World Record Company 45rpm
This record is one that was a favourite for my mother, as well as for myself and most of my siblings.
In December 2002 my mother commented that she really would love to hear this record again (our copy had been lost to a roadside cleanup by an overzealous father). This is an exceptional recording that should remain available to future generations – and enjoyed by everyone with a taste for romance and whimsy.
I had checked
everywhere on the internet and the only reference I found was where I was
fortunate in purchasing a quite good condition copy (from
I’ve used my best digital skills, and put in about 60 hours of work, to clean up the recording and it sounds marvelous. Click here to listen to “Buckingham Palace” as a 128kbps mono mp3 (1minute 45 seconds, 2mb).
I’m happy to give the complete recording to anyone who is keen (email me and request the URL for downloading the 11mb 128kps mono mp3 ). Nearly everyone who looks for this recording is doing so because it is a distinct joyful memory from their childhood, and I’m especially interested in knowing why people want to hear it, as well as how they have responded to hearing my restoration. To me it’s a memory trigger as effective as eating a favourite food from childhood. Further below I’ve included kind comments from people around the globe who’ve enjoyed hearing this record again (or for the first time).
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Full Cover text:
WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG
Poems by A.A. Milne – Music by H. Fraser-Simpson
Featuring DAVID TOMLINSON,
Conducted by Cyril Ornadel
The King’s Breakfast
Featuring DAVID TOMLINSON. With the Westminster Concert Orchestra, conducted by Cyril Ornadel.
Musical Arrangements by John Gregory.
Music by H. Fraser-Simpson. Lyrics by A. A. Milne.
A.A. Milne’s verses occupy a very special place in the affections of all who are young in heart— and never more so than when matched with the delightful music of H. Fraser-Simpson. This record of nine of the best-loved poems and songs is the one that was hailed in the British press as one of the finest children’s discs ever made. It is one of the World Record Club’s exclusive series that won the London Evening News’ special award in open competition in the children’s class.
This is a simple, gentle, bedtime recording, beautifully spoken and sung by David Tomlinson, well-known -British film actor and comedian. A father himself, Tomlinson has the rare ability to talk intimately to small children on their own level without appearing patronising.
On this disc, H. Fraser-Simpson’s famous music has been specially re-arranged by John Gregory. The accompaniment is by the full-sized Westminster Concert Orchestra, conducted by Cyril Ornadel, who is musical director of the famous London Palladium.
ANOTHER WORLD RECORD CHILDREN’S SERIES
With Dick Bentley and John Gregory and his Orchestra
The Children’s Record Guild of Australia
E.P. SPEED 45 CG7
In June 2010 I bought a near mint Australian pressing of this vinyl from Vinyl Solutions in Melbourne and then spent about 40 hours in digital restoration fixing each of the thousands of extraneous noises. I had never heard this record before, but it is a truly wonderful performance and production. Hear a sample track, my immediate favourite, “The Knight Whose Armour Didn’t Squeak” as a 128kps mono mp3 (3minutes 14seconds, 3mb).
I’m happy to give the complete recording to anyone who is keen (email me and request the URL for downloading the 14mb 128kps mono mp3 ).
Total duration: 14m 14s
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Full Cover text:
“The Best Of A. A. Milne”
With Dick Bentley and John Gregory and his Orchestra
The Children’s Record Guild of Australia
E.P. SPEED 45 CG7
1. The End (0:35) (poem)
2. Twice Times (2:10) (song)
3. A Thought (0:24) (poem)
4. The Emperor’s Rhyme (2:33) (song)
5. The Friend (1:23) (song)
6. Sneezles (1:51) (song)
7. Wind On The Hill (0:38) (poem)
9. Furry Bear Song (1:23) (song)
The secret of A. A. Milne seems to be his unerring instinct for reaching the very heart of childhood. His characters, from Pooh Bear onward, act, talk, think and react just as children expect them to do… with a devastating logic and candour that only children seem to possess – and only too rapidly lose!
Even the characters (not even excepting Christopher Robin) who seem at times inconsequential; or those who seems much too subtle for children to appreciate, awaken a ready response - and this above all is a measure of Milne’s genius.
In this recording, Dick Bentley sings his favourite songs, and tells his favourite verses from Milne’s “Now We Are Six” – with original music written by John Gregory, and with an engaging commentary between the items that makes the record very much more than a mere recital. Dick Bentley’s voice and personality are ideally suited to the purpose – warm and confiding – and there will be few children who do not come to cherish this recording as one of their best-loved.
Previous recordings of A. A. Milne’s works: “The Hums of Pooh” with Norman Shelley; “When We Were Very Young” with David Tomlinson; are available from World Record Club on R.4 and R.53. Items on “When We Were Very Young” include: They’re Changing Guards at Buckingham Palace; The King’s Breakfast; Disobedience; Jonothan Jo; Vespers etc.
The Children’s Record Guild of Australia sponsored by World Record Club Pty. Ltd., 330 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia.
World Record Company 45rpm
My great thanks
to Alice Lamy for bringing this fine record to my
attention at a time when a near mint copy was still available from the same
I’m also happy to give this complete recording to anyone who is keen (email me and request the URL for downloading the 11mb 128kps mono mp3 ). Further below I’ve included kind comments from people around the globe who’ve enjoyed hearing this record again (or for the first time).
