The NDO was primarily a studio Band, recording items for inserts into Radio 2 programmes on 5 inch “W” reels, and after repeats these tapes were normally wiped.
There was one disk made by BBC records (REC 133S) which is now no longer available,It was recorded in Strawberry studios in Stockport, and based on the Band’s 21st Birthday Programme. - Great LP !
Other early NDO material has been released on an excellent CD, ( NDOCD 101) - with the relevant permissions. This sadly is no longer available.
The LP - now sadly no longer available
No CD was made of this.
I have a spare copy of this rare disc, in good condition, if anyone wishes to purchase it.
The mystery EP - GEP 8758
Thanks to Christine Lock for sending me the record.
Worth investigating too is the wonderful
Swing Time ( stereo CD) ( EMI gold ), with
Alyn Ainsworth conducting the same tracks
in great stereo.
Bedtime for drums / On ilkla’moor baht ‘at
The Cobblers song / Cherokee
These were recorded by E.M.I .® at their Abbey Road studios on the 4 February 1959
The late Alan Dell knew from members of the band that 4 of the tracks on the CD were played by most, if not all of the NDO !
This has also been confirmed in paperwork I have received.
A lovely comment by Eartha Kitt about the NDO, following her recordings with them, and during her wonderful conversation with the late Peter Wheeler .
“When the orchestra is right, the whole world suddenly is right - they were absolutely fantastically wonderful - I felt like a star !”
Another interesting ‘late night listening’ LP is CARIBBEAN COCKTAIL, conducted and arranged by Tony Harrison, which included many members of the band:- BBC REC 559s
Roger Fleetwood,Steve Shaw, Bill Pettigrew,Fred Kelly,
Derek Southcott,Barry Daykin, Alan Pepperell, Peter Lingwood,
Tom Steer, Ray Barlow ,
Ian Early,Bob Turner,
Pete Glennon, Dave Hassell,
It says ‘Alyn Ainsworth and his orchestra,’ But it sounds uncannily like some members of the early NDO - even down to the musical arrangements.