CD of the Month


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Audio CD July 17th 2006
Label Rollercoaster Records
Discs 1
Catalogue No. NOMCD 101

The Heart of A Man
Come to My Arms Baby
This is Real, This is Love
Just in Time
Flattery - Duet
French Poodle
Nice & Easy
My Favourite Song
I’m Happy
Say Something Sweet
S’ Wonderful/ I Get a Kick Out of You
Avalon/Chicago
Exodus
Somewhere
In The Still of The Night
Just One of Those Things
Pennies From Heaven
Walk Away
I Remember It Well – Duet

 

When I first heard these wonderful recordings last year, I was amazed that they had survived, undiscovered, for over 40 years. My reaction was one of tremendous excitement, to hear my father singing fresh material after all this time, but, on reflection, the songs are even more significant since they represent a range of missing broadcast material from that era, songs that I thought had been destroyed. This is what makes this particular album so intimate and historically important. I was particularly touched to hear on the raw masters, my father dedicate “The Heart Of A Man”, recorded 20th June 1959, to myself and my mother in celebration of my birth.

A second rarity on this assignment is the fascinating interview that accompanies this album. Like the songs, it lay forgotten and unpublished for decades. Noted journalist and author, Stan Britt, who interviewed dad on several occasions throughout his career, had the professional foresight to preserve his achieved recordings and I am very grateful that he has allowed us to transcribe those interviews and share them with you.

I hope that you enjoy this long overdue album of rarities that provides a unique glimpse into my father’s early broadcast recording history at a time when he was on the brink of world fame.

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