Ambrose (Big Band) The Hottest of the Decca 'M' Series (1929-1930)

The Hottest of the Decca 'M' Series (1929-1930)
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  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: Retrieval Records


  • Buy for $0.991.A Precious Little Thing Called Love
  • Buy for $0.992.Mean To Me
  • Buy for $0.993.You'ree the Cream In My Coffee
  • Buy for $0.994.Do Something
  • Buy for $0.995.Sugar is Back
  • Buy for $0.996.Walking With Susie
  • Buy for $0.997.Breakaway
  • Buy for $0.998.Louise
  • Buy for $0.999.Hittin' the Ceiling
  • Buy for $0.9910.I'm Bringing a Red, Red Rose
  • Buy for $0.9911.Thou Swell
  • Buy for $0.9912.Lovable and Sweet
  • Buy for $0.9913.L-O-V-E
  • Buy for $0.9914.If I Had a Talking Picture of You
  • 15.Miss Wonderful
  • 16.Painting the Clouds With Sunshine
  • 17.Tip-Toe Through the Tulips With Me
  • 18.I'll Be Getting Along
  • 19.Piccolo Pete
  • 20.Happy Days Are Here Again
  • 21.High and Low
  • 22.The One I Love Just Can't Be Bothered With Me
  • 23.I'm Following You
  • 24.I'm On a Diet of Love

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Personnel: Joe Brannelly (guitar, banjo); Phil Neely, Eric Siday (violin); Joe Jeanette, Joe Crossman, Danny Polo (clarinet, saxophone); Dennis Ratcliffe, Sylvester Ahola (trumpet); Ted Heath (trombone); Dick Escott (brass); Bert Read (piano); Max Bacon (drums).
Arrangers: Bert Read; Lew Stone.
The British Decca record label was established in early 1929. After creating a handful of experimental unreleased pressings, the highly regarded dance band led by Bert Ambrose became the first such organization to make commercially issued records for this company. Retrieval's Hottest of the Decca 'M' Series presents two-dozen cherrypicked titles from this part of the Ambrose discography, beginning with "A Precious Little Thing Called Love" from April 25 and skipping along chronologically to end upon "I'm on a Diet of Love," which was waxed on February 19, 1930. This is not an exhaustively complete survey of Ambrose on Decca 'M', and the word "hottest" might mean popular and best-selling if not the liveliest or most danceable. Like several other similarly excellent Ambrose collections covering roughly the same period, this set is sprinkled with sweet vocals by Eddie Grossbart, Lou Abelardo, and Sam Browne. While none of these gents measured up to the standard set by the afterwards deified Al Bowlly, each was a capable interpreter of traditional pop songs like "Louise," "Hittin' the Ceiling," and "If I Had a Talking Picture of You." The best thing about vintage Ambrose is the solidity of his band, its star instrumentalists, and the expertly crafted arrangements which enabled the group to swing well before the word "swing" became a tool for mass marketing. The Ambrose band really triumphed during the '30s. These recordings document their ascension to prominence as one of the best dance bands of their time. For that reason, Retrieval's superbly crafted tribute to Ambrose is most highly recommended. ~ arwulf arwulf

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