LEROY ANDERSON Orchestral Music Volume 5

BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin; Kim Criswell, Soprano; William Dazeley, Baritone
Goldilocks [excerpts], Suite of Carols [version for woodwinds], Goldilocks: Lady in Waiting [waltz], Shall I Take My Heart [instrumental]Naxos 8.559382 [52:16]

New releases in this series from the man described as "one of the great American masters of light orchestral music" came regularly throughout 2008, Anderson’s centenary year, and very enjoyable they have been. As I write, Vol.3 is No.15 in the Naxos bestsellers list. Although equally welcome for some unfamiliar material, including four world première recordings, this is the last in the series and a less varied collection than its predecessors. ‘Goldilocks’ was a musical from 1958 which ran for 161 performances on Broadway and won two Tony awards. Pyramid Dance is probably its best known piece. To those who, like me, prefer their orchestral CDs voiceless there are three vocal numbers here. I can’t think why Naxos has separated the excerpts [tracks 1-11] from the other two numbers [tracks 18-19] with the Christmas carol arrangements. Richard S Gimell’s booklet notes are again hugely informative; and there is delightful photo of the composer on the cover. Incidentally, not one of this splendid series is reviewed in the latest Penguin Guide – shame on it! Peter Burt

Immortal Classics / Immortal Lullabies [Highlights]

Clair de lune, Minuet in G, The Swan, Salut d’amour, Waltz of the flowers, Liebestraum no.3 in A flat major, Melody in F, Morning song, Humoresque, Air on the G string, Valse d’Été / Sweet and low, Sleep, my baby, sleep, An Eriskay love lilt, Mighty lak’ a rose, Slumber Song, Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra! [That’s an Irish lullaby], Lorelei, Golden slumbers, Viennese Lullaby, Brahms’ Lullaby
Vocalion CDLK 4384 [78:09]The first album is another foray into the world of classical music by a light music orchestra, as well played as you would expect from this source. And where else would you hear this kind of programme on disc nowadays? Both albums were originally released as mono LPs in 1951 and 1952 respectively on Decca’s ‘Ace of Clubs’ label. Here they are remastered from the stereo tapes and are quality late night listening material, even if not quite as good as ‘Immortal Serenades’ [reviewed in JIM a year ago]. There are no booklet notes, but the CD is very good value and warmly commended. P B

"The Golden Age of Light Music" : FROM STAGE AND SCREEN

For full tracklisting please refer to page 77 of JIM 178.
Guild GLCD 5152

With the Guild Light Music series up to the fifty-second issue, we’re well and truly into the world of Show Business, and opening with a cracking recording by Geoff Love and his Orchestra of June Is Busting Out All Over from a 1957 disc. Sounds great! Henry Mancini’s theme from "The Glenn Miller Story" played by Jackie Brown’s Orchestra is next, but track 3 for me is a ‘show stopper’ – Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra playing a selection of Frank Loesser’s score to "Guys and Dolls", arranged by Roland Shaw. I’d never given Geraldo much thought before, but this track really made me sit up.It’s Only A Paper Moon and Secret Love played by the orchestras of David Rose and Robert Farnon keep up the musical flow, until the Victor Young Singing Strings take over with Alfred Newman’s theme to the film "Anastasia" with the composer conducting. Not having seen the film I checked it out in Halliwell’s Film Guide and apparently it marked Ingrid Bergman’s return to Hollywood after several years in Europe, and it won an Oscar. Alfred Newman was nominated as musical director. Sidney Torch and his Orchestra follow with the maestro’s own arrangement of music from Ivor Novello’s "The Dancing Years" played in his usual fine style, and I’m positive that Alan Bunting’s restorative treatment gives the recording that extra ‘kick’ – apart from removing unwanted hiss and crackle. As Time Goes By, featured in "Casablanca", but written some years earlier, is played by Ron Goodwin and his Orchestra, then Morton Gould and his Orchestra follow on track 9 playing Old Devil Moon, opening almost in oriental style then turning to a more sophisticated mood. Frank Chacksfield jollies the programme along with The Wedding Of The Painted DollI from the early sound film "Broadway Melody". Percy Faith goes continental with the "Moulin Rouge" theme Where Is Your Heart in an extended version, after which he markedly changes tempo with Show Me from "My Fair Lady". It’s Alfred Newman’s turn again as composer with a smooth rendition arranged by Frank Cordell of theSong From ‘Desiree’ – a very attractive theme in waltz time. This is followed by Victor Young conducting his own theme for "Samson and Delilah" with a powerful performance by The Paramount Symphony Orchestra. ‘Blockbuster stuff’ years before the word was bandied about! George Melachrino’s waltz theme for the film "Dark Secret" deserves to be better known than the film appears to be. Once again I turned to Halliwell’s Film Guide (1999 edition) to see what the rating was, but it wasn’t even mentioned. But "So Long At The Fair" is listed, and Benjamin Frankel’s themes (especially Carriage And Pair) follow in the famous Charles Williams Columbia recording. "Obsession" (1948) does appear in Halliwell but the view is that "it was an implausible, overstretched thriller, but bearable". However, Nino Rota’s themes, as played by the Sidney Torch Orchestra, are more than bearable – in fact they’re very attractive, and was that Arthur Sandford on the piano? "The Passionate Friends" from the novel by H.G. Wells is another 1948 movie, with music by Richard Addinsell and played by the Philharmonia Orchestra under that marvellous film music man Muir Mathieson. And last, but not least, a lively score by Nicholas Brodszky, arranged by Albert Sendrey, to an Anglo-American Technicolor and CinemaScope movie starring Vera Ellen and Tony Martin, described in the afore-mentioned film guide as "a footling musical". Forget the description: just enjoy the music, played from the soundtrack by the Associated British Studio Orchestra conducted by Louis Levy. Another excellent, well-filled Guild Light Music ‘concert’ deserving a wide audience. Ken Wilkins

Strauss Waltzes / Mantovani Favourites
Blue Danube, Voices of Spring, Roses from the South, Emperor Waltz, A thousand and one nights, Treasure Waltz …and 6 other titles / Londonderry Air, A walk in the Black Forest, Dream, Dark eyes, Welcome home, The party’s over, The Happy Wanderer, Polonaise in A [Chopin], A trumpeter’s lullaby, The Whiffenpoof Song, Tulips from Amsterdam, Auld Lang Syne 
Vocalion CDLK 4385 [78:19]Mantovani Magic / Concert Encores
Misty, Red roses for a blue lady, Chim chim cher-ee, Love me with all your heart, Goodnight sweetheart, Cara mia, I wish you love, Lover, Stardust, Mona Lisa, Most beautiful girl in the world, Auf wiederseh’n, sweetheart / Clair de lune, Spanish dance [Granados], Can-Can ‘La Boutique Fantasque’, Gipsy airs [Zigeunerweisen], Autumn, Song of India, Schön Rosmarin, Méditation, Perpetuum Mobile
Vocalion CDLK 4388 [77:51]Mike Dutton will never have to scrape the bottom of the barrel for Monty re-issues – they are all top quality – but there cannot be too many stereo albums left now waiting for him to release on CD. For‘Strauss Waltzes’ the wonderful melodies of the waltz king and the signature string sound of the master of light orchestral music were made for each other and the 1952 album, re-made in stereo in 1958, has been a best seller in all its formats. It will no doubt gain a lot more sales in its resurrection here. Arrangements are shared between Mantovani [seven] and Cecil Milner [five]. ‘Favourites’ was one of Monty’s last original issues and is a delightful amalgam from 1977 of material hitherto unreleased, or that had not achieved album status, or had only been issued on the Continent. ‘Magic’is from 11 years earlier and was described in Monty’s biography¹ as "a cracker of an album." Consequently, it went to No.3 in the LP charts – imagine that happening today! The great man himself is the piano soloist on his own composition of Cara Mia. Another early stereo release from1959, ‘Concert Encores’, is a nice souvenir for those of us who attended Monty’s live performances at the Royal Festival Hall and around the country. Mantovani again arranged seven of the items, Milner two, and Respighi the joyful Rossini Can-Can. With generous timings, both CDs are easily recommendable. P B 
¹ A Lifetime in Music by Colin Mackenzie [Melrose Books]

BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC FAVOURITES CD 1: Runaway Rocking Horse, Calling All Workers, Melody On The Move, Muse In Mayfair, Jamaican Rhumba, Greensleeves, Waltz from ‘The Three Bears’, Manhattan Playboy, Pictures In The Fire, etc. 20 tracks. CD2: Portrait Of A Flirt, Peanut Polka, The Old Clockmaker, By The Sleepy Lagoon, Shooting Star, Bells Across The Meadow, etc. 22 tracks. CD3: Devil’s Galop, Jumping Bean, Goodwood Galop, Elizabethan Serenade, The Young Ballerina, Coronation Scot, etc. 20 tracks Reader’s Digest 0349623 price £29.99. A few years ago Reader’s Digest put out a British Music Classical CD set including some light music by Eric Coates, Frederic Curzon and Ronald Binge. The present 3-disc British Light Music set offers a very good transfer to CD of some old favourites from across the spectrum with an occasional transfer into light classical, including a complete performance of Elgar’s Nursery Suite conducted by the composer – well transferred, but with too little space between movements. As regards light music composers none of the 1924 birthday set are included, but Charles Williams, Robert Farnon and Sidney Torch are well represented. There are a couple of errors as regards the list of recordings - the version of Shooting Star is not the Columbia one as stated, but the earlier Chappell; also the performance of Edward White’s Caprice for Strings is not the London Promenade version, but the later replacement by Dolf van der Linden which Paxton substituted some years later. Generally, apart from a rogue sentence in the sleeve note, the whole set is very well produced although – as mentioned in the last issue – most (but not all) of the items are available much cheaper elsewhere. David Mardon


Favourite TV Themes Volumes 1 & 2
European Football ["The World at Their Feet"], Kung Fu: Caine’s Theme, Ironside, Spring and Autumn, Mission Impossible, The High Chaparral, Kojak, Upstairs Downstairs, Hawaii Five-O, Emmerdale Farm, International Golf ["Red Carpet Ride"], Warship, etc. / Van der Valk ["Eye Level"], Nationwide ["The Good Word"], Match of the Day, Softly, Softly – Task Force, News at Ten … and 8 other tracks
Vocalion CDLK 4375 [76:47]Here’s a reminder of many happy hours spent in front of the old "goggle box" way back when. The two albums on this well-filled CD first appeared in 1973 and 1975 respectively. They were recorded following Ray Martin’s 15 year sojourn in the United States and in style bear little relationship to the two earlier ‘In the Martin Manner’ CDs on this label. In his informative booklet notes Oliver Lomax refers to "Martin’s skilful, hip arrangements", so you know what to expect. Film ’74, Sale of the Century, and Star Trek on Vol.2 are previously unissued. There is also a new arrangement of Martin’s [aka Marshall Ross] own Top of the Form ["Marching Strings"] that is not particularly to my liking. Although all well played and recorded, I felt a modicum of disappointment with this release. P B


The Immortal Ladies / Under Western Skies
Sweet Sue, Liza, Mona Lisa, Dolores, Louise, Laura, Rosalie, Irene, Maria, Sally, Chloe, Dinah / Home on the range, Wagon wheels, Riders in the sky, The last round-up, Colorado River, Cool water, San Francisco, Tumbling tumbleweeds, The one-armed bandit [Nevada], Empty saddles, Red River Valley, Northwest trail
Vocalion CDNJT 5205 [71:17] 
This is the third Melachrino CD we have had from Vocalion recently, so perhaps they are hoping to do for him what they have done so successfully for Mantovani. Although his music making is less distinctive, Melachrino might well be the connoisseurs’ orchestra of choice. First is a mono album from 1956 with an imaginative programme and good sound. The second is from a year later and in stereo apart from the last three tracks. The original LP was given three stars and rated demonstration-worthy in the old Stereo Record Guide, and I would imagine sounds even better here. The arrangements are never less than interesting and especially descriptive are the three pieces Melachrino himself composed [San Francisco, The one-armed bandit and Northwest trail] after visiting the American West. Top trombonist Lad Busby wrote the vivid Colorado River. The hornist’s contribution throughout is engaging and this is altogether a most enjoyable disc, possibly the pick of the CDs I have reviewed this time. P B

PALM COURT SOUVENIRS – Celebrating Victoria's Edwardian Heritage

Palm Court Light Orchestra Conductor Charles Job with Kenneth Lavigne [tenor]The Boulevardier, Moonlight Dance, Poem, Brown bird singing, Rendez-Vous, Bal masque, Karisma, Love's old sweet song, Down the Mall, Fairy on the clock, Piccadilly promenade, Phantom Melody, Macushla, In the shade of the palms, The Dicky Bird Hop, Dusk, Because, Colonel Bogey
CD004 [65:06] 
The term "Palm Court" probably originates from the early days of radio when a small orchestra would give weekly concerts of light music from the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, on a stage bedecked with palm trees. In later years these concerts would transfer to the studio and be broadcast under the title 'Grand Hotel.’ Traditionally the orchestra, which became known as the Palm Court Orchestra, consisted of about nine players with the leader playing his violin at the front of the stage. It was a programme of refined, genteel light music, perhaps at times a little insipid, with rather too much emphasis on nostalgic old melodies which appealed mostly to its older listeners. This recording, which has been privately produced in Canada, retains many of the elements of the Palm Court era and, whilst certainly including some of the sentimental numbers associated with the idiom, also gives us plenty of contrast with a wide range of light music, including many personal favourites such as The BoulevardierFairy on the clockBal masque, Henry Croudson's Piccadilly promenade and Reginald King's gorgeous In the shade of the palms. There is also a delightful Herman Finck compositionMoonlight Dance, which I must confess is new to me, but I considered one of the best items on the disc.The Palm Court Light Orchestra was formed by Charles Job in 1986 and is regarded as Canada’s Premier Light Orchestra. Charles is the first to admit that, despite its title, it really is a theatre orchestra rather than a Palm Court Orchestra, having twenty-six players and incorporating a brass section, which curiously includes a bass trombone rather than a tenor. Indeed their only tenor is the guest vocalist Kenneth Lavigne who sings four songs.

I have to say that, right from the outset, this orchestra really impressed me. The tight ensemble and crisp performance on this CD suggests an orchestra which not only enjoys what it is playing, but has complete confidence in its conductor. How nice to hear a contemporary orchestra which is happy to play music in the manner intended by its composers. Highly recommended to all light music aficionados! Brian Reynolds
Available from www.palmcourtorchestra.com

SIMPLY ACCORDION Light Music by Norvic Concordia [Accordion Ensemble]

Old Comrades (Teike), In Party Mood (Jack Strachey), Chanson de Matin (Elgar), The Phantom Melody(Ketelbey), Astor Piazzolla Suite, Misty (Garner), Canadian Capers (Chandler, White & Cohen), Longing (Oppenheimer), Heart of Paris (Auric), Spring in Tuscany (Gerhard Winkler), Evensong (Easthope Martin), Standchen (Heykens), March from A Little Suite (Trevor Duncan), The Grasshoppers’ Dance (Bucalossi), Manha do Carnival (Luiz Bonfa), Lazzarella (Domenico Modugno).DJC Records DJC 030, 64:12 mins.

Although always enjoying the occasional burst of accordion on a Mantovani or French music disc [or, indeed, on the Melachrino reviewed above], I have never had to review a complete album of accordion music and here there is not just a solo accordionist but five of them – all non-professional musicians. Although I missed the colouring of a full orchestra the music avoids sounding "samey" by the variety of the pieces played. They go from marches to waltzes, from tangos to swing. I especially enjoyed Jack Strachey’s Party Mood as a reminder of George Elrick on the BBC radio programme ‘Housewives’ Choice’, a fine Chanson de Matin [not a bad composer, that Elgar], the classic piano ragCanadian Capers, George Auric’s descriptive Heart of Paris and Heykens’ bouncy Stänchen [Serenade]. A reviewer in another place who, unlike me, is well-versed in all things accordion has written that "the music is very well arranged and the playing is of a high order." That’s good enough for me. And I rate the recording tiptop, too. P B

Available for £10 + £1 postage & packing from Peter Ayers, 40, St Michaels Way, Brundall, NORWICH, NR13 5PF. (It can also be ordered by sending an e-mail request to

NELSON RIDDLE Sea Of Dreams / Love Tide

Out of the night, Tangi Tahiti, Dream, There’s no you, Bali Ha’i , East of the sun, Till the end of time, Caravan … plus 16 more 
EMIGOLD 5970532 [67:43]

There simply are no adequate words to describe this superb pairing of classic albums arranged, composed and conducted by the great Nelson Riddle. ‘Sea Of Dreams’ has been my favourite album, describing a peaceful, restful getaway from the stresses of the day. The music is uniformly great withMy isle of golden dreamsDrifting and dreaming, and Nelson’s title number being the most beautiful tracks. And from ‘Love Tide’, another wonderful album from about 1961, we have the title track (also written by Nelson Riddle), Ill wind and the haunting Take me into your arms capping the list of musical therapy one could ever have in one lifetime. The transfer to CD preserves the original balances which were always great on Capitol. What Nelson Riddle could have accomplished had Capitol or Reprise let him write his soul! Unfortunately, EMI is deleting much of its magical catalogue in this series, including Paul Weston’s masterworks, as well as of this gentle master, Nelson Riddle. Maybe EMI can be persuaded to just let us have a few more times with these exquisite masterpieces in sound! Richard Jessen 
[Although this is obviously not a new release and has been reviewed in JIM before, we share Richard’s enthusiasm for the CD and have included it in view of his concluding sentence.]


