The Very Best of British Dance Bands

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All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
On one hand there is the title of Very Best of British Dance Bands, not just the best but the very best, implying at the least some kind of honing of performers. Then there is the actual large cast of characters that is featured, providing the impression that just about any musician associated with a British dance band or fool that could wave a baton must have made it onto this compilation. But there really is no proper solution to the problem -- how to present the cream of this historic music scene in the course of one compact disc lasting about 74 minutes -- other than to feature as many of the participants as possible. While a few of the bands present, such as the ...
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All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
On one hand there is the title of Very Best of British Dance Bands, not just the best but the very best, implying at the least some kind of honing of performers. Then there is the actual large cast of characters that is featured, providing the impression that just about any musician associated with a British dance band or fool that could wave a baton must have made it onto this compilation. But there really is no proper solution to the problem -- how to present the cream of this historic music scene in the course of one compact disc lasting about 74 minutes -- other than to feature as many of the participants as possible. While a few of the bands present, such as the Jack Hylton outfit, wind up with more than one cut, there are many possible cups of tea to serve up here. Already a hectic scene in the early '10s when recording technology was in its primitive stages, the world of British dance bands had almost as many influences as working participants, including both classic American jazz and the gypsy folk music associated with the Romany people. There is almost too much detail in the course of a single CD; some listeners may find their appetites only whetted and will be digging through the record piles looking for complete releases by artists such as Ambrose. Some of these groups will be easier to find additional material by than others. The majority of musicians are British, although there is the presence of American guests such as Nat Gonella and Chick Henderson as well as European players attracted from across the pond. The complete lineup includes the most famed names from the British dance bands as well as leaders and sidemen that are deliciously obscure. The eventual popularity of guitar bands in British rock music is often linked to skiffle groups, yet one of the many interesting aspects of this compilation is the number of guitarists that are featured in these bands. The instrument seems to have a bit more presence than in the pioneering American big-band music, including a guitarist bandleader, Harry Davis. Tracks range from the early '20s, when the latter artist first began collaborating with gypsy-influenced violinist Oscar Rabin, to the second World War period, when the ranks of dance bands were swelled with classical players whose regular orchestras were on hiatus. If anything unites all these diverse groups, it was the fact that they were all playing for dancers. Thus, bouncing rhythms and happy feelings abound. A few Tin Pan Alley standards such as "When Lights Are Low" are on the play list. There are quite a few superb arrangements and throughout a level of musicianship that is quite impressive, by necessity devoid of grandstanding or anything else that would detract from a solid group sound. Big-band fans who want to hear something different and have yet to discover this aspect of British music history will be interested in this release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/1998
  • Label: Avid Records Uk
  • EAN: 5022810163220
  • Catalog Number: 632

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Happy Feet - Jack Hylton & His Orchestra (3:02)
  2. 2 Jog Along - Harry Leader (2:48)
  3. 3 Robins and Roses - Sydney Lipton (3:04)
  4. 4 Toodle-Oo (2:37)
  5. 5 I Believe in Miracles - Casani Club Orchestra (3:07)
  6. 6 Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore (2:59)
  7. 7 Everybody Dance - Jack Harris & His Orchestra (3:01)
  8. 8 My Dance - Jack Payne & His Band (3:07)
  9. 9 Remember Me? - Billy Cotton & His Band (3:07)
  10. 10 Let's Break the Good News - Helen Raymond (3:09)
  11. 11 Look Out for the Sunshine - Billy Merrin and His Commanders (2:43)
  12. 12 I Heard (2:43)
  13. 13 Bojangles of Harlem - Tommy Kinsman (3:02)
  14. 14 Everything I Have Is Yours - Denny Dennis (2:54)
  15. 15 Goody Goody (2:45)
  16. 16 We're in the Money (The Gold Digger's Song) - Jack Hylton & His Orchestra (2:39)
  17. 17 When Lights Are Low - Hughie Diamond (3:04)
  18. 18 Goodnight My Love (3:22)
  19. 19 Faint Harmony - Jack Jackson & His Orchestra (3:11)
  20. 20 Bye-Bye Baby - Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra (3:02)
  21. 21 A Foggy Day (3:05)
  22. 22 She Shall Have Music - Mrs. Jack Hylton (2:46)
  23. 23 You Go to My Head (3:07)
  24. 24 The Chestnut Tree - Oscar Rabin (3:23)
  25. 25 It's Time to Say Goodnight (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse Fuller Trombone
