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Dutton-Vocalion seem to be migrating to e-music with their downloads (still in an early stage).

The McNair is there. I also notice one Dutton Epoch title - their excellent imprint that specialises in off the wall British classical from the last 150 or so years.

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I just saw this! Congratulations Roger!!!:party:

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Great! Now to order the H McN!

I had the McNair in my hands at Ray's yesterday and I think I saw it in the racks at HMV Oxford St too (they had the 2CD Dick Morrisseys and Dankworth Full Circle for £6 !) I passed on the McNair as I'd already mail ordered it from HMV - only to get an 'Out of Stock' email from them this morning. :angry:

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The Harold McNair CD arrived today - once again, a very great job by Vocalion in putting out the two sessions 'Harold McNair' and 'Flute & Nut'. Very good sound indeed and some nice liner notes by John Cameron on reminiscences re: McNair and Oliver Lomax putting the sessions into perspective with his other recordings. Cameron is featured strongly, of course, in the arrangements for 'Flute & Nut' (which seem to have been pitched for airplay on the Jimmy Young show.. :unsure: - enjoyable though).

I wonder if they can get hold of the master for a reissue of 'Affectionate Fink' (probably not, if they are still owned by Island Records I guess).

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I just saw this! Congratulations Roger!!!:party:

I thank you! :blush:

Did anyone get the Dankworth ("What the Dickens!" plus "Off Duty")? I positively love the former, a great and significant recording but have some slight reservations about the latter, later recording. Any opinions?

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n the arrangements for 'Flute & Nut' (which seem to have been pitched for airplay on the Jimmy Young show.. :unsure: - enjoyable though).

Not exactly a ringing endorsement, what's the other half like ??

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n the arrangements for 'Flute & Nut' (which seem to have been pitched for airplay on the Jimmy Young show.. :unsure: - enjoyable though).

Not exactly a ringing endorsement, what's the other half like ??

It's good. One of the tracks ('The Hipster') is a classic - featured on one of the Gilles Peterson compilations and alone is worth the price of admission IMO. Quite a soulful feel to the first album in particular.

I'm also a sucker for anything by John Cameron so it was good to hear 'Flue & Nut' too (no doubt the Frank Muir chocolate adverts were on the box when that title was being devised).

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Did anyone get the Dankworth ("What the Dickens!" plus "Off Duty")?

I placed an order for it a few days ago. Will get back with my thoughts when I've got it. I've not heard much of Dankworth's orchestra (I've got 'Windmill Tilter' and an LP copy of '$1.000.000 collection') and I'm looking forward to it.

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I've now listened to the disk, and while the remastering and reissue production is fine, I must say that I probably enjoy the '$1.000.000 collection' more. I don't know if a better familiarity with Charles Dickens' works might have helped, but while the Dickens suite held together nicely as a whole nothing really stood out as particularly moving or memorable in my opinion. I'll give a few more spins to see if I manage to get into it better.

I found the later 'Off Duty' album a bit lightweight and closer to easy instrumental music than jazz.

I hope I will not have offended our British jazzophiles on the forum with these remarks. :)

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I've now listened to the disk, and while the remastering and reissue production is fine, I must say that I probably enjoy the '$1.000.000 collection' more.

I found the later 'Off Duty' album a bit lightweight and closer to easy instrumental music than jazz.

I hope I will not have offended our British jazzophiles on the forum with these remarks. :)

I agree completely and, no, I'm NOT offended.

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Yes, that is very fair comment - Although the Dankworth bands always had a very strong jazz contingent in the lineup and there was always some jazz content, the 'showbusiness' element was always very prominent. Dankworth's albums also featured some of his catchy TV themes and - case in point - the 'Theme From Tomorrow's World' , very familiar to just about everyone over here of a certain age <_< .

To my ears 'What The Dickens' also has very much a 50s-West End, sort of 'Victorian music hall' feel sort of in keeping with the Dickens theme. Brits can probably appreciate it but I guess it doesn't travel well :) .

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I've now listened to the disk, and while the remastering and reissue production is fine, I must say that I probably enjoy the '$1.000.000 collection' more. I don't know if a better familiarity with Charles Dickens' works might have helped, but while the Dickens suite held together nicely as a whole nothing really stood out as particularly moving or memorable in my opinion. I'll give a few more spins to see if I manage to get into it better.

I found the later 'Off Duty' album a bit lightweight and closer to easy instrumental music than jazz.

I hope I will not have offended our British jazzophiles on the forum with these remarks. :)