Plain Jane, Early morning blues, A Burmese ballet, Hullabaloo, Deep Henderson, Message from Mars, Swinganola, Hick Stomp. Embassy Stomp, Champagne cocktail, B’wanga … and 14 others 
Vocalion CDVS 1959 [74:03]Here is another of this label’s reissues selling for an almost unbelievable £2.99. The tracks originate from the ten years up to 1945. Many of them were composed by Sid Phillips, including eight of those listed above. Fire Dance is by classical composer de Falla. The Rhythm Sisters are the vocalists on W.C. Handy’s Memphis blues, featured soloists are clarinettists Carl Barriteau on Dance of the potted puppet and Reginald Kell on Swing low, sweet clarinet. Although [Bert] Ambrose was always reckoned to use the best musicians around, I am unable to identify the personnel here as there are no booklet notes [understandably so at the price] but in his time Ambrose included such luminaries as Ted Heath, Lew Stone, Stanley Black, and George Shearing. P B

Largo [‘New World Symphony’], Nessun dorma, Somewhere over the rainbow, Nimrod, You raise me up, When I survey the wondrous cross – O Waly Waly, Let it be, Nearer my God to Thee, Wind beneath my wings, Make me a channel of your peace [with Aled Jones], O Christmas tree, In the bleak midwinter, You’ll never walk alone [with Lesley Garrett], Going home [with The Fron Male Voice Choir]UCJ 1782154 [53:32]It is good to see the Salvation Army’s premier band being taken up by a leading commercial label. I understand that good sales were achieved last Christmas and that the proceeds will help "The Army" in its so worthwhile charitable work. The playing is obviously of a very high standard and the repertoire is varied. The added percussion did at times come close to irritating me. The timing of the CD is nowhere near as generous as the cause it supports. P B


Nigel Ogden at the Wurlitzer Organ of Stockton Town Hall
Lover/ A wonderful day like today, Sons of the brave, Song of the bells, Selection from ‘The History Boys’: L'Accordioniste/ Bewitched/ Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye/ Bye bye blackbird/ Excerpt from Piano Concerto No.2 in C Major/ Happy birthday dear Eliza, Songs of the Sixties: Song of Mexico/ Apache/ Anyone who had a heart/ I remember you/ How do you do it?/ I want to hold your hand/ You don't have to say you love me/ March of the Mods, Georgia, Selection from ‘Mrs. Henderson Presents’: The girl in the little green hat/ All the things you are/ I'll string along with you/ Sails of the windmill/ Goody goody/ Doreen, Waltzing with Waldteufel: Estudiantina/ Dolores/ The Skater's Waltz/ The Sirens/ Mon rêve, Music from France: Ca c'est Paris/ Boom/ Windows of Paris/ Louise/ Pigalle/ I wish you love/ Farandole/ Under Paris skies/ Under the bridges of Paris/ Can-can, Celebration March, The Hour of Parting, The Best of Nacio Herb Brown: Broadway melody/ You are my lucky star/ All I do is dream of you/ Should I?/ Wedding of the painted doll/ You were meant for me
Grasmere GRCD 129 [75:53]The cinema or theatre organ, like the accordion, is an instrument which you either like or you don't. As an exponent (of sorts) of both instruments you can guess where I stand! Many people of my age group remember the regular cinema organ spots on the Light Programme – notably the 10am slot most weekday mornings in the Fifties featuring the likes of William Davies, Lloyd Thomas, Gerald Shaw, Robinson Cleaver and Robin Richmond, who later presented a weekly show entitled 'The Organist Entertains'. Well, that programme is still going but for many years it has been in the capable hands of Nigel Ogden, who is the featured artist on this CD which contains a plethora of tuneful melodies, mostly in the form of medleys. One such medley is ‘Songs of the Sixties’ which, in his accompanying notes, Nigel Ogden describes as "one of the greatest decades for popular song". Personally, I have always considered this period as being the beginning of the end of popular music. Fortunately, for this selection, Nigel has chosen [for the most part] some of the better tunes. There is a curiously titled item called Happy birthday dear Eliza which is based on Beethoven's Für Elise, that I have always disliked ever since being forced to play it in piano lessons as a child! I have often found over the years that cinema organists, [even some of the best known] have a habit of rushing passages and getting out of tempo. There is none of this, however, in Nigel Ogden's performances which are really first class! This is an entertaining and well-played recording, packed with good tunes which will appeal to all enthusiasts of this giant of musical instruments. Brian Reynolds

ARNELL The Great Detective / The Angels – Ballet Music

BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates
Dutton Epoch CDLX 7208 [66:17]Richard Anthony Sayer Arnell, or Tony to his friends, is considered by many to be our leading symphonist. Beecham recorded his ‘Punch and the Child’ in 1950 with the RPO and described Arnell as "one of the best orchestrators since Berlioz…" Having been educated at the Hall School, Hampstead, and University College School, Arnell entered the Royal College of Music in 1935, where he studied composition with John Ireland and piano with St. John Dykes. Vaughan Williams was chair of the panel that awarded him the Farrar Prize for Composition in 1938. He spent a number of years in America where his music was championed by Bernard Herrmann and other conductors and a number of his major works received performances. Back in England after World War II, Beecham became a patron, but Arnell’s prominence eventually faded when composers of anything considered "tuneful" were consigned to near-oblivion by the musical fashion-police, principally William Glock, Controller of Radio 3 [1959-73].Both of these ballets were commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and appear for the first time on CD. ‘The Great Detective’ [1953] is a witty comedic ballet based on the great fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The ballet opens in sparkling fashion and no one can be in any doubt as to the skill of the composer as an orchestrator. The humorousDistressed Ladies episode is reminiscent of the ballet music of Constant Lambert, while the melodramatic Fiends and Villains could well have been written for an old silent film. The Dance of Deduction is another witty episode and the whole work is eventually brought to a satisfying conclusion by a big tune and a few remaining musical heroic afterthoughts.

‘The Angels’ (1957) is more of a substantial piece which takes the form of a three movement symphony. The original scenario is abstract, but concerns a life-giving angel who brings men and women together, selects one of them for immortality and makes them shine with heavenly light. It is a powerful work and seems well suited for the concert hall. Of particular note is the extended centralRoundelay movement – one of Arnell’s most beautiful and inspired slow movements – and here the influence of his extended stay in the US is clearly evident, with echoes of his American contempories, Aaron Copland and Roy Harris.There is much to enjoy on this CD, and for those tempted to explore Arnell further I can thoroughly recommend the Third Symphony (Dutton Epoch CDLX 7161) – a stirring masterful work which has received universal praise. The artwork/sleeve design and copious liner notes make for an attractive package and both the recording and performance from Martin Yates and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are of a high standard. An essential purchase for anyone interested in British orchestral repertoire of the "lost generation" and full marks to Vocalion for making Arnell’s music available to us after decades of neglect. Incidentally, Arnell is now in his nineties and lives in a Musicians’ Benevolent home in Kent where he continues to compose. Malcolm Osman

"The Golden Age of Light Music" : STRINGS AND THINGS GO STEREO!
For full tracklisting please refer to page 76 of this issue.
"Strings And Things Go Stereo" is the first 100% stereo selection in the Guild Light Music series but if, like me, sound technology isn’t your first priority – fear not – the music’s grand and so are the orchestras! Beginning with the curtain opening on Victor Young’s theme to "Around The World in Eighty Days" played by The Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra - and I’d suggest a brighter, breezier recording than the composer’s own version. Still with show music A Wonderful Guy from "South Pacific" (without Mary Martin!) played in fine style by Warren Barker’s Orchestra; I’m afraid I’d never heard of him but thanks to David’s inclusion, and his booklet notes, I have now! Following on from the Rio Carnival Orchestra’s rendition of Brazil is The Trolley Song, originally sung in a similar style by Judy Garland in "Meet Me In St. Louis" – this time played by Buddy Bregman and his Orchestra, but renamed for the original album ‘The Conrad Salinger Orchestra’ in honour of the esteemed arranger responsible. Two more film titles Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing and Change Partners(coupled with Mandy) played by Mantovani and Frank De Vol respectively continue this very entertaining programme; then a restful Tahiti: A Summer Night At Sea by Les Baxter is followed by a smoochie Harlem Nocturne with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra. First Row Centre by Joe Reisman (any relation to Leo Reisman?) gets the feet tapping again before being lured into Alfred Newman’sStreet Scene with the New World Theatre Orchestra. Then in complete contrast we step straight into the Chappell catalogue with Tony Tamburello’s Saucy Sailor, although it first appeared several years earlier on a US Everest LP as Naughty Nautical, which is how it is listed on this CD. Robert Farnon is conducting his Orchestra in London, although at the time he was still under contract to Decca so the LP credited ‘The Everest Concert Orchestra under the direction of Derek Boulton’ (Bob’s manager!). A super piece of cheery mood music. There’s No You, a romantically tuneful concoction as played by Nelson Riddle, is followed by Morton Gould and his Orchestra with a seductive version of Orchids In The Moonlight written by Vincent Youmans from the RKO film "Flying Down To Rio". It was sung by Raul Roullen to either Ginger Rogers or Dolores del Rio, but I can’t remember which and it doesn’t say on the soundtrack LP I have! Track 14 has David Carroll and his Orchestra with Ron Goodwin’sSwinging Sweethearts but we in Britain know it as Skiffling Strings – thence to Victor Schertzinger’sSand In My Shoes with the Melachrino Strings. It was featured in the 1941 film "Kiss The Boys Goodbye" starring Don Ameche, Mary Martin and Connee Boswell. Hubert Bath’s Cornish Rhapsody, written for Margaret Lockwood to appear to play (but actually recorded for the soundtrack of the 1944 film "Love Story" by Harriet Cohen) is played here by pianists Rawicz and Landauer with Mantovani and his Orchestra – and a very nice performance and recording from all involved. And staying with Hubert Bath, I wonder if David would consider issuing his march Admiral’s All on Boosey & Hawkes 1930s Archive, and his other two nautical pieces on Paxton – Threatening Waves and Ode To the Sea. They deserve a wider audience for this neglected composer. Lucky In The Rain gets a really spirited performance from Robert Farnon and his Orchestra, as does Hal Mooney’s Orchestra playing his own composition Gemini - another piece that could easily come from a mood music catalogue – as could Pavement Pigalle from Joseph Kuhn, a name familiar to anybody with Golden Guinea 101 Strings LPs in their collection. It graces track 19 and is played by the Paris Theatre Orchestra. My LP copy is in mono, but on this CD – like all the tracks – it is in stereo. Canadian Sunset and Saraband are both pretty familiar, but Phil Boutet and his Orchestra playing Evening Starnot so – until I realised that it’s actually an arrangement of O Star Of Eve from Tannhauser by Wagner. The Clebanoff Strings play La Seduccion in a smoth manner, but Leo Shuken’s Spring Madness is alternately spritely then almost pastoral, ending as it began in vigorous style. And finallyThe Song Is Ended by Irving Berlin – a fitting tribute to another fine selection of concert items – which I’m sure the national BBC stations will ignore as usual, but anybody with any musical sense will add to their CD shelf immediately! Ken Wilkins

"The Golden Age of Light Music" : MUSICAL KALEIDOSCOPE - Volume 3

For full tracklisting please refer to page 77 of this issue.
Guild GLCD 5154

With expectations high I put "Musical Kaleidoscope – Volume 3" in the CD player and sat back – and I wasn’t disappointed. Three spectacular pieces to open, the first being Charles Williams’ Winged Messenger in which I thought I could detect strains of his Sons Of The Air on Chappell C209. David Ades writes in the booklet notes that Winged Messenger was used extensively by US networks NBC and ABC in the late 1950s and early 1960s as programme promo music and theme music for radio shows and I can understand why! A very powerful opener – as is track 2 Baden Baden, a grand theatrical-type march which develops into a galop, then simmers down to a definite finale. I’d never heard of the composer ‘Raymond’ but he (she?) wrote a good tune and it is very well played by the Baden Baden Symphony Orchestra – now known, according to David’s notes, as the South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra. The third ‘blockbuster’ on the CD is Holiday For Trombones by David Rose with him conducting in fine fettle. A novelty number by Kermit Leslie is next, which he calls Jalopy and includes a recording of one (a Model T Ford, perhaps?); then in complete contrast a smoochie piece Just For Two by Raymond Ellis and arranged by Angela Morley, rather similar to Dolf van der Linden’s Lady Of Leisure on Paxton. Track 6 is White from ‘Tone Poems Of Color’ by Victor Young; I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a delightful piece of concert music with a sleigh bells opening – very nice indeed. Another great novelty piece to follow – this time Ronald Binge’s Tales Of The Three Blind Mice played by Sidney Torch for the American transcription service Lang-Worth conducting what seems to me to be a slightly larger orchestra than usual, but I could be mistaken. Jack Strachey is another composer featured, and I’m very pleased that David included an unfairly neglected theatre march Shaftesbury Avenue from the Bosworth library – equal, I think, to his more famous Theatreland (already featured on two Guild CDs by B&H’s New Concert Orchestra – GLCD 5102, and Harry Fryer in Decca’s Music While You Work series – GLCD 5137). Irving Berlin’sLady Of The Evening is arranged by Peter Yorke and played by his Concert Orchestra in its usual immaculate manner, followed by Robert Farnon’s Playtime with the Telecast Ensemble and Bob at the piano (replacing the session pianist who wasn’t up to scratch!). I’ve got the Chappell 78 of this piece, and I wondered how long it would be before Alan and David included this number in the Guild Light Music series. Actually David tells me it was a special request from an RFS member! Forgive my ignorance, but I didn’t recognise Domani until Richard Hayman and his Orchestra struck up on track 14, and then the tune became very familiar; but Valse Bluette by Drigo sounds very different to my George Melachrino LP recording, as played here by Victor Young and his Orchestra with trumpeter Rafael Mendez doing his stuff. Harry Fryer was a great light music conductor and he makes a splendid job of Roger Barsotti’s march Banners of Victory. Between That’s All by Bob Haymes and Gershwin’s Swannee is Ecstasy by Otto Cesana and played by his orchestra. A lush melody that could easily find a place in any publisher’s mood music catalogue. Rudy Vallee co-wrote Deep Nightpresumably for himself to sing, and I have an LP of him doing just that – but here it’s played by the Pittsburgh Strings in fine form. Captain Of The Guard was new to me, but La Muse Legere wasn’t, as I’ve had the 78 since it was issued – but I particularly liked Captain Of The Guard and I’m told that it was also a special request, like several more in this collection. Alla Marcia from Sibelius’ ‘Karelia Suite’ and Sinding’s Rustle Of Spring are both very familiar concert items, but Gabriel Pierne’sSerenade not so – at least to me, but very tuneful all the same as played by the Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra. Henry Litolffs’ Scherzo played here by Winifred Atwell is a real eye-opener, especially as she was more identified with her honky-tonk ‘joanna’! And finally two ‘bonus tracks’: Desperate Moment and Sinister Street No. 1 from the De Wolfe library – two good examples of dramatic music used in the Two Ronnies’ comedy serial "The Phantom Raspberry Blower Of Old London Town". If David would like some more suggestions for dramatic items perhaps he’d consider East Of Malta by Ronald Hanmer and Jack Beaver’s The Sword Of Damocles – both from the FDH library for inclusion on future Guild CDs. This is altogether a very satisfying and melodic addition to the series and Alan Bunting’s magical restorations are first class as usual! Ken Wilkins


Havant Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Craddock 
with Elgar: Wand Of Youth Suite No.2, and Brahms: Academic Festival Overture [57:00] 
Strange bedfellows? Not really because all three offerings are tuneful delights but, while the latter two are well known, the former piece is a rarity indeed with a fascinating story behind it. Blower died in 1982 and some time later his son Thomas, pottering around in the loft, discovered a symphony which had lain unpublished and unperformed since it was completed in the pre-war summer of 1939. A few years ago he transcribed it into Sibelius software and, with the help of conductor Peter Craddock, set-up the full score for a première performance given in Fareham by the Havant Symphony Orchestra, which took place in March 2008. It was duly recorded for posterity and is now available for £8 from Sandra Craddock, 152 West Street, Havant, PO9 1LP; cheques payable to "HADOS." This is a jolly piece of music which will appeal to all Robert Farnon lovers. Edmund Whitehouse

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra José Serebrier
Toccata and fugue in D minor, Wachet auf [Sleepers Awake!], Ein feste burg [A Mighty Fortress], Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring … etc
Naxos 8.572050 [64:59]Fans of the Disney film ‘Fantasia’ will be familiar with the opening track on this splendid budget priced disc. All the transcriptions by the old musical magician Leopold Stokowski are very come-at-able and as well as the 11 originating from Bach there are half-a-dozen others, eminently tuneful, by Palestrina, Byrd, Jeremiah Clarke [the Trumpet Voluntary tune], Boccherini [Minuet, used in Ealing Films’ ‘The Ladykillers’], Mattheson and Haydn [the well-known Andante Cantabile]. Buy and enjoy! P B 

DAVID NADIEN Beethoven & Mendelssohn Violin Concertos [US] Cembal d’amour CD 137[67:31] To many readers of this review, David Nadien may seem an odd choice for inclusion. Yet he was the leader (or concertmaster) of the recording orchestra Robert Farnon arranged and conducted for Tony Bennett on his famous ‘Snowfall’ Christmas album of nearly 40 years ago. At the time of that distinguished recording, David Nadien had been the leader of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra since 1966 and would be at that post until 1971. Nadien is still with us and occasionally plays in public. On this CD he shows just how insightful of a performer he truly can be in the heavier forms of music. The Beethoven Concerto is considered (with the Brahms) as a test of endurance of the player, for it is nearly as long as a symphony and just as demanding. David lends a special insight and feeling into this very emotional performance. He was aided in this 1952 performance by Leon Barzin and his college level National Orchestral Association. The Mendelssohn Concerto is a case of the soloist bringing a group of unknown musicians, the Chappaqua Orchestra under Wolfgang Schanzer, up to his level of conception. Again, there is a very strong bond between orchestra members and soloist that gives us a rare moment of psychic purity in which each participant accompanies each other with perfect balance. Although this may be a hard to obtain CD, the musical rewards and soothing sound of David Nadien’s artistry combine to create a marvelous listening experience seldom found in today’s musical world. Richard Jessen 
Available from www.cembaldamour.com 

"RHAPSODY BY REQUEST" Por Una Cabeza, Mack the Knife, Souvenirs de Paris, The Girl From Ipanema, La Vie En Rose, Jazz Medley, Tasha’s Waltz, Anne of Green Gables medley, Processional, Viktor’s Tale, Schindler’s List, Heaven Can Wait, Caravan, Les Patineurs Valse, Um Momento, Bohemian Rhapsody Rhapsody Quintet. RHAP CD005, 65:32 mins. Available from Rhapsody Quintet, 1240 Edward Street, Halifax, N.S., B3H 3H4, CANADA. Website www.rhapsodyquintet.comRFS members who have bought previous releases by this versatile Canadian group of musicians will be pleased to learn that a new collection is now available. Familiar favourites are mixed with some less well-known numbers, and the players’ enthusiasm which they display towards their repertoire is certainly infectious. Unlike sixty or seventy years ago, there are few examples of small ensembles playing light music these days, so it is good to know that this more genteel style still survives today.David Ades 

JOPLIN The Easy Winners & Other Rag-Time Music
PREVIN A Different Kind Of Blues
Itzhak Perlman [violin], André Previn, Shelly Manne [pianos], Jim Hall [bass], Red Mitchell [guitar]The Rag-Time Dance, The Easy Winners, Bethena [A Concert Waltz], Magnetic Rag, The Strenuous Life [Rag-Time Two-Step], The Entertainer, Elite Syncopations, Solace, Pine Apple Rag, Sugar Cane / Look at him go, Little Face, Who Reads Reviews, Night Thoughts, A Different Kind of Blues, Chocolate Apricot, The Five of Us, Make Up Your Mind
EMI Encore 2357272 [78:06]A well-filled low-priced disc with premium performers. Ragtime swept the world between c1897-1920, its syncopated melodies set against a march-type bass line. Scott Joplin was thought of as its greatest composer. Here the violin and piano of a classical "dream team" does him full justice on this 1974 album. The Previn piece, from 1980, anticipated the rash of "crossover" albums by classical artists from the late ‘80s onwards and is most enjoyable, with the violin virtuoso clearly taking to the jazz idiom at his first attempt. Previn is reunited with fellow pianist Shelly Manne, reminding us of their classic ‘My Fair Lady’ album [recently reissued with final restoration and remastering by Alan Bunting] on Retrospective RTR 4122. P B 

"LE PIANO ‘BASTRINGUE’" featuring the pianos of Floyd Cramer [Fancy Pants, Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue], Dolores Ventura [Celebration Waltz], Eddie Smith [Ragtime Melody], Johnny Maddox [St. Louis Tickle], Michel Legrand [La Pendule], Crazy Otto Rag [Will Glahe], Russ Conway [Chicago, The Lantern Slide, Buttons and Bows], Eddie Miller [Somebody Stole My Gal, Whispering], Joe ‘Fingers’ Carr [Maple Leaf Rag, Down Yonder, Entertainer’s Rag], plus Winifred Atwell, Crazy Otto and many more. 61 tracks on 2 CDs. (France) Marianne Melodie 081902. Once again our friend Pierre-Marcel Ondher has put together a varied selection that will delight everyone who enjoys the kind of piano music performed by the talented artists listed above. The 28-page booklet contains comprehensive notes, but you will need to understand French! However the full tracklisting details give alternate titles in English where appropriate and this is a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with talented pianists from France and Germany that may be unfamiliar to you. Highly recommended for those who enjoy popular piano music from the 1950s. David Ades This collection is available from the RFS Record Service to special order. The price is likely to be in the region of £20 but may vary due to current volatility in the currency markets. 

