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The Spirit of Britain

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The Spirit of Britain
The Spirit of Britain


Celebrate the best of Britain: rich heritage, deep patriotism and an indomitable spirit. There's good reason to be proud! Never has there been a better time to unveil a 48-strong cavalcade of tunes that typify our unique British character, pay tribute to our Churchillian bulldog spirit and celebrate the rich heritage of this sceptred isle. Where else but Britain for warm beer, cricket, tea drinking, appalling weather, the BBC? And what other nation loves to queue yet 'never' complains??! THE SPIRIT OF BRITAIN is a tribute to our land, our loves and our ever-so-very-British lives. Gathered here are the sing-a-long songs that helped us 'keep calm and carry on' as the bombs rained down - Bless 'Em All, Sing As We Go, There'll Always Be An England and more ... comic gems poking gentle fun at our inimitable fancies and foibles, such as Messing About On The River and Football Crazy ... and a whole string of rousing 'chin-up' songs (Pick Yourself Up, Happy Days Are Here Again) that can still lift the heart and raise a smile decades after they were first recorded. Who better could we choose to bring these time-honoured tunes alive than the stars who made them famous, be they icons of the music hall like Marie Lloyd, George Formby and the incomparable Harry Lauder, or national treasures of the calibre of Vera Lynn, Billy Cotton and Flanagan and Allen. From the witty wordplay of Noel Coward and Flanders and Swann to the sparkle and fizz of Gracie Fields at her funniest, THE SPIRIT OF BRITAIN promises unlimited good cheer from some of the 20th century's biggest and best loved British stars.


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  2. Food, Glorious, Food (from 'Oliver') - The Original London Cast And Orchestra, Featuring Keith Hampshire
  3. Look For The Silver Lining - David Whitfield
  4. A Transport Of Delight - Michael Flanders & Donald Swann
  5. Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be - Max Bygraves
  6. I'm In Favour Of Friendship - The Five Smith Brothers
  7. Hey Neighbour - Flanagan & Allen
  8. Saturday Sports - National Light Orchestra
  9. Trains (Parts 1 & 2) - Reginald Gardiner
  10. Coronation Scot ('Paul Temple' Theme) - Queen's Hall Light Orchestra Conducted By Charles Williams
  11. I Leave My Heart In An English Garden - Lee Lawrence
  12. If I Can Help Somebody - Josef Locke
  13. Pick Yourself Up - Bill Currie With Harry Roy And His Orchestra
  14. The Stately Homes Of England - Noel Coward
  15. Calling All Workers (Music While You Work) - Eric Coates And Symphony Orchestra
  16. Happy Days Are Here Again - Lou Abelarde With Ambrose And His Orchestra
  17. Looking On The Bright Side - Gracie Fields
  18. Churchill Wartime Speech: We Shall Fight On The Beaches - The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill
  19. The White Cliffs Of Dover - Vera Lynn
  20. It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow - Vera Lynn With Ambrose And His Orchestra
  21. Let's Face The Music And Dance - Denny Dennis With Roy Fox And His Band
  22. There'll Always Be An England - Robert Ashley With Jack Payne And His Orchestra
  23. Rule Britannia! - Welsh Guards Band Conducted By Captain F L Statham
  24. The National Anthem - The Choirs Of Westminster Abbey, St George's Chapel, St Paul's Cathedral Directed By Dr William McKie. Orchestra Conducted By Sir Adrian Boult
  25. Messing About On The River - Josh MacRae
  26. Right Said Fred - Bernard Cribbins
  27. Football Crazy - Robin Hall & Jimmy MacGregor
  28. Have A Drink On Me - Lonnie Donegan
  29. Bank Holiday ('Appy 'Ampstead) (from 'Cockney Suite') - New Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Robert Sharples
  30. A Song Of The Weather - Michael Flanders & Donald Swann
  31. You're Seeing Too Much Of The Telly - Al Read
  32. Good Luck, Good Health, God Bless You - Steve Conway And The Hastings Girls' Choir
  33. Shopping Centre - Charles Williams And His Concert Orchestra
  34. I Whistle A Happy Tune (from 'The King And I') - Gertrude Lawrence
  35. Friends And Neighbours - Billy Cotton And His Band
  36. Everything Stops For Tea - Jack Hulbert
  37. Home Town - Flanagan & Allen
  38. Count Your Blessings - Luton Girls' Choir
  39. Barwick Green (My Native Heath) ('The Archers' Theme) - Sidney Torch And His Orchestra
  40. Sing As We Go - Gracie Fields
  41. Bless 'Em All - George Formby
  42. We Must All Stick Together - Alan Breeze With Billy Cotton And His Band
  43. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - Anne Shelton With Ambrose And His Orchestra
  44. Play The Game, You Cads! - The Western Brothers
  45. Down At The Old Bull And Bush - Florrie Forde
  46. Keep Right On To The End Of The Road - Harry Lauder
  47. A Little Of What You Fancy - Marie Lloyd
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