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The Past Perfect Sampler: Intro To Music Of The 20s, 30s & 40s

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This CD is a wonderful introduction to Past Perfect, featuring tracks from each of our first 25 albums. With more than an hour of quality recordings and with remarkable remastering, how can you resist!
“I enjoyed The Sampler so much, I immediately played it again.” M Hupton, Norwich



  1. Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra – I Never Knew
  2. Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five – Doug The Jitterbug
  3. Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra – I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
  4. Bob Crosby & His Orchestra – King Porter Stomp
  5. George Formby – On The Wigan Boat Express
  6. Paul Whiteman (with Rosa Linda, piano) – Cuban Overture (Excerpt)
  7. Fats Waller – Carolina Shout
  8. Noel Coward – Just Let Me Look At You
  9. Beniamino Gigli – La Danza
  10. Reinhardt & Grappelli – Miss Annabelle Lee
  11. Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra – Muddy Water
  12. Ambrose & His Orchestra – I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plan
  13. Ginger Rogers  Let Yourself Go
  14. Ella Fitzgerald – Taking A Chance On Love
  15. Fred Astaire – Shall We Dance?
  16. Glenn Miller & His Orchestra – In The Mood
  17. Billie Holiday – Georgia On My Mind
  18. Fats Waller – Everybody Loves My Baby
  19. Roy Fox & His Orchestra – t’s Got To Be Love
  20. The Charleston Chasers – Wabash Blues
  21. Al Bowlly – Say When
  22. Benny Carter & His Orchestra – Mighty Like The Blues
  23. The Andrews Sisters – Why Talk About Love?
  24. The Ink Spots – Keep Away From My Doorstep
  25. Frank Sinatra – Paradise


  • Spanning 1927 to 1945
  • Jazz, Big Band & Solo Piano
  • Beautifully Remastered
  • 25 Original Recordings
  • Male & Female Vocal; Individual & Groups

From the first half of the twentieth century, the 78rpm record enabled millions to hear the greatest music of the day. From the Charleston craze in the Twenties, to the big band sound two decades later, people would wind up their gramophones, place a record on the turntable, put a steel needle into the prcious groove, and got carried away by Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and Glenn Miller. This was also the time of the birth of jazz, and many classic recordings soon followed, with the likes of Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. Listening to these records today can be a frustrating experience.  No matter how ‘nostalgic’ 78rpm surface noise is, there can be no doubt that the crackles and hiss all combine to distract from the music and obscure the recording.

Past Perfect created a new standard in the transfer and remastering of 78rpm records.  Our aim is to stay true to the integrity of the original sound, while at the same time revealing the music as clearly as we can do.The result is a sound quality that finally does justice to this great music; pure, classic performances of the greatest popular music ever. More than fifty years later, it’s like hearing it for the first time.
Our Sampler contains one track from every one of our first, top 25 CDs.  Go on, discover great music!


2 reviews for The Past Perfect Sampler: Intro To Music Of The 20s, 30s & 40s

  1. W. Irish, Australia

    I have eight CDs now and have been very impressed from the outset with the quality of reproduction, in particular, as well as the general presentation. Keep up the good work …… 🙂

  2. Mr Elbourne, The Wirral

    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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