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Elegance: A Musical Journey Through The 30s & 40s

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Music from the times of the great ocean liners – this album features polished performances from the most elegant artists of the 1930s and 40s, including Noel Coward, Nat King Cole, Fred Astaire and a wonderful Cole Porter medley from Hutch.
“These songs make me remember The Queen Mary. I was on her 2nd last voyage. What a ship. She was a wonder! I danced with my girl friend in the ball room to songs like these. Ah, The days.” Mr R. B.
“I was born in the 60s and when I was growing up they played a lot of movies on tv from this era and I loved it. With some of the films/musicals, they played similar music to this and I fell in love with it all over again. This is the music I want to tap dance to.” John Galvin

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  1. I'm In The Mood For Love Freddy Gardner 0:30
  2. My Ship Gertrude Lawrence 0:30
  3. I Travel Alone Noel Coward 0:30
  4. I Wished On The Moon Ruth Etting 0:30
  5. I Wished On The Moon Ruth Etting 0:30
  6. Nature Boy Nat King Cole 0:30
  7. Belleville Reinhardt & Grappelli 0:30
  8. Someday I'll Meet You Again Turner Layton 0:30
  9. I'm Not In Love Christine Norden 0:30
  10. Rockin' Chair Jack Hylton's Swingtette 0:30
  11. Look For The Silver Lining Jessie Matthews 0:30
  12. Cole Porter Medley Hutch 0:30
  13. And So Do I Elisabeth Welch 0:30
  14. Dreamdust Les Paul Trio 0:30
  15. I'm Old Fashioned Noel Coward 0:30
  16. When You Smile Christine Norden 0:30
  17. It's Only A Paper Moon Nat King Cole Trio 0:30
  18. I Only Have Eyes For You Freddy Gardner 0:30
  19. If This Is Only The Beginning Billy Ternent & Sam Browne 0:30
  20. Sweet William Billy Mayerl 0:30
  21. Symphony Major Glenn Miller's AAF Overseas Orchestra 0:30
  22. Says My Heart/You Leave Me Breathless Carroll Gibbons & His Boyfriends 0:30
  23. Everything Happens To Me Jack Buchanan 0:30
  24. Life Is A Song (Let's Sing It Together) Ruth Etting 0:30
  25. Dearly Beloved Fred Astaire 0:30


  • A 30s & 40s Musical Journey
  • Superb Renditions; Immaculate Taste
  • 24 Great Tracks
  • An Exclusive Medley
  • Featuring Fred Astaire and Glenn Miller

The very word ‘elegance’ may conjure up images of powdered wigs and courtiers parading about in eighteenth century garb with perhaps a harpsichord tinkling away somewhere in the background. But it has always been around if you look for it, in the Thirties, Forties – even today, in dress, design or – what concerns us here – music.

Sweet or hot, Freddy Gardner (1911-1950) had complete mastery of his instruments, be they saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone) or clarinet. In his tragically all-to-brief lifetime, he was in great demand and his brilliant, authoritative reedwork is fortunately evident on many records made from the 1930s to 1950. He recorded with the orchestras of Ray Noble and Jay Wilbur among many others, with small jazz oriented groups like the Six Swingers and the Rhythm Rascals, with visiting Americans Benny Carter and Buck and Bubbles – the list goes on. It is also a pleasure to find his playing leaping out at you in places where you would least expect it – in a Flanagan & Allen medley for example, or in the middle of a Jack Simpson xylophone record. Post-war, he recorded half a dozen glorious sides on alto saxophone with Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra, our examples here being I’m In The Mood For Love and I Only Have Eyes For You – it’s difficult to imagine these performances being improved upon.


3 reviews for Elegance: A Musical Journey Through The 30s & 40s

  1. Meeme

    They’ve remastered the originals to a T without losing any of the vintage style. This one in particular is mostly from the ’30’s to mid 40’s, with 6 out of 24 from late 40’s. The voices and style reflect that era with the typical higher pitch, use of minor keys and “warbling” vibratos. Somehow the music sets the background for a happy time and puts people at ease.

  2. Mr F

    Your transfers are superb, thank you.  So many radio stations do not believe that there was music before The Beatles

  3. Mr E

    May I compliment you on the sound and utter perfection of your CDs. Also on the speed of your delivery service. Thank your ‘team’ very much and tell them to keep up the good work. I have never heard such quality recordings as yours, most CDs of 20s and 30s music sound very scratchy and noisy

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