Eighteen songs that George Gershwin wrote for shows and films are performed by the Berkeley Square Society Band in a style that could be heard in London music halls in the 1920s. Most of these tunes have perfectly suitable if straight vocals by Paul Thornley and/or Bernadine Prichett although there is an occasional instrumental. The style and arrangements performed by the 11-piece band sound purposely dated and at times rather corny, not adding anything new to the pieces. There is a period charm to the interpretations, but it would have been preferable to have at least the flavor of jazz on some of these pieces. For selective tastes only.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow