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Classic tracks and forgotten gems from the 1920s, 30s and 40s

The Archive is a celebration of masterpieces and forgotten gems from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

The Archive is a celebration of masterpieces and forgotten gems from the 1920's,30's and 40's . Recordings which saw the great stars of popular music and instrumentalists of the day stepping up to the microphone and perform exactly what we hear today with no way of correcting errors or eccentricities. In this programme we enjoy tracks from The Boswell Sisters, Fats Waller, Bing Crosby and the unique sounds of Whispering Jack Smith from this archive as Russell Davies opens up that glorious hinterland of older music, incidentally playable now in far better sound quality than was available at the time.

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