BENNY GOODMAN SEXTET Slipped Disc 1945 – 1946
After you’ve gone; Slipped disc, Rachel’s dream, I got rhythm … plus 14 more songs
Columbia CK 44292 [53:18]Probably one of the unique sounds in the history of jazz was Benny Goodman’s performances with small groups ranging in size from trios to quartets and finally into sextets. Although many prize the Charlie Christian sets (and they are justifiable classics), Goodman in the 1940's had lost none of his touch and continued to record for Columbia some magnificent performances. One that sticks out isAfter you’ve gone which has a great Slam Stewart singing solo on his bass along with crisp playing from vibist Red Norvo. Slipped disc is another fabulous item found on this disc, relating as it does to Goodman’s constant back pains. The music just ripples along like a happy, babbling brook aided in no small part by Teddy Wilson sitting at the piano and dispensing his famous crisp, articulate piano. The engineering from the original recordings is as perfect as can be had on this side of paradise. And of course, this is music for putting one in the mood for the happiest of all days Richard Jessen 

The Jody grind, The double up, Sack of woe, Things ain’t what they used to be, My baby’s gone, Billie’s bounce, Nostalgia in Times Square, Equinox, Scotch and water, From four till late, Break out the blues, Footprints, Solid
Label & release date to be announced [47:50] 
I am not a musician so maybe I am missing something. As I said when reviewing Daniel’s previous CD, ‘The Swinging Bassoon’, his technique is marvellous but as a solo instrument the bassoon in this setting sounds incongruous. The number of musicians has been increased and once again the compositions are all written by veterans of the jazz scene, most no longer around. I can only guess if they would approve of their music with this treatment. One thing is for sure, none of these tunes were written for a bassoon! The CD arrived with an impressive list of accolades from jazz critics with more knowledge than me. I can only repeat the first sentence of this review. Paul Clatworthy 

AL BOWLLY This Is Romance
Double CD, 52 titles
Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY756 [77:05 & &9:14]Fans of Bowlly, who is believed to have influenced many singers in his short lifetime, really get their money’s worth here! The songs are with the bands of Lew Stone, Ray Noble and Geraldo. Most personnel are listed; interestingly the Lew Stone orchestra had Stanley Black and Monia Liter, who later found fame on their own, in its ranks. Recordings date between 1932 and 1939. I was not born until four years after the first was made, so the only titles I was familiar with were Ray Noble’s The touch of your lips, Irving Berlin’s Top hat, Harold Arlen’s As long as I live, and Mack Gordon’s Did you ever see a dream walking. Transfers are painstaking good by John Bennett. Put in on your shopping list for Grandma’s next birthday. Paul Clatworthy
[1936 was a very good year! - KT Ed.] 

BING CROSBY Through The Years Volume Two 1951
25 tracks including Maria Bonita, Granada, Indian summer, The loneliness of evening, Sparrow in the treetop [with The Andrews Sisters], Here ends the rainbow [w. Betty Mullin], Moonlight Bay, When you and I were young, Maggie, Blues [w. Gary Crosby], I whistle a happy tune, Getting to know you, Gone fishin’ [w. Louis Armstrong], Shanghai, Row, row, row 
Sepia 1122 [73:52] 
Another entertaining selection of tracks from "The Old Groaner" with on hand the orchestras of John Scott Trotter [natch!], Vic Scoen, Lynn Murray, Victor Young and Dave Barbour; also The Bando Da Lua, Matty Matlock and his All Stars, and the Jud Conlon Choir. Popular singing par excellence. The music is enhanced by extremely comprehensive booklet notes. P B 

DORIS DAY TODAY A Musical Comedy Special [DVD]BMG 88697176059 [1hr 30 mins]I must admit to having a fondness for music specials and especially anything with Doris Day makes my day. In the waning days of music specials, CBS-TV telecast ‘Doris Day Today’ in 1975. Sadly, this was to be Day’s last major network special. Happily, this is a fun special showing off Day’s talents as actress, comedian and, most importantly, singer. There are vibrant duets with John Denver including probably the greatest filmed performance seen anywhere of songs associated with each performer. There are also comedy sketches with Rich Little offering up his vast repertoire of celebrity impersonations (he was one of the best) as the leading man in the many films Day was involved with, with humour. Another great comedian was Tim Conway who was known for cutting up hilariously with the late Harvey Korman on ‘The Carol Burnett Show.’ Here he has a funny sketch with Doris Day where they are stuck out in the middle of nowhere close to the Grand Canyon. Not only are both hilarious but also there is a brief appearance by Day’s best friend Biggest (a very large but very dignified male poodle). But it’s the music and voice that carries this excellently produced show. There is an update with very fast, edited costume change of the Cole Porter classic Anything goes, a very soulful performance of Day by day from ‘Godspell’ done as only Doris Day could do with a song. The most moving performance is The way we were, where all of Day’s male co-stars are remembered in a deeply emotional performance. There are also extras such as Doris Day’s appearance on the John Denver Show in 1974, 1940's musical short with Les Brown as well as data on her movies and many recordings. This DVD is available on both sides of the Atlantic. Thank you Doris Day for being the wonderful performer and human being you have always been. Here’s hoping you will be around for a few years more! Richard Jessen 

DICK HAYMES It’s A Grand Night For Singing
You’ll never know, It can’t be wrong, How blue in the night, Let the rest of the world go by, The more I see you, I wish I knew, They didn’t believe me, Love letters, Laura, Isn’t it kinda fun, It might as well be spring, That’s for me, It’s a grand night for singing, How deep in the ocean, Oh! what it seemed to be, Aren’t you kinda glad we did, For you, for me, for evermore … and 32 other tracks
Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY759 [74:40 & 72:27]A double album collecting the first nine years of the singer’s solo career with Decca, 1943 to 1952. Many of the titles were rushed through to beat the imminent recording ban of 1948. They do not sound rushed, his distinctive mellow voice coaxing the best out of each tune. Orchestra backing include Tommy Dorsey, Earl Hagen, Gordon Jenkins, Lyn Murray, Artie Shaw, Vic Shoen and Victor Young. Among the vocalists are The Andrews Sisters, Helen Forest, Judy Garland, Ethel Merman and Song Spinners.

Paul Clatworthy 

The Unforgettable PAT KIRKWOOD Just One of Those Things, Save a Little Sunshine (with Dave Willis), Dinah, Nobody’s Sweetheart, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love, The Only One Who’s Difficult Is You, You’ve Done Something to My Heart, Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh! Where or When, This Can’t Be Love, In the Mood, My Kind of Music, The Victory Roll, South American Way, Listen to Me – and many more. AVID AMSC 966 2-CD set. 66 tracks, total timing 157:19 mins."Glamorous, dynamic, and an international sex symbol, Pat Kirkwood was for two decades the undisputed queen of British stage and screen musicals, with a voice rivalling that of Broadway’s Ethel Merman. Cole Porter, Noël Coward and Leonard Bernstein chose her to play the leading roles in their musicals, and her performances in 15 pantomimes caused a leading critic to hail her as ‘the greatest Principal Boy of the 20th century’. When she died on Christmas Day 2007, the world-wide media coverage focussed on two things: her fabulous legs, once described by Kenneth Tynan as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’, and her rumoured relationship with Prince Philip, a source of feverish speculation by royal biographers and gossip columnists for 60 years. This historic double CD, released by AVID Entertainment to mark the first anniversary of her death, spans 56 years of her glittering career, from her first film at the age of 17, to her last stage appearance in 1994. It features no fewer than 29 performances that have never previously been released on CD. These include a duet with her Hollywood co-star, Van Johnson, recordings she made in the United States, which were never issued in Britain, rare soundtrack footage from her 1950s screen musicals, and five songs in live performance in 1993.Along the way are superlative interpretations of all-time great standards by Cole Porter, Noël Coward, Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. This superb compilation not only encapsulates the magic of Pat Kirkwood, and of one of the great show business talents, but also the history of the musical in the 20th century." The above details (copied from Avid publicity) give a fair description of the wide-ranging repertoire to be enjoyed in this collection, expertly compiled by Hugh Palmer, who was also responsible for similar recent collections from Avid featuring Jessie Matthews and Frances Day. As well as commercial and private recordings, there are soundtrack excerpts which should delight film buffs. If you are a fan of Pat Kirkwood you will not hesitate to add this to your collection. The well illustrated booklet is packed with information. A top quality product at a very reasonable price.David Ades This 2-CD set is available from the RFS Record Service price £9.00. 

Abide With Me, Pie Jesu, The Lord’s My Shepherd, Down in the River to Pray, May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You, Hallelujah, Panis Angelicus, In Paradisum, Silent Night, Ave Maria, Misa Criolla: Kyrie, Agnus Dei
UCJ 476 697-2 [48:24]The lovely young mezzo-soprano returns to her Welsh church roots with this album. I guess the booklet’s photographic studies of Miss Jenkins add value to the package, but less than 50 minutes of music is a bit meagre for a top price disc. What we have, however, is very good. The Pie Jesus is by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the Lord is my shepherd is the Howard Goodall version used in ‘The Vicar of Dibley.’ Meredith Wilson wrote May the good Lord and Hallelujah [versions of which were at Nos. 1 and 2 in the pop chart last Christmas] is by Leonard Cohen. Particularly winsome is the old spiritualDown in the river to pray, one of eight tracks enhanced by The Crouch End Festival Chorus. Another standout track is Simon Lindle’s Ave Maria with The Redolfus Choir, who also accompany on three others including the poignant Agnus Dei by Samuel Barber. P B 

MARY MAYO Dancing In The Dark
Molly Malone, Waiting, Just a wearyin’ for you, It seemed so right last night, Dark is the night. Bring back the thrill, Memory book, My love an’ my mule, I can see you, Who but you, I never dreamt, A penny a kiss, a penny a hug, It only takes a minute, Come to baby, do, Heavenly feeling, This is the place … and 9 other tracks
Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY762 [69:19]Mary’s voice has a range of four octaves, well illustrated on CD but not in the "Sumac" manner. Whilst they were both members of the Beneke-Miller Band, bass player and arranger Al Ham fell under her spell and they married. Some of the songs have not been heard for many a year; five are from films, seven recorded with the Tex Beneke Band, the remainder with the bands of Al Ham, Glenn Osser and Ray Wright. Some tracks are a little "Rinky Dink"; others more worthy of her marvellous voice, especially when linked with a large orchestra. I was most intrigued to find a Pete Rugolo written Bring back the thrill, one I had never heard before. The last "live" track is obviously from her later years reunited with the Beneke Orchestra. Charming nostalgia most of the way. Paul Clatworthy 

LIGHT MUSIC FOR PIANO AND VOICE – JOHN McLAIN Cat In A Flap, Into My Heart, Mamble, When June Is Come, The Willow, Renunciation (songs), Soliloquy, Kirsty – in Melancholy Mood, Serendipity, All In Good Time, The Forest At Dusk (piano solos), Templeton – Bach Goes To Town, Coates – Bird Songs At Eventide, Ireland – Sea Fever, Zez Confrey – Dizzy Fingers, Kitten On The Keys, Lehar – Girls Were Made To Love And Kiss, Cyril Scott – Danse Negro, Walforde-Finden – Kashmiri Song, Debussy- Golliwog’s Cakewalk, Coleridge-Taylor- Onaway Awake Beloved, Godron Pullin (tenor), Barbara Manning (piano). This excellently recorded CD is well worth its £5 price to RFS members. Admittedly John McLain’s undoubted lyrical impulse (John is an RFS member), whether in songs or piano solos (which are effectively songs without words) produces results which are very similar in mood and tempo, so it is perhaps as well that contrast is offered by vocals and instrumentals composed by others, which are among the classics of the light music genre. Performances are highly enjoyable; Mr. Pullin’s delivery and diction are notably clear (all tracks are sung in English – words are not supplied in the insert but are really unnecessary), and Miss Manning’s playing, whether solo or in accompaniment, is expressive, fluent and full of character. Available at £5.00 to RFS members from JOHN McLAIN, 42 Osidge Lane, Southgate, London, N14 5JG, England.Philip L. Scowcroft 

"ROSES ALL THE WAY" Songs by Eric Coates The Palace of Roses, Sigh No More Ladies, Melanie, A Dinder Courtship, Asphodel, The Fairy Tales of Ireland, Roses All The Way, Yearning, Mendin’ Roadways, By The Sleepy Lagoon (piano solo), Sea Rapture, Little Snoozy Coon, Bird Songs At Eventide, Music of the Night, Little Lady of the Moon, Always, As I Close My Eyes, Your Name, A Song of Summer, Star of God, Today is Ours. Peter Dempsey (tenor) and Guy Rowland (piano). Eric Coates is mostly remembered as a composer of light orchestral miniatures but he began as a writer of ballads and continued as such for the rest of his life, albeit less so after the mid-1930s. Several of them can be heard today, but there are many which are not (there were about 130 in all); this disc concentrates on the less well-known of those written between 1912 and 1943. Only Bird Songs and (sung here appropriately in a ‘Mummerset’ accent) A Dinder Courtship are at all familiar to most of us, so this release does fill a gap. Further, Peter Dempsey has a limpid, fluent delivery and notably clear diction while Guy Rowland is a sympathetic, positive accompanist; his solo piano version of By The Sleepy Lagoon (presumably arranged by the composer) recalls that many light orchestral favourites could, at one time, be found in the domestic piano stool. Some of these songs sound like other, better known ballads by Coates, but this is common enough in balladry and there is much variety here. We catch an Irish flavour in The Fairy Tales of Ireland; there is a popular, up-tempo character in the title song and the splendidly non-PC Little Snoozy CoonSigh No More Ladies ranks high for me in the centuries of Shakespearian vocal heritage, and the last two songs – one to Coates’ own words – movingly recall that he continued penning songs into the Second World War. Recording is admirably clear, and presentation thoughtful. These tuneful imaginations are sure to give pleasure, as they have done to this reviewer. Philip L. Scowcroft This CD is available from PETER DEMPSEY, 44 Victoria Road, Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, B50 4AR, England – price £11.99 [including p&p]. 

PIGS COULD FLY Children’s Choir Music 
New London Children’s Choir conducted by Ronald Corp 
Songs by Skempton, Britten, Corp, Bennett, Bliss, Tavener, Vaughan Williams, Maxwell Davies, Chilcott, Bliss, Rutter, Godfrey, Maw, etc.
Naxos 8.572113 [66:07] 
The conductor is well known to tuneful music lovers for several CDs of light music and this choir, which he formed in 1991, is a companion to his New London Orchestra. The repertoire is wide and varied, ranging from lively short pieces to more serious sacred music, with several more in between; 35 different songs in all. The diction is good and for anyone who likes to hear children’s voices then this is a welcome addition to the relatively small catalogue of that genre. Edmund Whitehouse

20 tracks including Rhythm, Nanette, Folk Song Cycle, Weary of it all, Piccolo Marina, There are times, Paint, Maud, There are fairies at the bottom of our garden, The party’s over now
Sepia 1123 [78:51]A unique artiste but, possibly, something of an acquired taste. In addition to the above there are seven other tracks including Three little fishies, from the show ‘Auntie Bea’ with an orchestra directed by Eric Rogers. If you are not a Miss Lillie fan, the disc is worth acquiring for her co-star Reginald Gardiner’s classic Decca single Trains [ah, memories!] Nobody should complain about value for money here. Ray Pavene 

IRMA LA DOUCE Original London Cast
Sepia 1120 [74:29]The original Parisian version of this show, music written by Marguerite Monnot, opened in November 1956 and ran for four years. This English language version opened on 17 July 1958 at London’s Lyric Theatre, where it ran for 1,512 performances starring Elizabeth Seal, Keith Michell and Clive Revill. The book and lyrics here are by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman; Peter Brook directs; orchestrations are by Andre Popp; vocal arrangements by Bert Waller; and the orchestra is under the direction of Alexander Faris. Not being familiar with the show – the most recognizable track is probably Our Language of Love – I enjoyed it a lot. Also included on the disc are 11 "Bonus Tracks" in French. Sepia’s customary comprehensive booklet notes complete a well-filled package. Ray Pavene 

‘THIS RECORD IS NOT TO BE BROADCAST’: 75 records banned by the BBC 1931-57 Acrobat Music ACTRCD9015 (3CDs with booklet).
It seems rather ironic that this album should appear at a time that the BBC has been forced to review its public broadcasting standards following the recent Ross/Brand affair. Three CDs and a 48 page booklet comprise a fascinating study of 75 recordings that were effectively black-listed by the BBC during the years 1931-57. With the hindsight of living 50 years on, some of the reasons given by the ‘Dance Music Policy Committee’ for their decisions now seem ludicrous and trivial – especially when judged by what is now considered ‘entertainment’. One such directive ran: "The BBC’s policy is to encourage a more virile and robust output of dance music to accord more closely with the present spirit of the country. To this end any form of anaemic or debilitated vocal performances by male singers will be excluded. Performance by women singers will be controlled to the extent that an insincere and over sentimental style will not be allowed. No numbers will be accepted for broadcasting which are slushy in sentiment or contain innuendo or other matter considered to be offensive." Thus George Formby’s With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock (1939) and Johnny Messner’sShe Had to Go and Lose It at the Astor (1938), both fell foul of the committee. In the case of the latter, both the suggestive lyrics and the fact that mentioning the Astor was tantamount to advertising were more than enough reason for an outright ban. In 1942, the BBC’s Director of Music was none other than the eminent composer Sir Arthur Bliss. Bliss was staunchly against tunes borrowed from classical works. This view led to the banning of whole albums based on classical themes. Thus in 1938 Tommy Dorsey in an arrangement of Song of India (from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko) was banned and in 1942 Glen Miller’s The Story of a Starry Night (from Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony), suffered a similar fate. In the words of the committee, "The Story of a Starry Night is not a parody, but a travesty of the original.” Not so much the Pathėtique Symphony as the pathetic in fact…. Perhaps it is hardly surprising that the Spike Jones version of the Blue Danube (1945) was also banned, although this was lifted in 1947 when ‘burlesque’ became permissible but ‘dance tempo distortion’ did not! Sometimes songs were banned for purely practical reasons. Thus Bing Crosby suffered a double ban. Deep In The Heart Of Texas (1942), during working hours, in case factory hands used their tools for banging machinery to keep time with the infectious melody and in the following year I’ll Be Home For Christmas was banned for the reason that it would lower the morale of the fighting troops. There are many more such examples to be found in the lavishly illustrated informative booklet. A fascinating release and one that I think many of our members will find room for in their collection - if only as a curiosity. Copies can be obtained from Acrobat Music or from the RFS Record Service. Malcolm Osman 

Other releases noted by Wilfred Askew
NELSON RIDDLE Let’s Face The Music
Among the 55 tracks are: Let’s face the music and dance, Put your dreams away, The love of Genevieve, Dreamer’s cloth, Darlene, The girl most likely, Younger than springtime, An affair of the heart, Where did he go? Port au Prince, Darn that dream, You and the night and the music, I’m gonna laugh you right out of my life, Lisbon Antigua, Volare, Easter Isle, Accordion Willy, Man on fire, Seven nights a week, Walkin’, Holiday in Naples, Rain, Vilia, Waltz of the blues, Can this be love, Robin Hood, I can’t believe that you’re in love with me …
Jasmine [2-CD set] JASCD 495 [158:18]

All You Need Is Keith Mansfield
All you need in love, You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling, Everlasting love, Whiter shade of pale, Soul thing, Moanin’, Walk on by, Lovin’ things, Reach out [and I’ll be there], Take five, Boogaloo, Rainbow and [Epic single] Soul confusion
RPM Retro 835 [69:15]1968 CBS recording plus seven tracks by Love Affair, Maynard Feguson, Alan Haven & Selena Jones with Mansfield’s Orchestra. 

Debut album from 1957 including Collar of Perlas, Poppourri Curiel, Medley [Berlin, Rodgers and Hart], Universidad rock and roll, Una y otra vez, Sketch de Glenn Miller … & 6 other titles / Compilation of singles & EPs recorded in Mexico between 1954-56 including To live again, Port au Prince, AMOR, Moonlight enchantment, Nightingale, Nocturnal … & 6 other titles.
Cherry Red ACEM139CD [76:14] 

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Nic Raine
World premiere recording of the complete film score on 3 CDs plus ‘Double Indemnity Suite’ [arr. Palmer].
Tadlow CD005 [182:04] 

The Versatile Henry Mancini
Poinciana, Bali Ha’i, Flamingo, Whispering Sea, Return to Paradise, Naked sea, Breeze and I, Driftwood and dreams, Moon of Manakoora, Sleepy Lagoon, Ebb tide, Off shore; plus bonus tracks:What’s it gonna be, Young love, Free and easy, Cha cha cha for Gia 
Cherry Red ACMEM155CD [79:59]His first album, ‘Driftwood and Dreams’, from 1957, appears here in both mono and stereo versions.  