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Full Cover text:
Hans Christian Andersen
With DICK BENTLEY
The Four-in-a-Chord Vocal group and Orchestra,
Specially arranged and conducted by John Gregory.
Produced by Cyril Ornadel.
Interpreted by Dick Bentley
EP Speed 45
“I’m Hans Christian Andersen”;
“The King’s New Clothes”.
“The Inch Worm”;
Andersen – Teller of Tales
In the golden days of childhood, when the world was a place where everything was probable and nothing impossible, the Danish shoemaker’s son, Hans Christian Andersen, wove his magic web of words end conjured up the Ugly Duckling, the Snow Queen, Thumbelina, Inch Worm and the King who wears invisible clothes.
A few years
age, Samuel Goldwyn, one of she great names in film
production, decided in make a movie about his
childhood hero — Hans Christian Andersen — with Danny Kaye in the title role. And one of
the Australian entertainer who has become one of the greatest stars of B.B.C.
variety, both in radio and television, has been chosen as the ideal interpreter
for the fascinating songs on this Club release. On his way from
Later, with the remarkable success of the B.B.C. comedy show, “Take It From Here”, his name became a house-hold word throughout the English speaking world.
The Four-in-a-Chord singing group which features in the special vocal arrangements on this disc is a combination well known in British radio and television. They are talented, they are versatile, and, as these songs demonstrate, they have just what it takes for child entertainment.
Children’s records deserve the finest artists. For this reason, the World Record Club release of “Hans Christian Andersen” presents not only top-tine vocalists but also uses an orchestral backing from a full scale theatre orchestra, the Westminster Concert Orchestra, conducted by brilliant young musician John Gregory. And the whole production is supervised by Cyril Ornadel, the best known musical director in the British stage world today.
“Listen To The Wind” by Dick Bentley and others
World Record Club Childrens’ Series (Australian pressing) # CH2 (released 1956)
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Here’s the full text from the back cover:
E.P. Speed 45 CH2
LISTEN TO THE WIND
A musical play for children, with lyrics and music by Vivian Ellis.
SIDE ONE I’m a Naughty Gale Bird
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
SIDE TWO When I Grow Up
The Bread and Butter Song
Listen to the Wind
Featuring Dick Bentley, Vanessa Lee, Virginia Somers and Joan Hovis. Orchestrations and Vocal Arrangements from the original West End, London, Production. Conducted by Cyril Ornadel.
“Listen to the Wind” is the children’s own musical, with lots of simple and gay tunes and lyrics by Vivian Ellis, who wrote such famous stage shows as “Bless the Bride”.
Recounting the story of its success, Vivian Ellis recently said: “When my old friend and collaborator Ronald Jeans told me his daughter had written a children’s play, and could she send it to me with a view to writing some songs for it, my heart sank. But not for long! The play duly arrived, and I was enchanted with it. It was first performed at the Oxford Playhouse and was immediately bespoken by three West End managers. Eventually it was acquired by the London Arts Theatre, and became a hit-show overnight.”
The London Star’s famous theatre critic Robert Wraight wrote of it: “Move over, Peter Pan, Cinderella, St. George and the Dragon! You, too, Noddy! Make room for your newest rivals, Emma, Harriet and Jeremy—a youthful trio by whose adventures you can’t fail to be enthralled!”
The three children are among the most delightful characters you could wish to meet. The story tells how they were kidnapped, with their grandmother, from their home in East Anglia, rescued by the Gale Birds, and taken to the Kingdom of the Winds. There, they are captured by Thunder Cloud, but eventually are rescued again and finally restored happily back to their family and home.
That’s all you need to know to be able to listen to the delightful songs on this record. The Gale Birds— messengers of the winds—are summoned up by the youthful adventurers by a twice-chanted “Listen to the Wind”. But one of the birds (a squadron-leader, at that!) falls into disgrace because he contracts cramp. Hence the catchy song “I’m a Naughty Gale Bird”.
“Timothy’s Under the Table”, “When I Grow Up” and “Listen to the Wind” itself have very strong melodies—which, of course, is just right for children, who like a tune that they can begin to sing immediately.
The orchestra on this lovely little disc is conducted by Cyril Ornadel, which in itself is a guarantee of quality.
ANOTHER WORLD RECORD – CHILDREN’S SERIES
World Record Club – Finest On Record
World Record Club Pty. Ltd., 330 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, C.1., Phone MB5114
As a young child my parents bought us the 1955 Australian pressed 78rpm single "Quack Quack Paddle-Oh! / Bongo And His Baboon Drum", which was my favourite 78rpm. In January 2005 I bought an average condition, yet listenable, Australian pressing on the “Columbia” label (#KO-1017) of the 78rpm 10” double A side single by Burl Ives with orchestra conducted by Jimmy Carroll:
“Quack, Quack, Paddle-Oh!” (Schmertz – Southern Music) and Bongo And His Baboon Drum” (Mayer & Otto – Columbia Control)
Hear a 128kps mono 5mb mp3 of these two songs, taken from my carefully restored transfer from a near-pristine imported USA pressing of the 17 track 33 1/3 RPM vinyl LP “Capt. Burl Ives’ Ark” (Decca DL8587) which I imported in January 2007. I've put a lot of work into make it sound as perfect as possible, and it is a true “High-Fidelity” record. Capt Burl Ives' Ark has never been released on CD, and is almost impossible to find on vinyl.
