HARRY SOUTH – THE SONGBOOK 4CD

HARRY SOUTH – THE SONGBOOK 4CD

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The studio is dark; voices can be heard approaching its main doors. Soon, a flick of a switch brings light, which reveals a white walled room full of musical instruments of every shape and size, glistening under the rays thrust upon them, all fighting for space with a plethora of recording equipment already set up. The voices heard earlier, now file in through the doors.

The room falls silent as a piano lid is lifted to reveal black and white keys that stare back at the man now carefully placing his long fingers upon them.

‘Ok chaps’ he says, ‘shall we give the first number a run through?’
The arranger had arrived, the process had begun…

Harry South may not be a household name in the UK, but among its jazz world of the 50s to the late 60s, it was held in very high esteem. Even when jazz fell into a sharp decline in the UK mainstream in the late 1960s, you couldn’t hold a man like Harry South back. By then, mainly writing for film, theatre and TV, he composed perhaps one of the most iconic television themes of all time – The Sweeney.

This set contains over 60 tracks all written by Harry, the majority of them from the decade 1956-1966 when British jazz was at its peak and ranges through soul jazz, bebop, Latin stylings and funky 60s big band sounds. The Harry South family have kindly allowed us to access their archives and most of the tracks are receiving their first release.

‘Sure, you can learn a lot listening to other people on record’, Tubby Hayes said in 1957, ‘but Harry taught me more than I ever got from records’.

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Disc One
1. Bandbox Basil Kirchin
2. Orient Line Tubby Hayes Orchestra
3. Dance Of The Aerophragytes Tubby Hayes Quartet
4. Message To The Messengers Tubby Hayes Quintet
5. Ode To Ernie Tubby Hayes Quintet
6. Hall Hears The Blues Tubby Hayes Quintet
7. Slidin’ Ronnie Ross Quintet
8. Jumpin’ With Joe Joe Harriot Quintet
9. South Winds Humphrey Lyttelton Band
10. Finger Snapper Humphrey Lyttelton Band
11. Southern Horizons Joe Harriot Sextet
12. Liggin’ Joe Harriot Sextet
13. Cooling Off Harry South Big Band
14. Jazz at the Paris Harry South Big Band
15 The Goblin Harry South Big Band

Disc Two
1. Minor Incident Dick Morrissey Quartet
2. Poncho Harry South Big Band
3. Raga Harry South Big Band
4. Tribal Dance Humphrey Lyttelton Band
5. Reunion Humphrey Lyttelton Band
6. Opening Time Humphrey Lyttelton Band
7. Closing Time Harry South Big Band
8. The Sound of Seventeen Harry South Big Band
9. There And Back Harry South Big Band
10. Costa Fortuna Harry South Big Band
11. Afterthought Harry South Big Band
12. North Of The Soho Border Harry South Big Band
13. Last Orders Harry South Big Band
14. Birth of the Budd Roy Budd
15. El Schtuck Dick Morrissey Quartet

Disc Three
1. Storm Warning Harry South Big Band
2. Newtyme Waltz Harry South Big Band
3. Six To One Bar Harry South Big Band
4. Limited Freedom Harry South Big Band
5. Requiem for JB Harry South Big Band
6. Strollin’ South Joe Harriot Quintet
7. Harry’s Theme Terry Smith
8. Themeology Harry South Big Band
9. Irresistible Force Harry South Big Band
10. The Rainy Season Harry South Big Band
11. Down the Line Harry South Big Band
12. The Limeys Harry South Big Band
13. Unidentified Track 1 Harry South Big Band
14. Unidentified Track 2 Harry South Big Band
15 Unidentified Track 3 Harry South Big Band
16. Blues In Harry South Big Band
17. Sound Of Seventeen Alan Grahame Big Band

Disc Four
1. Pedals and Clusters Harry South Big Band
2. One For The Woodwards Harry South Big Band
3. The Scandinavian Harry South Big Band
4. Black Eyed Peas Harry South Big Band
5. Full House Harry South Big Band
6. Parade Of The Paranoics Harry South Big Band
7. Royal Flush Harry South Big Band
8. The Sweeney Harry South Big Band
9. Return Trip BYJO
10. Four Dimensions Of Greta Harry South Orchestra
11. Unidentified Track 4 Harry South Big Band
12. Unidentified Track 5 Harry South Big Band
13. Unidentified Track 6 Harry South Big Band
14. Charlie’s Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
15 Southern Horizons NYJO
16. Come On The Blues NYJO
17. Signing Out Harry South

Additional information

Weight 0.225 kg