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Earlier I posted On the Trail by Ferde Grofé on the classical music thread. This is probably one for John from Staffs if he sees this thread because it is Ferde Grofé and his Orchestra playing Temptation recorded in 1933, two years after he wrote the more serious Grand Canyon Suite. The orchestra is OK and the vocalist, who I have never heard of, is a big improvement on Donald Peers, though that wouldn't be difficult.
An attempt to redeem poor old Bertini, with a little potted history of the band, but another vocalist who wasn’t much better.
What we mustn’t lose sight of is that the Woolworths Eclipse records cost all of sixpence, that is, two and a half decimalised pence, so you can’t really expect much. I’m not sure whether they were double sided though.
But in an attempt to redeem myself, a visit to the quality end. Ambrose and Sam Browne, what could be better?
Yes, John, Bertini sounds of like the worse of the Serbian brass bands, and some are quite listenable & entertaining, and the vocalist sounds as though someone is strangling a certain part of his anatomy. Whereas Ambrose is, as always, smooth and polished.
There is so much more, but at this time, just a memory of a big band, the output of which I have spent many hours listening and dancing to on Saturday nights at Trentham Gardens ballroom, but who seemed to make no records.