Arthur Baker Drums
Jack Scott Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Ted Heath Trombone
Nat Gonella Trumpet, Mellophonium, Mellowphone
Jack Hylton Track Performer
Carroll Gibbons Piano, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Track Performer, Spoken Word
Chick Henderson Track Performer
Charlie Kunz Piano, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Track Performer, Spoken Word
Ted Taylor Trombone
Billy Walker Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Billy Miller Violin
George Melachrino Clarinet, Violin, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Freddy Gardner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Al Bowlly Track Performer
George Wright Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Harold Sherman Guitar
Joe Loss Track Performer
Curt Smith Guitar
Max Abrams Drums
Freddie Ballerini Violin, Tenor Saxophone
Alex Baum Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Philippe Brun Trumpet
Jack Cooper Guitar, Track Performer
Jack Doyle Trumpet
George Gibbs String Bass
Jack Hill Guitar
George Hurley Violin
Bobby Hutchinson Trumpet
Frank Kenyon Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Reg Leopold Violin
Ernie Lewis Violin
Jack Llewelyn Guitar
Johnny Miller Violin
Simon Millward Clarinet, Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Wally Morris String Bass
Billy Munn Piano
Billy Nicholls String Bass
Phil Phillips Violin
Sid Phillips Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Danny Polo Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Alan Roach Brass, String Bass
Stanley Roderick Trumpet
George "Harmonica" Smith Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ian Stewart Piano
George Taylor Trumpet
Teddy White Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Billy Burton Trumpet
Jack Jackson Trumpet, Track Performer
Maurice Loban Violin
Alex "Razz" Mitchell Trombone
Johnny Rosen Violin
Harry Wilson Drums, String Bass
Garland Wilson Piano
Ivor Mairants Guitar
Percy Smith Trombone
The BBC Dance Orchestra Track Performer
Billy Cotton Track Performer
Noel "Chappie" d'Amato Guitar, Alto Saxophone
Harry Davis Guitar
Percy Hampton Drums
Bill Harty Drums
Harry MacFarlane Trumpet
E.O. Pogson Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Harry Rubens Piano
Eric Siday Violin
Tiny Stock String Bass
Don Stutely String Bass
Eric Tann Trombone
Sam Browne Track Performer
Dave Stephenson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Frank Wilson Trumpet
Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra Track Performer
Roy Fox & His Band Track Performer
Lew Stone & His Orchestra Track Performer
Stan Andrews Violin, Alto Saxophone
Georges Dickson Guitar
Geraldo & His Orchestra Track Performer
Tiny Winters String Bass
Peter Yorke Piano
Eddie Cromar Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Lew Davis Clarinet, Trombone, Violin, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rex Owen Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Raitz Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bert Thomas Guitar
Allen Warren Clarinet, Cello, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Les Williams Tenor Saxophone
Joe Jeanette Flute, Alto Saxophone
Laurie Payne Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Billy Ternent Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Bob Wise Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Ernest Ritte Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Harry Berly Clarinet, Ocarina, Tenor Saxophone, Viola
Joe Crossman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
George Kirby String Bass
Jim Easton Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Cyril Grantham Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
George Barclay Track Performer
Len Bermon Drums
Alan Breeze Guitar
Erice Breeze Trombone
Sid Buckman Trumpet
Bert Bullimore Trumpet
Les Carew Trombone
Peggy Dell Piano
Jim Dunlop Violin
Bob Easson Violin
Paul Fenoulhet Trombone, Trumpet
Joe Ferrie Trombone
Jack Halsall Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Cyril Hellier Violin
Billy Higgs Trumpet
Teddy Jepsen Trumpet
Eddie Macaulay Piano
Alex Morris Guitar
Bill Mulraney Trombone
Jack Nathan Piano
Jean Pougnet Violin
Jack Raine Trumpet
Freddie Schweitzer Alto Saxophone
Bill Shakespeare Trumpet
Rudy Starita Drums, Xylophone, Vibes
Billy Thorburn Piano, Track Performer
Hugh Tripp Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Cliff Woodridge Trumpet
Max Goldberg Trumpet
Harry Robbins Xylophone, Timpani, Vibes
Tommy Ward Trombone
Freddy Williams Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Lew Stevenson Drums
Joyce Taylor Guitar
Basil Wiltshire Drums
Pat O'Malley Track Performer
Eugene Pini Violin
Dave Shand Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Les Allen Track Performer
Theo Farrar Brass, String Bass
Tommy McQuater Trumpet
Oscar Rabin Leader, Bass Saxophone
Tony Thorpe Trombone
George Evans Tenor Saxophone
Bert Howell Violin
Fred Brooks Trumpet
Eddie Carroll Piano
Benjamin Frankel Violin
Harry Freedman Violin
Anne Lenner Track Performer
Alex Clark Drums
Art Christmas Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Billy Amstell Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Michael Blakey Drums
Sid Brown Clarinet, Piano, Tenor Saxophone
Sam Costa Track Performer
