American singers, notably the Boswell Sisters and Al Jolson, but these are not the American hit renditions of the songs. The album serves primarily to demonstrate the influence of Berlin on the British dance bands of the '30s. For that, it's a fine selection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1994
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625506822
  • Catalog Number: 5068

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody - Denny Dennis (3:17)
  2. 2 Alexander's Ragtime Band - Geraldo & His Orchestra (2:23)
  3. 3 Blue Skies - Benny Goodman (3:35)
  4. 4 I Never Had a Chance - Teddy Joyce & His Band (3:10)
  5. 5 He Ain't Got Rhythm - Nat Gonella & His Georgians (3:14)
  6. 6 I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket - The Boswell Sisters (2:52)
  7. 7 We Saw the Sea - Harry Roy (2:57)
  8. 8 You Keep Coming Back Like a Song - Bob Farnon (3:01)
  9. 9 Let Me Sing and I'm Happy - Al Jolson (2:39)
  10. 10 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Carol Gibbons (3:05)
  11. 11 All Alone - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:33)
  12. 12 Let Yourself Go - Ray Noble & His Orchestra (2:33)
  13. 13 The Piccolino - Harry Roy (2:50)
  14. 14 This Year's Kisses - Hildegarde (3:09)
  15. 15 Heat Wave - Bob Farnon (2:37)
  16. 16 Let's Face the Music and Dance - Harry Roy (3:03)
  17. 17 Slumming on Park Avenue - Alice Faye (2:39)
  18. 18 Because I Love You - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:29)
  19. 19 Cheek to Cheek - Lew Stone & His Orchestra (3:04)
  20. 20 Marie - Al Bowlly (2:51)
  21. 21 Top Hat, White Tie and Tails - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (3:10)
  22. 22 White Christmas - Geraldo (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Boswell Sisters Track Performer
Benny Goodman Track Performer
Al Jolson Track Performer
Nat Gonella Vocals
Harry Roy Vocals, Track Performer
Carroll Gibbons Track Performer
Alice Faye Track Performer
George Melachrino Vocals, Track Performer
Al Bowlly Track Performer
Hildegarde Track Performer
Sam Browne Vocals, Track Performer
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Track Performer
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Track Performer
Nat Gonella & His Georgians Track Performer
Ray Noble & His Orchestra Track Performer
Lew Stone & His Orchestra Track Performer
Geraldo & His Orchestra Track Performer
Bob Farnon Track Performer
Ronnie Munro Conductor
Denny Dennis Vocals, Track Performer
Dick James Vocals
Jimmy Mesene Vocals
Bill Currie Vocals
Technical Credits
Carroll Gibbons Orchestra Director
Colin Brown Remastering
Lamont Dozier Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Phil Duffy Cover Design
Peter Gammond Liner Notes
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