George Formby England's Famed Clown Prince of Song (5-CD Box Set)

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Format: CD  (5 Discs)
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  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released: April 13, 2004
  • Label: Jsp Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.The Man Was a Stranger to Me
  • 2.Rolling Around Piccadilly
  • 3.John Willie's Jazz Band
  • 4.I Parted My Hair in the Middle
  • 5.John Willie Come On
  • 6.I Always Was a Willing Young Lad
  • 7.All Going Back
  • 8.In the Congo
  • 9.Our House Is Haunted
  • 10.Do de O Do
  • 11.Chinese Laundry Blues
  • 12.The Old Kitchen Kettle
  • 13.I Told My Baby With the Ukulele
  • 14.If You Don't Want the Goods, Don't Maul 'Em
  • 15.John Willie at the Licensing Office, Parts 1 & 2
  • 16.I Could Make a Good Living at That
  • 17.Let's All Go to Reno
  • 18.Why Don't Women Like Me?
  • 19.Running Round the Fountain in Trafalgar Square
  • 20.Sitting on the Ice in the Ice Rink
  • 21.Levi's Monkey-Mike
  • 22.With My Little Ukulele in My Hand
  • 23.As the Hours and the Days and the Months and the Years Go By

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.She's Never Been Seen Since Then
  • 2.Swimmin' With the Wimmin
  • 3.Sunbathin' in the Park
  • 4.The Wedding of Mr Wu
  • 5.I Went All Hot and Cold
  • 6.Baby
  • 7.My Ukelele
  • 8.Believe It or Not
  • 9.In a Little Wigan Garden
  • 10.You Can't Keep a Growing Lad Down
  • 11.It's No Use Looking at Me
  • 12.John Willie's Jazz Band
  • 13.There's Nothing Proud About Me
  • 14.The Best of Schemes
  • 15.Madame Moskovitch
  • 16.John Willie Goes Carolling, Parts 1 & 2
  • 17.Fanlight Fanny
  • 18.The Fiddler Kept on Fiddling
  • 19.Share and Share Alike
  • 20.I Do Do Things, I Do
  • 21.The Pleasure Cruise
  • 22.The Isle of Man
  • 23.The Wash House at the Back
  • 24.Riding in the TT Races

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Gallant Dick Turpin, Pts. 1 & 2
  • 2.A Farmer's Boy
  • 3.Radio Bungalow Town
  • 4.George Formby Medley, Parts 1 & 2
  • 5.Ring Your Little Bell
  • 6.Quick-Fire Medley
  • 7.The Window Cleaner
  • 8.Sitting on the Sands All Night
  • 9.Keep Your Seats Please
  • 10.Five and Twenty Years
  • 11.Dare-Devil Dick
  • 12.Bunkum's Travelling Show
  • 13.I'm a Froggie
  • 14.The Ghost
  • 15.Oh Dear Mother
  • 16.You're a Li-A-Ty
  • 17.When We Feather Our Nest
  • 18.With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock
  • 19.Hindoo Man
  • 20.Trailing Around in a Trailer
  • 21.Said the Little Brown Hen
  • 22.My Little Goat and Me
  • 23.Trailer for 'Keep Your Seats, Please'

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.The Lancashire Toreador
  • 2.My Plus Fours
  • 3.Easy-Going Chap
  • 4.The Window Cleaner, No 2
  • 5.Somebody's Wedding Day
  • 6.I Don't Like
  • 7.Keep Fit
  • 8.Biceps, Muscle and Brawn
  • 9.Leaning on a Lamp Post
  • 10.Hi-Tiddley-Hi-Ti Island
  • 11.Trailer for 'Keep Fit'
  • 12.You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming
  • 13.She Can't Say No
  • 14.Remember Me
  • 15.Maybe I'll Find Somebody Else
  • 16.Does Your Dream Book Tell You That?
  • 17.Like the Big Pots Do
  • 18.I Blew a Little Blast on My Whistle
  • 19.Wunga Bunga Boo
  • 20.Have You Ever Heard This One?
  • 21.Springtime's Here Again
  • 22.Noughts and Crosses
  • 23.The Joo-Jah Tree
  • 24.Mother, What'll I Do Now?
  • 25.In My Little Snapshot Album

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Our Sergeant-Major
  • 2.They Can't Fool Me
  • 3.It's in the Air
  • 4.Sitting Pretty With My Fingers Crossed
  • 5.Tan Tan Tivvy Tally-Ho
  • 6.I Wonder Who's Under Her Balcony Now
  • 7.Kiss Your Mansy Pansy
  • 8.Rhythm in the Alphabet
  • 9.Frigid Air Fanny
  • 10.Little Wooden Toolshed in the Garden
  • 11.Hill Billy Willie
  • 12.It's Turned Out Nice Again
  • 13.I Can Tell It by My Horoscope
  • 14.Hitting the High Spots
  • 15.Swing It, George, Parts1 & 2
  • 16.I'm the Husband of the Wife of Mr Wu
  • 17.It's a Grand and Healthy Life
  • 18.Goodnight, Little Fellow, Goodnight
  • 19.Pardon Me
  • 20.I'm Making Headway Now
  • 21.I Couldn't Let the Stable Down
  • 22.Dan, the Dairy Man
  • 23.The Blue-Eyed Blonde Next Door
  • 24.The Low-Down Lazy Turk
  • 25.The Lancashire Hot-Pot Swingers

Product Description:

Audio Remasterer: Ted Kendall.
Liner Note Authors: Ted Kendall; Drew Kent.
Recording information: 06/11/1926-08/20/1939.
George Formby was an entertainer in the great British music hall tradition who was much loved for his jaunty and engagingly silly songs, many of which were dotted with mild double entendre humor (such as "The Window Cleaner" and "My Plus-Fours"). Entertainers of Formby's era (he was at his most famous in the 1930s and '40s) were almost never asked to reinvent themselves -- they knew what their audiences wanted of them, and they were happy to deliver it time and time again, which is certainly borne out by this box set, which features no fewer than 120 Formby recordings cut between 1926 and 1939. Formby rarely if ever strays from form on England's Famed Clown Prince of Song -- except for a very few spoken comedy routines and medleys of popular tunes of the day, pretty much everything here features Formby's cheeky Scouse accent, his enthusiastic ukulele playing, and his playful songs, whose wink-wink nudge-nudge humor is buffered by the open-faced innocence of his personality. (Those East Indians, Asians, and French folk in the audience might be a shade less forgiving of Formby's ethnic humor, though it was hardly considered out of line in its day.) Which is to say this set offers more George Formby than anyone other than a deeply devoted fan would ever need; any one disc will give you a healthy sampling of his music and wit, while the whole of this collection amounts to an overdose. But Formby completists will certainly admire its depth and devotion to detail, and the transfers and mastering by Ted Kendall (from his own impressive collection of Formby 78s) sounds surprisingly strong, though the earliest tunes on disc one border on the incomprehensible between George's thick accent and the primitive recordings. If you're looking for a George Formby sampler, Castle's two-disc The Ultimate Collection will amply satisfy your needs, but if you want the Formby story writ large, England's Famed Clown Prince of Song will give you plenty to chew on. (And be advised JSP has another Formby box set in the works.) ~ Mark Deming
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