Friday, 9 August 2013

Retro Vinyl: The World of Music Hall (Decca, 1970)

Here's a neat little compilation from 1970 that made up part of Decca Records World of... Series.

The World Of Music Hall (PA 81) features vintage turns from the likes of Bobbie Comber, Dick Tubb, Marie Kendall, Marie Lloyd Jr, Max Miller and Florrie Forde, and in most cases stretching back to the 1930s.

There's a real vintage charm to many of these recordings, giving the impression of a bygone era where stage entertainment could be cheeky but fun.

Unlike most of Decca's World Of... series at the time of this release, this album was released in Mono format only.

The album opens with Leslie Saroney's In The Twi-Twi-Twilight and dates from 1950, merely 20 years old when this LP was released, whereas all the other tracks were recorded during the 1930s.

George Robey's Its The First Time I Ever Done That is one of the cheekier numbers on the album but at the same time good fun and displaying that not all humour dates, while Marie Kendall's recordings of songs from the last 30 years is both an education and enchanting.

A nice effort from Decca to plummet their archives of vintage material, although it doesnt look like they revisited this subject again for further volumes.

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