To hear my 128kps mono 40mb mp3 of the complete restored Capt Burl Ives’ Ark record, then please email me requesting the URL.
I have included further below the complete text from the back of the LP, and also scanned images of the album cover art - click each of these small images to go to a 12cm x 12cm 200dpi jpg file:
have found a Billboard reference which makes it clear that the 1958 “Burl Ives’
Ark” album was built upon several of Burl’s existing records for children,
including the 10inch 78rpm records ”Quack, Quack, Paddle Oh! / Bongo And His
Baboon Drum” and “Look At The Little Kitty Kat / The
Whistling Rabbit” which were first released in the USA in August 1954.
I have found a Billboard reference which makes it clear that the 1958 “Burl Ives’ Ark” album was built upon several of Burl’s existing records for children, including the 10inch 78rpm records ”Quack, Quack, Paddle Oh! / Bongo And His Baboon Drum” and “Look At The Little Kitty Kat / The Whistling Rabbit” which were first released in the USA in August 1954.
Full text from the back cover of the LP:
Decca Records DL 8587 LONG PLAY 33 1/3 RPM
Capt. Burl Ives’ Ark
FOLK SONGS WTH GUITAR
1. THE SQUIRREL Schmertz
2. LOOK AT THE LITTLE KITTY KAT Sid Lippman
3. BONGO AND HIS BABOON DRUM Mayer-Otto
4. HORACE THE HORSE (On The Merry-Go-Round) Green-Coben
5. THE BEAR ON THE BALL (With The Parasol) A. Hogue
6. THE WHISTLING RABBIT Moon Curtis
7. THE DUCK (Quack, Quack, Paddle-Oh!) Schmertz
8. THE TENOR DOODLE-DOO Burl Ives
1. THE BESTIARY Arr: Burl Ives
2. THE MONKEY AND THE ELEPHANT M. Rogers-M. Abeson
3. OLD DOCTOR WANGO TANGO from The Book “A Cat Came Fiddling” Paul Kapp
4. THE SWAP SONG Arr: Burl Ives
5. OLD MOBY DICK Burl Ives
6. MY OLD COON DOG Burl Ives
7. MISSOURI MULE Arr: Burl Ives
8. THE BIRD COURTING SONG Arr: Burl Ives
9. GROUND HOG Arr: Burl Ives
Burl Ives’ appeal to children is so well known, that we need not comment. In these 17 songs, Burl has made a selection of a wonderful miscellany of animal stories and songs. He has picked them from 3 sources — some are of today’s vintage, written by some of the best writers in the children’s field — merry and gay, with the sound of contemporary music. Some are from the pen of Burl Ives himself — Some are Burl’s versions of the old classics.
The songs to which Burl Ives wrote both words and music are THE TENOR DOODLE-DOO, OLD MOBY DICK. MY OLD COON DOG and MISSOURI MULE.
Burl wrote the music for, and arranged in poetic form, the list of animals in THE BESTIARY.
THIS IS A HIGH-FIDELITY RECORD! For proper
reproduction use RIAA or similar Record Compensator setting. A New World of Sound - Decca Records.
THIS IS A HIGH-FIDELITY RECORD! For proper reproduction use RIAA or similar Record Compensator setting. A New World of Sound - Decca Records.
PROPER CARE OF THIS RECORD will prolong its life and increase your listening enjoyment: Keep in special protective polyflex envelope when not in use; avoid handling playing surface; wipe with soft, slightly damp cloth; set phono for proper needle and turntable speed; check needle frequently for wear – if defective it can permanently damage record.
This DECCA Long Play Microgroove Record can be played only on 33 1/3 RPM instruments.
“Decca”, “D” symbol, “Gold Label Series”, “Deccalite” and “New World Of Sound” are the registered trademarks of Decca Records, Inc. Printed in U.S.A.
James Tomlinson (youngest son of David Tomlinson, to whom I had posted “hard copies” of my files on CD, by request) on 23rd February 2013 wrote:
Your fabulous package arrived quite some time ago but I have been away so much.
Brother David is mentioned in the recording as you know.
My Mum told me that Dad recorded it very very quickly!
It is the most remarkable work that you have done.
Thank you so much and thank you for taking the trouble to send me the copies.
Kind regards -
Stephen Harrap (Melbourne, Australia) on 15th March 2017 wrote:
Tonight my 4 month-old grandson sat listening to your recording. There was that undefinable something about the mellifluous voice and the gentle music that captured his consciousness I'm sure, however transiently. My 30 year-old daughter was transfixed and transported to her own childhood.
Greg Predmore (USA) on 29th July 2016 wrote:
Years ago I'd emailed you requesting the URL for David Tomlinson's "When We Were Very Young."
It is definitely, as you say, a distinct joyful memory of my childhood. I'd put it on a CD for my granddaughter who is now 8 and can still sing some bits of some of the songs. Alas, the CD is gone, and the files are in an external hard drive that has died.
By any small miracle is it possible for you to send me the URL again? I can still recite most of "Disobedience" to my mother who is well into her 80s. Our dog likes to sit on the landing between the downstairs and upstairs, and so I sing that to my granddaughter when we are sitting there petting the dog.
I wish that children's records of this caliber were still being made. It bothers me that somehow children are supposed to go directly from Raffi, et cetera, to top 40. It seems that they ought to have a bit more of a childhood in song.
Thank you so much for the work you put into it.
