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The Golden Age of Light Music - More Strings In Stereo!
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GUILD GLCD 5159 [77:07]
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The Golden Age of Light Music - More Strings In Stereo!
Anthony TAMBURELLO (1920 1992) Cross Country Tour (arr. Bruce CAMPBELL) [2:58]
William HILLBOWEN (1918 1964) Chansonette [3:02]
Jimmy VAN HEUSEN (1913 1990) and Johnny BURKE (1908 1964) Polka Dots And Moonbeams (1940) (arr. Nelson RIDDLE (1921 1985)) [3:10]
Angela MORLEY (known at that time as WALLY STOTT) (1924 2009) Rotten Row [2:24]
Jule STYNE (1905 1994) and Bob HILLIARD (1918 1971) as well as Sammy FAIN (1902 1989) and Herbert MAGIDSON (1906 1986) Stay With The Happy People as well as Violins From Nowhere (arr. Robert FARNON (1917 2005)) [3:41]
Manuel M PONCE (1882 1948) Estrellita (arr. Ralph Sterling) [3:22]
Victor HERBERT (1859 1924) March Of The Toys (from Babes In Toyland) (arr. Percy FAITH (1908 1976)) [2:54]
Eric COATES (1886 1957) By The Sleepy Lagoon (1930) [3:02]
Karl SUESSDORF (1921 1982) and John BLACKBURN (1913 - 2006) Moonlight In Vermont (1944) [3:00]
Dimitri TIOMKIN (1894 1979) and Ned WASHINGTON (1901 1976) High Noon (1952) [2:52]
Morton GOULD (1913 1996) Windjammer Theme and Night Watch (from the film Windjammer) (1958) [6:37]
Victor YOUNG (1900 1956) India Countryside (from Around The World In Eighty Days) [3:39]
Cole PORTER (1891 1964) Allez-Vous-En (from Can-Can) [2:55]
Joseph F KUHN Beachcomber [2:32]
Johnny W GREEN (1908 1989) and Edward HEYMAN (1907 1981) I Cover The Waterfront (1933) (arr. Conrad SALINGER (1901 1961)) [3:47]
Irving BERLIN (1888 1989) Lets Face The Music And Dance; Say It Isnt So [3:18]
Les BAXTER (1922 1996) Harem Silks From Bombay [2:25]
Paul WHITEMAN (1890 1967) and Ferde GROF (1892 1972) Wonderful One [2:42]
Roy J STRAIGIS Moon Over Montevideo [3:05]
Manning SHERWIN (1902 1974) and Eric MASCHWITZ (1901 1969) A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (1940) (arr. Angela Morley) [2:55]
Richard RODGERS (1902 1979) Happy Talk (from South Pacific) (arr. Percy FAITH) [2:39]
Harold ARLEN (1905 1986) and Ted KOEHLER (1894 1973) Lets Fall In Love (arr. Conrad Salinger) [3:51]
Leon POBER The Ski Song Slalom [2:01]
Charles Kassel HARRIS (1867 1930) After The Ball [2:55]
Warren Barker (PORTER), Les Baxter (BAXTER), David Carroll (POBER), Pierre Challet (PONCE), Frank de Vol (BERLIN), Percy Faith (HERBERT and RODGERS), Robert Farnon (STYNE/FAIN, TAMBURELLO), Morton Gould (GOULD), Hal Mooney (SUESSDORF), Angela Morley (SHERWIN and MORLEY), Nelson Riddle (VAN HEUSEN), Billy Vaughn (TIOMKIN) each with his or her Orchestra; The Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra (YOUNG), Clebanoff Strings (GROFE), The Conrad Salinger Orchestra/Buddy Bregman (ARLEN, GREEN), The Gaslight Orchestra (HARRIS), London Symphony Orchestra/Charles Mackerras (COATES), The Melachrino Strings/George Melachrino (HILLBOWEN) and The Rio Carnival Orchestra (KUHN and STRAGIS)


If truth were told I am heartily sick of enjoying these reissues from Guild, because they are so pleasurable and entertaining, not to mention packed with great tunes and fabulous orchestrations. What is a boy to do when spoiled with such riches?

Well, yet again, all I can do is tell you about my favourites and hope that if you havent discovered this marvellous series I will be able to whet your appetite and get you to sample the delights herein.

Id never heard of Anthony Tamburello before but I am very happy to have made his acquaintance with his jaunty little Cross Country Tour which contains some nice writing for trombones. HillBowens Chansonette is a lovely piece of string writing and a nice foil for the Tamburello. Rotten Row is usually credited as being Angela Morleys best known work but it sounds more like a stroll down Park Lane, But who cares, its magical. Percy Faiths wonderful arrangement of Victor Herberts March of the Toys seems to me to be mock-heroic, tinged with a little of Gounods Funeral March of a Marionette at the start odd but it works and it culminates in a proper boisterous march.

Eric Coatess By The Sleepy Lagoon needs no introduction, and this performance by Mackerras is excellent, with just the right amount of swing to the theme. The two excerpts from Morton Goulds score for Windjammer are full of things nautical, and have an open-air, almost English, sound to them. In fact, after giving it some thought I realise that what these pieces remind me of is the marvellous score Jenny McLeod wrote for the 1984 film The Silent One - come on Naxos, theres a score for film which should be heard widely for it is a winner. Its great to hear an excerpt from Youngs score for Around The World In Eighty Days, which isnt the title music which I must admit to finding the weakest part of this fascinating score. India Countryside is the sub-continent suffused with a Hollywood glow. Fabulous stuff.

The songs are, in general, given good arrangements and performances, and Les Baxters Harem Silks From Bombay is full of eastern promise as the advertisement used to have it. Whiteman and Grofs Wonderful One shows us another side of these two important figures from the early part of the 20th century and Roy Straigiss Moon Over Montevideo is another of those travelogue pieces which use every clich in the book to create what we think the music of whatever area is being depicted is really like.

Strangely, there are two duds in this set possibly the first time this has happened. Joseph Kuhns Beachcomber is a rather heavy-handed sun and beach combination and it fails simply because Clive Richardsons composition of the same name is far too enjoyable and quirkily magical, and Kuhn cannot hold a candle to that approach. Likewise the arrangement of Tiomkins excellent theme for the film High Noon. The whole point about the film High Noon is that it is one man standing against the forces of evil, and in the film the song is accompanied by guitar and drums, this arrangement is far too fussy and sumptuous. Sometimes its best to leave things alone and this is a case in point.

Apart from that moan yet again Guild has come up with a well packed disk which is essential for all lovers of good tunes and devotees of light music. This disk has no theme to it: its simply a collection of early stereo recordings and that gives it a little cachet over some of the other, themed issues. What I would now like is a disk devoted entirely to British composers. There are riches there which are still untapped what about those John Ansell 10 inch discs for instance? But whatever Guild issues next I will be waiting for it with bated breath.

Bob Briggs

 
 


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