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Fascinating Rhythm: Original Songs of the 1920s
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Ah, the Twenties! Can there ever have been such a decade, so endlessly discussed, pored over and analysed?
We see it as a period of unparalleled hedonism, quite unlike any other, with Bright Young Things seemingly engaged in a perpetual day-and-night party, fuelled by bathtub gin and dancing wantonly to the bright, snappy rhythms of jazz.
F. Scott Fitzgerald defined the era as the 'Jazz Age', publishing his novel 'The Great Gatsby' in 1926, a key text for the times, encapsulating the headlong but ultimately self-destructive mood of the moment, what one writer called 'the greatest, gaudiest spree in history'.
Bert Firman - Kansas City Kitty
Red Nichols - After You've Gone
Savoy Havana Band - Masculine Women & Feminine Men
The Charleston Chasers - Wabash Blues
The Savoy Orpheans - The Charleston
Jack Hylton & His Orchestra - There's One Little Girl Who Loves Me
Miff Moles Little Molers - You Took Advantage of Me
New Mayfair Orchestra - Spread a Little Happiness
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra - Louisiana
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Cotton Club Stomp
Jack Hylton & His Orchestra - Button Up Your Overcoat
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra - There Ain't No Sweet Man
Ted Lewis & His Band - Glad Rag Doll
The Savoy Orpheans - Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - Dinah
The Rhythmic Eight - Umtcha, Umtcha, Da, Da, Da
The Savoy Havana Band - Turkish Towel
Arthur Roseburg - Lets Do It
Lloyd Keating - Turn On The Heat
Louis Armstrong - That Rhythm Man
Frankie Trumbauer & Bix Beiderbecke - Singin' The Blues
Ambrose & His Orchestra - Painting The Clouds With Sunshine
Johnny Hamps Kentucky Serenaders - Black Bottom
Arcadians Dance Orchestra - When I Met Connie In The Cornfield
Jack Hylton & His Orchestra - Sunshine
The Savoy Orpheans - Fascinating Rhythm
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Fortunately for us, this compilation is set firmly in the latter part of the twenties, when talkies became a viable proposition and the level of songwriting was boosted by the demands of the silver screen. Here are 26 of the great hits of the twenties, immaculately restored in Past Perfect style.
For that reason I constantly look for music from the 20's & 30's, because it is upbeat, direct, silly sometimes, usually very fun, and has catchy composition. This compilation encompasses a great streak of popular songs from a time nearly forgotten. If you like music around the great depression era and don't have these songs in your collection, get it.