“Take Your Partners” means two things int eh dancing world; it is the Master of Ceremonies invitation to the assembled dancers to begin and it is the of the immensely popular and successful B.B.C. radio series of old time dancing, starring Sydney Thompson and his Orchestra which celebrated its twenty-first anniversary on the air in January 1967.
Sydney’s name has become synonymous with the old time area of ballroom activity although his other LP’s like “Latin in Tempo” and “Modern in Tempo” demonstrate beyond any shadow of doubt that his interest and aptitude are not solely restricted to this particular style. But his marathon radio series has put him in the forefront of the old time scene and the music he dispenses is unsurpassed for its arrangement and execution.
The selection he presents here is not categorised into specific dances because, as Sydney says, it is passable to adapt the step of more than one dance to these tunes and as always on a Sydney Thompson record each item is presented with a four bar introduction and sixteen bars of regular movement to facilitate instruction and practice.
The spacious days when this music was the only dance music are gone for ever but their spirit and the dances themselves live on via these interpretations by Sydney Thompson.
A1 Good Old Vienna
A2 Gavotte From “The Gondoliers”
A3 The Petite Waltz
A4 The Lonely Goatherd
A5 The Bell Schottische
A6 Gispy Baron
B1 Old Comrades
B3 Gay Hussars
B4 Tango Of The Night
B5 Love Makes The World Go Round
B6 A Walk In The Black Forest