Al Bowlly / Ray Noble

HMV Sessions, Vol. 2: 1930-1934

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A word of caution is in order: golden-voiced British crooner Al Bowlly was an amazing performer whose recordings could easily become habit forming. Unlike so many other sentimentally inclined vocalists, Bowlly was blessed with the uncanny ability to open his heart and transform virtually any popular song into an intoxicating rite of passage from which sensitive listeners may well emerge feeling completely transformed. Dutton Vocalion's HMV Sessions, Vol. 2: 1930-1934 opens with the almost opiate-tinged "Lazy Day," a captivating reverie that rates with Bowlly's best recorded performances. This delightful collection contains 24 sides cut between June 1931 and January 1932 with accompaniments by Ray Noble & His Orchestra. In addition to five medleys of "Miracle Melodies," "Holiday Hits" and "Tunes of Not So Long Ago," highlights include "Belle of Barcelona," "There's Something in Your Eyes," "Hang Out the Stars in Indiana" and Noël Coward's "Twentieth Century Blues."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:06
2
3:17
3
2:57
4
3:13
5
2:50
6
3:05
7
3:19
8
3:19
9
3:06
10
3:14
11
3:03
12
2:23
13
3:12
14 2:57
15
3:00
16
2:20
17
2:28
18
3:12
19 3:28
20 3:13
21 2:53
22
3:05
23
3:20
24 2:45
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