Contrasts: From the 1960s back to the 1920s Vol.2
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Label: Guild - Light Music
Cat No: GLCD5223
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st December 2014
Back in 2007 Guild released two collections covering four decades of Light Music, from the 1920s to the 1950s (GLCD5134 & 5135). This concept was revisited in GLCD5218 with a selection of ‘Contrasts’ where the scope was widened to include the 1960s. During work on the project it soon became apparent that just one CD could not fully do justice to the idea, hence this second volume along similar lines.
The somewhat sedate styles of earlier years were inevitably affected by the influences of the jazz era. Then the arrival of electrical sound recording in the mid-1920s, and the major impact of the cinema when talking pictures arrived, meant that vast amounts of Light Music in its many different styles was required. Finally by the 1960s the perfection of high fidelity and stereo sound often allowed composers, arrangers and conductors to express themselves in a spectacular fashion previously unimaginable. All this is vividly illustrated in the very varied collection on this CD.
1. Gala Premiere: Laurie Johnson - Group-Fifty Orchestra conducted by Laurie Johnson
2. La Dolce Vita: Nino Rota, arr. Brian Fahey - Cyril Ornadel and the Starlight Symphony
3. Travel Topic: Robert Farnon - Queen's Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Robert Farnon
4. "Young At Heart" - Theme from the film: Johnny Richards, Carolyn Leigh - Russ Conway, Piano, With Tony Osborne and his Orchestra and the Rita Williams Singers
5. "How The West Was Won" - Main title music: Alfred Newman - Mgm Studio Orchestra conducted by Alfred Newman
6. Fanfare Boogie: Brian Fahey, Eric Winstone - Frank Cordell and his Orchestra
7. Nobody Loves You Like I Do (from the operetta "Paganini"): Franz Lehár, arr. Joseph Kuhn - Harry Hermann and his Orchestra
8. Absinthe Frappé: Earle H. Hagen, Herbert Spencer - The Spencer-Hagen Orchestra
9. Streets, Skyscrapers And Sun, Inc: Avent de Monfred - Wal-Berg and his Orchestra
10. Il Fait Des Bonds: Gilbert Becaud - Christian Chevallier and his Orchestra
11. French Fries: Ray Hartley, Eddie Cassen - real name Edward Kassner - Monia Liter and his Orchestra
12. Nostalgia: David Rose - Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
13. Prelude To Glamour: Frederic Curzon - New Concert Orchestra conducted by Jack Leon
14. Sophisticated Lady: Edward Kennedy 'Duke’ Ellington, arr. Sidney Torch - Queen's Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Charles Williams
15. Pasobolero: Mischa Michaeloff - London Promenade Orchestra conducted by Walter Collins
16. The Dawn Breaks: Cedric King Palmer - London Promenade Orchestra conducted by Walter Collins
17. Everything's Been Done Before (from the film "Reckless"): Harry Adamson, Jack King, Edwin H Knopf - Mario 'Harp’ Lorenzi and his Rhythmics
18. Portrait Of A Toy Soldier: Montague Ewing - Albert Sandler and his Orchestra
19. Wild Ride (A Study in Fox Trot Rhythm): Henry Hall - BBC Dance Orchestra conducted by Henry Hall
20. Jolly Joker: Ernst Fischer - Otto Dobrindt and his Piano Symphonists
21. Pan and the Wood Goblins: Otto Rathke - International Novelty Quartet
22. Spread A Little Happiness: Vivian Ellis - New Mayfair Dance Orchestra conducted by Carroll Gibbons
23. Sweet Nothings: Milton J. Rettenberg - Shilkret's Rhythm Melodists
24. From The Canebreak: Samuel Gardner - New Light Symphony Orchestra
25. Little Boy Blues: Vivian Ellis, Desmond Carter - Jack Hylton and his Orchestra
26. Dancing Goblin: Walter R. Collins - Harry Hudson's Melody Men featuring Max Klein, zylophone
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