Linden Hall (Perth, Australia) on 12th July 2016 wrote:
Just had to let you know that my brothers and Mum are sitting here tonight having just listened to this album for the first time in 40 years – and we still knew all the words! Hard to believe that so many happy memories could have come from just 10 minutes 57 seconds. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
Geoff Pitts (Australia) on 19th June 2016 wrote:
Thank you John. I have downloaded the recording as an mp3. It was great to hear the whole thing in such clarity. I certainly appreciate your work.
Chris Ryan on 28th May 2016 wrote:
Thank you John
I can appreciate the work you put into this.
I used to listen to this when I was a child. Listening to it now I don't think I've missed a word yet!
Something I would like my grandchildren to listen to also.
Catherine Nicolson on 8th April 2016 wrote:
Hi John - many thanks for sending me the mp3 of 'Listen to the Wind' music. I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to it, and it's much closer to my musical memories of the live performance that I watched when I was a child. You've done a brilliant editing job too. I've only been looking for this music for the past thirty years, so many thanks again for enabling me to hear it, in such a lively rendition. It doesn't seem that modern singers and actors can put across a song in the way they used to do! The variety of interpretation, the dynamics, clear diction and recording quality are absolutely right for the material.
All the best,
Beverly Chieffo on 15th March 2015 wrote:
I am so grateful for your generous offer to download the A.A.Milne works from your mp3 files. I received your letter and felt unsure of the downloading process so I called upon my dear granddaughter, Hannah and sent her the URLs. She then made a CD for me with the selections and I finally got it and played it! I enjoyed them all, but the one that really warmed my heart was the David Tomlinson “When We Were Very Young” record.
I can’t tell you what this means to me to be able to hear once more the delightful renderings that charmed my sons so long ago and will now delight any young person who comes to visit me. I thought it was going to be impossible to ever have these songs again, but now, thanks to your ingenuity, hard work and generosity, I will continue to enjoy them forever.
What a wonderful service you have provided for those like me who remember with nostalgia, these enchanting poems and songs. You are a very special person and I can’t thank you enough.
Jeneva Storme on 25th January 2015 wrote:
Alex Lobo, (Spain) on 12th May 2014 wrote:
Thank you very much for your generosity. I did receive the mp3 file attached to your email and I love the record. Besides, the sound quality of your remastering is striking.
Penny Sowter, (Australia) on 16th July 2013 wrote:
Carl Smith, on 9th June 2013 sent two requests:
I'm 55, and my Mum bought me this copy when I was 6! Now I'm teaching Literature, and my copy has gotten lost over time, would it be possible to download this from you?
would be extremely grateful,
Susan Edmond, (Australia) – 29thMarch 2013 - wrote:
Thank you so very much for your prompt response to my email. I am overjoyed and have sat listening and singing along to this beautiful recording. Such gorgeous memories. I will now be able to play it to my granddaughter. It is so very kind of you to share your hard work with people such as myself. Wonderful that you could send a copy to the Tomlinson family. David did such a warm and endearing recording, I simply adore it.
Thank you again John, much appreciated,
Marissa Walls – 18th September 2012 - wrote:
Dear Mr. Frame,
It's nice to find that someone has this copy. I recently found it on Ebay, but I was too impatient to wait for it. It is difficult to find anything on David Tomlinson, except for Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and The Love Bug. I am taking a World Cinema class at my local college and I am glad that I found this copy of When We Were Very Young so I can use it in my project that I am doing on David Tomlinson. This is an awesome copy. It's very clear to listen to and I love it a lot. I am also using it to help my 2 year old son go to sleep and it's helping too. Thanks for making it available for many people to enjoy. Feel free to post this in your comments section.
Leslie Evers, (USA) – 17thJune 2012 - wrote:
It is marvelous. What a rush of memories this has brought back. Passing it on to the children of my friends and children of my own age as well.
Thank you so much.
Brian Sibley, (England, UK) – 4th June 2012 - wrote:
Thank you for all these! The Tomlinson is total joy!
Just for your information, the sleeve credit is wrong in that Harold Fraser-Simson spelled his name without a 'p'. I have just taken part in a programme about HF-S that is to be broadcast later this month.
Also much enjoyed the Bentley recordings – as a child I used to listen to DB in the BBC radio comedy show, Take it From Here. The restorations are fantastic.
I was also very pleased to have the David Davis/Norman Shelley recording… DD ('Uncle David') had a wonderful storytelling voice that I loved from my childhood listening to what was then a daily radio show on the BBC called Children's Hour. My very first radio programme was a 50th birthday celebration of Winnie-the-Pooh (1976) and I had the privilege of working with Norman Shelley who provided the voices of Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore for me.
Thanks also for the Bentley HCA, the Juliet Mills Alice (within Addinsell's charming music) and Burl Ives fab animal songs.
Jo Morrish, (England, UK) – 9th May 2012 - wrote:
Your images and downloads have brought tears to my eyes. I have been trying to track a copy of Dick Bentley’s ‘When we were very Young’ for such a long time to share with my own children as my parents did with me. I have old vinyl copies of these records and would love to get hold of a copy of all of your downloads.
The sound coming out of my speakers, sent shivers of excitement down my spine and seeing the images of the records was quite haunting as I remember them all with such fondness and love.
The Burl Ives records I would love to listen too as well if you don’t mind. Again, his voice brings back such beautiful memories of childhood that I would love to share with my own 3 boys.