KEN GRIFFIN [Organ] Skate On
52 tracks including Cuckoo Waltz, Take me out to the ball game, Doodle Doo Doo, American Patrol, Little brown jug, If I had you, Bumble bee on a bender, Till we meet again / Louise, For all we know, There’ll be some changed made, The Sycopated Clock, The woman in the shoe, San Antonio Rose, Wunderbar … etc.
Jasmine [2 CDs] JASCD 471 [136:42] 

The Zodiac Suite / Dreams and Desires with the voice of Patricia Clark
An Aries Aria, Taurus Tango, The Gemini Waltz, Cancerian Concerto, Lonely Leo, The Impatient Virgo, A Libra Rhapsody, Seductive Scorpio, The Sagacious Sagittarius, Capricious Capricorn, Mood Aquarius, Ode to Pisces / That’s my desire, You stepped out of a dream, If I had you, I’d love to fall asleep [and wake up in your arms], Once in a while, You’d be so nice to come home to …& 6 other titles
Vocalion CDNJT 5200 [78:20]EMI Columbia recordings from 1957. 

Music [17 tracks] from Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’ [1942] narrated by Sabu with the Victor Symphony Orchestra, composed and conducted by Miklos Rozsa; ‘The Thief of Bagdad’ [1940]narrated by Hugh Gray with the Frankenland State Symphony Orchestra, composed and conducted by Miklos Rozsa; ‘Black Narcissus’ [1946] with the London Symphony Orchestra, composed and conducted by Brian Easdale
El ACMEM151CD [66:54] 

‘Songs from the Great White Way’: If I were a bell, People will say we’re in love, Hello, young lovers, Poppa, won’t you dance with me, But not for me, A wonderful guy … & 6 other titles / ‘Songs from The Ziegfeld Follies’: A pretty girl is like a melody, Row, row, row, I can’t get started, You’d be surprised, What is there to say, Shaking the blues away … & 6 other titles
Flare ROYCD 264 [67:45]Original Mercury recordings from 1956, with Glenn Osser’s Orchestra & Chorus.

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My Gypsy Love & Great Themes from Great Operas [Highlights]

Gypsy moon, Tzigane, Play gypsies, dance gypsies, Waltz of the gypsies, The gypsy, Golden earrings, Czardas [Monti], Play to me, gypsy, Budapest, At the Balalaika, Gypsy love, Dark eyes / Intermezzo from ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’, Nessun dorma, Oh! my beloved father, La donna è mobile, Your tiny hand is frozen, Caro nome, E lucevan le stelle, Musetta’s waltz song

Vocalion CDLK 4387 [76:12]

Another splendid 2-on-1 CD comprising albums originally issued as mono LPs in the early ‘60s on one of the very first budget labels, Decca’s Ace of Clubs. Much of light music stems from the styles and technique of gypsy players. You will find here – in very decent stereo – a lot of the fire and lushness associated with gypsy music, and this album must feature quite highly in the Chacksfield canon. Even if you are not "into" opera, the melodies by Mascagni, Puccini and Verdi on the second album are irresistible in these Italian-tinged arrangements. Here’s hoping for more reissues from this source, notably ‘Songs of Sunny Italy’Peter Burt 

A Box of Light Musical Allsorts For full tracklisting details please see page the Light Music CDs pages on this website Guild GLCD 5157 77:51 mins. Where would light music enthusiasts be without Guild and a few other labels of a like mind – reissuing the sort of fare not supplied by the major record companies and radio stations? I ask this after listening to this latest Guild Light Music release, which opens in cracking style with Bob Farnon’s Orchestra and his arrangement of My Object All Sublime from "The Hot Mikado" – Gilbert and Sullivan (sort of!). It has a big ‘show-bizzy’ opening with, I’m sure, echoes of Bob’s Alcan Highway, leading to a swinging version of Sullivan’s well-known melody accompanying a tap dancer! A novelty indeed! Felton Rapley’s very attractive Southern Holiday and Werner Müller’s likewise Take Me To Your Heart continue this melodic programme. A dip into the Chappell catalogue brings a welcome CD release of Clive Richardson’s Mannequin Melodyand then Alfred Newman conducts his own film music to "A Letter To Three Lives" from a Mercury LP I’ve had since its release in 1956. Angela Morley’s tribute to Bob Farnon A Canadian In Mayfair is given a spirited performance by Sidney Torch and his Orchestra, the same recording I think David Ades included on his Sidney Torch Great British Light Orchestras HMV compilation of 1992, long deleted. Thou Swell is a catchy number from "Words and Music" and was sung in that film by June Allyson in 1948; here it is played by Andre Kostelanetz and his Orchestra. However the track I can’t get over is Military Samba by John McGregor, a name new to me – but it’s so infectious as played by Edmundo Ros conducting what sounds like a fairly large Concert Orchestra. I had forgotten that he’d ever recorded with such an ensemble, then I remembered his recording of Marching Strings on an earlier Guild CD which probably came from the same session. Charles Williams’ Let’s Go Shoppingplayed by the Danish State Radio Orchestra recalls newsreels and Pathé shorts of the 1950s, as doesPolka Dot by Eric Cook played by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Cedric Dumont.Rahadlakum from "Kismet" was new to me although I knew the score had been adapted from Borodin’s work; here it’s played in fine concert style by Percy Faith who arranged it for his orchestra.The Happy Hippo from the Conroy Library by Eric Winstone is another catchy melody, as of course is Eric Coates’ ‘Phantasy’ "The Three Bears" played by the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras in 1956, although he did not receive his knighthood until 23 years later. Four more library numbers follow which take me back to the 1940s and 1950s. Melody In Moccasins by Wilfred Burns is played by Philip Green and his Orchestra on a rare MGM 78, then Fly Past by Cecil Milner (incorrectly credited to Charles Williams when Chappell resurrected it for their ‘Archive – Adventure’ CD CHAP 166). I’m very pleased with the inclusion of Horace Dann’s Worcester Beacon because my Paxton 78 copy has a very poor surface as other copies probably also have, so Alan Bunting’s excellent restoration (not a trace of surface noise) is very welcome – and he’s managed to retain what I call that unique Levy’s Sound Studios sound – wonderful! The fourth library piece in this group is St Boniface Down by Trevor Duncan. The jury’s still out on this one! And finally Noel Coward’s London Pride rounds off another great Guild Light Music CD and – as the title suggests – a veritable Box of Allsorts. Ken Wilkins 


Auf Grosser Europa-Tournee & Über Sieben Meere – Sailing Along

28 titles including Das ist die Berliner, Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb eins, Copenhagen Polka, Tulips from Amsterdam, Lisbon Antigua, Moulin Rouge, Frühling in Wien, Münchner Kindl, Gondellied, O mia bella Napoli, Isle of Capri, Arriverderci Roma / 21 tracks including Rolling home, Down by the riverside, Kari waits for me, Señorita Dolores, Aloha Oe, What shall we do with the drunken sailor, Rolling home, Good bye, fare you well

Vocalion CDLK 4382 [65:39]

Expecting the first album on this 2-on-1 to compare with the Melachrino above, I could not have been more disappointed. This is not the Müller sound from previous CDs I have heard but a dance band playing a series of potpourri: foxtrots from Berlin, Paris, Vienna and Rome, rock from Hamburg, waltzes from Amsterdam and Munich, polkas from Copenhagen, bossa novas from Lisbon, cha-chas from Venice, tangos from Naples, and the twist [some ripe bass guitar here] from Capri. There is no mention of it being recorded in front of a live audience [actually there is no explanation for anything in the complete absence of liner notes] so I can only assume that all the background crowd noise, the vocalising and the applause is dubbed. Pity they bothered. These are 12 tracks I’ll not be returning to again in a hurry – glad I did not have to pay postage and packing on this one! The collection of seafaring songs on the second album, although vocal with orchestral accompaniment, is a different kettle of fish; my wife thought it "a nice CD", which is high praise! It is largely sung in German but some titles are in English. The men’s voices in the shanties are especially effective. The slow waltz Farewell is Greensleeves in a most attractive arrangement with a plaintive harmonicaThis time there are background sounds of ships and sailors; more acceptable on a first hearing, at least. You, of course, may like the whole disc. Peter Burt 


Faust: Ballet Music, Waltzes [Gounod], Der Rosenkavalier: Waltzes [Richard Strauss], The Queen of Sheba: Ballet Music [Goldmark], Jewels of the Madonna: Dance of the Camorristi [Wolf-Ferrari], Kemenoi-Ostrow Op.10 [Anton Rubenstein], Turkish March [Beethoven], Ballet Egyptien [Luigini], Le Cid: Ballet suite [Massenet]

Frank Bristow FBCD182 [78:30]

Like the Kostelanetz below, this is another selection from the basic catalogue of Boston Pops recordings over the years. Familiar classics make this a varied, well thought out and unhackneyed orchestral album of mass appeal. In this respect it will be like all of Fiedler’s well-edited and [naturally] immaculate musicianship, beautifully atmospheric in its overall sound and presentation.Arthur Jackson 


Liza, Laura, Waltz from Sari, Vienna, city of my dreams, Falling in love with love, Intermezzo, Gold and Silver Waltz,, Gypsy Love Waltz, Someone to watch over me, Lady be good, Two hearts in three-quarter time, Emperor Waltz, Vilia, Have you met Miss Jones?, Waltz dream, Gypsy Baron Waltz, Diane, Love walked in, You made me love you, Serenade [Pierne], Bali-Hai, We kiss in a shadow, Moon over Miami, Now is the hour

Frank Bristow FBCD91 [78:30]

"Miscellany" this most certainly is…everything from light opera, evergreens and other pop classics, to the best of show tunes by Gershwin, Rodgers and even Strauss. Thus, it might be a collection of older recordings which may be familiar to long-time Kosty addicts – like myself, for instance, who bought my first Kostelanetz 78s something like sixty-six years ago, and fell in love with his sound which even then was progressive indeed. Altogether 78½ minutes of a master at his best. Arthur Jackson

Frank Bristow’s CDs are ONLY available direct from him at 2 Cross Street, Brighton, Victoria, 3186, Australia. Tel. 03-9528-3167. E-mail: Credit cards and PayPal are accepted, but no cheques – details on request. Please visit Frank’s website for information about other CDs in his catalogue: www.musicfromthepast.com

50 Years of the Music of LAURIE JOHNSON – Volume 3 Disc One "The New Avengers" Disc Two "Lock Up Your Daughters", "The Four Musketeers" Disc Three Film Scores – "The Moonraker", Hot Millions, Captain Kronos, A Hazard of Hearts, The Lady and The Highwayman, A Ghost in Monte Carlo, A Duel of Hearts; TV Themes – No Hiding Place, Shirley’s World; Works for Military Band – Airborne, A Christmas Carol; London Big Band – Crazy for Gershwin, Jeepers Creepers, Come Rain or Come Shine, Suddenly, From This Moment On, My Romance, Swanee, Mean To Me, I Love Paris, Mack the Knife, It Could Happen To You, Begorra! Edsel EDSD 2027. The incredible talent of Laurie Johnson is vividly illustrated in the wide range of music contained on these three CDs. Readers who have already purchased the first two volumes in this series will know that each disc comes in its own jewel case with an excellent booklet crammed with text, pictures and recording information. This set has been compiled and annotated by Laurie himself, and packaged with photos and memorabilia from his own collection. It represents amazing value, and is warmly recommended. David Ades


A mighty fortress is our God, Whispering hope, Nearer my God to Thee, The Lord’s my shepherd, Abide with me, Onward Christian soldiers, The Holy City, Eternal Father strong to save, Beautiful Isle of Somewhere, Jesus, lover of my soul, Jesus, joy of man’s desiring, Little brown church in the vale, All people that on earth do dwell, Rock of ages

CDLF 8135 [51:28]

As a churchgoer and avid Mantovani album collector, I do not know how I failed to add this to my collection on its first appearance in 1961, and was resigned to it being the one that got away! Now, hallelujah, here it is in all its God-given glory. Yet again we are indebted to Mike Dutton. With five wordless contributions from the Sammes Chorus, the superb Kingsway Hall organ on three tracks and nine masterly arrangements by Cecil Milner [the maestro writing the other five], Mantovani thought it was one of his best ever albums and is quoted in his biography as saying: "No matter what religious inclinations one may have, it can only be pleasing to everyone." Biographer Colin Mackenzie’s words that "it remains a listening joy, a source of comfort in troubled times" could not be more apt today. The story behind the album is told for the first time in the comprehensive liner notes. And all for around a fiver. Peter Burt

Bargain Basement : Light Music Classics Volume 4 With Emma to town (Collins), Vanity fair (Collins) The London Promenade Orchestra/Anthony Collins; Bowin’ and scrapin’ (Casson), Sombrero (Brown), Celtic snapshots (Pagan) The New Century Orchestra/Sidney Torch; Poodle polka (Walters), Midsummer madness (Watters), Chiming strings (Richardson), Eternal melody (Hanmer), City centre (Ewing), Shop window (Hanbury) L’Orchestre Devereaux/Georges Devereaux; The beachcomber (Richardson), Getting together (Richardson), Paris interlude (White), Bargain basement (Watters) The New Concert Orchestra/Jack Leon; Savoir faire (Curzon), The juggler (Liter) The New Concert Orchestra/Nat Nyll; Hey presto! (Wilson arr Duncan), Melody at moonrise (Watters), Ski jump (Dollimore), Making tracks (Duncan), Bob-sleigh (Jupp) The New Concert Orchestra/Frederic Curzon; Piccadilly spree (Watters) The New Concert Orchestra/R de Porten; A mood for lovers (Burns) The Symphonia Orchestra/Jack Talbot; Practical joker (Spass muss sein) (Van Phillips), Moonlight with Maxine (Van Phillips) The Lansdowne Light Orchestra Vocalion CDVS 1958. As the title suggests, this is Vocalion’s fourth collection of Light Music at a bargain price, which should be snapped up by all readers of this magazine (it is available from the RFS Record Service for only £3.00). Seasoned collectors will already have many of these tracks on other CDs, but even if only three or four pieces are new to you it is surely worth paying the price to acquire them. Wonderful value. In case you have missed any of them, the previous issues in this series are: "Fingerbustin’" CDVS 1946, "Stringopation" CDVS 1954 and "Dreamtime" CDVS 1957. Buy them all while you can! David Ades

THE GEORGE MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA / MELACHRINO STRINGS Music For The Nostalgic Traveller / Music For Relaxation [Highlights]

England: Big Ben chimes, English hymn, Oranges and lemons Ireland: Irish washerwoman Wales:David of the White Rock Scotland: The road to the Isles France: Sur le pont d’Avignon, Madelon [Quand Madelon], La rêve passé, Auprès de ma blonde, Il était une bergère, Danse Apache, Sur les soits de Paris, Can Can Italy: Funiculi, funicula, Tarantella, Catari, catari, Gondola song, Parlami d’amore Mariù, La Danza Spain: España, Tango, Valencia, Andaluza, Spanish Gypsy dance Central Europe: Liber Augustin, Wiegenlied, Swiss dance, Vienna, city of my dreams, The Blue Danube, Komme Tzigany, Gypsy carnival Tropics: Cielito lindo, Jamaican rumba, Pila pilo, Brazil, Solamente una vez, Aloha Oe / Moonlight serenade, While we’re young, Valse bluette, By the sleepy lagoon, La serenata, Berceuse de Jocelyn

Vocalion CDVS 1969 [73:37]

It is just as well that this CD is worth at least twice its listed cost of £2.99 as none of my usual sources of supply had it at that price [HMV told me that the recommended price from Vocalion was £6.99, hence their price of £4.99] so, reluctantly, I had to pay half as much again in postage and packing. The last half-a-dozen tracks are from a 1958 stereo album and are typical of Melachrino’s suave sound. The first album comes from two years earlier and is in mono. The French and Italian selections have already appeared on Guild Light Music CDs. Vivid well-played arrangements, largely shared between maestro Melachrino and William Hill-Bowen, would have benefited from the extra dimension of stereo. Buy it [for £2.99 if you can], put it on your player, maybe turn up the volume a tad and enjoy! Peter Burt This CD is available from the RFS Record Service for £3.00. 


The bells of St Mary’s, By the sleepy lagoon, Hearts and flowers, Somewhere a voice is calling, Love here is my heart, Just a wearyin’ for you, ‘Bambi’ Medley, To a wild rose, Moonlight and roses, I’m in the mood for love, I only have eyes for you, Roses of Picardy, These foolish things, ‘Look For The Silver Lining’ Medley, Valse vanité, Body and soul, Smoke gets in your eyes

Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 772 [62:04]

A pleasant way to remember those good old days when the BBC played light music on Sunday afternoons! The last two tracks feature the sweet saxophone of Freddy Gardner. Paul Clatworthy 

That’s Light Musical Entertainment For full tracklisting details please see the Light Music CDs pages on this website Guild GLCD 5158 78:29 mins. That’s Entertainment played by the Conrad Salinger Orchestra kicks off another Guild selection of melodies - most of which are bereft of airtime from our national broadcasting service. Angela Morley’s orchestra is next with Robert Farnon’s classicWestminster Waltz, then a name I usually associate with horror films, but here in partnership with Mitchell Parrish for Ruby from the film "Ruby Gentry" – Heinz Roemheld, a German musical director long in Hollywood. He was responsible for the scores to "The Invisible Man", "Dracula’s Daughter", "The Creature Walks Among Us" and others – not all of them horror movies. Andre Kostelanetz makes the Waltzes from "Count of Luxembourg" sound as though they were written just for his orchestra – a marvellous sound enhanced by Alan Bunting’s restorative treatment. David Ades confessed to me that he has included this track because it reminds him of the days in the mid-1950s when the English service of Radio Luxembourg used to open with this music around 7:00pm, although he has not been able to establish whether or not it was actually the Kostelanetz version that was used. Geraldo’s New Concert Orchestra does a fine job of All My Life by George Melachrino from "Eight O’Clock Walk", but the film itself is dismissed by Halliwell as ‘minor league courtroom stuff; an adequate time passer’. Very disheartening for the composer, I would think. This Can’t Be Love, I’ll See You In My Dreams and But Beautiful continue the romantic screen themes, but Alfred Newman (from my same Mercury LP that David used in ‘A Box of Light Musical Allsorts’) steps us the pace with his music for the Bette Davis classic "All About Eve" which also featured a very young Marilyn Monroe. I didn’t realise that Bob Farnon’s Blue Theme from a Chappell 78 was featured in the film "True Lies", so I turned again to Halliwell for his verdict – ‘it long overstays its welcome though the destruction is on an extremely lavish scale’. It stars the present Governor of California. Track 12 has the Overture by Sigmund Romberg, arranged by Robert Farnon, to "The Girl In Pink Tights"; the music is new to me but very enjoyable. Harry Warren’s This Heart Of Mine from the film "Ziegfeld Follies" gets a great treatment from George Melachrino’s Orchestra, as does Time Was played by Mario Ruiz Armengol and his Orchestra – a name I’d never heard of until he started to appear on Guild CDs. Buckly Down Winsocki from the 1943 MGM film "Best Foot Forward" (which has, I think, a military college background) starred Lucille Ball who’s singing voice was dubbed on the soundtrack, but the odd-titled piece is played here by (William) Hill-Bowen and his Orchestra. Body and Soul by Johnny Green is given a too dreamy treatment for my liking by Morton Gould’s Orchestra, but Geoff Love’s Orchestra makes the very best of Jerome Kern’s lovely song Make Believe from "Show Boat".Waltz For My Lady written and conducted by Frank Perkins could easily have come from a mood music library – it has a most infectious swing, while Leroy Holmes’ Enchanted Night has a real film ‘smoochy’ night club feel and one can imagine the camera following a particular couple round the dance floor. And finally the curtain comes down on another fine Guild programme with the incidental music by Max Steiner to "Since You Went Away" with the composer conducting. I also have a shortened version on another CD of the score, but as this Guild recordings is just over nine minutes you get, as usual, value for money with this series. Ken Wilkins 


19 tracks [all mentioned below]

Bygonedays BYD 77026 [72:21]

This long awaited Eric Coates CD will indeed "delight" the many thousands of fans of the nation's foremost composer and, at £5.99, is a "give away". From In Town Tonight, the foxtrot version of theKnightsbridge March, by Teddy Joyce and his Band to the very obvious finale of Eric conducting his outstandingly successful Dam Busters March, it presents the listener with a collection [17 conducted by the composer] very easy on the ear. It is right to say about Eric Coates that "Music was in his life and life was in his music". This music is still fresh and entertaining, patriotic, stirring and able to carry the listener into realms of quiet relaxation with so many mental images of  long gone times: people, places, events, sunlit byeways, mist-filled meadows after summer rain and sun; also busy streets, the shuffle and click of leather on paving, the mingle of traffic and ongoing workers weaving their ways to the daily grind. Here are favourites like By The sleepy lagoonLondon Bridge March,Symphonic Rhapsody on ‘I heard you singing’ and ’Bird songs at eventide’Song of LoyaltySummer Afternoon [Idyll], and Footlights [Concert Waltz], all with Eric conducting the Columbia  Symphony Orchestra. For Your Delight is the title track with Eric conducting the HMV Light Symphony Orchestra with which group he also fronts for The Man About Town [No.2 from ‘The Three Men’] and At the Dance [No.3 from ‘Summer Days’]. Eric conducts his own Orchestra for Wood Nymphs [Valsette], the Band of H.M. Life Guards play the march Over To You. With Television MarchOxford Street March,Westminster [Meditation]Rhythm [No.4 from ‘The Four Centuries’] and  Sound & Vision – The A.B.C. TV March, all combine a feast of music through the length of the disc. The disc, like all of those produced for the nostalgia market, is a fine and varied work. The technical expertise rendered upon recordings of over 75 years of age provides the ambient qualities associated with the era, with the dramatic advantage of next century technology that completely converts the listening pleasure for ages to come.  Full and impressive booklet notes by Peter Dempsey make for a wealth of information; he leaves no musical stone unturned. Whether at home or abroad this disc is a must for your CD shelves. I look forward to the next one, and trust that you will too.  Geoff Sheldon

Geoff Sheldon is Chairman of the Eric Coates Society in Hucknall, the composer’s birthplace. 

