Silent Recordings
Unpredictable Music for
Unreliable Times


Telemetry Orchestra
Tracky Dax


Around The Block
Nocturnal Emissions
Silent Soundtracks
Sounds of Silent
This Show Is About People

Rouseabout Records
Keeping it Real


Bondi Cigars
Cathie O'Sullivan
Colin Dryden
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band
Donna Fisk and Michael Cristian
Eric Bogle
Fiddlers Feast
Gary Shearston
Gordon Lightfoot
Herb Superb
Johnny Wade
Jim Low
John Munro
Julie Wilson
Koori Classic
Kym Pitman
Marcus Holden
Mic Conway's National Junk Band
Nyalgodi Scotty Martin
Robyn Archer
Roger Knox
Russell Morris
The Newtown Rugby League Football Club Song
Warren Fahey & Luke Webb
Warren Fahey & Max Cullen (DEAD MEN TALKING)


Before the Boomerang Came Back
Down By The Billabong
The World Turned Upside-Down
Forte – Golden Fiddlers
Stand Up & Shout

Yesterday's Australia:

Barbara James
Bob Dyer
Bobby Limb
Buddy Williams
Dame Nellie Melba
Florence Austral
Frank Coughlan
John Brownlee
Johnny Ashcroft
Keith Branch & His South Sea Islanders

Percy Grainger
Reg Lindsay
Shirley Thoms
Smoky Dawson
Strella Wilson
Tex Morton
Tex Morton and Sister Dorrie
Warren Fahey's Diggers

Yesterday's Australia Compilations:

Australian Radio Serials
Australian Hillbilly Radio Hits
Australian Stars of the International Music Hall Voume 1
Australian Stars of the International Music Hall Voume 2
Band in a Waistcoat Pocket
Mastertouch Pianola
Strike up the Band
Stars of Australian Stage & Radio Vol 1
Stars of Australian Stage & Radio Vol 2

Yep! Records
Music Without Compromise


Jenny Morris
Michal Nicholas
The Lovetones
Saints of India
Screw the Pooch

Barbara James Barbara James
'20th Century Blues'
Catalogue Number RRH19

Buy Buy

View Booklet


This is a fantastic album by one of Australia's most famous dance hall vocalists. Shades of Ella Fitzgerald and Dakota Statton and featuring some of the Trocadero's best dance bands. Mostly from the 1940's this is such an enjoyable album. Includes Frank Coughlan Orchestra, The Cotton Pickers, The Dixielanders, Arthur Rosebery Orchestra and Des Tooley. Great songs too!

Australians have long had a love affair with jazz and blues and it is unfortunate that so little of our early jazz recordings survive. We are fortunate that radio broadcast and recorded a large repertoire especially of our most popular singers and bands and 'by hook or by crook' those Dick Tracey’s of the historical audiophile world have managed to find them and protect them. This is yet another fine testament to their diligence.

Barbara James was one of our best-loved vocalists and she certainly is up there with her American and British counterparts. She was a strong and stylish singer and this excellent compilation captures her perfectly as she sings and swings her way through dance favourites and even some torchy songs. It's easy to close your eyes and imagine yourself transported back to the grand era of the dance palais where men and women dressed to the nines and the orchestras were large enough to pump out music that didn't really need amplification. As the big band strikes up under the conducting baton of a Jim Davidson or Frank Coughlan then up steps Miss Barbara James and the magic begins

Warren Fahey

Barbara James was arguably Australia's leading popular vocaliste for three decades. In the days before artist categorisation became de rigeur she sang everything that came her way. She was not specifically a jazz singer, but she could sing jazz. She sang everything that was popular in the dance and popular field, and when swing became the rage in the middle thirties, she showed that she could swing with the best of them.

Looking back on her career, Barbara said: "If I had my time over, I wouldn't wish to change one thing - I've had a great life in music". That life is well illustrated in this compilation release which covers the gamut of her career, from her first recording in 1933 through to the radio programme ‘Between You And Us’ in the late fifties.

Along the way we hear Barbara singing ballads, pops, swing and jazz - as a soloist, as a guest artist with Jim Davidson's Orchestra from the Palais Royal, George Trevare's recording orchestra and various broadcasting bands, as well as with the Trocadero Orchestras of which she was a regular member. Few singers can boast such a fulfilling career and such a diversity of material. None are more deserving of such a tribute as this album.

Jack Mitchell


Track Listing:

  1. Twentieth Century Blues
  2. Black Eyed Susan Brown
  3. Let Me Give My Happiness To You
  4. It Don’t Mean A Thing
  5. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  6. The Answer Is Love
  7. Good For Nothing (But Love)
  8. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
  9. The Lights Will Shine Again
  10. Sitting Making Faces At The Moon
  11. Little Ships Will Sail Again
  12. The Smiths And The Jones
  13. Austerity Blues
  14. Small Town Boogie
  15. Kentucky
  16. So Long
  17. When You Put On That Old Blue
  18. Suit Again
  19. Minnie’s In The Money
  20. Slender, Tender And Tall
  21. I Don’t Know Enough You
  22. Buster, The Swagman’s Daughter
  23. It’s A Good Day
  24. If I Were A Bell
  25. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
  26. You’ll Find Out
  27. Give Me The Simple Life
  28. I’m Gonna Live Till I Die