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HARRY FARMER (Hammond Organ)

Get Happy


He then began making records for Decca, both on 78 and the newly- introduced long playing discs. Some of these bore his own name and others were under the epithet “Chris Hamalton and his Hammond Organs”, and many of these ‘Chris Hamalton’ tracks are included on the present CDs.

The titles chosen here represent the majority of Harry Farmer’s recordings of the 1950s. They utilise a number of studio tricks made possible by the use of tape mastering, including multi-tracking and the occasional speed change. All of this is done to excellent artistic effect, enabling Harry to achieve even more variety of style and allowing his imagination to flourish. Other tracks feature “Harry Farmer’s Rhythm Ensemble”. This comprised Harry Farmer on the Hammond, Harry Engleman on piano, Dave Goldberg or Barry Fox on guitar and Pete Troman on drums. Sometimes they are joined by Norman Parker on marimba.


Later attempts to copy the Hammond sound, using digital electronics, have included deliberately generated clicks and distortions! A major improvement to the Hammond was the introduction of the ‘vibrato’, and the earlier recordings included here pre-date this feature, but it is heard on the majority of tracks to glorious effect.
Harry Farmer (1912-1986) was undoubtedly one of the finest exponents of the art of playing the Hammond. Together with the fine musicians that were his colleagues, his musicianship is unquestionable and the arrangements of the tunes feature key changes and rhythmic variations in the very best of traditions of popular music ‘orchestration’. These recordings stand as unbeaten examples of their genre.

CD1
CHRIS HAMALTON AND HIS HAMMOND ORGANS

South Rampart Street Parade
Mexican Madness
Canadian Capers
Amor, Amor, Amor
Over The Rainbow
Opus No. 1
American Patrol
HARRY FARMER’S RHYTHM ENSEMBLE
At The Jazz Band Ball
Mexican Hat Dance
Stumbling
Get Happy
Takes Two To Tango
Comes A-Long A-Love
I’ll See You In My Dreams
An Apple For The Teacher
Love Is Just Around The Corner
You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
Mean To Me
Beyond The Blue Horizon
Moonlight Serenade
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Cheek To Cheek
I’m In The Mood For Love
I Only Have Eyes For You
Spread A Little Happiness
Rags To Riches
Tunes of the Times - Forget-Me-Not / You Belong To Me /
The Isle Of Innisfree

CD2
CHRIS HAMALTON AND HIS HAMMOND ORGANS
Blues In The Night
Temptation Rag
Fascination
Maple Leaf Rag
Muskrat Ramble
Slipped Disc
The Breeze And I
HARRY FARMER’S RHYTHM ENSEMBLE
Bach Goes To Town
Swanee River
Answer Me
Please
I’ve Got A Pocketful Of Dreams
Tip Toe Through The Tulips
I’m A Dreamer, Aren’t We All?
Moonglow
Deep Purple
CHRIS HAMALTON AND HIS HAMMOND ORGANS - Saturday Rag
HARRY FARMER’S RHYTHM ENSEMBLE
Goodnight Sweetheart
Because I Love You
If I Had A Talking Picture Of You
Sunny Side Up
Painting The Clouds With Sunshine
It’s The Natural Thing To Do
Love In Bloom
Thanks
CHRIS HAMALTON AND HIS HAMMOND ORGANS - Dizzy Fingers
HARRY FARMER’S RHYTHM ENSEMBLE Tunes of the Times - Here In My Heart / Somewhere Along The Way / Half As Much

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