DAVID SNELL CHAMBER MUSIC FOR HARP Lyric Sonata; Elegie, Fantasie; Cavatina and March; Intrada and Waltz. Skaila Kanga (harp), Karen Jones (flute), Judith Busbridge (viola), Caroline Dearnley (cello), Nicholas Buckall (clarinet), Richard Bissill (French horn), Marcia Crayford(violin). Divine Art Diversions ddv 24130. Don’t be put off by "Chamber Music"! David Snell is, I am told, a member of the RFS and this disc shows that he has a gift for melody and several of the items here are light music miniatures. Debussy and others wrote sonatas for the same combination of instruments as the Lyric Sonata (flute/harp/viola) but the "Lyric" part of the title is dominant; all three movements overflow with melody and even nod towards jazz. The Fantasia explores fascinating and shapely material for harp, clarinet and horn; the lighter items are Elegie(flute/harp/cello), Intrada and Waltz, a pleasantly lilting example, (harp/violin), and Cavatina and March (flute/harp) in which a touchingly wistful Cavatina is followed by a March which reminds me of Trevor Duncan’s ("Dr. Finlay") example. David Snell has been a harpist with many orchestras, a conductor and a composer of film and "production" music. He will be delighted, as I am, with the fine playing, especially Ms Kanga, one of our finest harpists, and the excellent recording. Highly recommended. Philip Scowcroft 

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY The Singers Unlimited with Robert Farnon and his Orchestra The More I see You, Sleepy Time Gal, I Get Along Without You Very Well, Angel Eyes, As Time Goes By, I’ll Remember April, If I Didn’t Care, Sentimental Journey, In The Still Of The Night, Deep Purple, Put Your Dreams Away, Mona Lisa, How Beautiful Is Night MPS Jazzclub 06025 1794292, 53:07. This compilation revisits those two memorable 1970s LPs "Sentimental Journey" and "Eventide". The first is included in full, whereas five tracks have been selected from "Eventide". With vocal arrangements by Gene Puerling, allied to the orchestral magic created by Robert Farnon, these are surely impeccable performances that will continue to amaze music lovers for the rest of this century – and beyond. It is a pity that some tracks on "Eventide" have been omitted (there would have been time on the disc), but many of you will know that the original albums have already been reissued in full on CD. If you missed them previously, this is your chance to enhance your collection with some superb sounds! David Ades Available from the RFS Record Service. 


Now I know, Manic depressive presents, Tess’s torch song, Jive number, Cradle song, Smoke gets in your eyes, Yesterdays, Lovely to look at, Summertime, Sophisticated lady, Laura, Isn’t it kind of fun?, It might as well be spring, That’s for me, It’s a grand night for singing, Slowly, Ole buttermilk sky, My foolish heart, Hey! ba-ba-re-bop, Among my souvenirs, Lazy river, The voice of Dana Andrews

Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY768 [65:31]

Compiler Michael Highton has latched on to a good idea here. Everyone is catered for, film buffs, good music lovers, romantics and anyone who needs their spirits lifted. Instead of the same theme repeated in different guises you get a very varied collection, not even limiting you to one film! The key to holding the CD together is film star Dana Andrews, picking parts of his films from 1944 to 1949. Orchestras involved are Glenn Miller, Tex Beneke, Victor Young, Ralph Flanagan, Andre Kostelanetz and Frank Cordell. Singers are Hoagy Carmichael, Danny Kaye, Diana Shore, Allan Jones, Dick Haymes and Ray Eberle. Bill Finegan’s arrangement of The cradle song, Norman Leydon’s score for Now I know and David Raksin’s Laura are worth the price alone. Not all tracks are from soundtracks, some are transcriptions but they all fit together in a wonderful montage of entertainment. Paul Clatworthy

WONDERFUL WORLD OF ROMANCE Unforgettable Melodies Of Haydn Wood - Peter Dempsey [tenor], Guy Rowland [piano]

Songs: O flower divine!, Wonderful world of romance, Little Yvette, A song of quietness, I look into your garden, Dearest I love the morning, Praise, I think of you, my sweet, The unforgotten melody, Singing to you, I shall be there, The stars looked down, This is my dream … and seven other titles

HW 1 [71:45]

Generally speaking, Haydn Wood is best known for light orchestral miniatures, but he also composed around 200 songs of the ballad-type [his wife was a professional singer], of which the most popular were Roses of Picardy [it won hands down], Love’s garden of roses and A brown bird singing. This disc gathers together 19 of them [including those three] written between 1914 and 1946 in performances which are, as in the Dempsey/Rowland CD devoted to Eric Coates reviewed in the last JIM, notable for clarity of delivery and diction and thoroughly recommendable. They appear in roughly chronological order; although the songs from around 1940 seem to have a rather desperate optimism, generally they exhibit a recognizable family likeness, so it was a good idea to intersperse four short piano solos [some were also orchestral] to supply contrast and an opportunity for Guy Rowland to display solo as well as accompaniment skills. Many tracks, vocal and instrumental, are doubtless premiere recordings, but which are not specified. An admirable and unusual anniversary tribute. Philip L Scowcroft

Available from Peter Dempsey at 44 Victoria Road, Bidford, Warwickshire, B50 4AR. [e-mail: Demsini @aol.com] - £9.95 incl. p&p 


Kenneth Smith [flute] and Paul Rhodes [piano]

Hamilton Harty: In Ireland; Edward German: Intermezzo, Suite for Flute and Piano; Michael Head: By the river in spring; Havelock Nelson: Eirie cherie, In Venezuela; William Alwyn: Flute Sonata; Thomas Dunhill: Valse Fantasia; Kenneth Leighton: Flute Sonata; Stanford Robinson: The Moon-Maiden’s Dance

Divine Art Records DA 25069 [77:34]

This is a honey of a disc. Two of the items are styled "Sonata" but Alwyn’s, in one movement and reconstructed from unpublished bits, is recognisably by the film composer we know, while the Leighton’s slow movement is one of the loveliest things I have heard for a while. Harty’s ‘In Ireland’has atmosphere, the German pieces are perfect late Victorian salon miniatures, the Head alternates a cadenza-like motto theme with songlike episodes, the Dunhill has both tunefulness and brawn. Two BBC stalwarts of light music’s great period are represented: Stanford Robinson, who, as we hear, could compose as well as conduct, and Ulsterman Havelock Nelson, whose two pieces recall his associations with the Americas. Performances and recording enhance this unusual but wholly delightful repertoire. Generous measure, too. Philip L Scowcroft 


Baroque Chamber Orchestra, The King’s Singers, Lesley Garrett, Manuel Barrusco [guitar], Rostal & Schaefer, The Swingle Singers, Vienna Boys’ Choir, Kindred Spirits, David Tanebaum [guitar]

45 songs by Lennon & McCartney and George Harrison

EMI 2167842 [73:14 & 73:58]

Yeah, yeah, yeah! Without question the most entertaining new release I have reviewed this time round and, despite stiff competition, gets my accolade for the June JIM’s Best Album. I don’t think it is intended exclusively for classical music buffs as there is much here to appeal to the light music enthusiast, not least Arthur Wilkinson’s ‘Beatle Cracker Suite’, which cleverly blends Tchaikovsky with the Fab Four, and ‘The Beatles Concerto’, arranged by John Rutter, played by piano duo Rostal and Shaefer with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ron Goodwin. This combination also contribute Maxwell’s silver hammerFool on the hill and A hard day’s night. It is difficult to choose standout tracks – they are all so good – but I particularly enjoyed the Vienna Boys’ Choir All you need is love, Lesley Garrett and orchestra conducted by George Martin with For no one/Blackbird and the five tracks by the Baroque Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Edinger. Tremendous value at around a tenner. Peter Burt 

BING CROSBY Through The Years Volume Three

26 tracks including Misto Cristofo Columbo, Your own little house, When the world was young, A weaver of dreams, At last! At last!, Just for you, Sailing down the Chesapeake Bay, Ida, sweet as apple cider, It had to be you, Two Shillelagh O’Sullivan, Rosaleen, Don’t ever be afraid to go home

Sepia 1129 [76:30]

Richard Tay’s enterprising label continues its chronological look at Bing’s recording career. On track one, from June 1951, he is joined by Jane Wyman for In the cool, cool, cool of the evening; not only a Top 20 winner but receiver of the Oscar for Best Film Song. Domino, recorded in October of the same year, also made the Top 20. Two weeks later he recorded The Isle of Innisfree, which appeared in the first ever UK charts in November 1952 and peaked at No.3. Also included are duets with The Andrews Sisters [I’ll si-si ya in Bahia and The live oak tree] and a couple of Christmas songs [Christmas in Killarney and It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas]. The final two tracks have a "Nashville" sound with Grady Martin and his Slew Foot Five [Just a little lovin’ and Till the end of the world]. Versatility was certainly one of the great Bing’s qualities. Peter Burt 

EDMUND HOCKRIDGE The Best of Edmund Hockridge

20 tracks incl. No other love, By the fountains of Rome, Young and foolish, A woman in love, Long ago [and far away], Moon river, ‘S Wonderful, The way you look tonight, Tonight, They can’t take that away from me, Tenement Symphony, Love letters, Only a rose, Falling in love with love, I love Paris

Pulse PLS CD 254 [60:35]

Although not a new release but mentioned here in tribute to the fine baritone who starred in seven Broadway hits in London’s West End theatres, and passed away in March this year, aged 89. "Ted" was a friend of the RFS [he sang with Bob’s band during WW2] and charmed those of us who had the privilege of meeting him. These are all classic songs and something to remember him by. Peter Burt


56 songs incl. Ta-ra-ra-boom-der-e, The band played on, The Bowery, On a Saturday night, While strolling thru the park one day, Hello my baby, I’ve got rings on my fingers, In my merry oldsmobile, In the good old summertime, Sweet Rosie O’Grady, Little Annie Rooney, Waltz me around again Willie, Sidewalks of old New York, A bicycle built for two, She’ll be comin’ round the mountain, Put on your old grey bonnet, M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-i / Dialogue and I got rhythm, Embraceable you, You’re an old smoothie, Anything goes, Ridin’ high, Way down in the depths of the 90th floor, This is it, I’ll pay the check, Do I love you? Friendship, How deep in the ocean

Sepia 1131 [74:25]

A bit of a surprise here as I’ve always thought of this artist as a bit of a "belter" but there is warmth and a degree of light and shade in this vast selection. She had a powerful voice and was undoubtably one of the great ladies of the musical stage. The first ten tracks are from a Decca album called‘Memories’, recorded in 1955, arranged and conducted by Jay Blackton with The Mitchell Boys Choir and the Old Timers Quartet. It consists of 41 songs taking the listener on a journey through musical America from the 1890’s to the 1920’s … and is great fun. The second part of the disc is a 15-track selection from ‘A Musical Autobiography’, also recorded in 1955, in which Ethel narrates her career to date with "a stampede" through her songbook. She is accompanied by The Buddy Cole Quartet. Although she has a very pleasant speaking voice, I wonder about discs with dialogue for repeated listening. This aside, I don’t think anyone buying the CD will be disappointed. Peter Burt

JANE MORGAN Sings Popular Favourites

27 tracks including Around the world, It’s not me to say, An affair to remember, My heart reminds me, April love, All the way, Young in heart, Just a-wearyin’ for you, Melodie d’amour, Till the end of time, Till, Tammy, Where the blue of the night meets the gold of the day, Catch a falling star

Sepia 1126 [76:13]

A wonderful follow-up to the two previous Sepia discs: ‘An American Songbird in Paris’ and ‘Sings Showstoppers’, Jane must be one of the most overlooked singers of our time. This album has a choice selection of quality songs including her January 1959 UK singles chart topper The day the rains came, in both English and French versions. Accompaniments are provided either by The Troubadours, or orchestras conducted by Marty Gold or Vic Schoen. Excellent booklet notes by Dominic McHugh. I would happily listen to Jane singing every day and this will surely feature in my top choices for 2009. Peter Burt 

ARTIE SHAW ‘The Complete Spotlight Band 1945 Broadcasts’ Tabu, If I Loved You, Little Jazz, Out Of This World, Begin The Beguine, Summit Ridge Drive, Together, Lucky Number, My Heart Stood Still, Stardust, I Cover The Waterfront, Scuttlebutt, It Had To Be You, Dancing In The Dark, Along The Navajo Trail, S’Wonderful, Hindustan, Night And Day … 39 tracks on 2 CDs Hep Records CD 84/85.The above titles give an indication of the repertoire covered by this great collection of fine performances by the Artie Shaw Band – well-known hits from earlier (such as Begin The Beguine andStardust) plus new pop tunes and instrumentals featuring fine scores by the calibre of Eddie Sauter, Ray Conniff, George Siravo and Lennie Hayton. Audiences in those days seemed to appreciate true musicianship much more than today. As the title of the collection states, these are radio broadcasts and you will hear audience reaction. Happily it is not too obtrusive, and at times I wondered if the applause was dubbed to make it sound like a ‘live’ show in front of an audience. Considering the age of these recordings, and the fact that they have probably passed through the hands of several collectors, the sound quality is fine and Doug Pomeroy is to be congratulated on his undoubted expertise in handling modern digital restoration equipment. The booklet is packed with interesting notes and photographs, and anyone interested in the swing era should look this one out. Some of these recordings have been issued before, but the booklet claims that this is the first time that all of Shaw’s music from these broadcasts has been brought together in one collection. David Ades

BLESS THE BRIDE Original London Cast

24 tracks including Croquet, croquet, Too good to be true, Thomas T, Oh! What will mother say?, I was never kissed before, Ducky, Bless the bride, Bobbing, bobbing, Mon pauvre petit Pierre, This is my lovely day, The fish

Sepia 1124 [78.09]

With words by A. P. Herbert and music by Vivian Ellis, this show opened at London’s Adelphi Theatre on 26th April 1974 and stayed for 886 performances. The stars were Lizbeth Webb and Georges Guétary. Also in the cast were Betty Paul, Anona Winn [of ‘Twenty Questions’ fame] and Brian Reece [BBC radio’s ‘PC 49’]. The opening track is a selection from the show played at the piano by Vivian Ellis himself with the theatre orchestra conducted by Michael Collins. There are four "Bonus Tracks" from Monsieur Guétary including Table for two [not on the cast album] and Ma Belle Marguerite [in French]. Pure nostalgia. Ray Pavene

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"CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY" Film Soundtrack (Angela Morley) Conducted by Marcus Dods [USA] Film Score Monthly FSM Vol. 12 No. 8 [61:35 mins]. Angela Morley was still working as ‘Wally Stott’ when she composed the score for this film. This is the premiere release of the complete score, and the CD is limited to 1,500 copies making it an instant collectors’ item. But the important thing is the music, and we hear Angela creating some memorable tunes and glorious harmonies during a period when she had rebuilt her career as a major composer for films, following a self-imposed ‘exile’ due to her disappointment at what she regarded as poor sound quality in cinemas of the 1950s. The music was recorded at Anvil Studios, Denham and CTS London in June 1969. It has been magnificently restored for this CD, and it is such a pity that Angela was unaware before she died that it was ‘in the works’. She would have been delighted – not just with the sound, but also with the accompanying CD booklet which explains in considerable detail how the music fitted the film. I know that RFS members will rush to add this CD to their collections before all copies are sold. If you have problems finding a copy, the RFS Record Service will try to help, but this import may cost around £17. David Ades 

GREAT MOVIE THEMES 2 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Carl Davis

Batman; The Pink Panther; Mission Impossible Suite; Love Story; Jurassic Park; Romeo and Juliet; Superman: March; The English Patient; The Godfather; Superman: "Can you read my mind?"; Pirates of the Caribbean; The Deerhunter: Introduction and Cavatina; The French Lieutenant’s Woman; Shakespeare in Love

Naxos 8.572111 [68:44 mins]. It is great to be able to recommend this album by one of the UK’s leading symphony orchestras: a newly recorded release of a kind that in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s would have made regular appearances in the lists featuring the finest light music orchestras such as those fronted by Stanley Black, Percy Faith and Ron Goodwin. The RLPO under Carl Davis [composer of the penultimate track] play as to the manor born throughout. The brass excel, no more so than on Klaus Badelt’s Pirates, the knockout track for me and everyone else in my family who has heard it. Unsurprisingly three of the scores are by John Williams, with the others being by Danny Elfman, Francis Lai, Henry Mancini, Stanley Myers, Nino Rota [2], Francis Lai, Lalo Schifrin, Stephen Warbeck and Gabriel Yared. The recording, made in St George’s Hall, Blackburn, is very good with the percussion being particularly well-captured. This is my nomination for best bargain CD – at around £5 online – and also my Best Album choice. There is an earlier volume on Naxos 8.570505; I have heard excerpts and it sounds equally attractive. Peter Burt 

