Al Bowlly

Just a Bowl of Cherries

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Choosing an Al Bowlly compilation to rate above all the others is a difficult proposition, since the fine British big band singer recorded thousands of titles and his CD compilations tend to be either exhaustively complete series or scattershot single discs. The Pearl Flapper compilation Just a Bowl of Cherries is slightly scattershot, but it was excellently compiled and it includes many examples of Bowlly at his best. Fronting orchestras led by Roy Fox or Ray Noble between 1930 and 1934, Bowlly illustrates his early mastery of microphone technology to express a range of emotions without needing to shout; exemplars of this style abound, led by the giddy affection he expresses during "Rain on the Roof," the elegant valentine "Goodnight, Vienna," and an ebullient "Smile, Darn You, Smile."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:50
2
2:32
3 2:57
4 2:29
5 2:30
6 2:23
7 2:25
8 2:26
9 2:21
10 2:18
11 2:27
12 2:33
13 2:25
14 3:24
15 2:52
16 3:30
17 3:44
18 3:13
19
3:09
20
3:23
21
3:36
22
3:26
23
2:23
24
2:27
25 2:45
26
feat: Ray Noble
2:54
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