Jack Jackson

Jack O'Diamonds, Vol. 2

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The second of three volumes covering British bandleader Jack Jackson's recorded output, this one collects sides cut between December 1934 and May 1938. Refined and safe, and soothing to a fault, these tracks don't ruffle any feathers and the smooth pleasantness continually on display here can get a bit numbing. Among the highlights are "Turning the Town Upside Down," with a solid vocal by Jackie Hunter, and "The Wheel of the Wagon Is Broken," a faux cowboy ballad sung with such seriousness by Fred Latham that it rises into the realm of the accidentally infectious.

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