GOLDEN AGE OF LIGHT MUSIC : Light and Lively For full tracklisting see the Light Music CDs pages on this website. Guild GLCD5160 [79:05 mins] We light music enthusiasts have waited half-a-century for some decent recordings and then 60 come along together [well, almost!] With Guild’s latest offering [its 60th, yes 60th in the series] you get what it says on the tin … something "light and lively" [in the main], much needed feel good factors in the present climate. Thirty tracks at under a tenner strike me as pretty good value for money, even if we can’t claim it back on expenses! To say I enjoyed all the tracks may sound a little glib and twee, but I am at a loss to find anything unkind to say about this selection; something which will not gain me entrance to the Critics Club, no doubt. As with Guild GLCD5159 [reviewed below] there is a fine mix of the familiar and unfamiliar in terms of repertoire and performers. How good to hear names like The Amsterdam Symphonic Orchestra, Lou Busch, The Crawford Light Orchestra Joe Leahy, Michael Piastro, Boris Sarbek and Florian ZaBach for the first time [for me, that is] alongside the establishment of Chacksfied, Farnon, Faith, Hayman, Morley, Ornadel, Rose and Torch – for whom I had the experience of working with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Camden Theatre in the mid-1960s. As a percussionist just out of short trousers I found Sidney quite scary, but one cannot help be impressed by his versatile contributions, as organist, composer, arranger and conductor, to the light music world in general and, retrospectively, to the Guild series in particular. It’s interesting, by the way, to discover that Coronation Street wasn’t the only tune Eric Spear wrote, and that David Curry wasn’t just a conductor. The exceptionally informative notes, a splendid feature of the Guild series, also tell us that the Austrian Robert Stolz, who contributes the atmospheric African Moon to this disc, was featured on GLCD5118 in his more familiar role as composer and conductor of operetta. As David Ades writes: Stolz fled to the U.S.A. to escape the Nazis but returned to Vienna straight after the war, reclaimed his old house and continued to have a very successful career particularly as a conductor well into his 80s. A very big name in the Austrian capital alongside Brahms, Mahler, Mozart, Schubert, and the Strauss family, Stolz [middle name Elizabeth] provides a bizarre link between Petula Clark and Beethoven. As a young man he followed in the footsteps of the great German composer, and also those of Lehar, Millöcker, Offenbach, von Suppé and Zellar among others, as a major player in the history of Vienna’s iconic Theater an der Wien. And in 1961 Petula Clark and M.D. Peter Knight had a big hit with Romeo, based on Stolz’s quasi-foxtrot Salome. I would urge all light music lovers to invest in ‘Light And Lively’ immediately. It’s jam-packed with goodies, not least Gerard Calvi’s Madame De Mortemouille’s Ball, a singularly whimsical arrangement which just avoids being a wee bit silly, although it’s a mystery why Mr Calvi changed his name from Grégoire Elie Krettly. It’s an absolute cracker! Glyn Bragg 

GOLDEN AGE OF LIGHT MUSIC : More Strings In Stereo For full tracklisting see the Light Music CDs pages on this website. Guild GLCD5159 [77:07] Guild’s fabulously unique light music series seems now well established in the stereo era. With no less than 25 tracks this album offers a superb mix of familiar and unfamiliar music and performers. More knowledgeable light music fans than me will no doubt have heard many of the tracks in their original form but I was delighted to come across Buddy Bregman, Pierre Challet, the Clebanoff Strings and the Rio Carnival Orchestra for the first time. Once again I was struck by two things: the high quality of the orchestral playing, in particular the strings, and the brilliant inventiveness of the arrangements. There are too many gems to list but Les Baxter’s Harem silks from Bombay was surprisingly delicious, and the combination of Angela Morley and A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square is quite special – even ‘though I never was able to discover that particular bird in that particular part of London [nor blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover, for that matter.] I didn’t enjoy Percy Faith’s rather pedestrian version of Happy Talk from‘South Pacific’. The Gaslight Orchestra’s After the ball seemed slightly out of place and [dare I say?] I found Leon Pober’s The Ski Song a touch old-fashioned. But any lack of enthusiasm for the odd track is more than compensated for by the rest of the disc, which I can recommend wholeheartedly. Needless to say, transfers are of the usual high Guild standard and the liner notes are once again packed with well-researched information. Glyn Bragg 

JOHN IRELAND The Hallé Orchestra / John Wilson

Mai-Dun, The Forgotten Rite, Satyricon Overture, The Overlanders Suite [arr. Sir Charles Mackerras], A London Overture, Epic March

Hallé CDHLL 7523 [67:41]. Mr Ireland was born in Cheshire in 1879 and died in 1962. He destroyed all the music he wrote prior to 1908. After that his output included a number of attractive orchestral works, the most famous being included on this album superbly played by the North West’s very own symphony orchestra with our own John Wilson wielding the baton. Well worth acquiring and not only for the deserving to be more popular Suite, arranged from music for a 1946 Australian film [the composer’s sole film score] starring Chips Rafferty and produced by Sir Michael Balcon, Peter Burt 

DANCING ON A SUMMER LAWN The Palm Court Orchestra conducted by John Godfrey Pink Lady; A Perfect Day; I Love You Truly; Desire de Moment; Aloha Oe; The Melody; Valse Pathetique; The Little Grey Home in the West; Mighty Lak a Rose; Vision of Salome; La Première Fois; When Irish Eyes Are Smiling; Fairy Dream; The Whirl of the Waltz; When You Remember Vienna; Thrills; Hearts and Flowers; Dreaming; O Sole Mio. Dal Segno DSPRCD 401 [64:04] The orchestra on this CD is essentially a small group comprising a pianist, violinist, violist, cellist and flautist. Emanating from Sydney, they still play at tea gardens and small functions under the baton of Robyn Godfrey, John having died in 1996. Unfortunately the group, its music and recordings have suffered various tragedies over the years including the loss of most of its 15,000 library scores; the studio recordings on this disc are all that survive of their work. The music comprises ragtime, lots of English and European waltzes and light classics. The arrangements and music are sufficiently varied to avoid a degree of sameness. Maybe this album does not quite attain to the heights of Shelly Van Loen but it is immensely enjoyable particularly given the modest price. Ideal for listening to in the garden on a summer evening or doing what the title says! The label is somewhat obscure, but the CD can be obtained from MDT [tel: 01332 540240 or www.mdt.co.uk ] at £9.07 including p&p. Brian Stringer 


London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn EMI Classics 2 67969 2. A 10-CD boxful of delights from the prodigiously talented conductor-arranger, composer, pianist and TV personality born Andreas Prewin 80 years ago in Germany and addressed as Mr Preview by Morecambe and Wise. Along with the "heavier" items, which include Boléro, Enigma VariationsThe Planets and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, there are discs devoted to Tchaikovsky ballet music, Gershwin [Rhapsody in BlueAn American in Paris, etc.] and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Choral music lovers are catered for by the sacred Belshazzar’s Feast and the secular Carmina Burana. With splendid playing, fine digitally remastered sound, well-filled discs, and a bargain price of around £3 per CD, this box will make an excellent Christmas gift. Peter Burt 

"THE CHAMPIONS" Original TV series Box Set Network DVD Catalogue Number 2959007. The Network DVD Original Soundtracks series have released music from ‘The Champions’, which includes Robert Farnon’s music, written especially for the ITC series. One of the tracks, entitled simply ‘Violin’ is a fragment from the Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra (a cue in the Chappell Recorded Music Library), but played unaccompanied. It also sounds like Raymond Cohen’s playing to me. The series now includes ‘Department ‘S’’, ‘Jason King’, ‘Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)’, ‘The Strange Report’, ‘Danger Man (Half Hour Black and White)’, ‘Danger Man (Hour Colour)’, ‘Man In A Suitcase’, and of course ‘The Prisoner’, of which RFS members are already aware. The next in the series will be ‘The Protectors’. The reproduction on all of them (with exception of the main titles from ‘Department ‘S’’) is extremely good. Franck Leprince Network DVDs are available from their website. Copies can also be obtained from the RFS Record Service. 

GOLDEN AGE OF LIGHT MUSIC European Tour For full tracklisting see the Light Music CDs pages on this website. Guild GLCD 5161 [77:47]. A European Tour, courtesy of one of Guild’s latest offerings with some evocative tunes to keep us company - starting in the capital with Voice of Londonby Charles Williams played here by his Concert Orchestra. This is a longer version than the original Chappell recording by the Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra who used it to introduce their broadcast concerts. I had an idea it was also used many years ago by the BBC as intro music for a radio film programme introduced by Peter Noble, but I could be wrong. A non-stop trip to Scotland with Bob Farnon and his Orchestra allows us to hear two of his arrangements of traditional melodies from his suite "From The Highlands" – Comin’ Thru’ The Rye and My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose. However if there’s a further ‘tours’ CD I’ll ask David to stop off in the Midlands to hear Leslie Bridgewater’s homage to Worcestershire – Bromsgrove Fair – played by the New Century Orchestra conducted by Sidney Torch on FDH. Back-tracking down to Wales with the Melachrino Orchestra, Rhondda Rhapsody by the BBC producer Mai Jones used to introduce a feature in the show she produced "Welsh Rarebit" – a tuneful ‘Concerto’ style number reminiscent of the so-called ‘Denham Concertos’. Then we go across the Irish Sea for a sparkling version of Victor Herbert’s The Irish Have A Great Day Tonight from Mantovani and his Orchestra, before setting foot on the European mainland to the strains of Clive Richardson’s Continental Galop played by the Danish State Radio Orchestra. There are echoes of Clive’s Running Off The Rails (Locomotion) I’m sure. Werner Müller (alias Ricardo Santos and his Cascading Strings) provide a sound portrait of Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens with Heino Gaze’s Tivoli Melodie followed by a real lilting melody – Luxembourg Waltz by Geoffrey Everitt and Frederick Peter Hargreaves, played in fine style by Frank Chacksfield’s Orchestra. Did the two composers write anything else? I don’t know, but I’m sure somebody will! A fiery rendition of Fiesta In Seville by David Rose conducting his own orchestra gets the feet a’tapping, as does Tony Osborne’s Lights Of Lisbon with a wordless chorus. Is this a first for a Guild Light Music CD? When It’s Spring In Baden Baden played by the Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra (now known as the South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) conducted by Hans Rosbaud is an absolutely delightful piece of light music – and to think the orchestra was originally a Spa municipal group of players! Where I live we used to have a Spa orchestra but it was a much more modest affair (more the salon type) disbanded many years ago. Another David Rose number Roman Holiday is a really catchy corker of a piece. Apparently Italian motorists are to be avoided at all costs, so I’ve read, so I wondered if David Rose had ever visited Rome because I’m sure there are echoes of frantic motor horns in the music – great stuff! Passe Partout by Victor Young from "Around The World In Eighty Days" is played in gradn style by the Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra – could they be the same players as are used on the ‘101 Strings; LPs? A very underrated series, in my opinion. Swiss Holidayby Joe Leahy, played by his Orchestra, is another tuneful, catchy item as is Swedish Polka by Hugo Alfvén. Although credited as the conductor it was Bengt Hallberg, a jazz pianist and arranger, who took the places of the aged composer on the podium, although I’d never heard of Hallberg anyway. Be that as it may, buy Guild Light Music CDs and not only are you entertained – you’re educated too! Track twenty-two has Victor Young and his Orchestra playing Sicilian Tarantella by Balsamo, Conn & Miller (who?!) which is a dead ringer for Henry Mancini’s score for "What Did You Do In The War Daddy?" made in 1966 about the same time as I bought the LP soundtrack, whereas Sicilian Tarantetta was recorded in 1956. The film is described in Halliwell as a ‘silly war comedy with insufficient jokes for its wearisome length’! So there! Georges Auric is a name I associate with British films of the 1940s such as "Dead Of Night", "Passport To Pimlico" and "It Always Rains On Sunday" – but here is his Pavements Of Paris played by Michel Legrand’s Orchestra. Our European Tour ends in Belgium with a quirky little number called The Spider Of Antwerp played by Guy Luypaerts and his Orchestra – another name I hadn’t heard before until it started to appear on earlier Guild Light Music CDs. But before Belgium we’re diverted to the Mediterranean – East Of Malta to be exact – Ronald Hanmer’s dramatic, slightly oriental piece from the Francis, Day & Hunter library, played by the New Century Orchestra with Sidney Torch conducting. Personally I think that would have given this CD a stronger finale than ‘Spider’. Either way, another scintillating choice to add to this ever gowing collection of light music, enhances as ever by Alan Bunting’s restoration magic. Ken Wilkins 

GOLDEN AGE OF LIGHT MUSIC Hall of Fame – Volume 3 For full tracklisting see the Light Music CDs pages on this website. GLCD 5162 [77:54]. "Hall of Fame 3" kicks off with Singing In The Rainplayed by the Conrad Salinger Orchestra conducted by Buddy Bregman, which I must confess isn’t my favourite tune. I don’t know what it is, apart from being a bit repetitive – I was probably put off by Gene Kelly’s warbling on the film soundtrack! He should have stuck to dancing! In complete contrast track two is a corker of a performance from Percy Faith’s Orchestra of Spanish Serenade by Victor Herbert. It’s number one of ‘A Suite of Four Serenades’, the others being Chinese, Cuban and Oriental – the Spanish Serenade being particularly tuneful. The Percy Faith version is longer than the Paul Whiteman recording on Naxos which I have, but that includes the three other serenades. Did Percy Faith conduct the complete ‘Suite’? I bet PF expert Alan Bunting knows! Ron Goodwin’sLingering Lovers meanders along nicely on track three, courtesy of David Carroll’s Orchestra, followed by Philip Green’s Ecstasy which has (I think) a strong Spanish flavour, hence the ‘José Belmonte’ pseudonym I suppose. Richard Hayman and his Orchestra get into the swing of things with a sparkling, and at the same time exotic, rendition of Ernesto Lecuona’s Amor Que Bonito (Love And The World Loves With You), and in a similar vein Hugo Winterhalter adds another touch of Spain with his own composition La Muneca Espanola (The Spanish Doll). Now here’s where I disagree with David: he calls Charles Williams’ Columbia recording of his own Devil’s Galop the definitive version. My Chambers dictionary defines ‘definitive’ as ‘ final, expert, most authoritative’ – and the onlyDevil’s Galop that falls into that category is the Chappell version recorded at Levy’s Sound Studios. Nobody, but nobody, plays that piece like the Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra – crisp drumrolls at the beginning and end, and a sparkly xylophone in the middle – and fast. No wonder BBC producer Neil Tuson chose it: he says in "The Inside Story of Dick Barton", published in 1950, "When I found the Galop (spelt incorrectly in the book with two ‘ll’s’) and heard that drumroll I could hardly believe my ears – so I lit a cigarette and relaxed!" In his defence, David says he included the well-known Columbia version because the original Chappell piece only lasted 79 seconds. No such reservations with Jumping Bean and Shooting Star – Decca and Columbia releases from 1948, and Elizabethan Serenade – Ron Goodwin’s Parlophone single from 1957. Crazy Violins is a tour-de-force in playing ‘out of tune; which, if you can actually do something reasonably well, is a hard thing to do – as Helmut Zacharias and his Magic Violins must have found out. It’s a delightfully eccentric melody written by someone called Wildman. Now would that be a pen name for David Rose, because hisMarch Of The Pretzels also uses the off-key violins sound in this very catchy piece played by his Orchestra. Eric Coates rounds off the main part of the CDD programme with his Rediffusion March – Music Everywhere with him conducting the Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra. What busy musicians they were in those halcyon days of light concert music! Finally there is a tribute to George Melachrino in which he and his own Orchestra are featured on four recordings with the maestro as guest conductor on a fifth – made between 1947 and 1958. It begins with the Theme from Runnymede Rhapsody by the long-lived but rather neglected composer/conductor Reginald King. Then an arrangement by George of Bob Farnon’s Sophistication Waltz called by its original song title My Song Of Spring,followed by his own catchy composition Winter Sunshine. Then something I’ve never heard of: Aprite Le Finestre (Open The Windows) by one Virgilio Panzuti – this time George is conducting the San Remo Festival Orchestra. It was an Italian entry in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, and also the winner in the San Remo Festival of the same year. Ten to one this is its first outing in yonks! And to round off the third Guild ‘Hall of Fame’ Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto from the film "Dangerous Moonlight", the last of the featured Melachrino recordings with William Hill-Bowen at the piano Apparently the music became such an instant hit with cinemagoers that a record was rushed out to satisfy public demand, but it’s my contention that the issued disc was a rejected studio ‘take’ because the pianist, Louis Kentner, isn’t entirely in-step with the orchestra – which has probably added to the charm of the music! Ken Wilkins The above two Guild Light Music CDs are due to be released at the beginning of October. You can order copies in advance from the RFS Record Service.

FINE TUNING The Music of Roy Dean : Warren Mailley-Smith [piano], Matthew Jones [violin], Susie Parkes [soprano], Frances Patton [mezzo], George Bartle [tenor], Henry Grant Kerswell [bass-baritone] Ceremonial March: Betjemania, A Century of Songs [12 songs], Lyric Suite: Three moons [32:17]. Roy Dean is an 82-year-old amateur composer who, since retirement from the Diplomatic Service, has gone into music. This CD, which admittedly offers short measure, presents a selection of his work which he admits is pastiche [‘though so much light music is] but is certainly tuneful. It begins with a cheerful march inspired by the former Poet Laureate, played here as a piano solo. The sequence A Century of Song is written in various 20th century song styles: music hall, parlour ballad, New Orleans, rock musical, Irish song, calypso, Country and Western, etc. The Three Moons, originally songs and shapely ones, are transcribed for violin and piano and the Joplinesque finale, Honeymoon Tune, rounds things off happily. Well performed, nicely recorded and enjoyable. Available from the composer at 14 Blyth Road, Bromley, BR1 3RX, £10 [including p&p] Philip L Scowcroft 

GOLDEN AGE OF SALON MUSIC The Schwanen Salon Orchestra, G. Huber Skater’s Waltz; Vienna, City of My Dreams; The Gypsy Princess: Potpourri; Jocelyn: Berceuse; Serenata; Portuguese Fisherman’s Dance; Salut d’amour; Il bacio; Blue Tango; A Waltz Dream, Act 1: Non sai mia bella: Leise, ganz leise klingt’s durch den raum; Mélodie in F major [Rubinstein]; Belle of the Ball; Blauer Himmel; Liebesleid; The Dragon Fly; Hexentanz / Funiculi, Funicula; Mattinata; The Opera Ball: A Private Room; Humoresque No.7 [Dvorak]; Dark Eyes; Romanian Gypsy Festival; A media luz; Puszta Fox; Thais: Méditation; Gerhard Winkler Medley; Harlequin’s Millions: Serenade; Das muss ein Stuck vom Himmel sein; South of the Alps: In a Port; Sie hören Paul Lincke: Sie hören – PotpourriNaxos 8.578003-04 Over two-and-a-quarter hours of salon music on 2-CDs affectionately played and well recorded. There are no big surprises here in this compilation from the previous four albums which the orchestra has recorded on Naxos going back as far as 2000. The potpourris are of quite reasonable length, unlike similar items that used to appear on 78’s which gave you about 15 seconds of one title before switching to the next. A pity that only one movement has been selected from Ernst Fischer’s delightful South of the Alps suite. However if the selection of titles appeal, and at around £11, then you can safely invest. Brian Stringer 


Artistry in rhythm theme, One o’clock jump, Alright, okay, you win, Egdon Heath, It’s only a paper moon, Come rain or come shine, Harold Arlen song medley, This can’t be love, Bernie’s tune, Opus in chartreuse, Lover come back to me, Learnin’ the blues, Blues in D flat, Theme

Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY776 [54:22]

Kenton fans will be disappointed with this one because the Musicians’ Union would not let him use his own band. Johnny Richards recruited as many good New York based players that he could; the line-up changed week by week cutting down on the tightness of the sound. Guests involved included Harold Arlen, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Ilinois Jacquet, Oscar Pettiford, Jimmy Raney, Buddy Rich and Joe Williams. Stan did all the announcements. The CD consists of two shows, the sound dodgy to say the least, some of the applause should have been edited. Two from the Kenton band book, Egdon Heath and Opus in chartreuse, fit uneasily in the show sounding quirky without the cohesion Stan’s full band could provide. Harold Arlen was a wonderful composer, here singing himself plus a couple from Julie Wilson. They really murder great tunes; the crime increased on As long as I live by including an organ. The jazz soloists on board do an over the top frantically paced Bernie’s tune. The penultimate number Blues in D flat includes most of the sessioneers in a jam session. In summary: if you listened to the original broadcasts, a memory jogger but little else! Paul Clatworthy 

