Ray Noble

HMV Sessions, Vol. 5: 1930-1934

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The U.K.'s amazing Dutton Vocalion reissue label presents volume five in the complete HMV recordings of Ray Noble. Although the series covers the years 1930-1934, this disc zeroes in on the spring of 1933, following a trail of pleasant British dance band records from February 7 to May 24 in almost but not quite chronological order. The main attraction here is vocalist Al Bowlly, who could always take any song and transform it into three minutes of pure delight. He even manages to maintain enough buoyancy for two while performing in duet with Frances Day on "When My Little Pomeranian Met Your Little Pekinese." Bowlly treads in Bing Crosby's footsteps with "Stay on the Right Side of the Road" and maintains his friendly composure even while negotiating a somewhat cruel portrait of "Wheezy Anna." The nicest and most uplifting numbers are "Hustlin' and Bustlin' for Baby," "That's What Life is Made Of" and "I Shall Keep Smiling Along."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Al Bowlly
3:23
2
feat: Al Bowlly
2:40
3
feat: Al Bowlly
2:31
4
feat: Al Bowlly
3:05
5
feat: Al Bowlly
3:11
6
feat: Al Bowlly
2:32
7
feat: Al Bowlly
2:58
8
feat: Al Bowlly
2:49
9
feat: Al Bowlly
2:55
10
feat: Al Bowlly
3:04
11
feat: Al Bowlly
2:53
12
feat: Al Bowlly
3:18
13
feat: Al Bowlly
2:24
14
feat: Al Bowlly
2:51
15
feat: Al Bowlly
2:56
16
feat: Al Bowlly
3:10
17
feat: Al Bowlly
2:41
18
feat: Al Bowlly
3:14
19
feat: Al Bowlly
2:44
20
feat: Al Bowlly
3:21
21
feat: Al Bowlly
3:11
22
feat: Al Bowlly
3:11
23
feat: Al Bowlly
3:23
24
feat: Al Bowlly
2:34
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