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What Is This Thing Called Love: 1930s & 40s Love Songs

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This was the very first love album from Past Perfect and is still one of the most popular. Featuring 22 cool tracks beautifully performed by a selection of the very best nostalgic entertainers it’s easy to see why!
“The sound is superb – somehow it’s the original sound, but better! A big thumbs up to Past Perfect for what are top quality CDs, in every respect.” Michael Law, Piccadilly Dance Orchestra
“Such sweet feelings this music brings. Like it makes me miss something I never had. But love it.” Emma


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  1. Taking A Chance On Love Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra 0:30
  2. Sweet Lorraine The King Cole Trio 0:30
  3. What Is This Thing Called Love Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra/Connie Haines 0:30
  4. The Sunshine Of Your Smile Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 0:30
  5. All Of Me Helen O'Connell, Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra 0:30
  6. S'posin' Bing Crosby 0:30
  7. Say It With A Kiss Helen Forrest/Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 0:30
  8. May I Never Love Again Ted Weems & His Orchestra/Perry Como 0:30
  9. He's Funny That Way Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra/Thelma Carpenter 0:30
  10. These Foolish Things The Benny Goodman Sextet 0:30
  11. More Than You Know Billie Holiday & Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra 0:30
  12. When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful Fats Waller & His Rhythm 0:30
  13. Body And Soul Dinah Shore 0:30
  14. Why Do I Love You Tony Martin & Frances Langford 0:30
  15. I Can't Give You Anything But Love Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra 0:30
  16. Think It Over Nan Wynn & Her Orchestra 0:30
  17. Old Fashioned Love The Mills Brothers 0:30
  18. Here's Love In Your Eye Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra vocal by Helen Ward 0:30
  19. Two In Love Gene Krupa & His Orchestra/Anita O' Day & Johnny Desmond 0:30
  20. A Journey To A Star Judy Garland 0:30
  21. The Nearness Of You Glenn Miller & His Orchestra/Ray Eberle 0:30
  22. The Man I Love Dorothy Lamour 0:30


  • 1930s and 1940s Remastered Love Songs
  • Songs About That Most Universal Of All Emotions; Love
  • Including Ella Fitzgerald & Bing Crosby
  • 22 Romantic Classics, Laid Back Numbers
  • Over An Hour Of Soothing Vintage Music

Songs about that most universal of all emotions, love, strike a chord with anyone who has or has had stars in their eyes. Of course your partner is the most wonderful person in creation – and why not? Such a relationship heightens your awareness and you really do look at the world through rose-coloured glasses. You will therefore have an affinity with all of these songs – you’ve either been there, or at least you can imagine yourself in the singer’s place.
As the Thirties yielded to the Forties, subtle changes were taking place on the popular music front. The general trend was away from the livelier tunes to slower, more laid-back numbers. During the war years too, the personality vocalist came to the fore in a big way. On this compilation for example Frank Sinatra was to emerge from the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and Perry Como from Ted Weems’ unit. Ella Fitzgerald, out of respect for Chick Webb (who had died in 1939) carried on fronting his band for a while, before she too became a solo attraction in 1942. The big bands continued for a few more years until December 1946 when inside the space of a few weeks, eight American bandleaders disbanded. For some it was a temporary measure, for others it was for good. Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey were among the casualties, reflecting the shift in public taste. But there was no better training ground for aspiring vocalists than in the confines of a touring band – if you could survive and succeed there, the chances are that you would make it on your own.


2 reviews for What Is This Thing Called Love: 1930s & 40s Love Songs

  1. Hugh S

    I have about 24 of your CDs … and am very pleased with them all … It is wonderful to hear them re-mastered so perfectly

  2. Heather F

    I think you are doing a wonderful job preserving this old music for posterity. It is too valuable to be lost and conveyes so much of the character of the respective eras that you are working with… Thank you very much for the enclosed CD. Your quality of product is all that you and others say about it. Keep up the good work and keep searching for new times before they are irretrievably lost … Thanks for your prompt communication. You will be hearing more from me

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