EVELYN LAYE Queen of Musical Comedy I’ll See You Again, Vila, I Love You So, Lover Come Back To me, Dear Little Café, Zigeuner, Love Is A Song, Let The People Sing, I See Your Face Before Me, You’ve Done Something To My Heart etc.. 55 tracks in total Avid Easy AMSC 977 2 CDs [158:10]. Avid have already spoiled musical comedy fans with 2-CD sets devoted to three famous leading ladies - Jessie Matthews, Frances Day and Pat Kirkwood; now compiler Hugh Palmer has turned his sights on perhaps the greatest of them all, Evelyn Laye. To quote Avid’s own publicity: Arguably the most historic retrospective double-CD ever released in the United Kingdom, "Evelyn Laye – Queen of Musical Comedy" spans 71 years of the glittering career of the legendary British star whom the director Max Reinhardt called "that rare and Holy Trinity of the stage, a great singer, a great actress, and a great beauty".The 55 tracks, many of them never previously released, take her from her first major London hit as a 19-year-old Gaiety Girl in the 1920 revival of The Shop Girl to the last (and hitherto unreleased) studio recordings she ever made, in 1991, at the age of 91. Along the way are rare and unreleased performances from The Merry Widow, in which she took London by storm at the age of 22 in the 1923 revival, but from which she made no commercial recordings; two songs that she never recorded from her greatest international success in Noel Coward’s Bitter Sweet; unreleased soundtrack songs from her two Hollywood films, One Heavenly Night, with John Boles, and The Night is Young, with Ramon Novarro; an operatic duet from Verdi’s La Traviata, and even a stirring and hitherto unreleased version of Elgar’s ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. CD-2 contains still more unreleased treasures: versions of Joyce Grenfell’s ‘I’m Going To See You Today’ and Ivor Novello’s‘Love is My Reason’; an extreme rarity, ‘Liaisons’, recorded from the stage in live performance during her last musical, A Little Night Music, in 1979; duets from the 1980s with Sir Harry Secombe and with Roy Hudd, and two songs specially written for her in 1991 by her musical director, John Dalby, the second of which, ‘Thank You’, is a moving valedictory to her loyal public during a career that spanned nine decades. The detailed booklet contains just about everything you need to know about her career (and her often troubled private life) with copious recording information to satisfy those of us who like to know the source of the music we are hearing. This CD is a poignant example of the kind of valuable and historic archive that might be lost if changes in sound copyright law made such releases uneconomic. The major companies (and their accountants) certainly wouldn’t be interested in such a project. David Ades 

THE BOSWELL SISTERS The Music Goes Round And Round 19 tracks including the Title tune, The object of my affection, It’s the girl, Every little moment, Let yourself go, Top hat white tie and tails, It’s written all over your face, Coffee in the morning and kisses in the night, The lonesome road, When I take my sugar to tea, I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter, Dinah etc.Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY775 [54:28] On this CD the sisters are mainly backed by members of the Dorsey Brothers various groups. They set the standard that many later vocal groups tried to compete with. Elle Fitzgerald is quoted as saying she used Connie Boswell’s voice as one to emulate. As with many of these historical issues, tunes are included that have not survived the passing of time; I only knew ten of the titles. Charming nostalgia all the way. Paul Clatworthy 


Heartbeat, That’ll be the day, Peggy Sue, Oh boy, Rave on, Think it over, Brown eyed handsome man, Let’s make a fool of you, True love ways, Raining in my heart, Everyday, Wishing, Love me, …..Universal 1797581 [54:45 & 53:49] I enjoyed every one of these 50 tracks by the singer who, aged 22, was tragically killed in a ‘plane crash; a very talented pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll whose work, thanks to his interest in production techniques, sounds as fresh today as it did nearly 50 years ago. I find what has been called his "hiccoughing vocal style" most attractive. Mention, too, should be made of The Crickets in the success of this 2-CD set, available online at around 17 pence per track [a consideration in these straightened times]. Peter Burt 

BETTY HUTTON At The Saints And Sinners Ball 20 titles incl. My cuty’s due at two-to-two today, Banana boat [Oomba-oomba-oomba], Sleepy head, Hit the road to dreamland, Back home, Satins & spurs, This must be the place, Chicken hawk Sepia 1133 [53:30] Probably better known as a rather rumbustious character in movies, this is an interesting album. The first ten tracks are shared by orchestra conductors Nelson Riddle [4], Vic Shoen [4] and Billy May [2]. Tennessee Ernie Ford sings on two tracks, one of which is The honeymoon’s over that became a Top 20 single. Betty’s sister Marion also joins her on two tracks: Ko ko mo [I love you so] and Heart throb. The album from which the CD is named was recorded in 1958 and includes Whole world in his handsWhen the saints come marchin’ in and Search my heart, which perhaps presages Betty’s later decision to dedicate her life to religion and teaching. Ray Pavene 

JANE RUSSELL Fine And Dandy 17 tracks incl. The Title tune, Take love easy, Love on the rocks, When a woman loves a man, Can’t we talk it over, You don’t know what love is, Love is here to stay, The one I love, You’re mine, you, Sepia 1132 [44:43] Miss Russell’s obvious physical attributes have probably rather overshadowed her ability as a singer. The first 12 tracks on this album date from 1958 and the disc became Jane’s personal favourite. The last five tracks – Sing you sinners,I’ve got the world on a stringOne way ticket to the bluesDiamond’s are a girl’s best friend and One for my baby – have never been released before and there are, as the booklet notes put it, "some rough edges". Enjoyable, but short measure for this company. Ray Pavene 

KATE SMITH We Remember Kate Smith 26 tracks incl. Just in time, All the way, It don’t mean a thing, Thinking of you, The beat o’ my heart, Yes indeed!, High on a windy hill, Mr Wonderful, Love is a many splendoured thing, Comes love, Wish you were here, Come rain or come shine, …. Sepia 1134 [78:08] Well, I don’t remember her … but glad to make the singer’s acquaintance here. Born Kathryn Elizabeth in 1907, she had a good soprano voice, first used in church choirs, and was popular from the mid-‘20s into the ‘70s. She passed on in 1986. She had been training as a nurse before moving into show biz. The ever comprehensive booklet notes tell us that the great classical conductor Leopold Stokowski said of her voice: "Don’t ever take a lesson, Miss Smith. Your voice is a gift from God". She made Irving Berlin’s God bless America [track 25 here] into a substitute national anthem in WWII, during which she raised $600 million for GIs. Although she had sole performing rights to the song, proceeds went to the Boy Scouts. Here is a fine choice of quality songs and this full measure album can be recommended. Peter Burt 

ALMA COGAN Dreamboat: Her 31 Finest including Bell bottom blues, Half as much, The moon is blue, The little shoemaker, Canoodlin’ Rag, Little things mean a lot, Skokiaan, This old house, I can’t tell a waltz from a tango, Paper kisses, Blue again, Softly, softly, Mambo Italiano, Tweedle-dee, The naughty lady of shady lane

Retrospective 4121 [76:17] This collection on a new label complements the broadcast selection from Sepia reviewed in JIM 178. Nine of the songs here were Top 20 hits including the title tune which made it to No.1 in April 1955. Frank Cordell and his Orchestra accompany on the majority of tracks although those of Ken Macintosh, Geoff Love and pianist Felix King are also featured. Penny-whistler Desmond Lane plays on Willie Can. The label did not reply to my e-mail so I cannot tell you who made the arrangements. This is something of a nostalgia trip for those of us who in the ‘fifties were a little bit in love with "The girl with the laugh in her voice". Peter Burt 

LISA KIRK Sings At the Plaza 22 tracks including I travel light, I’m sitting on top of the world, Yo’d be so nice to come home to, Anything goes, Hi-lili, hi-lo, How come you do me like you do, Why can’t you behave, Good little girls, Far away places and the Riviera, Limehouse blues Sepia 1128 [74:53] I must admit to not having heard of this lady before but the customary informative liner notes for this label tell me that not only was she a Broadway star but "truly the Queen in the golden days of night life entertainment". Nice personality and voice and well supported by her M.D. Don Pippin and The 4 Saints, the applause is deserved and not too obtrusive. In addition to the album titles listed above there are a further dozen musical theatre tracks such as Shaking the blues awayLittle girl blue, But not for meThe lady is a tramp and My funny valentine. With Sepia’s generous timing and the price [around £8], well worth adding to your collection. Peter Burt 

BOZ SCAGGS Speak Low Invitation, She was too good for me, I wish I knew, Speak low, Do nothing till you hear from me, I’ll remember April, Save your love for me, Ballad of the sad young man, Skylark, Sense fine, Dandy, This time the dream’s on me Decca B 001202602 [52:30] Long overdue follow-up to his last CD, where singer Boz started to be more experimental. Inspired by ideas Gil Evans explored, Boz picks a wide range of ballads arranged by Gil Goldstein. His distinct vocalising gives a new slant to some well-known diverse songs. A very nice release with a few surprises in the repertoire, a real change of style first explored on his last album which left his early days as a singer of blues and rock and roll a distant memory. I hope all his followers have moved with him. Paul Clatworthy 

FRANK SINATRA Nothing But the Best 2-CD Set CD1: 22 tracks including Come fly with me, The best is yet to come, The way you look tonight, Luck be a lady, Bewitched, The good life, The girl from Ipanema, Fly me to the moon [in other words], Summer wind, Strangers in the night, Call me irresponsible, Somethin’ stupid, My kind of town. CD2: 12 tracks including White Christmas, Go tell it on the mountain, The little drummer boy, Do you hear what I hear?, The twelve days of ChristmasReprise 8122798853 [74:38 & 38:17] Perhaps not quite the best, but still very good. These are digitally remastered Reprise tracks from the ‘60s, including some Capitol re-recordings. Arrangers are Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones [with Count Basie and his Orchestra], Ernie Freeman, Billy Strange [with Nancy Sinatra], Gordon Jenkins, Skip Martin [the title tune], Claus Ogerman and Don Costa [including My way]. The final track, Body and soul, is a Torrie Zito arrangement conducted by Frank Sinatra Jr. and was previously unreleased. The 2-CD set also includes the "Rare and Unreleased" 12 Songs of Christmas with Frank being joined by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians, and Bing Crosby. The main album is available separately. Peter Burt 

ANN SOUTHERN / DOROTHY LAMOUR Southern Lamour After you’ve gone, Another year, Always, The last time I saw Paris, You’ll never know, My man, Life is just a bowl of cherries … & 7 other tracks / You’re mine now, Did you ever see a dream walking? Why was I born, Can’t help loving that man, I can’t tell why I love you … and 5 other tracks Sepia 1127 [66:09] Two successful LP albums from 1957 by two of the silver screen’s songbirds. Ann Sothern was another new name to me but her 14 tracks, arranged and conducted by Ian Bernard, who composed the rather wistfulAnother year, make for very pleasant listening. Berlin, Kern-Hammerstein II, Brown-Henderson, Gershwin-Heyward, Rodgers-Hart, Arlen-Koehler and Porter figure among those supplying the words and music. There are some splendid instrumental soloists especially on Ballin’ the jack. Dorothy Lamour was, of course, known to me through the ‘Road’ films with Crosby and Hope. She, too, was a "proper" singer and her 10 tracks are arranged and conducted by Georges Norman. Again, good compositions equally pleasant to listen to, with Kern-Hammerstein II responsible for four of them, although P.G. Wodehouse also got in on one of them, Bill. For all their long film careers the two vocalists only worked together once, as chorus girls in the 1933 Busby Berkeley classic "Footlight Parade". Peter Burt 

BITTER SWEET Selections from the Operetta by Noël Coward, Vanessa Lee, Roberto Cardinali, Julie Dawn and John Hauxvell, The Rita Williams Singers and Michael Collins and his Orchestra Overture, The call of life, If you could only come with me, I’ll see you again, Ladies of the town, If love were all, Dear little café, Tokay, Kiss me, Ziguener, Finale … Sepia 1130[77:29] The first eleven tracks [of 23] above are by the artists listed and were recorded in 1958, the first stereo version of the 1929 show. They are followed by a selection played by the London Palladium Orchestra conducted by Clifford Greenwood just before the outbreak of war in 1939. Then there are the original London cast members, Peggy Wood, George Metexa and Ivy St Helier, singing the major hits of the show. Evelyn Laye, the original Broadway star sings I’ll see you again andZigeuner, and then we have four tracks from the Paris production of 1930 starring Jane Marnac and René Bussy. "The Master" himself completes the disc with his distinctive version of I’ll see from a recording made in 1954, exactly 25 years after the show was first seen. A veritable cornucopia of what was, as the detailed liner notes opine, "Coward’s first musical and arguably his best". Ray Pavene 

"My inspiration is you" ANNETTE HANSHAW. Moanin’ low, Loveable and sweet, Here we are, I get the blues when it rains, Mean to me, A precious little thing called love, My inspiration is you, My blackbirds ere bluebirds now, Forgetting you, From now on, Miss Annabelle Lee, Ever since time Began, Would you like to take a walk, Yes indeedy he do, The way I feel today, Nobody cares if I’m blue, If I had a girl like you, Telling it to the daises, Cooking breakfast for the one I love, I have to have you. Sounds of Yester Year DS0Y779 [59:00]. Old as I am there are not many tunes here that I know, Identifying titles is not helped by the fact that the sleeve puts many songs in a different order to the CD! Her "Betty Boop" voice puts her into my novelty catalogue although there will be many nannies and grandpas who would love a copy. Her main backing group goes under the name "The Sizzling Syncopaters"; other tracks have The Dorsey Brothers, Manny Klein, Adrian Rollini and Benny Goodman. Rated top notch in the 1920s her recording really sounds its age! Paul Clatworthy 

THE ORIGINAL BLONDE BOMBSHELL : EVELYN DALL VOL. 1 - Mrs. Worthington; Cohen The Crooner (MB/JC); Lulu’s Back In Town; The General’s Fast Asleep (RB);The Lady In Red; Wotcha Gotcha Trombone For?; Woe Is Me (JC); Cuban Pete; I’m All In; Lost My Rhythm, Lost My Music, Lost My Man; Organ Grinder’s Swing; Did You Mean It?; On The Isle Of Kitchymiboko; Swing Is In The Air; Sailor, Where Art Thou?; I May Be Poor, But I’m Honest (SB,LC); Rhythm’s O.K.In Harlem; Gangway; Swing High, Swing Low; Poor Robinson Crusoe; Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off (SB); Fifty Million Robins Can’t Be Wrong; It’s The Natural Thing To Do; No Songs About Love (KTMA); It’s The Rhythm In Me (KTMA); The Coster Rhumba (HFAS); You’ll Love The Army (KAWAG); Actions Speak Louder Than Words (KAWAG); Sitting On A Cloud That’s Silver-Lined (TF); Hey There Bellman (TF). MB – Max Bacon; SB – Sam Browne; JC – Jack Cooper; LC – Les Carew; RB – Rhythm Brothers. From film soundtracks of: KTMA – Kicking The Moon Around; HFAS – He Found A Star; KAWAG – King Arthur Was A Gentleman; TF – Time Flies (acc. Stephane Grappelli) Memory Lane MLCD00178:05. Memory Lane magazine, in what promises to be an exciting new venture, has just launched its own CD label, and this is the first release. It contains 23 tracks with Ambrose & his Orchestra covering just over two years from September 1935, and seven more from film soundtracks, and is sub-titled "The Complete Evelyn Dall Recordings" with a promise of more to come. By my reckoning around half these tracks have appeared individually on various CD reissues, but many are now out of print. To have Miss Dall’s complete output brought together in this way is a major step for which Ray Pallett and Dave Cooper deserve every support. The remastering has produced a very clear sound, and given the timbre of Evelyn’s voice I found it preferable to listen with the tone setting set towards the bass. It’s apparent that she had a considerable stage presence and a strong personality, which was perfectly suited to the material she was assigned. That included some real scorchers, which she sang as to the manner born, but she was equally at home in broad comedy and Latin-American numbers. The presentation is excellent, with an informative liner note and a reproduction of the original publicity for "The Coster Rhumba" (note correct spelling!). I would like to have seen composer credits included, and a slightly longer interval between tracks, but as the first of a new label this is impressive, and highly recommended. Barry McCanna The CD is priced at £5.99 inc. P&P to a UK address, or £7.99 inc P&P for air mail post to an address outside the UK. It can be ordered from Memory Lane, PO Box 1939, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 3UH. Payment can be made by sterling cheque to "Memory Lane", or you can log on to www.memorylane.org.uk where there is a PayPal facility.

HANSEL AND GRETEL Original Television Cast Sepia 1125 [76:20] The music for ‘Hansel and Gretel’ was composed by Alec Wilder with words by William Engvick, who wrote the English lyrics to the Song from Moulin Rouge [Where is your heart]. It starred Rudy Vallee, Stubby Kaye and Paula Laurence. Coupled with this are five numbers from Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Yeoman of the Guard’ with Barbara Cook, Celeste Holm, Bill Hayes and Alfred Drake. Then there are 16 "Bonus Tracks" by such as Red Buttons, Barbara Cook, Eddie Bracken, Stubby Kaye, and Rudy Vallee, one of whose songs isThe pig got up and slowly walked away. Rather a mixture but, surprisingly, enjoyable. But I can’t see many sales outside the States – especially if they don’t read JIM! Ray Pavene 

"THE THIRD MAN" AND OTHER CLASSIC FILM THEMES including Passport to Pimlico, La Ronde, The Romantic Age, Whisky Galore, The Glass Mountain, Genevieve, La Strada etc.. Naxos 8120880.Featruing recordings by Anton Karas (zither), Mantovani, Charles Williams, Larry Adler, Percy Faith, David Rose and others. 

BILL SAVILL AND HIS ORCHESTRA "We Could Have Danced All Night"; "In a Dancing Mood". Original Decca LPs from the 1950s. A welcome reminder of "Music While You Work".Vocalion CDLK4397. 

INTERNATIONAL POP ALL STARS "Great Film Themes From Many Lands"; "Vibrations Around The World". Original Decca LPs from the 1960s. Featuring some pleasant surprises – pity all the arrangers aren’t known. Vocalion CDLK4394. 

