THE DEFINITIVE ERIC COATES
ERIC COATES CONDUCTS HIS OWN COMPOSITIONS
ALL OF HIS COMMERCIALLY RELEASED RECORDINGS 1923 – 1957

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Includes an extended essay by Michael Payne Restoration and Remastering by Alan Bunting The Transfers I had been contemplating a ‘Definitive’ Eric Coates collection for some time but it was the discovery of Michael Payne’s Ph.D. Thesis for Durham University “The Man Who Writes The Tunes” that encouraged me to start serious work on it. Michael has since turned this thesis into the definitive book on Coates, “The Life And Music Of Eric Coates” published by Ashgate in 2012, and I was delighted when he agreed to write the booklet notes.

The track order: My original concept was to present the recordings in strict chronological order but it became apparent that, although this would be ideal for thosewishing to analyse and study Coates’ work, some pieces would appear twice on the same CD which would be frustrating for the normal listener. The approach therefore has been to make each disc a varied and enjoyable selection of his work. The acoustic recordings, which I imagine most people will not listen to very often, are grouped at the end of CD 6.

Opinions differ widely on how restoration and remastering of acoustic recordings should be done. My aim is to reveal as much detail as possible, some of which would not have been heard when played on a contemporary gramophone. This probably will not satisfy the purists but is, I think, the best approach for a project such as this. Although this collection claims to include every commercial recording Coates made, two are missing. One source says that Covent Garden and Westminster, from The London Suite, recorded in 1933 and issued on Columbia DX 470 (Matrix number CAX 6748-1) were re-recorded in May 1947 with a new matrix number (CAX 6748-2) and issued the following month, paired with the original pressing of Knightsbridge using the same catalogue number. Careful listening and comparison of the wave forms shows that they are virtually identical. It is very unlikely that such similarities could occur in recordings made 14 years apart and only the first is included in this collection. My sincere thanks are due to collector friends in Australia, Britain, America and Canada without whose generous help this collection would not have been possible. Alan Bunting Track listing details to follow

THE DEFINITIVE ERIC COATES ALL OF HIS COMMERCIALLY RELEASED RECORDINGS 1923 – 1957
CD 1 - 1931-1937 78.08 1. The Merrymakers - Overture 4:21 2. From Meadow to Mayfair - Suite 11.35 3. Summer Afternoon - Idyll 3:28 4. Cinderella - Phantasy 12:46 5. By The Sleepy Lagoon - Valse Serenade 4:36 6. The Jester At The Wedding : No.1 The Princess Arrives - March 3:00 7. By The Tamarisk - Intermezzo 4:13 8. Saxo-Rhapsody 8:46 9. Summer Days - Suite 8.07 10. Springtime - Suite 12.20 11. For Your Delight - Serenade 4:00

CD 2 - 1940-1948 77.57 1. Footlights - Concert Valse 4:17 2 . Last Love - Romance 3:54 3 . The Seven Seas - March 3:14 4. I Sing To You (A Souvenir) 3:17 5. Calling All Workers - March 2:59 6. Fanfare Number 1 0:18 7. Salute the Soldier - March 3:22 8. Fanfare Number 2 0:26 9. The Eighth Army March 2:37 10. The Four Centuries - Suite 17.24 11. The Three Elizabeths - Suite 18.06 12. Dancing Nights - Concert Valse 6:48 13. London Calling - March 2:55 14. London Bridge - March 4:05 15. London Suite - Knightsbridge March 2:56

CD 3 - 1948-1955 78.33 1. A Song Of Loyalty 3:19 2. By The Sleepy Lagoon - Valse Serenade 3:15 3. Bird Songs At Eventide 3:08 4 . Television March 3:19 5. Wood Nymphs - Valsette 3:09 6. London - Suite 13.27 7. London Again - Suite 12.51 8. The Three Men - Suite 13.28 9. The Jester At The Wedding : No.4 - Dance Of The Orange Blossoms 3:45 10. Music Everywhere - Rediffusion March 2:57 11. The Dam Busters - March 2:56 12. Sound And Vision The A.T.V. Television March 3:00

CD 4 - 1952-1957 78.29 1. High Flight - March 2:49 2. Impression of a Princess - Intermezzo 2:58 3. Wood Nymphs - Valsette 2:46 4. South Wales and West - Television March 2:47 5. London - Suite 13.18 6. London Again - Suite 12.00 7. The Three Elizabeths - Suite 19.09 8. The Four Centuries - Suite 20.25

CD 5 - Early records 72.05 1. Summer Days - Suite 0.00 2. Wood Nymphs - Valsette 3:01 3. With A Song In My Heart. Symphonic Rhapsody after Richard Rodgers 7:47 4. Bird Songs at Eventide 4:01 5. I Pitch My Lonely Caravan At Night 4:11 6. I Heard You Singing & Bird Songs At Eventide - Symphonic Rhapsody 4:03 7. London - Suite 8.08 8. London Bridge - March 3:07 9. The Jester At The Wedding : No.1 - The Princess Arrives - March 3:21 10. The Jester At The Wedding : No.4 The Dance Of The Orange Blossoms 3.03 11. The Three Men - Suite 12.12 12. Wood Nymphs - Valsette 3:18 13. Song Of Loyalty (The Prayer Within Our Hearts) 4:16

CD 6 - Early and Acoustic records 70.25 1. Meadow To Mayfair Suite : No.2 4:03 2. London Again - Suite 11.28 3. By The Sleepy Lagoon - Valse Serenade 3:20 4. The Three Bears - A Phantasy 8:52 5. London Suite - Knightsbridge March 4:01 6. Television March 3:20 7. Valse From The Phantasy “The Three Bears” 3:07 8. The Merrymakers - Overture 4:06 9. Moresque Dance - Interlude 3:37 10. Joyous Youth - Suite 11.33 11. Summer Days Suite : At The Dance 3:59 12. The Selfish Giant - A Phantasy (arr. Lucas) 8:06 Bonus CD 7 - 1918-1955 74.33 Performances of works which Coates did not record himself alongside alternative and famous performances by other conductors. Including The Peerless Orchestra, Clarence Raybould, Charles Williams, Jack Hylton, Joseph Lewis, RAF Central Orchestra, Sidney Torch, Robert Farnon, and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.