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ZZCD 9807 – Gershwin in London Town

The Berkeley Square Band

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Curtain UP – Number 20 – December 1998

There have, of course, been quite a few new CDs issued to celebrate the Gershwin centenary.  Many of these include the popular songs and classical pieces ehich are not only familiar in themselves but are performed in ways which we have heard before. But if you would like to try something a little different, you could do worse than dip into GERSHWIN IN LONDON TOWN, a new collection  of 18 songs from George and Ira’s best known musical comedies. Old favourites like ‘A foggy Day’ and ‘Somebody Loved Me’ and here, but they are joined by less familiar pieces like ‘Sunday In London Town’ and ‘Walking The Gog’ . They are all delightfully played by The Berkeley Square Society Band (under the direction of Alan Gout) in a style reminiscent of the dance halls and fashionable restaurants of the 1920s and 30s. Some of the tracks feature vocals by Bernadine Pritchett and Paul Thornley It is easy on the ear and ideal as relaxing background music or to relieve the tedium in traffic jams. The CD is from the Zah Zah label (number ZZCD 9807)