Geraldo & His Gaucho Tango Orchestra

Geraldoland

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Dutton Vocalion's Geraldoland is a spicy-sweet sampler of nostalgic performances by British dance band leader Geraldo & His Gaucho Tango Orchestra. These recordings, cut for Columbia, Decca, and HMV between August 2, 1935, and November 11, 1938, document the heyday of this colorful ensemble on the eve of its transformation into Geraldo & His Sweet Music, an equally conventional-sounding pop orchestra that would tour Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East during the Second World War. This progression is embodied in the rather exaggerated vocal styles of Monte Rey, Geraldo's quasi-operatic chortler who dominated the earlier recordings, and the more approachable Cyril Grantham, who sounds best when handling that famous rhumba "The Lady in Red" and the hunky-dory anthem "Lovely Liza Lee." This charming collection contains four of Geraldo's patented medleys and a swell instrumental rendition of "It's De-Lovely."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:11
2
2:55
3 2:46
4
3:15
5
2:54
6
3:11
7
3:08
8
3:11
9 3:03
10
3:05
11
3:06
12
2:52
13
3:07
14
2:53
15
3:00
16
3:10
17
3:13
18 3:10
19 2:37
20
3:25
21
3:13
22
3:11
23
3:31
24
3:23
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