Personnel: Anne Shelton, Denny Dennis, Evelyn Dall, Jack Cooper, Sam Browne, Vera Lynn, Alan Kane (vocals).
Recording information: 11/10/1939-09/09/1944.
Sailing majestically into the first half of the 1940s, England's most successful dance orchestra ground out uplifting pop tunes garnished with wholesomely enunciated vocals. There are no instrumentals on this disc. Ambrose did his best to emulate North America's white big bands, patterning his orchestra after Paul Whiteman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Charlie Barnet. The overall effect was often that of what used to be called a hotel orchestra. Vol. 6 in the Ambrose reissue series remastered by Michael J. Dutton focuses upon "The War Years," covering a time span from November 1939 to March 1945. Adhering to this label's stubborn refusal to arrange the selections in anything more than an almost but not precisely chronological sequence, this parcel of two dozen marvelous mood setters is valuable for its evocation of romantic popular music recorded and issued in the midst of world war. Ambrose seems to have had a knack for peculiar song titles, epitomized here by that unforgettable opus, "I Was Watching a Man Paint a Fence." ~ arwulf arwulf