The Better Land - Volume Six
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] That Old-Fashioned Mother of Mine (David / Nicholls) Master Thomas Criddle with organ accomp. by Andrew Fenner. HMV BD.1057 rec. 4/5/1943

[2] I give thanks for you (Linton / Young) Master Thomas Criddle with piano accomp. by Andrew Fenner. HMV BD.1074 rec. 12/1/1944

[3] Rejoice greatly (Handel -- The Messiah) Master Walter Lawrence with orchestra. Columbia 430 pre-electric recording 18/11/1912

[4] Come unto Him (Handel -- The Messiah) Master Robert Waddell with organ accomp. Parlophone E.11477 rec. 14/5/1950

[5] How beautiful are the feet (Handel -- The Messiah) Master John Gwilym Griffith with double string quartet & flute accomp. Columbia 5489 rec. 1929.

[6] I know that my Redeemer liveth (Handel -- The Messiah) Master Mansel Squire with organ accomp. by Felton Rapley. Decca X.420 rec. 9/5/1950

[7] Danny Boy (F.E. Weatherly / Old Irish tune Londonderry Air) Master Desmond Casey -- advertised as "The Phenomenal Australian Boy Soprano" -- with orchestra. Parlophone R.1442 rec. 1932

[8] Drink to me only with thine eyes (Ben Jonson / traditional English air) Master John Gwilym Griffith with double string quartet accomp. Columbia 5489 rec. 1929

[9] Brother James' Air (Psalm 23 / Marosa by J.L.M. Bain, arr. G. Jacobs) Masters Michael Lumb & John Evans-Pughe with organ accomp. by Sir Sydney Nicholson. Issued on the Red Label 'School of English Church Music' ROX series190  and recorded in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Holborn, London Rec. 4/6/1939

[10] O lovely peace (Handel -- Judas Maccabeus) Masters John Evans-Pughe & Michael Lumb and the Choristers of St. Nicholas' College, Chiselhurst, Kent. Details as track [9] 

[11] Song of Songs (Lucas / Moya) Master Frank Bird with instrumental accomp. Columbia FB.2157 rec. 1939

[12] Villanelle (The Lark's Song, sung in French) (F. van der Elst / Eva Dell'Acqua) Master Walter Lawrence with orchestra. Columbia 430 pre-electric recording 23/8/1912

[13] A Tragic Story (Thackeray / Britten) Master Billy Neely with piano accomp. by Havelock Nelson. "Off-air" recording from BBC Children's Hour 8/9/1949 #

[14] Sheep may safely graze (Bach BWV208: transl. Davis & arr. Kramer) Master Robin Fairhurst with organ accomp. by Charles Smart. Decca 45-71069 rec. 1954

[15] Where'er you walk (Handel -- Semele) Master Robin Fairhurst. Details as track  [14]                             

[16] The Tailor and the Mouse (traditional) Master Robin Fairhurst. Unaccompanied and announced by himself. Rec. live in concert 1957 #

[17] Ave Maria (sung in English) (Gounod) Master Raymond Kinsey with organ accomp. Arnold Grier HMV C.2629 rec. Sept. 1933

[18] Turn Thy face from my sins (Attwood) Master Vernon Carter with organ accomp. by Frederick Carter. Rec. in St. Patrick's C. of I. Cathedral, Armagh, 1961 #

[19] Tell me, Lovely Shepherd (E. Moore / W. Boyce -- Solomon) Master Christopher Robins. Rec. 1952 #

[20] Santa Lucia (Traditional) Master Richard Bonsall with piano accomp. by Alan Pow. Rec. 1970

[21] Daddy (Mark-Lemon / Behrend) Master Thomas Criddle with organ accomp. by Andrew Fenner. HMV BD.1057 rec. 4/5/1943

[22] I shall be there (Bowler / Haydn Wood) Master Thomas Criddle with piano accomp. by Andrew Fenner. HMV BD.1074 rec. 18/12/1943

# Denotes recording is issued for the first time.

Due to the age and condition of some of these recordings, levels of surface noise varies between tracks

Programme notes, research & location of recordings & photographs by Stephen Beet

Recordings restored using the Cedar process, compiled & produced by
Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings

Acknowledgments:
We are most grateful to all who have been involved with this project since its inception in 1999. They are now too numerous to mention by name but especial thanks must go to Colin Charnley, David Rogers, Martin Carson, and Stuart Orr, who have all provided records. Sonita Cox of E.M.I. Music Archive provided some of the record dates. Eve Barsham has given much professional advice.

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