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The great African American singer and actor recorded extensively over a career that spanned the best part of 40 years. This two CD set brings together the best of his musical, opera and spiritual recordings from 1925 to 1945, beautifully remastered by Retrospective's expert restorers.
1 Ol' Man River (Jerome Kern - m, Oscar Hammerstein II - w) 4.17
Victor Young & The Brunswick Concert Orchestra
Show Boat, 1927 show
BX 12096-A (Brunswick 20114), New York, 23rd July 1932
2 The Lonesome Road (Nat Shilkret - m, Gene Austin - w) 2.40
Ray Noble & The New Mayfair Orchestra
Show Boat, 1929 film
Bb 17551-2 (HMV B 3146), Hayes, Middlesex, 30th August 1929
3 I Still Suits Me (Jerome Kern - m, Oscar Hammerstein II - w) 2.50
Duet with Elisabeth Welch, Clifford Greenwood & The New Mayfair Orchestra
Show Boat, 1936 film
OEA 2936-1 (HMV B 8497), London, 18th May 1936
4 Steal Away (Traditional Negro spiritual, arr. Lawrence Brown) 2.56
Lawrence Brown (p)
BVE 33087-4 (Victor 19742), Camden, New Jersey, 27th July 1925
5 Joshua Fit De Battle Ob Jericho (Traditional Negro spiritual, arr. Lawrence Brown) 2.53
Lawrence Brown (p,vcl)
BVE 33088-5 (Victor 19743), Camden, New Jersey, 30th July 1925
6 Water Boy (Traditional Negro spiritual