Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Beatiful songs, beautifully remastered
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A fine selection of mid-late thirties Lew Stone recordings. Perhaps there is little that has not been reissued before, but you will have to buy the CD to believe the lifelike quality of the digital remastering. Michael Dutton has made these 78s come up like recordings made only yesterday and should be recognised as one of the finest sound engineers ever to apply his expertise to British Dance band music. Never mind that you've got the tracks already - you'll go wild over these. Turn the hi fi up loud and never mind the neighbours. You will want to dip into this collection whenever you wish to remind yourself of the expertise of Britain's finest musicians of the thirties in almost high fidelity sound quality. No surface noise, and - a rarity - no distortion. I cannot recommend this CD too highly."
MID-THIRTIES FARE FROM A STONE DEAD CERT
Barry McCanna | Normandy, France | 01/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the first volume in what has since become a steady stream of Lew Stone reissues from Dutton Vocalion (currently Volume 6 and counting). He's best remembered for the fact that Al Bowlly's vocals graced many of his Decca recordings, but apart from the last five tracks this compilation comes from the intermediate Regal Zonophone period, and spans December 1934 to October 1935. The title track reflects the symbiotic relationship that existed then between the BBC and the British dance bands. Lacking his principal vocalist (who'd decamped to the States with Ray Noble) Lew called upon the singing talents of his players, plus Sam Browne, Brian Lawrance, Sam Costa, the Radio Three, and visiting songsmith Al Hoffman. The result is a beautifully remastered, delightfully varied selection which includes several instrumentals (Frank Trumbauer's "The Bouncing Ball" and Eddie Carroll's "Ebony Shadows" amongst them)."