If I am being too cheeky in asking for all downloads, I will not mind at all. However, listening to Twice Times again would be quite special.
I thank you with all of my heart in anticipation.
Emile Pandolfi, (USA) – 27th June 2011 - wrote:
Thank you, John,
Yes i got the files and was able to save them. How kind of you to share hem. The sound quality is gorgeous - I know that took a good deal of careful work, and the result is lovely.
Thanks again. I shall enjoy these with my grand children.
Sue Mathews, (UK) – 31st May 2011 - wrote:
Thank you so much for taking time to do this. I am so grateful. Saving using Internet Explorer was absolutely no problem.
Its about 60 years since I heard these songs. As a child I used to have them on 78 rpm and i would play them endlessly. I don't think it was Dick Bentley or David Tomlinson on my original, but the sounds/songs and tunes sound very very similar.
Now children and grandchildren can benefit.
Many many thanks,
Christina Hall – 8th May 2011 - wrote:
I loved this as a kid and just seeing the cover art made my heart skip a couple of times after all these years. If you have a chance please send the url so that I can download the whole EP and share it with my kids. The David Tomlinson rendition is by far the best and I especially liked 'Disobedience'.
Sandra Fairbanks, (USA) – 6th May 2011 - wrote:
Eric Julien, (USA) – 1st May 2011 - wrote:
Thank you so much for these files! My mother, who passed away three years ago, dearly loved A. A. Milne poetry and read it to me as a child. She gave me the record by David Tomlinson, which I accidentally melted under a hot desk lamp. I romanced my wife by taking her out for a picnic in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and recited poems from When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. Both of my children grew up with the poetry, because I recited it to them at bed time.
Your careful restoration of the David Tomlinson recordings are truly wonderful. They are extremely clean with no hint that they were once on vinyl. I must confess that the Royal Wedding on BBC got me singing "They're Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace" to my wife. I went online and looked, very hopefully, tried to find a way to recover the lost music when I found your site. The music is playing as I write this to you. A control-click on my Macbook Pro gave me the option to send the file directly to iTunes. Clean, simple and very easy.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Blanchard Weber, (USA) – 27th/30th April 2011 - wrote:
Carole Michie, (NZ) – 3rd/4th April 2011 - wrote:
these bought back memories for me and my 8 year old has just fallen for AA Milne in a big way, so I’d love to share them with her. If you could link me to the URL, I’d be very grateful.
completely fabulous. Thank you very much for bringing me back such treasured memories and allowing me to share them. You are a hero.
Roland Verhoven, (UK) – 14th March 2011 - wrote:
I have just come from singing Vespers to my 7 year old daughter and she asked me about how I learnt it; I have a copy of the original record on your site, but alas it was accidentally stepped upon by my father many years ago and though I have kept it, I cannot access the wonderful music therein.
I would be grateful if you would let me have the url to download the tracks from 'when we were very young' as I am sure even the older kids will enjoy hearing these songs in the format that originally enchanted me.
“Nahantjen”, (USA?) – 15th/16th February 2011 - wrote:
I found online that you had converted these songs to MP3 format. I wanted to know if you could send them to me. My father used to have this album when he was young and I wanted to have it for my children to listen to.
Thank You Again,
Thank you. It will be priceless to see my Dad's face when the kids know the same songs he listened to when he was young.
Steven Eiler, (USA) – 3rd February 2011 - wrote:
Claire Clorie, (Minnesota, USA) – 1st and 2nd February 2011 - wrote:
I’ve just come across this website and am absolutely thrilled! My younger brothers and I listened to these records back in the wonderful 50’s. They bring back very fond and happy memories, especially of rainy days and of the long snowy winters of Minnesota when we always had the records going while working puzzles or playing with paperdolls. I’ve been looking for these for over 7 years, when the grandchildren started coming. Halfway Down the Stairs, The Christopher Robin lullaby, and of course, “I only want a little bit of butter for my bread”, which always confounds the people around the table when I ask to pass the butter. This is an amazing, wonderful gift and I thank you deeply.
I pray you and yours are surviving the devastating flooding and cyclone threats and that the sun will shine soon.
Oh John - they're perfect!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just sent them along to my little brothers in Minnesota. The yougest one used to sing 1/2 Way to his kids when they were little. I know they never expected in a million years to ever hear these wonderful gems again. I can't wait to hear back from my brothers -Â Â they're not going to believe it.
You have absolutely made my year!
Megan Crowhurst, (Texas, USA) – 22nd and 23rd January 2011 - wrote:
Shari Steinberg, (Philadelphia, PA, USA) – 20th January 2011 - wrote:
Ted Martin – 10th January 2011 - wrote:
I came across your site and nearly fell out of my seat. This was one of my favorite albums when I was a kid. I still know all of the songs by heart and sing them to my daughter, I would love to be able to download the album and let her hear those songs as I did.
Thank you very much
Gerard Wong, (Singapore) – 10th January 2011 - wrote:
Isobel Clowes, (New Jersey, USA) – 3rd January 2011 – wrote (nearly a year after my first reply):
Your email has been sitting in the in box since you were so kind to answer my inquiry Re the songs. So this morning at the crack of dawn. I opened it again! The recording is wonderful!
I would absolutely love having a copy. I thank you for your kind offer and hope it still stands after all this time!
