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Ambrose and His Orchestra

Lullaby of the Leaves

Vocal by Sam Browne



This recording was transferred, digitally restored and kindly made available to me by Julian Dyer.

Lullaby of the Leaves was a radio hit in 1932 in the USA for George Olsen and his Orchestra, even though the Broadway show it came from only played 10 performances. Eleven British dance band recordings were made.

Recording Information

Composers Young and Petkere
Work Lullaby of the Leaves
Vocalist Sam Browne
Orchestra Ambrose and His Orchestra
Conductor Bert Ambrose
Date Recorded 1st June 1931
Recording Location London
Date Restored 14th October 2014 by Julian Dyer
Serial Number HMV B6191
Recording Cutter Blumlein
Bandwidth 60Hz to 6.5kHz
Transfer Stylus 2.5mil truncated conical
Transfer Cartridge Shure M75
Transfer Turntable Lenco L75 at 78RPM
Cutter Compensation 375Hz first order lift
Click Reduction ClickRepair, wavelet x3 mode, DeClick 40, pitch protection, reverse, stereo
Crackle Reduction ClickRepair, wavelet, 5 stereo passes
Low Frequency NR DeNoise LF at 50 Hz
Wideband NR DeNoise, auto, -12dB reduction
Limiting Filter 48dB/octave Butterworth, at 40Hz and 6.5kHz

Restoration Notes

This excellent transfer and restoration, originally listed on YouTube was completed by Julian Dyer using Brian Davies' restoration software. I have also applied a few of my own Butterworth bandwidth limiting filters to this work so as to prevent the remaining rumble and high frequency distortion from pushing through.

Even though the transfer came from a disc in very good condition, it is hard to believe that it's over 84 years old at the time of writing.

Free Download

With the permission of the original transfer engineer, I have made this work available for free download.

I have decided to use Q7 Vorbis for site downloads, instead of MP3 or even FLAC, as it is just as well supported as of 2016, and provides transparency at about a third of the file size. There isn't really much point for using FLAC as the final listening format (all processing is done losslessly, of course) as the quality of the recordings themselves is already rather limited given their age. The general consensus on HydrogenAudio is that Q5 is enough for transparency with modern recordings, so the downloads offered are encoded at a more than ample Q7. Vorbis is by far a superior codec to MP3, as transparency is obtained at almost half the file size.

Copyright Disclaimer

The audio track listed on this page is a digital restoration of a 78 RPM record, whose mechanical copyright has expired before the time of this page's publication. No later release is used so any copyright affecting such a release does not apply to any of the sound recordings shown on this page. Claims to the contrary may be vexatious if pursued. Any communication between parties claiming copyright of the material on this website and the author of this site will be published immediately with great derision. The contents of this page must not be copied represented or sold without express permission.

Julian Dyer and Michael Fearnley 2016