Monday, 19 May 2014

Retro Vinyl Find: George Formby Collection (Ace Of Clubs / London Records)

In a career that spanned some 40 years between 1921 and 1961, George Formby achieved much including starring in some 21 films and  recording over 200 songs with his trusty ukulele. George wasn't really of the album era, his heyday undoubtedly been that of the 78RPM Gramophone Record, but the songs he recorded, with a cheeky but innocent edge have served to inspire and give pleasure some 50 years beyond his lifetime.

I was introduced to George through watching reruns of his films on TV in the 1970s and 1980s. It seems odd now that these are rarely shown considering the amount of film channels we have today. My younger brother in turn also became a fan and I remember even taking him to see Alan Randall's stage show based on George's later life Turned Out Nice Again to The Georgian Theatre in Richmond, North Yorkshire around 1990.

In 2014, Formby's legacy lives on through a committed appreciation society and a stage show starring Ewan Wardrop.

Although I've loved and appreciated George Formby's music for many years, I have to confess I've never owned much in the way of recordings by him so couldn't resist this recent vinyl find in a charity shop in Narberth, West Wales.

George Formby Collection (Ace of Clubs/London) features 10 classic tracks including Leaning On A Lamp Post, Auntie Maggie's Remedy and When I'm Cleaning Windows.

Theres no indication as to when the album was released, but apparently this is a Canadian issue (according to Discogs website) and I'm suspecting released either in the mid 1950s to early 1960s. The British strand of Ace of Clubs released a George Formby Souvenir in 1961 so perhaps this predates it.

There's a great selection of tracks featured here, all signature of Formby's style and success and the recordings (taken from the original masters) sound fabulous, even in mono!

George Formby Collection
Ace Of Clubs/London Records ACL7903
  1. Come Hither With Your Zither
  2. Levi's Monkey Mike
  3. It's No Use Looking At Me
  4. You Can't Keep A Growing Lad Down
  5. Auntie Maggie's Remedy
  6. When I'm Cleaning Windows
  7. She's Never Been Seen Since Then
  8. Swimmin' With The Wimmin
  9. Chinese Laundry Blues
  10. Leaning On A Lamp Post

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