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Dusting Off The Archives

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Dusting Off The Archives
Dusting Off The Archives


Trad was Britain's homegrown style of Jazz which was a mixture of New Orleans, Classic Jazz and Dixieland. Humphrey Lyttelton was its first hero. From tentative beginnings the Jazz Revival as it would become known was beginning to gather pace and Lyttelton formed his first band in 1948.

Some early recordings emerged on the small specialist Esquire record label, but by the end of 1949 the band had a recording contract with the major Parlophone label. In 1950 the band's record producer was the now famous George Martin. By 1953 Lyttelton had published his autobiography much like today's Pop stars. It was the first band to have a Jazz record in the charts, 'Bad Penny Blues' (the piano intro was the inspiration for the Beatles' 'Lady Madonna'). In the early 1950s Lyttelton's band had no serious rivals until Chris Barber's band came along in 1954.

This CD is made up broadcasts, private recordings and alternative takes from the early period and most have never been released before.


  1. Name
  2. Snake Rag
  3. Savoy Blues
  4. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
  5. I Wonder
  6. Ice Cream
  7. Wild Man Blues
  8. Just A Closer Walk
  9. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  10. Falling Blues
  11. I'm Crying Too
  12. Choppin' And Changin'
  13. Bad Penny Blues
  14. Canal Street Blues
  15. Chicago Buzz
  16. Randolph Turpin Stomp
  17. Doctor Blues
  18. Bessie Couldn't Help It
  19. Walking My Baby Back Home
  20. Singing The Blues
  21. Freight Train Blues
  22. Steppin' On The Blues
  23. Memphis Shake
  24. Pretty Baby
  25. Ain't Misbehavin'
  26. After You've Gone
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