A truly great album featuring Billy Cotton and many other memorable bandleaders. Enjoy 22 superb tracks, each one by a different British Dance Orchestra. Great maestros, fine bandleaders and sheer majesty of sound. This evocative collection will get you up and dancing, just like they did in the 1930s.
“I was rather pleasantly surprised by one of your issues ‘The Great British Dance Bands’. The sound quality immediately captured my attention and I marvelled that this wonderful music could be presented as attractively as this after so many years. It left me wanting more!” J Kiefte, The Netherlands
Demand for the melodious sounds produced by British Dance Bands in their halcyon days remains very strong. One can view them as a refuge from the discordant mish-mash that constitutes today’s world of popular music. To meet this need, we are pleased to present this collection of twenty-two tracks, each one by a different orchestra, transferred from the original discs, all of which were issued between 1928 and 1943.
How appropriate that the first track is by Jack Hylton and his Orchestra. This was the great show band of the 1930s. Not for them the routine of the fixed hotel, restaurant or ballroom engagement. Prestige was maintained and enhanced by regular appearances on stage at theatres and halls not only throughout Britain, but also on the continent. Frequent sessions in the recording studios produced a flow of 78s on the HMV and Decca labels for almost twenty years. Did You Mean It? was made in December 1936, just as Edward VIII’s predicament was belatedly revealed to the nation; happily, this did not affect a sparkling performance by Jack’s orchestra and his own vocal group, The Swingtette.