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Round the Town: Following Grandfather's Footsteps - A Night at the London Music Hall [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Two Lovely Black Eyes - Charles Coborn
    2. Far Old Times' Sake / Daisy Bell - Florrie Forde
    3. Nellie Dean / After The Ball - Florrie Forde
    4. 'E Dunna Where 'E Are - Gus Elen
    5. Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, The - Charles Coborn
    6. Lily of Laguna - Eugene Stratton
    7. Grass Widower, The - Dan Leno
    8. Has Anybody Seen Our Cat? - Burt Shepard
    9. How Do You Do? - Pat Rafferty
    10. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home - Pete Hampton
    11. Can't You Take My Word - Harry Ford
    12. Galloping Major, The - Stanley Kirkby
    13. Bedelia - Joe O'Gorman
    14. Following in Father's Footsteps - Stanley Kirkby
    15. Bull & Bush, The - Florrie Forde
    16. Mary Was a Housemaid - Burt Shepard
    17. Callers - George Mozart
    18. Waiting at the Church - Vesta Victoria
    19. Hello, Hello! It's a Different Girl - Whit Cunliffe
    20. I've Told His Missus All About Him - Vesta Victoria
    21. Boys' Brigade, The - Hamilton Hill
    22. There's a Girl Inside - Victoria Monks
    23. You Splash Me and I'll Splash You - Alice Lloyd
    24. I'se a-Waiting For Yer Josie - G.H. Elliott
    25. Next Horse I Ride On, The - Vesta Victoria
    26. Taximeter Car, The - Billy Williams
    27. She's a Lassie From Lancashire - Ella Retford
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Funicula - George Formby
    2. Oh! Oh! Antonio - Florrie Forde
    3. Sea Shells - Wilkie Bard
    4. Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly - Florrie Forde
    5. Billy Brown - Harry Fragson
    6. My Latchkey - George Lashwood
    7. Suffragette, The - Fanny Happy Fields
    8. I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside - Mark Sheridan
    9. Send For a Policeman - George Lashwood
    10. Ship Ahoy! (All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor) - Ella Retford
    11. Don't You Think You've Overstepped the Margin - Harry Ford
    12. Boiled Beef and Carrots - Harry Champion
    13. Come up in My Balloon - Wilkie Bard
    14. Fall in and Follow Me - Albert Whelan
    15. Come and Be One of the Midnight Sons - Vesta Tilley
    16. Henry the Eighth - Harry Champion
    17. Seventeen (My Girl Is Only Seventeen) - Phil Ray
    18. King KiKi - Little Tich
    19. I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy - Jack Pleasants
    20. If You Should See a Dandy Coon - G.H. Elliott
    21. They Can't Find Kelly - Billy Merson
    22. When Father Laid the Carpet on the Stairs - Nelson Jackson
    23. Adam Was a Scotochman - Jock Whiteford
    24. Spaniard That Blighted My Life, The - Billy Merson
    25. I'm 21 Today - Jack Pleasants
    26. Beauty of the Guards - George Bastow
    27. My Old Dutch - Albert Chevalier
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Does This Shop Stock Shot Socks With Spots - George Graves
    2. Since I Had a Go at My Dumb Bells - George Formby
    3. Won't You Come Dear, Into the Park - May Moore Duprez
    4. Tommy Trouble - R. Chas Whittle
    5. Every Little Movement Has a Meaning All Its Own - Marie Lloyd
    6. In the Morning - Fred Earle
    7. I Want a Girl - Ella Retford
    8. How Dare They - Tom Wootwell
    9. I'm Going Back to Dixie - Ella Retford
    10. That's Philosopy - R.C Knowles
    11. Father's Got a Job - Maidie Scott
    12. Casey Joney - Albert Whelan
    13. Who Were You With Last Night - Mark Sheridan
    14. M.A.D.A.M. - Arthur Lennard
    15. Hullo! Miss London - Victoria Monks
    16. They All Walk the Wibbly Wobbly Walk - Mark Sheridan
    17. Daily Mirror Front Page - Ernest Shand
    18. Curiosity - Little Tich
    19. Hold Your Hand Out, Naughty Boy - Florrie Forde
    20. Strip the Bed and Have Another Look - George D'Albert
    21. What Would the Seaside Be Without the Ladies - Vesta Tilley
    22. Lloyd Jarge - Ernest Shand
    23. Pepsy Wopsy - Daisy James
    24. Innocent Bessie Brown - Beth Tate
    25. Waiting For Further Evidence - Frank Leo
    26. School Strike, The - Maidie Scott
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Burlington Bertie From Bow - Ella Shields
    2. He's a 'Pro' - Harry Weldon
    3. Mormon's Song, The - George Robey
    4. Baa Lambs - Ella Shields
    5. How's Your Father? - Harry Tate
    6. Lads From Our Village, The - Zona Vevey
    7. I Will Have a Night to-Night - Morny Cash
    8. Night Began to Fall, The - Sam Mayo
    9. That Charlie Chaplin Walk - Nat D. Ayer
    10. I Went a Jazzing - Jack Pleasants
    11. Three Cheers For the Red, White and Blue - Nellie Wallace
    12. Archibald Certainly Not! - Nellie Wallace
    13. What D'Yer Think of That - Ernie Mayne
    14. Ma! - Olive Fox
    15. Things Are Worse in Russia - Sam Mayo
    16. Olga Petrovotski - Jay Laurier
    17. Why Am I Always the Bridesmaid - Lily Morris
    18. I Do Like to Sing in My Bath - Alfred Lester
    19. Wireless on the Brain - Ernie Mayne
    20. Yes, We Have No Bananas - Alfred Lester
    21. Show Me the Way to Go Home - Ella Shields
    22. Only a Working Man - Lily Morris
    23. He's Moved in a Bigger House Now - Nat Travers
    24. Don't Have Any More, Mrs. Moore - Lily Morris
    25. She Was Poor But She Was Honest - Billy Bennett
    26. Laughing Policeman, The - Charles Penrose
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 16021

