Al Bowlly - The Very Thought of You [Empress]

Al Bowlly - The Very Thought of You [Empress]
The Very Thought of You [Empress]
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Music Hall, Tin Pan Alley Pop, Traditional Pop, British Dance Bands, Swing

Not to be confused with the similarly-titled collections on the President and Hallmark labels ("The Very Thought of You" was Bowlly's signature ballad), this 22-track compilation draws from all of the African-born, British-based big band singer's tragically-shortened career. What's most interesting about this set is that it contains not only tunes from Bowlly's celebrated stints with various big bands, most notably the Ray Noble Orchestra, with whom he recorded most of his best work, but also rarer sides recorded with smaller groups like The Novelty Orchestra.The results show not only Bowlly's incredible skill with ballads (he could sing the most sentimental lyrics without coming off sappy), but also the side of his musical personality influenced by music hall patter songs and novelties, such as "Night on the Desert." The sound quality is somewhat variable, but the material is mostly first-rate.

Whispering / Malvin SchonbergerAl Bowlly3:18
A Faded Summer Love / Phil BaxterAl Bowlly3:47
Tell Me (You Love Me)Al Bowlly3:18
You Didn't Know the Music / Sam CoslowAl Bowlly4:00
Dinah / Harry Akst / Sam M. Lewis / Joe YoungAl Bowlly3:30
Time Alone Will TellAl Bowlly3:37
Foolish Facts / Frank CrumitAl Bowlly3:04
Eleven More Months and Ten More Days / Dorothy FieldsAl Bowlly3:07
If I Have to Go on Without You / Al Dubin / Brown WoodsAl Bowlly feat: Roy Fox & His Band3:29
My Sweet Virginia / Jack Meskill / Billy RoseAl Bowlly feat: Roy Fox & His Band2:33
Out of Nowhere / Johnny Green / Edward HeymanAl Bowlly feat: Roy Fox & His Band3:08
I'm So Used to You Now / Joe YoungAl Bowlly3:10
HurtAl Bowlly feat: Roy Fox & His Band2:58
Leave the Rest to Nature / Joe YoungAl Bowlly3:18
From Me to You / Stephan Conney / Charles E. KingAl Bowlly3:03
Just Another Dream of You / Joe Burke / Benny DavisAl Bowlly feat: Roy Fox & His Band3:20
In London on a Night Like ThisAl Bowlly feat: Rhythm Maniacs2:56
Night and Day / Cole PorterAl Bowlly3:00
Night on the Desert / Dedette Lee HillAl Bowlly feat: Lew Stone & His Orchestra3:06
Judy / Hoagy Carmichael / Sammy LernerAl Bowlly3:12
Madonna Mine / Ron Raffaelli / Leslie SaronyAl Bowlly3:11
The Very Thought of You / Ray NobleAl Bowlly2:53

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