This collection is a fine example of the very first Hammond Organ recordings, back at the 40ies or so. The style on many of the tracks is the fundamental melody/chords/pedal, yet still played with gusto and skill by some of the superstars of the day – Ethel Smith, ken Griffin and Lenny Dee. The sound quality is acceptable for these early recordings. Really fun for those who remember skating rinks.
The Galloping Comedians - Ethel Smith 2. Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Medley: Isnt This A Lovely Day / Cheek To Cheek - Wilbur Kentwell (organ) 3. Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Medley: Top Hat, White Tie And Tails / Let Yourself Go / Lets Face The Music 4. Tico-Tico - Ethel Smith & The Bando Carioca 5. Blues In The Night - Harry Farmer (as Chris Hamalton) 6. Dizzy Fingers - Chris Hamalton & His Hammond Organs 7. Herthquake Boogie - Milt Herth & His Trio 8. Twelfth Street Rag (Boogie-woogie) - Milt Herth & His Trio 9. Dinora (Samba) - Ethel Smith & The Bando Carioca 10. The Harry Lime Theme Ethel Smith 11. Monkey On A String Ethel Smith 12. The Velvet Glove - Robin Richmond (At the Electric Organ & Clavioline) 13. Theme from the film Time Of His Life - Robin Richmond (At The Hammond Organ) 14. Some Like It Hot - Robin Richmond (At The Hammond Organ) 15. Plantation Boogie Lenny Dee 16. Birth Of The Blues Lenny Dee 17. Ferryboat Serenade - Ken Griffin 18. There Are Dreams In Your Eyes When We Dance Barry Snow 19. April In Portugal Ethel Smith 20. Kitchen Rag - Harry Farmer (as Chris Hamalton & His Hammond Organs) 21. Tunes Of The Times: Here In My Heart / Somewhere Along The Way / Half As Much Harry Farmer 22. Answer Me Harry Farmer 23. Cruising Down The River Ken Griffin 24. Yours - Ken Griffin 25. Peg Leg - Harry Farmer (as Chris Hamalton & His Hammond Organs) 26. Love Is Just Around The Corner - The Harry Farmer Rhythm Ensemble 27. The Syncopated Clock Ken Griffin 28. Till I Waltz Again With You Ken Griffin
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