The CDs arrived the day after I ordered them. I can't fault Past Perfect's service, and as I got Tea Dance and Tea Dance 2 as a bundle it was cheaper than Amazon even with shipping.
All the tracks are taken from original vintage records, with the annoying scratches and pops acquired over decades of use removed. They're from the 1920s to 1940s, though I felt the disc definitely leans towards the earlier side of things.
One thing I liked about the music on this one is that many of the songs are tea- or baking-themed (though it's worth noting that 'tea' was also Jazz Age slang for marijuana, and I suspect the line in Texas Tea Party, 'Mama where did you hide my tea?' isn't a polite enquiry as to where mother has stashed the Earl Grey). There are some non-tea themed ones, too. My favourite tracks include the Boswell Sisters/Dorsey Brothers' version of When I Take My Sugar To Tea, The Mills Brothers' Sweeter Than Sugar, and Fred Astaire doing Let's Face The Music And Dance. Top of my list, though, is the last one on the disc, A Nice Cup of Tea by Sam Costa and Peter Yorke and his Orchestra. It's both silly and civilised, and sums up exactly how I feel about my favourite drink.
If you like 1920s and 1930s music, I definitely recommend this compilation. You don't need to dance to enjoy it. It's cheery without being frenetic, and full of the spirit of the Jazz Age away from the frenzied partyings of Bright Young Things. It's my cup of tea.
*Yes, I still use an iPod. It saves me filling my phone up with music, and is extremely useful when I need to get my head down at work and block out other stuff going on in the office. Plus it keeps me going through my morning walk.