This Album, produced to commemorate the Bi-Centenial of the death of Lord Nelson, on board the Victory at Trafalgar, starts with a dramatised presentation of the song The Death of Nelson. This song, words by Arnold and music by John Braham was first performed in 1811.
The songs on the Album were written a time when Britain ruled the waves. Many are of a patriotic flavour, popular a hundred years ago, whilst others are in a more humourous vein. The artists range from Leo Stormont, who was a popular concert singer of the time, R Kennerley Rumford (Clara Butt's husband), to Lane Wilson who arranged and performed many traditional songs. Apart from the first track which dates from 1930, the other recordings span the years 1899 to 1914.
The Death of Nelson - Album (Download)
The Great War Album evokes the atmosphere of World War 1 through contemporary recordings. Starting with a recruiting speech and songs encouraging volunteers to join up, we move to the realisation that the Great War will not be over quickly. Jack Judge introduces us to his famous composition It’s a Long Way to Tipperary whilst Charles Penrose considers The Bloke what's left behind.
Songs about Zeppelin Attacks, shortage of coal and profiteers are all included. The Great War Album concludes with a talk from Sergeant Dwyer who won the VC when he was just 19 years old, and an appeal from Harry Lauder who lost his own son during the First World War.
29 Tracks recorded during the Great War period between 1914 to 1919
The Great War - Album (Download)
Sir Charles Wakefield - First Recruiting Appeal
Maggie Teyte - Your King and Country Want You
Captain A E Rees - Army Drill No2
Stanley Kirkby - We don't want to fight but by Jingo