My now 6 year old Granddaughter, Madison, and I used to descend the stairs each day, when she was learning to come down sitting, singing the Stair Song--she was "very young" too. She knew all the words and started singing as well. She is the last and fourth of my two children and 2 grandchildren to have enjoyed these songs. But I am forgetting the early days of my teaching when I first discovered Christopher Robin Saying his Prayers in sheet music which I taught to my classes in Quebec just after the War. I still have that!
When I thought that we had lost the music book, I went online a found early editions to replace it. Priceless to me. As the years went on, she had her favourites for me to sing--my old voice barely able to do justice to them.
Adam Wilson, (Australia) – 2nd January 2011 - wrote:
This was my favourite record for bed-time as a child. I have spent weeks searching for it – and have now found it. Thank you for posting The Knight Who’s Armour Didn’t Squeak – I would appreciate the link to the full publication. My memory tells me that he (or an actor with a similar voice – perhaps Ian Carmichael), also recorded the Winnie-the-Pooh stories – do you have those too?
Anne Marie Whittaker, (USA) – 1st December 2010 - wrote:
I'm writing from Alexandria, VA USA (I'm just a few miles from Washington, DC).
I would very much like to have the URL's for the records and God bless you for offering this; it shall be my Christmas present for myself!
Hope you are enjoying your spring and have a very happy holiday!
Dan Hamill, (USA) – 27th/28th November 2010 - wrote:
I listened to David Tomlinson's "When We Were Very Young" and Dick Bentley's "Hans Christian Anderson" when I was young. I have been looking to find these to play for my grandchildren.
Would you please forward a link to download these recordings.
Thank you very much. I listen to these and I'm 6 again.
Reg Gillard, (Australia) – 22nd October 2010 - wrote:
Thanks for the feed.
We have a meeting of oldies tomorrow and we are reliving some of their earlier Years.
Barbara Schultz, (USA?) – 23rd July 2010 - wrote:
My sisters and I listened to this album again and again as children. I recently remembered singing Halfway Down while sitting on my grandma's curved stairway and began to look for the music. I would so appreciate sharing it with my grandchildren. Thanks for your willingness to share!
Karen, (USA?) – 22nd March 2010 - wrote:
I saw your website and am deeply appreciative for your hard work restoring the record. I would love to have this recording for my grandchildren. I loved it as a child and played it for my children until the record was broken, sadly. It was the most beautiful of all works written for children and I am hopeful to continue the tradition!
And on 16th June 2010 she wrote:
Many thanks John...I so enjoyed hearing them all again. I did notice some changes to Disobedience from the original recording we had, but it just seemed like a slightly faster version. It is incredible that I remember all the words from my childhood...this is amazing work and God bless for sending this out! I plan to share this with others so that it can be remembered always. Karen
NB: I had told Karen that the only embellishment I added was to enhance one “s” sound in the last poem Vespers – in the line “and nobody knows that I’m there at all”. My Luxman turntable has a stroboscope pitch control and I made sure the pitch was perfect while I recorded both sides of the record.
Oh you are so wonderful and generous to make these recordings available and for free!! I would gladly pay for them. Would you please send me a link for both When We Were Very Young and Hans Christian Andersen?
I too listened to them as a child in Vermont in the 1960's and don't think I have heard them for 35 or 40 years and still they are fresh and funny and still make me want to listen. What a shame that they are not in production. Your sound is amazing - probably much clearer than I ever heard on our little phonograph in the upstairs hall playing our old scratched records. Thank you for your truly monumental labor of love. I shall pass them on to my sisters and their children to listen to and hopefully help create another generation of children who loves something other than the Disney versions of stories and fairy tales.
Peter Wilkes – 1st February 2010 - wrote:
Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I tripped over your web info about “When we were very young” –someone put a link to it at Mudcat.org. Our family had this record when I was a child. My mother also played piano and sang several songs from (her mother’s) book by the same title, and also from Now We Are Six. I have the books now, but don’t play piano.
If the old recordings are available for download I would truly love to hear these again!
Still shaking head in amazement,
And with a goofy grin on my face,
I'd be very grateful if you could send me the link for this. I work at a Montessori school & the theme this term is Celebrations & we'd like to mark A. A. Milne's birthday on Monday.
very kind. We had them singing along to '
I replied :
Glad to hear you all had a good time. After growing up with these AA Milne recordings I can't read them and imagine them working in any other arrangement. On the technical side, here's how I processed my recordings of these vinyl records:
I used a Luxman P284 direct drive turntable with Shure M92E cartridge, connected to a Luxman L30 integrated circuit amplifier. All "vintage" 1970/80's HiFi gear. The audio was transferred to PC via Line In and edited using the CoolEdit2000 software program.
"CoolEdit2000" was designed by Syntrillium as a very good quality and low cost (~ US$100) version of their professional program "CoolEditPro". Adobe acquired Syntrillium in 2003 and did away with the lower cost product, renaming the professional product as "Audition" (now US$350).
CoolEdit2000 was sold as a basic single stereo file editor, but with the option to buy add-on packs for multi-track editing (up to four simultaneous stereo tracks) and for noise reduction. For both of these records I used the noise-reduction features extensively - especially the option in the "Click/pop/crackle eliminator" to carefully fix each individual noise (pop, click etc - and there were several hundred on each), without damaging the integrity of the original recording.
