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To mark the thirtieth year of their existence, Michael Law and the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra have produced this affectionate tribute to the golden age of British dance bands. Aficionados of the period may well recall the original recordings by bands such as Ambrose, Ray Noble, and Harry Roy. Many of these songs have become standards, but some have benefited from new arrangements, while others are longer versions and include the complete verses.

The recording is bright without being brassy, and has achieved a very natural spacious acoustic in which every detail can be appreciated. It takes a very high degree of musicianship to achieve this level of performance, and it’s a mark of their excellence that the PDO make it sound easy. All but one of the tracks are vocals, and all of the singers are “in period”, Michael’s light baritone in particular evoking a more leisurely bygone age.

Whether you want to roll up the carpet and dance, or just sit back and listen, you’ll find this CD a delight from start to finish, and I cannot recommend it too highly.
Available HERE or on download from iTunes or Amazon
Author - Barry McCanna / Memory Lane magazine