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Hits of the Thirties Import

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1. Why Stars Come Out At Night - Carroll Gibbons
2. Solitude - Hutch
3. Love Walked In - Jack White
4. Broken Hearted Clown - Jimmy Messene
5. A Tisket A Tasket - Nat Gonella
6. Dont Let That Moon Get Away - Eddie Carroll
7. Heart Of Gold - Turner Layton
8. The Way You Look Tonight - Carroll Gibbons And The Orpheans
9. Two Sleepy People - Hutch
10. Evrything Has Changed But You - Teddy Joyce And His Orchestr
11. Coffee In The Morning - Billy Cotton And His Band
12. You Go To My Head - Hutch
13. So Many Memories - Elsie Carlisle
14. Its A Sin To Tell A Lie - Sam Browne
15. Everythings In Rhythm With My Heart - Jack Jackson And His O
16. Here Comes The Sandman - Victor Silvester
17. Woe Is Me - Oscar Rabin And His Band Dinah Miller
18. Sweet As A Song - Phil Green
19. Tears On My Pillow - Harry Roy
20. Sweet Someone - Al Bowlly
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B0000C83KK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,648,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna on July 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
At first glance, this budget 3-CD set from EMI seems like a bargain, but closer inspection raises a number of reservations. 20 tracks per CD is not generous, and the title is a misnomer, because that implies a panoramic tour of the decade (say, six hits per year). Instead, these tracks date from the middle to the late thirties (and at least one, by Victor Silvester, comes from the early forties!), and it's questionable whether they were all hits.

Information about the tracks is minimal, amounting to song title, artist, and composer and publisher credits. Sweet As A Song is by Al Bowlly, but has been misattributed to Phil Green, and other vocals are credited at whim. Presumably the design is meant to be in Art Deco style, but merely succeeds in looking garish. It's a pity less attention was given to those details than was spent on the copyright warnings, of which I counted seven!

All of which, remembering EMI's wonderful LP series "The Golden Age Of British Dance Bands", I found most disappointing. However, there are several things to be said in this set's favour. The remastering quality is excellent, and the mix of dance band and personality tracks works well. Although tracks seem to have been selected at random, many of them have been available hitherto only on the original 78 issue. I was delighted that room had been found for four tracks by both Elsie Carlisle and Al Bowlly, but wish that Betty Driver's rendition of Tommy Dorsey's signature tune had not been resurrected.

This is a bit of a curate's egg, mainly because of EMI's failure to adopt a more painstaking approach. My advice is to buy it if you're prepared to accept those deficiencies
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Hebbron on June 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD was my housewarming party and as my house was built in 1935 I wanted to make the theme of it 1930's. We had cocktails and everyone came in fancy dress, the guys in Dinner Suits and the Girls in Bias cut evening gowns and Marcel wave hairdo's.

This box set of 3 albums was all I expected and more, lovely tunes in a big band style, it felt as though the people missing from the party were the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Noel Coward etc etc. There will be tunes here lots of folk recognise, it amazes me just how old some tunes are! Classics like, "Sunny Side of the Street", "Tea for Two" and "Just the way you look" are here. Incidently, two tracks feature the singer, "Betty Driver", then a young Girl now a veteran actor on "Coronation Street", playing "Betty" of "Betty's Hotpot" fame. Like all the other singers she has a delightful and clear voice on the album. Anyone who loves the period will love this, it would be great for an old folks home or as back ground music in an Antique store/ Old style Tea Room.
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By Antonio Pla Bou on September 14, 2014
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