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Love Is The Sweetest Thing: 36 Original Recordings 1931-1946

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(2-CD set) Ray Noble was born in Brighton, England in 1903. He learned to play piano as a child and during his teens was given lessons in orchestration. Noble's skill for arranging impressed Jack Payne, bandleader for the BBC, who hired Noble as his arranger. Noble began recording on the HMV label as the director on the Mayfair Orchestra and was soon given label credit under his own name. From 1929 to 1934 Noble made over 500 records for HMV, also released in the U.S.A. on Victor. Noble wrote many hit songs, four of which are provided here. His classic Goodnight Sweetheart completes this album. In late 1934, Noble, his wife Gladys, his manager and Al Bowlly, Noble's long time vocalist, came to the States, and started arranging for Paramount Studios. In early 1935 he formed a new band with several respected jazz musicians such as Charlie Spivak, Glenn Miller, Will Bradley, Bud Freeman and Claude Thornhill. In 1935 the band had its first recording session cutting 7 songs including Soon. During 1935-36, Noble made many others including Top Hat.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love Is the Sweetest Thing [From Say It with Music]
  2. Let's Face the Music and Dance [From Follow the Fleet]
  3. Dinner for One, Please, James
  4. Big Chief de Sota
  5. Soon [From Mississippi]
  6. Top Hat [From Top Hat]
  7. Why Dream? [From the Big Broadcast of 1936]
  8. Double Trouble [From the Big Broadcast of 1936]
  9. The Piccolino
  10. Yours Truly Is Truly Yours
  11. After All, You're All I'm After [From She Loves Me Not]
  12. I Wished on the Moon [From the Big Broadcast of 1936]
  13. One, Two, Button Your Shoe [From Pennies from Heaven]
  14. Where Am I? (Am I in Heaven?) [From Stars Over Broadway]
  15. Little Old Lady [From the Show Is on]
  16. Let's Swing It
  17. If You Love Me
  18. The Touch of Your Lips

Disc: 2

  1. The Very Thought of You
  2. Dinah
  3. Easy to Love [From Born To Dance]
  4. Little Dutch Mill
  5. There's Something in the Air [From Banjo on My Knee]
  6. Slumming on Park Avenue [From On the Avenue]
  7. Let Yourself Go [From Follow the Fleet]
  8. Now
  9. I've Got You Under My Skin [From Born To Dance]
  10. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
  11. St. Louis Blues
  12. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm [From On the Avenue]
  13. You're So Desirable
  14. She Loves Me Not [From She Loves Me Not]
  15. I'll Never Smile Again
  16. Sleepy Time Gal
  17. Linda
  18. Goodnight, Sweetheart


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Take Two
  • ASIN: B000BQR1IW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This one is on my "heavy rotation" list! Ray Noble was a master arranger and artist who brought out the best in his musicians and vocalists. He had an instinct for the heart and flavor of each song and brought it to the forefront through his amazing arranging skills. A romantic at heart, he was also a very talented composer who added many of his own songs to the great songbook of the era. This cd collection contains some of the best of Noble's recordings, and is a fine representation of the evolution of popular music through the 1930's and 1940's. As I said in a previous review (see "Al Bowlly - This is Romance"), Ray Noble and his Mayfair Dance Orchestra (later called, "Ray Noble and his Orchestra") the quality of the arrangements and musicianship is hard to beat.

The British musicians of Noble's orchestra are presented here in the early 1930's recordings. However, when Noble came to America, he was bound by law to hire American musicians for his gig here. Although the musicians on this side of The Pond were a different breed from what he was accustomed to, Noble (in his gentlemanly way) expected and received no less from them. They delivered. Man, did they deliver! The result is wonderful!

The one thing I must comment on that is highly evident in this collection is the influence of the great Glen Miller. Miller joined up with Noble in New York in the mid 1930's and brought on board the best American musicians of the time, among them Charlie Spivak, Bud Freeman, Pee Wee Erwin and Johnny Mince. Miller turned Noble on to the "new emerging sound" on the North American continent, SWING. Ray Noble, being no fool, included Swing in his New York engagement, much to the delight of Miller and the other "hot" musicians.
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I ordered the CD by Ray Noble titled "love Is The Sweetest Thing". I received a CD of the same name by Al Bowlly accompanied by a variety of orchestras. I want the Ray Noble CD.........................Doug King
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