The Better Land - Volume Three
Detailed Track List

Some of these tracks are issued for the first time ever. The original 78 rpm recordings have been digitally restored using the Cedar process. Due to the age of the recordings, the level of surface noise varies between tracks.

[1] Bless this House (H. Taylor-May H Brahe) Master Michael Morley John Mills, piano Decca M672 Rec 1950 [2.30]

[2] Beyond the Dawn (Sanderson-Weatherly) Master Derek Barsham String accompaniment directed by Philip Green. Rec. 6th January, 1947. Decca M611 [3.00]

[3] Hear Ye Israel (Mendelssohn) Master Kenneth Purves . Rec. Queen’s Hall, Portland Place, Nov. 1927. HMV Private Record [4.35]


[4] The First Mercy (Blunt-Warlock) Master Billy Neely Gerald Moore, piano. Recorded Abbey Road Studio August 1950. HMV B10373 [2.40]

[5] Christopher Robin is saying his prayers * (A.A. Milne-H Fraser-Simpson) Master Billy Neely Gerald Moore, Piano. Recorded Abbey Road Studio May 1950. Unpublished recording [2.50]

[6] On wings of Song (Mendelssohn-Elkin) Master Derek Barsham Fela Sowande, organ. Rec 1945 Decca K.1398 [4.04]

[7] Somewhere a Voice is calling* (Newton & Tate) Master Graham Payn B.B.C. Transcription disc. Rec 1933 [3.00]

[8] By that old armchair (Arale Dene) Master Graham Payn Rec. 1934 Rex 8028 b [2.50]

[9] Angels ever bright (Handel) Master Kenneth Purves Recorded at the Stoll Theatre, London, Organist Martin Akerman. Broadcast 224-B 1928 [2.50]

[10] Children’s Songs (Arensky) a) The Robin, b) A Fable, c) Sad little bird, d) Child & the butterfly, e) Cradle Song, and f) Easter Day Master Billy Neely Gerald Moore, piano 1950 H.M.V. [5.40]

[11] Hark Hark, the lark (Schubert) Master Michael Morley Piano, John Mills. Rec. 1950 Decca F 9782 [2.30]

[12] Hear my prayer/O for the wings of a dove (Mendelssohn- arr. Leslie Woodgate) Master Derek Barsham with the High Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir. Conductor W Bromage Smith. Organist, John B. Harris. 23rd March, 1945 Decca K1111 [8.20]

[13] The Lass with the delicate air (Michael Arne) Master Michael Morley Piano, John Mills. Rec. 1950. Decca M 672 [2.50]

[14] How Lovely are Thy Dwellings (Liddel) Master Kenneth Purves Recorded Stoll Theatre, London. Organist, Martin Akerman. 1928 Broadcast 280-A [2.35]

[15] Exultate Jubilate* (Mozart) Master Donald Collup Conductor,George Bragg - Recorded in the Cowden Hall, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. Rec. February 1969. Private Recording. [4.27]


[16] Birdsong at Eventide (Barrie-Coates) Master Robert Harris Acc. By Leslie Jeffries & Orchestra at Grand Hotel, Eastbourne Rec. 1934 Columbia R2133 [2.55]

[17] Nursery Scene, Boris Godounov (Moussorgsky) Master Derek Barsham & Norman Lumsden, bass with London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor, Stanford Robinson . Recorded 30th April, 1947 Decca Sample Disc AR9236-1. Issued as Decca K1601

[18] Father who hast made us brothers (Baron) Master Derek Barsham Phyllis Spur, piano. Recorded 5th May, 1947 Decca M615 

[19] Coventry Carol (Traditional, arr. Moore) Master Billy Neely Gerald Moore, Piano. Recorded Abbey Road Studio August 1950 HMV B.10373

[20] The Holy City (Adams-Weatherly) Master Derek Barsham Fela Sowande, Organ. Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London. 12th Jan. 1945 Decca K1113

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