These are mono records which were played using a stereo cartridge and sometimes a noise is only in the left or right channel, and to fix it you copy the audio from the clean channel to both. At other times you can copy the split second before the unwanted noise and paste it over the damaged area. It's a small victory to fix a glaringly obvious noise to the point where no-one could ever tell it existed in the first place.
Most (if not all) of the automatic audio cleaning programs are quite indiscriminate - they cannot accurately distinguish between the range of unwanted noises and the audio which was meant to be there, and if you do adjust the program to automatically eliminate all of the audible noises, the end result is often unpleasant at best.
Martin Griffith – 1st October 2010 - wrote:
Thank you so much for the files. You have done an excellent job with cleaning up the files. My parents were members of the world record club and we had the 7" disks. When I sing these songs or recite the poems I always remember the extra bits from the records. When my children were little I used to sing the songs to them myself. I did have one of the disks which had survived but it was not in great condition. I am very pleased that someone has taken the time to restore them. Using a book is not the same because half the fun is singing the song version.
To download the files on the Mac it is exactly the same. ie. right click (They may look like a single button mouse but the current ones are not. People with older single button mice should simply hold down control while the click) The files can be imported to iTunes or Quicktime.
I thought there was also a red disk which had some Winnie the Pooh songs. I was wondering aloud "What did happen on Friday?" to my daughter and her 4 week old son today. Oh bother, I remember it well and I think David Tomlinson say it too.
I am living with my Granddaughter, her husband & 2 Great Grandchildren and I would love to have the complete record of "Dick Bentley - Hans Christian Andersen". I really would appreciate the link and if possible, also the link for the record "David Tomlinson - When We Were Very Young".
Thank you so much for your help and co-operation
Kay Russell – 5th January 2010 - wrote:
Wow, I’m so lucky to have found you! I am 52 years old and *still* have these songs in my head. I had the 33 album in the
US as a child, with the Hans Christian Andersen songs on one side and the Milne songs on the other… I would so appreciate
you forwarding me the links to both of these!
Wonderful - thanks so much! These are the exact recordings of my childhood, with even better sound quality!
Your hard work in restoring these recordings is much appreciated!
Maggie Kent – 16th November 2009 - wrote:
Thank you so much for your incredibly prompt response and fantastic recording. I can barely believe that I now have a copy of a cherished childhood memory and can share the wonderful recording, not only with my own children, who are now teenagers, but with my new pupils at primary school. Know that through your careful work and generous gift a whole new generation will be able to enjoy these poems and stories afresh.
Very many thanks and best wishes
Thanks for the reply! So here is the deal, I was using IE, not firefox but for some reason the Save Target As was not available from the email. Quick time player set itself as the default player for those files and I think that may have had something to do with it. I opened Windows Media Player and selected File… Open URL and pasted the link in there. It started playing and as it was playing I could choose file Save As in Media player and got it to save locally! Wanted you to know in case someone else runs into eh same problem.
This IS the record I had as a child and I LOVED it. Not sure if you are gay, but I am guessing so from the Queer Radio website (great stuff), but I am, and grew up to be a performer in Musical Theatre. I listened to and sang along with these albums constantly as a child. When our family home was sold, this is one of the records that got given or sold away. At the time it was no big deal but now that my husband and I have a daughter (3 ˝) I have been hunting for a copy of this album since the day she was born. You have NO idea how many thrift stores I hunted through!
WHAT A JOY to be able to share this with her and tell her daddy used to listen this when he was young. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
All my best!
Christina and Denis Daly,
Dear Mr Frame,
Thank you for the links. Your generosity in putting in all the hours of work and then passing it on freely to others is much appreciated and will no doubt produce a ‘ripple effect’ that will delight many children in years to come.
I loved hearing ‘The King’s Breakfast’ again with David Tomlinson’s wonderful character voices, and my other personal favourites are ‘Disobedience’ and ‘Halfway Down’.
The Hans Christian Anderson songs are great fun and very uplifting.
My husband has just gone off to post a CD of the songs to our little granddaughter Tilly (Matilda), and we have included a note saying how special these are, with an outline of all the work you have done to make these available.
Hopefully she will love listening to them as well.
Thank you once again,
Carolyn Schlemmer, Ohio, USA – 20th September 2009 - wrote:
Sheila Wilner, NY, USA – 31st August 2009 - wrote:
Thank you for such a speedy reply and accompanying treasure! My mother read me these poems when I was little and 65 years later, I love them just as much. The music is absolutely charming and the artists are perfect. If only there were more such offerings for children of all ages.
Congratulations on your magnificent endeavors.
I'll never get to sleep........I've been singing Hans Christian Anderson all evening!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Laura P. Fernández,
Dear Mr. Frame,
You have made a dream come true. My sister and I have been looking for this album since forever. She is an avid Mudcatter and just sent me your link.
Those songs go so very far back in our lives (I'm 61) and they float in and out of my mind. Thank you for making this "whimsy" available. I would be grateful if you could send me the attachment of the file.
Thank you so much for this very speedy reply. I have saved the files and am enjoying them already.
I also remember the Danny Kaye record very clearly. Sadly, all these treasures had been lost along the way, until now.
Thanks again and best of luck in your endeavors.
Matt Hamlin (UK) – 21st July 2009 - wrote:
That's so kind of you John, And it IS a very good piece of restoration! I don't do any restore work myself ( my wife does photos) but I am a network engineer so appreciate what you're up against. I don't think the original record was as clear when it was brand new!!