I'm certainly not offended either. The thing that struck me as odd about "Off Duty" was that it did border on lounge music at times although it definitely had its moments. I have great affection for Dankworth's four major albums that were effectively a suite albeit one recorded over a number of years viz; "What the Dickens!", "Zodiac Variations", "The $1,000,000 Collection" and "Lifeline". These are to my ears significant works with contributions from some notable 'guest star' musicians, many of whom were members of Dankworth's bands at that time (Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs, Henry Lowther, to name just a few). I have listened to "What the Dickens" a number of times now and there are things about it that you just don't pick up on one or two cursory plays. For example, the arrangements Dankworth employed and the tonal colour he got out of the use of such unusual instruments in jazz such as the harp. Also, although some tracks have a rather "Mary Poppins" or "wotcha me old mate down the Old Kent Road" type of feel, there are some that are beautifully and sensitively executed, like the duo of Dankworth and Tubby Hayes on "Dodson and Fogg" which the more I listen to the more it reminds me of the much later work of S.O.S. But all the tracks are worthy of deeper exploration. Those four albums are real gems, which along with "Windmill Tilter" must rank as John Dankworth's finest recordings. I begged for years for these (four) to be reissued on commercial labels when they were only available somewhat less commercially (but nevertheless in a very fine presentation box set) on The Dankworth's own Sepia label. Now thankfully they are available on Vocalion and "Windmill Tilter" on BGO. I believe these are all essential for anyone seriously interested in British jazz. Now let's have those Neil Ardleys please! Oh and "Hum Dono" while you're about it!

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More new releases coming soon:

Archie Semple: Night People & Easy Living

Chris Barber, Ken Colyer & Mike Cotton: The Radio Luxembourg Sessions: The 208 Rhythm Club Volume 1

Al Fairweather, Sandy Brown & Humphrey Lyttelton: The Radio Luxembourg Sessions: The 208 Rhythm Club Volume 2

Harry Carney/Harold Ashby & Paul Gonsalves: Rock Me Gently & Two from Duke

William Russo & Kenny Baker: Russo in London & Blowing Up a Storm

Roosevelt Sykes: The Honeydripper & Face To Face With The Blues

Edited to add:

Harry Gold and His Pieces of Eight: PARADE OF PIECES

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William Russo & Kenny Baker: Russo in London & Blowing Up a Storm

Strange that they didn't combine 'Russo In London' with 'Stonehenge'. Good to see this one out on CD, nevertheless !

I'm looking forward to the Russo as the only thing of his I've heard was one track on an EMI sampler called "Jazz Explosion". Sounded good.

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Both of the Russos are excellent, Roger. Stellar band line-ups and very well recorded by Lansdowne. I'm particularly fond of 'Stonehenge' - at the time that this one was recorded you could clamber all over the stones unimpeded too. :smirk:

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Both of the Russos are excellent, Roger. Stellar band line-ups and very well recorded by Lansdowne. I'm particularly fond of 'Stonehenge' - at the time that this one was recorded you could clamber all over the stones unimpeded too. :smirk:

are these Kentonesque sides?

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Both of the Russos are excellent, Roger. Stellar band line-ups and very well recorded by Lansdowne. I'm particularly fond of 'Stonehenge' - at the time that this one was recorded you could clamber all over the stones unimpeded too. :smirk:

are these Kentonesque sides?

I would say so - yes.

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The new releases are now available at HMV for the pre-order price of £6 or less. Search string here.

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The new releases are now available at HMV for the pre-order price of £6 or less. Search string here.

Has anyone had any experience of using the HMV website for ordering CDs? The last time I ordered anything from them, which was some time ago, I gave up after a couple of weeks and cancelled.

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The new releases are now available at HMV for the pre-order price of £6 or less. Search string here.

Has anyone had any experience of using the HMV website for ordering CDs? The last time I ordered anything from them, which was some time ago, I gave up after a couple of weeks and cancelled.

Yes, I've ordered Vocalions from them and they arrived no problem within a week or so.

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The new releases are now available at HMV for the pre-order price of £6 or less. Search string here.

Has anyone had any experience of using the HMV website for ordering CDs? The last time I ordered anything from them, which was some time ago, I gave up after a couple of weeks and cancelled.

I wouldn't be recommending them if I didn't think they were any good!

There was a blip in customer service about a year ago when they migrated from Guernsey to Birmingham in the wake of the tax loophole being closed, but they are back to normal now.

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The new releases are now available at HMV for the pre-order price of £6 or less. Search string here.

Has anyone had any experience of using the HMV website for ordering CDs? The last time I ordered anything from them, which was some time ago, I gave up after a couple of weeks and cancelled.

I wouldn't be recommending them if I didn't think they were any good!

There was a blip in customer service about a year ago when they migrated from Guernsey to Birmingham in the wake of the tax loophole being closed, but they are back to normal now.

recently ordered the Harriott Vocalion double through them (was only £9 but shipping was £4.50) - took quite a while (it was OOS) but did come through in the end

one thing that did annoy me was related to VAT - their list prices include VAT which was not removed from my order (as Amazon UK does when shipping to Australia) - I emailed them twice about this but never received a reply

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The Archie Semple listed below (Night People & Easy Living) was already out as Archie Semple/Alex Welsh Big Four (Night People) on the Lake label.

More new releases coming soon:

Archie Semple: Night People & Easy Living

Chris Barber, Ken Colyer & Mike Cotton: The Radio Luxembourg Sessions: The 208 Rhythm Club Volume 1

Al Fairweather, Sandy Brown & Humphrey Lyttelton: The Radio Luxembourg Sessions: The 208 Rhythm Club Volume 2

Harry Carney/Harold Ashby & Paul Gonsalves: Rock Me Gently & Two from Duke

William Russo & Kenny Baker: Russo in London & Blowing Up a Storm

Roosevelt Sykes: The Honeydripper & Face To Face With The Blues

Edited to add:

Harry Gold and His Pieces of Eight: PARADE OF PIECES

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