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post Jun 4 2013, 07:16 PM
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As I work my way through the Al Bowlly discorgraphy I'm finding gems of music that I can't
seem to stop replaying. Three particular ones come to mind. They were recorded in London
on Dec. 20, 1933 with the Ray Noble Orch.

As usual Al's singing is great, but what really caught my attention was the exceptional band
playing. Just outstanding musicianship of various soloists and such masterful arrangements.
Ray Noble has my attention.

Take a listen and see if you don't agree. If they don't get your juices flowing and your
foot patting... then I don't know what.

You Ought To See Sally On Sunday

On A Steamer Coming Over

Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?

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post Jun 6 2013, 08:15 PM
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Yes these and many more Bowlly/Noble items are all great - I've known them for many years!

This Noble offering from 1932 without Bowlly isn't often heard and may be of interest:- The Cat and The Fiddle Selection
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post Jun 8 2013, 11:55 PM
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Great stuff - both of you. Thanks for posting them.

I hadn't ever heard The Cat And The Fiddle Selection before...


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post Jun 9 2013, 07:27 PM
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Lots of Ray Noble recordings, not all of them with Bowlly, are to be found at Internet Archive. Some of the attributions are suspect, for example a couple supposedly Bowlly/Noble dated 1929 don't seem right. Also the audio restorations by grimriper are not to everyone's taste.

I like Copper Blues which actually is from 1929 I believe.

Sad to say after about 1938 his musical abilities appeared to go downhill and he moved into acting as a "stereotypical upper-class English idiot" to quote Wikipedia.

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post Jun 10 2013, 07:24 PM
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QUOTE (limden @ Jun 9 2013, 03:27 PM) *
Sad to say after about 1938 his musical abilities appeared to go downhill..

This chart seems to reflect the same sentiment with the one exception of 'Linda' in 1947.

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post Jun 10 2013, 08:22 PM
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.... and it can be found here:- Linda. It's OK but lacks the freshness and charm of his 1930-ish recordings.

I've been digging a little deeper and I find these early Noble/non-Bowlly recordings:-

Terribly fond of you 1929

So the bluebirds and the blackbirds got together 1929

Baby you've got the right idea 1929

Every day away from you 1930

What a perfect combination 1933

Tiger rag 1933

The Japanese sandman 1933

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post Jun 11 2013, 07:41 PM
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Thanks limden, some really great stuff. I particular liked Every Day Away From You.
He was outstanding at arranging and his classical training also shows thru with the use
of various instrumentation. Sometimes I view some of his works as concert pieces
instead of dance pieces. Just good stuff to listen to and shake a leg.

Don...

p.s. Wish there was a way to download from myspace via the freebe account.

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post Jun 11 2013, 08:38 PM
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QUOTE (Roseman @ Jun 11 2013, 02:41 PM) *
p.s. Wish there was a way to download from myspace via the freebe account.


I was just about to ask if you knew a way!

This link purports to enable just that but I lack the courage to try it just now and anyway it looks a bit tricky. Maybe you are bolder??

I suppose one could always re-record with Audacity. There's a theoretical loss of quality but I didn't notice it when I've experimented in the past.

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post Jun 12 2013, 04:55 PM
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QUOTE (limden @ Jun 11 2013, 04:38 PM) *
Maybe you are bolder??

I tried Orbit and another called MySpace MP3Download. Couldn't get either one to work. Both failed at finding
any audio. There may be someone else that knows of a way to capture some sounds, but for me, I had no success.

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post Jun 12 2013, 06:33 PM
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QUOTE (Roseman @ Jun 12 2013, 11:55 AM) *
I tried Orbit and another called MySpace MP3Download. Couldn't get either one to work. Both failed at finding
any audio. There may be someone else that knows of a way to capture some sounds, but for me, I had no success.

Don...


Well thanks for trying Don. It makes sense that MySpace should make it difficult to download their stuff.

Meanwhile here's just two examples of Ray Noble in his role of accompanying famous stars:-

Gertrude Lawrence - The Physician 1933

Noel Coward - Mad dogs and Englishmen 1932. Now there's a stereotypical Englishman for you but he was certainly no idiot!

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