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This Album attempts to showcase the wide variety of entertainment which was available during the period 1925 to 1956. As well as acting as a sampler of some of the major artistes on the other Albums in the Variety Series, a number of less well known names are included. Names such as Jack Hodges who was known as The Raspberry King for his interesting ability to make a tuneful noise, and Reginald Gardiner with his classic monologue Trains. Frank Randle gives us his rather scurrilous live performance as The Hiker and also included is Julian Rose's rare recording of Mrs. Blumberg's Jewish Boarding House.

Infinite Variety
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We are fortunate that quite a few Variety artistes made special recordings for the Christmas season. On the Album we have compiled some of the top acts of the 1930s and 1940s providing festive entertainment according to their own particular style.
Some classic tracks here!

Jolly Old Christmas
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Leonard Henry was one of the most popular radio comedians of the early 1930s who also played in pantomime, concert party, variety, musical comedy, revue, farce, Shakespeare and films. At one time, as part of his act he would make an impromptu joke on any subject the audience liked to suggest. Many amusing songs and innovative monologues on this Album.

Leonard Henry - I Can t Wed A Woman Like That
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Teddy Brown was known as The "Great" Xylophonist on account of his physical size and ability at the xylophone. The tracks selected for this Album show the whole range of Teddy Brown's skills on the xylophone from solo performance to that of Band Leader. Originally from New York, Teddy Brown toured England in 1925 and made his first UK recording in 1926. Achieving success as a variety artist with his xylophone, he settled in England and went on to make several films as well as numerous sound recordings.

Teddy Brown - The Great Xylophonist
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George Formby was one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th Century. Initially copying the style of his father, he rapidly adopted the Banjo Ukulele as his instrument and developed a more racy style which gained him great success.
Included on the Album are many of George Formby's most famous songs including When I'm cleaning Windows, With my Little Stick of Blackpool Rock, and his catchphrase It's turned out Nice again.
The Album covers his entire recording career from his first disc The Man was a Stranger to Me to his last Happy Go Lucky Me.

George Formby - It s Turned Out Nice Again
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This Album, originally issued as an LP over 50 years ago, gives a documentary history of show business in Great Britain from the perspective of the time. Cleverly mixing narration with excerpts from original recordings and additional music, it traces the development of the Music Hall through Variety up to the 1950s. It as is interesting for the choice of then current stars as for its historical selections. On this Album issue, the early recordings have been enhanced from the LP version, and where available better copies of the original 78s have been used.

Hail Variety
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The Old Time Music Hall album, follows the style of The Good Old Days, a popular BBC Television programme which ran from 1953 to 1983. The original TV series came from the Leeds City Varieties Music Hall which has recently been refurbished.
Restored from a well recorded stereo LP originally issued over 50 years ago the show is chaired by the garrulous Leonard Sachs who was the Chairman in The Good Old Days. Amongst the performers we find Barbara Windsor who later became famous for her appearances in the Carry On series of films. Quoting from the original sleeve notes: “[Old Time Music Hall] isn’t at all a pedant’s reproduction of any particular sing-song, nor of any one evening at a specific Victorian music hall. . . What we want is to give you the spirit - the feeling - of the period when English Light Entertainment was in its glorious heyday.”

Old Time Music Hall
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Anona Winn is mainly remembered today for her performances in the BBC radio programmes Twenty Questions and Petticoat Line. Earlier in her career, her classically trained voice was put to good use in other radio programmes including Songs from the Shows. She also had her own Variety Act, appeared in pantomime and Revue, as well as singing with Dance Bands. The recordings on this Album cover all these aspects of her earlier days.

Anona Winn - Please Don t Mention It
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This Album comprises two separate entertainments which were previously issued on LP as Daniel Farson presents Music Hall and Palace of Varieties.

In 1961, Daniel Farson gathered together some of the great artistes of the past at the Metropolitan, Edgware Road and recorded their performance. This must be one of the very last recordings featuring these old stars.

Palace of Varieties was a long running BBC radio series which attempted to create the atmosphere of the old Halls, and the recorded show features a mixture of old time stars and more recent chorus singers.

Palace of Varieties
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John Henry found his fame through early radio broadcasts with his assistant "Blossom". Featuring a hen-pecked husband and his wife, his sketches coverd a variety of different scenarios. As well as his radio shows, John Henry also appeared on the halls as a great storyteller. With Blossom, he made one of the first broadcasts from an aeroplane and this is evoked in the track John Henry's Aeroplane.

John Henry - Hello Everybody
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