My wife has a childhood book of AA Milne poems so I couldn't wait to play her this! I used to tell her about it but I don't think it sunk in until now.
My family also had a World Record Club Hans Christian Anderson record - it had the "I'm Hans Christian Anderson" song on it. You know I can't remember the others! I think this record became unplayable when I was old enough to hear it ( I'm the last of 5 children so I think my siblings wore it out ).
There was also a 45RPM ( World Record Club? I don't know?) called Songs Of The Sea.
Don't know if you know it.
Don't know if you're interested but a family friend used to buy me the Thunderbird and Stingray records. It is to my regret that they are no more. Nevermind I guess. You may remember how expensive records used to be. Phew! They were some presents!
Good luck with this restoration but I don't think you need any luck given the quality of this.
many thanks again - you really have resurrected this work for another generation and probably more..
Heather Doyon (Australia) – 16th July 2009 - wrote:
Please oh please send me the file for When we were very young. It has been so many years since I
have heard this. It was a prized possession of mine that vanished from home.
Mum must have had a clean up! Listening to
I can’t wait to get it. I am so excited tonight.
Thank you so much it’s a wonderfully clear recording. It takes me right back to growing up in our house of 7 kids where we didn’t have much but you could play a record over and over again for free. I have sent it to my mother and sisters already.
David Mellonie (Australia) – 12th July 2009 - wrote:
What a surprise!
I've recently moved house, and am unable to find my record of When we were very young – I assume it's in storage (I hope), but I can't find it.
I would really like to be able to play the recording to my grand-daughter, who loves music, and I think she would get as much enjoyment from it as I always have since my father bought it for me, and as my daughter has.
If you could send me a digital copy, that would be fantastic, and I'll hopefully be able to burn it to a cd sometime.
Wonderful that you managed to spend the time recording it for posterity!
Cristie Hutchison (Australia) – 22nd June 2009 - wrote:
Thank you so much for your speedy reply. I must apologise for my lack of niceties in my email yesterday. My mother and I were so excited to find your file that I just quickly shot off that email before I served up dinner. Later I realised that it was very abrupt, I'm sorry.
grew up listening to my mother sing these poems (my favourite
is "Halfway up the stairs" and "James James
Morrison Morrison") and it was only recently that I asked how did she
learn the tunes? And she told me it was a very fond memory from her
childhood of her grandmother getting out the record. So in this amazing day of
everything at your fingertips I hopped onto google. Unfortunately I was not
getting any joy. I saw a record in
I agree, it does seem remiss that no record company has released a digitally remastered cd, when you walk past the bargain bins I can't believe some of the stuff they waste their time on!
Kind regards Cristie Hutchison
John - thank
you so much!! Listening to this brought so many memories back. I'm sure my
daughter will love it too. The Kings Breakfast is one which I quote often. It
still gives me a hunger for a thick slice of toast with butter and marmalade :)
Thanks for making this available - I'm sure it would otherwise have disappeared altogether.
Alice Lamy, France – 16th June and 23rd July 2009 - wrote:
I found your page via a lyrics site forum. When We Were Young is a record that I have been searching for about 2 years! I didn't get very far, as I didn't know the name of the man who narrated and sang, or the record company, much less!
I perfectly remember each song and the fact that the singer had an English accent and that there were choruses on certain songs and an orchestral type of arrangement.
So...........all to ask - would you send me the URL for the entire recording? That would be very generous of you, as my sister has kept equally fond memories of this record.
We are American, and both our parents were very musically inclined.
We must have listened to this record around the age of 8 or 9, say, in '64 or '65, and much longer.
I'd really appreciate it ! I would love to find an old copy of the record, as you did, but I'm not really counting on it.
Thank you very much!!!!
…I love the
Tomlinson record - it's just just
so - neither maudlin nor ridiculously child-pandering, as so often
children's records can be. It is charming poetry sung to charming
melody. My children are 25 and 23 and were brought up in
Once again, thank you for offering your recording - it IS a good copy. Good job!
And on 23rd July 2009 Alice wrote regarding the Dick Bentley “Hans Christian Andersen” record, which I only found because of her passionate prompting:
Thank you for sending me a version you've pampered so lovingly! and with obvious technical skill. It's good to have such a passion.
Rae and Mike Huston,
Thankyou so much for your kindness in sending this to us. Our daughter and her husband were with us for lunch today and she and her Dad started reminiscing over childhood rhymes and they both started reciting all of When We Were Very Young. It was lovely. Our daughter is thirty three and pregnant with her first and they are twins (much excitement). The record that we have was my husbands as a child and he knew it backwards and forwards, and when our daughter was born he played it to her and the two of them recited it from it seems day one. She will be thrilled that there is now a copy of this loved piece that she can play when her little ones are born. This is the “stuff” that makes for traditions and creates the magic of childhood.
Thankyou again so much for your kindness.
Very best regards,
dear Mr. Frame,
I am listening to the album as I write to you to say thank you.It is fantastic! Exactly how I remember it but your copy is far better than the one I listened to as a child in
My mom exposed my sisters and I to poetry and music as children and was surprised I was still looking for this album. When my children were young I read A.A.Milne to them but they missed out on this great audio which I couldn't find.
For years I thought Danny Kaye was the artist who read and sang these poems. David Tomlinsons' voice was and still is enchanting to listen to.
I can't thank you enough for sharing not just the music but the memories this album brings back!
Peace Love and Laughter