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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 1920s, 30s and 40s. 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. We don't or can't look back further than the artifical barriers we've set ourselves -- the beginnings of rock'n'roll perhaps, the Beatles era, flower-power or Punk. The place we don't go back beyond. But tonight we enjoy tracks from Bunny Berigan, Lee Wiley, Art Tatum, Hoagy Carmichael and Gracie Fields 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.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Count Basie & His Orchestra & Helen Humes

    Sing For Your Supper

    • The Complete Decca Recordings CD3.
    • 2.
  • Johnny Mercer

    Bob White

    • The Old Music Master.
    • 7.
  • Charlie Parker's All Stars

    Parker's Mood

    • Bird - The Savoy Recordings.
    • 21.
  • Édith Piaf

    La vie en rose

    • 22 Classics of 1935-1946.
    • 13.
  • The Benny Goodman Sextet

    Rose Room

    • Charlie Christian - The Genius Of The Electric Guitar.
    • 1.
  • Noël Coward

    London Pride

    • I Went To A Marvellous Party 1928-1956.
    • 5.
  • Roger Wolfe Kahn and His Orchestra

    She's A Great, Great Girl

    • A Hundred Years From Today 1928-1954.
  • Ambrose and His Orchestra

    Deep Henderson

    • Ambrose 1935-1937.
    • 8.
  • Flanagan and Allen

    Run, Rabbit, Run

    • VE Day 50th Anniversary - The Musical Memories.
    • 12.
  • New Concert Orchestra

    Dance Of An Ostracised Imp

    • Twilight Memories.
    • 10.
  • Spike Jones and His City Slickers

    Holiday For Strings

    • Strictly For Music Lovers Volume One.
    • 9.
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford

    Milk 'Em In The Morning Blues

    • Howdy Pea Pickers.
  • Kay Starr

    If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)

    • For Real.
    • 2.
  • Joe Venuti's Blue Four

    The Man From The South

    • The New York Sessions 1926-1935.
    • 9.
  • Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra & Frank Sinatra

    Fools Rush In

    • Too Marvellous For Words.
    • 8.

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