Tuesday, 30 May 2017

BBC presents The Northern Dance Orchestra (1972)

Another fine album from my series of classic Easy LP's from our BBC!

The BBC Northern Dance Orchestra were featured almost daily on many BBC Radio shows from their formation in 1956 until 1975 when it was re-named the BBC Northern Radio Orchestra, which was eventually disbanded by the corporation in 1985.

Many of its recordings were made at the Playhouse Theatre, here in Manchester, a fine old theatre which I had the pleasure of visiting with my mum and dad several times during the 1980's for recordings of Radio 2 comedy shows.

This record, however, was recorded at the famous Strawberry Studios in nearby Stockport due to the Playhouse not having stereo capability.

Their roots in Big Band music are very obvious, but do well the pop and latin tracks also featured here.

I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!

Album Preview - How Insensitive


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    1. Love these Mark, will you be sharing the Bobby Lamb and the Keymen that came out around this time?

      Your rips are great, will you be sharing the Paramour volumes, the series that had a girls face at the front, the tune called She is the second track on one of them, og=h and Strawberry Patch with Sally is another track on the same album.


    2. Hi VR,

      I do not have the Bobby Lamb and the Keymen album, and have just a few of the Norrie Paramor / Midland Radio Orchestra albums, two of which I have posted:



      The only other Paramor / Midland album I have is "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" from 1975 which features For All We Know, Solitaire, and Mahna Mahna, plus the title track of course.

      Of the other albums featured on the back of S'Wonderful, I have posted the "Girl On The Test Card" LP, and am planning posts of the "Fifty Years Of Popular Hits" and John Fox's "Gershwin's Greatest Hits" albums. I do not have any of the others featured.


  2. Hi Mark,

    Really appreciated this upload and your reminiscences.

    thank you.


    Douglas (UK)

  3. A wonderful orchestra and a lovely recording. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. Thanks, Mark for sharing this rare collection.

  5. Thanks, Mark! Great orchestra.

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