Jack Jones Trombone
Jack Cummings Drums
Eddie Platt Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Les Lambert Clarinet, Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone
Joseph White String Bass
John Murphy Trombone, Trumpet
Jimmy Gordon Alto Saxophone
Savoy Hotel Orpheans Track Performer
Jimmy Macaffer Trumpet
Helen Raymond Track Performer
Brian Lawrance Trombone, Violin
Joe Gibson String Bass
Joseph Hitchenor Violin
Michael Krein Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
John "Johnny Genius" Murphy Trombone, Trumpet
Denny Dennis Track Performer
Dick Ball String Bass
Jimmy Miller Track Performer
Jack Jackson & His Band Trumpet
Sonny Farrar Banjo
Robinson Cleaver Organ
Harry Letham Trumpet
Monia Liter Piano
Roy Martin Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
John Bristol Flute, Alto Saxophone
Alec Ure Drums
Bill Tringham Guitar
Edgar Bracewell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Shankland Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Tenor Saxophone
Archie Craig Trumpet
Harry Gold Clarinet, Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Benny Greenwood Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Harry Owen Trumpet
Alfie Noakes Trumpet, Mellophonium, Mellowphone
Sid Bright Piano
Clinton Ffrench Trumpet
Dick Willows Violin
Gilbert Webster Drums, Xylophone, Timpani, Vibes
Eddie Pullen Banjo, Guitar
Frenchie Sartell Trumpet
Con Lamprecht Steel Guitar, Tenor Saxophone
Sid Fearn Trumpet
Tom Balderson Trumpet
Norman Barker Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bert Barnes Piano
Clem Bernard Piano
Bill Boland Trombone
Tom Bonney Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Charlie Botterill Drums
Reg Brewster Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Bromley String Bass
Fred Bruce Clarinet, Violin, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Mick Burberry Baritone Saxophone
Maurice Burman Drums
Harry Carr Flute, Alto Saxophone
Harry Chapman Harp
Tich Charlton Trumpet
Chips Chippendall Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Hamish Christie Trombone
Sydney Delmonte Guitar
Hughie Diamond Drums
George Dickinson Guitar
Geoff Howard Violin
Len Edwards Piano
Jack Edwardson Trumpet
Jack Evetts String Bass
Eddie Fearn Trumpet
Bob Findlay Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Finneran Violin
Eddie Freeman Guitar
Cliff Garlick Trumpet
Freddy Gibson Baritone Saxophone
Burton Gillis Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lou Goldsmith Guitar
Ralph Goldsmith Drums
Albert Gordon Piano
Alf Gray Drums
Jack Greenwood Drums
Bert Groves String Bass
Harry Hakan Piano, Piano-Accordion
Cyril Halliday Guitar, String Bass
Will Hemmings String Bass
Tommy Henry Trombone
Andy Hodgkiss Trumpet
Stanley Howard Trumpet
Ellis Jackson Trombone
Jos Jeannette Flute, Alto Saxophone
Harry Kahn Piano, Piano-Accordion
Alf Kaplan Piano, Piano-Accordion
Dick Kyte Trumpet
Len Leon Violin
Sydney Lipton Violin
Tommy Littlewood Xylophone, Vibes
Leon Mack Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jack Mangin Trombone
Jim Merritt String Bass
Sid Millward Clarinet, Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Alec Mitchell Trombone
Stan Osborne Alto Saxophone, Piano-Accordion
Eric Peercival Violin
Jack Penn Piano
Eric Percival Violin
Harry Pike Guitar
Harry Preston String Bass
Stan Quiddington Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
George Rawlinson Drums
Reggie Richmond String Bass
Edward Rubach Piano
Bill Shapespeare Trumpet
Phil Silverstone Violin
Sam Freed Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ted Simpkins Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Clem Stevens Trumpet
Lee Street String Bass
Johnny Swinfen Clarinet, Violin, Alto Saxophone
Wally Talbot Trumpet
Carl Tauber Violin
Phil Trix Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jack Uwewllyn Guitar
Cecil Walden Drums
Roy Wallace Piano
Roy Wallis Piano
Arthur Watkins Guitar, Cello
George Weedon Piano
Sydney Williamson Violin
Bob Winnette Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Al Morgan Violin, Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Durrant Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Williams Trumpet
Tommy Blades Drums, Xylophone
Frank Davis String Bass
Danny Miller Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jack Hylton & His Orchestra Track Performer
Jack Harris Violin
Max Bacon Drums
Johnny Marks Drums
Technical Credits
Jack Hylton Director
Bert Ambrose Director
Roy Fox Director
Carroll Gibbons Director
Charlie Kunz Director
Henry Hall Director
Joe Loss Director
Alan Roach Brass Band
Jack Jackson Director
Hugh Palmer Liner Notes
Billy Cotton Director
Harry Davis Director
Billy Merrin and His Commanders Director
Jack Payne Director
Lew Stone Director
Geraldo & His Orchestra Director
Clem Lawton Brass Band
Billy Thorburn Director
Theo Farrar Brass Band
Oscar Rabin Co-Leader
Lou Handman Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Maurice Sigler Composer
Ray Fox Director
Lou Preager Director
Harry Leader Director
Brian Lawrance Director
Teddy Joyce Director
Jack Jackson & His Band Director
Charlie Asplin Brass Band
Tommy Kinsman Director
Sydney Lipton Director, Contributor
Carl Tauber Impersonations
Dave Bennett Remastering
Jack Harris Director
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