  • Credits
    ProducerTony Barker (Compilation)

    A four-CD collection dedicated to the golden age of English music hall, Round the Town collects together 106 performances, dating between 1901 and 1930, largely culled from original Edison cylinders and, subsequently, 78s. What this means on the most immediate level is that the sound quality is frequently appalling -- perhaps half of each disc is of little more than academic value, as every sonic flaw to which the original format was heir is reproduced with stunning digital clarity, while the actual performance crackles away in the distance someplace. At the same time, however, much of this material is of such unutterable rarity that simply being able to hear it at all is a godsend. As always with Bear Family releases, the packaging is superlative. Round the Town comes complete with a 12 X 12 hardbound book written and annotated by Tony Barker, editor of the British Music Hall magazine. Full color throughout (even when that simply means sepia tones), it features brief biographies of each of the performers featured, together with song lyrics, discographical information, and photographs -- mountains of photos, including original records, sheet music, playbills, and more. Taken alone, it is perhaps the most lavish and informative overview of its subject ever published. Accompanied by four CDs, it will thrill all but the most morose enthusiast.
    An astonishing number of the songs herein remain a part of the modern musical language, in the U.K. if not elsewhere. The blurb on the back of the box points out that music hall was a major influence on the work of such rock and pop icons as Ian Dury, Squeeze, Morrissey, and Ray Davies. But even if such a recommendation could prompt you to rush out and buy a copy now, even that is small potatoes when compared to the staying power of the music itself. Many of the featured artists barely rank as footnotes in modern musical history. Chas McDevitt speaks glowingly of George Formby in his authoritative history of the British skiffle movement, Skiffle, imbibing the ukulele-playing urchin's 1930s recordings with the same passionate rebellion as later generations might bestow upon Elvis Presley or the Sex Pistols. Closer inspection, however, reveals the George Formby featured here to be the father of the iconoclast -- which does not minimize the joy of his recordings, but does rather prove that earlier point. How many people even knew that George Formby had a performing parent? Songs like "Daisy Bell," "Two Lovely Black Eyes," "Has Anybody Seen Our Cat?," "All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor," "Popsy Wopsy," and "Yes, We Have No Bananas," on the other hand, have survived close to a century without losing any of their appeal or their familiarity -- wistfully, one wonders whether any of today's music will prove just as evocative 100 years from now. Or whether elements of it will be incorporated into the pop hits of the future with as much lan. Queen lifted a chorus of Mark Sheridan's 1909 hit, "I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside," for its "Seven Seas of Rhye"; Harry Champion's "Henry the Eighth" topped the U.S. chart in 1965 (courtesy of Herman's Hermits, a full 54 years after it was originally cut). Charles Penrose's maniacally infectious "The Laughing Policeman" was still a British radio favorite into the 1970s, and Jack Pleasants' "21 Today" remains in common birthday currency even now. And so on for some four hours of music -- some timeless, some terribly dated, and some an indistinct whistling beneath the crackle and hiss. For even seasoned fans and collectors of music hall, Round the Town is a journey of discovery, paved with gold and littered with junk, but rarely dull and never uninteresting. An awful lot has changed in the last 100 years. But laughter, love, lust, and lewdness, the principle themes of much of this collection, have barely altered one iota. The spirit of music hall has always been with us. Round the Town allows us to sample its flesh as well. ~ Dave Thompson

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