More new releases noted by Wilfred Askew 

THE BEST OF BROADWAY VOL. 1 South Pacific 8 tracks with Peggy Lee, Margaret Whiting & Gordon Macrae; Orchestra conducted by Dave Barbour and Frank DeVol [1950 Capitol album] Kiss Me Kate 8 tracks with Jo Stafford and Gordon Macrae; Orchestra conducted by Paul Weston [1949 Capitol album] DRGCD 19113 [45:41] 

MEL TORME SINGS HIS OWN CALIFORNIA SUITE The 1949 Capitol recording conducted by Hal Mooney plus the 1957 Bethlehem recording arranged and conducted by Marty Paich, in an attractive digi-pack with two booklets, one containing the lyrics of the two versions. Fresh Sounds FSR-CD 496 [67:14] 

VINTAGE CINEMA Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Selections from King Kong, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Spellbound, Sunset Boulevard, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Place In The Sun, On The Waterfront, North By Northwest, El Cid, To Kill A Mockingbird and Taras BulbaTelarc CD-80708 [53:13] 

HENRI RENĖ AND HIS ORCHESTRA Compulsion To Swing In Rhythm A coupling of the two albums ‘A Compulsion to Swing’ & ‘Riot In Rhythm’: 24 tracks including The blue room, Cry me a river, Baubles, bangles and beads, Compulsion to swing, It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing, Just a gigolo, ‘S wonderful, Nature boy, The hot canary, Blue chartreuse, The surrey with the fringe on top, Don’t cry Joe, Whispering … Jasmine JSCD 490 [63:46] RCA stereo recordings from 1958 

JANE MORGAN Fascination : The Ultimate Collection Original Kapp recordings on 2 CDs: 56 tracks including The heart you break, Why [are there things we can’t explain], Why don’t you leave us alone, Give me your word, Flyin’ high, In Paree, Take me away, Let’s go steady, I’ve got bells on my heart, Only one love, I may never pass this way again, Catch a falling star, Where the blue of the night, Makin’ love … Jasmine JASCD 489 [149:58] 

THIS IS IT : The Best Of Jack Leonard and Tommy Dorsey 28 tracks including I’m in a dancing mood, Where are you, If my heart could only talk, You’re here, you’re there, you’re everywhere, Dedicated to you, Marie, Sweet is the word for you, Love is never out of season, Have you any castles, baby?, An old flame never dies, In the still of the night, Blue Orchids Flare ROYCD 281[77:47] 

BOB EBERLY Sings Tender Love Songs with the Enoch Light Orchestra 12 tracks from ‘Sings Tender Love Songs’ [1957] including Brazil, Moonglow, Tangerine, I understand, Amapola, Maria Elena, Green eyes, September song …13 tracks from ‘Best Of the ‘Fifties Singles’ including This much I know, Long before I knew you, Alone, I made a promise, You’ll never know how it feels, The beat o’ my heart, I’ll always be following you ... Flare ROYCD 276 [70:49] 

TEDDI KING ‘Round Midnight Extended album plus ‘Very Best Of The Singles’: 25 tracks including I concentrate on you, Little girl blue, It never entered my mind, What’s new, Prelude to a kiss, ‘round midnight, I saw stars, Love is a now and then thing /Are you slipping through my fingers, Mr Wonderful, There’s so much more, Married I can always get, Travelling down a lovely road, Say it isn’t so … Flare ROYCD 275 [77:05] 

MORTON GOULD Star Dust Symphony Blues In The Night, Birth of the Blues, Solitude, Old Devil Moon, Nocturne, Limehouse Blues, Mood Indigo, St Louis Blues, Sophisticated Lady, Big City Blues, Moonglow, Deep Purple, The Surrey With The Fringe on Top, Besame Mucho, I Get a Kick Out of You, Speak Low, Body and Soul, What Is This Thing Called Love, My Silent Love, That Old Black Magic, Night and Day, The Very Thought of You, Poinciana, You And The Night And The Music, Summertime, Star Dust, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Pavanne, Stormy Weather, Beyond the Blue Horizon, Cresta Blance Waltz, Where or When, Orchids in the Moonlight, Over The Rainbow, Time on my Hands, Holiday for Strings, I Love You, My Blue Heaven, Serenade in the Night, Mexican Hat Dance. 2 CDsJasmine JASCD 666 [148:17] 

LEROY ANDERSON Blue Tango Bells of the Ball, Promenade, Syncopated Clock, Serenata, Saraband, Waltzing Cat, Trumpeter’s Lullaby, Jazz Pizzicato, Jazz Legato, Plink Plank Plunk, Horse and Buggy, Phantom Regiment, Blue Tango, China Doll, Penny-Whistle Song, Irish Washerwoman, Bluebells of Scotland, Song of the Bells, Fiddle-Faddle, Typewriter, Girl in Satin, Sandpaper Ballet, Buglers’ Holiday, Summer Skies, Sleigh Ride, Last Rose of Summer, Forgotten Dreams Bygone Days BYD 77025 

ELMER BERNSTEIN Staccato / Paris Swings Original Capitol LPs from 1959 and 1960 DRGCD 19110 [64:51] 

LES BAXTER & HIS ORCHESTRA Thinking Of You 2 CDs, 60 tracks including The poor people of Paris, Blue star, Zing zing – zoom, zoom, With my eyes wide open I’m dreaming, The Shrike, Tropicana, Ruby, Temptation / Unchained Melody, The nearness of you, The roving kind, Out of this world, The high and the mighty, The breeze and I, Shrimp boats, Blue Tango … Jasmine JASCD 672[159’48"] 

JEFF CHANDLER You And I : Sings Songs Of Love U.S. Decca recordings 1953/4 and Liberty recordings 1957/8 DRGCD 19110 [64:51] 

LOVE LETTERS FROM YVONNE DeCARLO / MAUREEN O’HARA SINGS ─ their debut albums from 1957 and 1958 Flare ROYCD 278 [72:24] 

THE HOLLYWOOD LADIES SING - ELIZABETH SCOTT Lizabeth [1957] / DENISE DARCEL Banned In Boston [1958] Flare ROYCD 277 [64:06]

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JOHNNY DOUGLAS AND HIS ORCHESTRA AND SINGERS "The Spirit of Christmas" CD1: White Christmas, Silver Bells, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Home For The Holidays, The Christmas Song, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy plus medleys of carols. CD2 Happy Holiday, Here’s To You, My Favourite Things, A Merry Christmas Song, Out Of The East, Do You Hear What I Hear plus medleys of carols. Dulcima DLCD 122 2CD set, [116:05 mins]. Johnny Douglas will need no introduction to readers of thisJournal Into Melody. Late in his career he set up his own label, Dulcima Records, and this has been continued by his family since we lost him in 2003. Every so often some of his music is made available again, and this latest collection (on two CDs) provides some enchanting melodies for the coming festive season. Over 50 years ago RCA producer Ethel Gabriel worked on the Melachrino Strings’ "Moods in Music" series and in the late 1950s developed the Living Strings as a package for RCA’s budget label, Camden, using various orchestras, mainly from Europe. The albums were all centred on a theme: the sea, the West, Broadway, night music. The recordings made by The Living Strings became a mainstay of easy-listening radio and commercial venues. 

Johnny Douglas, widely recognised as one of England’s masters of string arranging, was the primary arranger and conductor for the series recorded in England. He brought great songs to a new life with his arrangements of a mass of pure velvety strings, mellow brass and superb solos played by the cream of the British musicians of that era. This release brings together three of the albums he recorded in the 1960s and 1970’s. The first CD is purely orchestra, while the second features some very tasteful choral arrangements with the orchestra. As the accompanying notes explain, a few of the titles are repeated, one even twice, but with different arrangements. To delete the repeats would render the original albums incomplete and deprive the listener of the opportunity to experience the versatile arranging by Johnny Douglas. Many of us like to hear something new to enjoy at Christmas, and this is a fine new collection to add to your music library. David Ades

FRED WARING AND THE PENNSYLVANIANS I Hear Music ‘In Hi-Fi’ I hear music; Dry bones; In the still of the night; Ol’ man river; Hit the road to dreamland; Smoke gets in your eyes; Give me your tired, your poor; A cigarette, sweet music and you; The Whiffenpoof Song [Baa baa baa]; Hora staccato; Lolly too dum dey; Sometimes I feel like a motherless child; You’ll never walk alone; Battle Hymn of the Republic; Sleep ‘All Through The Night’ Autumn leaves; If I had my way; The inch worm; Dear hearts and gentle people; Anywhere I wander; Tennessee Waltz; Greensleeves; Funiculi funicula; Drink to me only with thine eyes; The unconstant lover; Comin’ thro’ the rye; All through the night Flare ROYCD292 [79:25] Those who have been fans of Fred and his "Gang" for many years will, like me, be delighted to welcome this single CD of their first two stereo albums, recorded in late 1957 and early 1958. Well done, Flare! The spotlight is, of course, on the singers with their gorgeous close harmonies, deep basses and soaring sopranos, but there is no lack of felicitous support from the musicians. The programme is so varied that everyone will have their own favourite tracks: mine include the brilliant Bones, Irving Berlin’s Give me your tired, the wonderfully countrified Lolly, the magnificent Battle Hymn, the early hit Sleep, the eminently sing-along Dear hearts, and the traditional songs from the British Isles given the inimitable Waring treatment. Here is just under 80 minutes of real joy for around £8 [less online] and my choice for this issue’s Best Album. Peter Burt 

FRANK CHACKSFIELD PLAYS LERNER AND LOWE & RODGERS AND HART My Fair Lady Suite; If ever I would leave you; Wand’rin’ star; Camelot March; Almost like being in love; I talk to the trees; Come to me, bend to me; Gigi Suite / Johnny One-Note; Isn’t it romantic, Ten cents a dance; Thou swell; My funny valentine; Lover; With a song in my heart; Bewitched; Falling in love with love; Where or when; The lady is a tramp; Mountain greenery Vocalion CDLK 4400 [71:40]With their late-summer releases Vocalion has brought us a veritable Frankfest of quality light music. This 2-on-1 has albums dating from 1976 and 1975. Roland Shaw is the arranger on the first and manages to introduce Wagner’s Wedding March and Offenbach’s Can-Can into the two Suites! The late, great Kenny Baker’s trumpet is featured on If ever, a wonderful contra bassoon conjures up memories of Lee Marvin on Wand’rin’, and Joanne Brown sings a couple of the songs, as she does on the second album. There is no arranger credit given on the second album [no liner notes for either album] but a tad of tango rhythm is added to Ten cents and Thou swell responds well to a pizzicato string treatment. Frank’s stellar French hornist [could be Neil Sanders] pops up on other tracks throughout the disc, and I suspect it is Kenny Baker again on Bewitched and The lady. All round enjoyable.

THE NEW LIMELIGHT & CHACKSFIELD PLAYS BACHARACH Limelight; The man that got away; In the still of the night; Scarlet ribbons; Smile; Tonight; Theme from ‘Picnic’; Come rain or come shine; Night and day; Here I am; Warsaw Concerto / Raindrops keep fallin’; Alfie; I’ll never fall in love; This guy’s in love with you; Paper maché; Trains and boats and planes; [They long to be] Close to you; You’ll never get to heaven; The look of love; To wait for love; The green green grass starts to grow; Wives and lovers Vocalion CDLK 4380 [77:58]The 1966 Stereo Record Guide opined that ‘The New Limelight’ LP was "the best of Chacksfield’s most recent discs" and described the sound as "brilliant and reasonably atmospheric." Apart from the opening and closing tracks the arrangements are by Roland Shaw ─ Scarlet Ribbons and Come rain stand out for me. There is a rather good performance of Richard Addinsell’s Concerto by an unnamed pianist. The ‘Plays Bacharach’ album is from five years later and well worth acquiring, even if it does not oust in my affections Ron Goodwin’s similar album [seven tracks in common] also on Vocalion but now sadly no longer available. John Keating’s arrangements are never less than interesting. There is just an occasional hint of a Kaempfert-style bass and some particularly nice piano on This guy’s in love. On the first album Here I am, of course, is another Bacharach composition. Again a complete lack of any liner notes; perhaps the original Decca sleeves did not have any.

FRANK CHACKSFIELD AND HIS ORCHESTRA Plays Simon & Garfunkel and Jim Webb / The Beatles’ Song Book Up, up and away; Homeward bound; By the time I get to Phoenix; Mrs Robinson; Galveston; Bridge over troubled water; Scarborough Fair; Wichita lineman; Cecilia; The sound of silence; MacArthur Park / Get back; Michelle; Got to get you into my life; Yesterday; Something; Hey Jude; A hard day’s night; Norwegian wood; Ticket to ride; The fool on the hill; Come together; Ob-la-di, ob-la-da Vocalion CDLK 4392 [70:25]Your reviewer has cherished the second album here since it first appeared as a Phase 4 Stereo Spectacular LP, incredibly, nearly 40 years ago. It is far from typical Chacksfield but every track gives pleasure and should keep your feet tapping. The first album from a year later is also arranged by John Keating but for me did not have quite the same immediate impact. I hasten to add that my initial disappointment has dissipated somewhat with repeated hearings. The tunes are all good, well-played, and the arrangements are never dull. And, after all, the second album alone is worth the modest price of the CD! Once again no liner notes; what a pity Vocalion cannot find somebody to do for Chacksfield what Colin Mackenzie does for Mantovani. Peter Burt

BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA Conducted by RUMON GAMBA The Film Music of Mischa Spoliansky Suite from ‘North West Frontier’, Three Songs from ‘Sanders of the River’ (Featuring Mark Coles, bass), Suite from ‘The Man Who Could Work Miracles’, Voice In The Night (from ‘Wanted for Murder’), Suite from ‘ The Ghost Goes West’, Dedication (from ‘Idol of Paris’ – featuring Roderick Elms, piano), Suite from ‘King Solomon’s Mines’ (with Mark Coles), Galop from ‘The Happiest Days Of Your Life’, Toccatina for solo organ (from ‘Saint Joan’). Chandos CHAN 10543 [73:03]. When I saw this CD among a list of future releases I was impatient for it to arrive. Finally when I got it in my hands I clicked on track 22 to hear the music from the 1950 film The Happiest Days Of Your Life. I first saw this film as a teenager, and I still get many laughs from it when it turns up on TV. Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford (both were absolutely brilliant in roles that could have been created just for them, although it had previously been a stage play) were supported by a superb cast of British character actors (Joyce Grenfell, Richard Wattis et al) and Mischa Spoliansky’s music was simply perfect for the plot. There wasn’t a lot of it in the film, and the middle part of Philip Lane’s finely reconstructed score isn’t familiar to me. Looking back through old copies of Radio Times (when they used to list the music played in many radio programmes) you occasionally come across the galop from ‘Happiest Days…’ so it must have been made available in sheet music form for orchestras to perform, probably with the extra middle section added to make it long enough (it lasts well under two minutes on screen). Why on earth didn’t someone like Sidney Torch make a commercial recording? We’ve waited a long time, but for me it’s been worth it. Two other tracks that quickly caught my attention are Voice In The Night and Dedication – both originally on Columbia 12" 78s with the latter featuring the composer on the piano (it has been reissued on Guild GLCD 5109). However the music from ‘Idol of Paris’ on this CD is a longer version, lasting over 7 minutes. Most of the other tracks are premiere recordings, and they demonstrate that Spoliansky fully deserves this long-overdue tribute. We are so fortunate that, in today’s cash-strapped world, somehow funds can still be found to make worthy recordings like this. The BBC Concert Orchestra (as usual these days) plays superbly, and Rumon Gamba clearly understands how film music of this kind should be treated. The 44 page booklet (with notes by Philip Lane) cannot be faulted. Chandos deserve our support, so add this one to your Christmas list. David Ades

DIE FLOTTEN GEISTER ORCHESTRA Spirit Of Vienna Vol.2 Imperial Riflemen March; The Hunt for Happiness [Gallop]; The Lady Skater’s Waltz; In Flight with Her [Quick polka]; Harvestehude Swallows Waltz; Common Sense [Quick polka]; Bucharest Life Waltz; Carmen Waltz; The Beautiful Viennese Girls [March-Polka]; Pretty Sweetheart [Polka mazurka]; Young Gentlemen’s Dance Waltz; Themes from The Dollar Princess Tonstudio 02332 [74:40]The Johann Strauss Societies of Great Britain and the Czech Republic are dedicated to the promotion of Viennese music by the Strauss family and their contemporaries, and this release complements the first volume reviewed in JIM 173. The recordings here, all firsts, were made in the Czech Republic as recently as February of this year. The only tracks from a Strauss are The Lady, by Johann III, and In Flight, by his father Eduard, the third brother of Johann II and Josef. Other composers are Richard Eilenberg, Oscar Fetrás, C.M. Ziehrer, Iosef Ivanovici, Juventino Rosas, Carl Drescher, Karl Komzák II, Josef Gung’l and Leo Fall. Particularly interesting is the longest piece, Carmen Waltz, by Juventino Rosas, the Mexican composer of the well-known Over the waves [used for the song The loveliest night of the year] which often has been attributed to Johann I, "The Waltz King." The conductor throughout is Christian Pollack, who has made recordings for the Marco Polo and Naxos labels, and without whom many of these tunes may not have been recorded. This is an extremely pleasant album, all the better for being of unfamiliar items, well-played and produced with good programme notes by John Diamond. May we hope for a third volume in due course? Peter Burt

Available for £12.99 [incl. p&p in the U.K]. from Discovery Records Ltd, Banda Trading Estate, Nursteed Road, Devizes, Wilts. SN10 3DY.or www.discovery-records.com

MANTOVANI AND HIS ORCHESTRA To Lovers Everywhere / From Mantovani With Love The way you look tonight; Tea for two; September song; Whispering; Quando, quando, quando; All of a sudden; I will wait for you; Me and my shadow; I can’t stop loving you; Yellow bird; Winter world of love / Try to remember; It’s impossible; My prayer; If I only had time; Loss of love; Gwendolyne; Rosy’s Theme; Theme from Love Story; Little green apples; Last summer; Where have all the flowers one?; May each day Vocalion CDLK 4393 [71:24]

Mantovani Touch / Operetta Memories On a clear day; Alfie; Release me; A man and a woman; Almost there; What now my love; Edelweiss; A day in the life of a fool; My cup runneth over; Days of wine and rose; The impossible dream; Puppet on a string; / The Merry Widow Waltz; My hero; Play gipsies, dance gypsies; O maiden, my maiden; The Gypsy Princess Waltz; The Count of Luxembourg Waltz; Serenade from Frasquita; Gipsy Love Waltz; The Gypsy Baron Waltz; Die Fledermaus – Overture Vocalion CDLK 4396 [74:55]. Four more albums from the Decca archives by the master maestro reissued for our delectation and delight by Mike Dutton. The first 2-on-1 features albums that originally saw the light of day in 1971. The first album was also Monty’s first with Parisian musicians ─ for tax reasons he could no longer record in England ─ while the second was his last with all British personnel. Stand-out tracks for me include Monty’s own poignant composition Last summer, and May each day, his last UK recording. On the second 2-on-1 the first album dates from c.1968 [Puppet from ‘67], the second was recorded during December 1959 and January 1960.‘Touch’ is an attractive collection of a dozen contemporary tunes. I especially enjoyed Alfie, featuringthe violin of David McCallum [father of the actor] who was Monty’s leader for a decade, the Bolero-like What now my love, and the lovely My cup runneth over. The titles on ‘Operetta Memories’ are meat and drink to Monty and I can only concur with Scott Raeburn who writes online that it is "one of the really great Mantovani albums and no fan should be without this in their collection." Peter Burt

BILL SAVILL AND HIS ORCHESTRA In a Dancing Mood / We Could Have Danced All Night(Quicksteps) So in love, Do I love You, June is bustin' out all over, Always true to you in my fashion, You'd be so nice to come home to, (Waltz) I give my heart, Glamorous Night, (Foxtrot) Lovely to look at, The folks who live on the hill, (Quicksteps) Love walked in, Shall we dance, Let's call the whole thing off, Long ago and far away, Can I forget you, How high the moon, I've got you under my skin, This is my lovely day, Most gentlemen don't like love, The last time I saw Paris, I love Paris, C'est magnifique, (Tango) No other love, (Rumba) Wish you were here, (Samba) Carioca, (Foxtrot)September Song, Bewitched, (Quicksteps) Dance little lady, A room with a view, Pick yourself up, Easy to love, All of you, I could write a book, I'm gonna wash that man right out of my hair, There's nothin' like a dame, Happy talk, A cock-eyed optimist, Bloody Mary, Honey bun, (Waltz) This nearly was mine, When I'm not near the girl I love, (Foxtrot) Smoke gets in your eyes, My funny Valentine, I didn't know what time it was, (Quicksteps) You were never lovelier, They all laughed, We'll gather lilacs, I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter, From this moment on, I could have danced all night, I've grown accustomed to her face, Get me to the church on time, With a little bit of luck, On the street where you live, (Cha-cha) Ol' man river, I can't get started, The man I love, (Samba)The Mayfair Samba, (Quicksteps) All the things you are, A foggy day, Nice work if you can get it, My heart belongs to Daddy, Sing for your supper, It's alright with me. Vocalion CDLK 4397 [77:16]. It has been a long wait, but at last Bill Savill and his Orchestra have made it to CD. For the benefit of younger readers, Bill Savill was a society ballroom orchestra leader, who was regularly heard on radio for well over twenty years. His 308 'Music While You Work' programmes made his orchestra the fourth most broadcast combination on the show. If you are one of those people who find strict tempo ballroom music a bit monotonous, do not despair, as the Bill Savill orchestra is as perfect for listening as it is for dancing. Most dance bands of the fifties and sixties were comprised of brass, saxes and rhythm but the Savill sound featured a string section instead of brass, giving a distinctive quality. Bill once told me that this was at the suggestion of Eric Rogers, his pianist in the early days of the orchestra. He also told me that whilst his broadcasting orchestra consisted of 14 musicians, it was augmented to 19 for his series of LP records for Decca ─ the additions being in the string section plus one discreetly used (mainly) muted trumpet. The beautiful mellow saxophone section (for which Bill Savill was noted) is particularly enjoyable, particularly when there is a Glenn Miller style clarinet lead. My only regret about these recordings was that for two of the Latin numbers, a brass section replaces the strings [probably some stupid idea of Decca!] The CD comprises two of Bill Savill's four LPs and is an absolute delight. I well remember my excitement when, as a teenager, I came across Bill's first LP 'Shall We Dance?' in my local record shop. Having been a fan of the orchestra for several years, I wasted no time in getting it. The music on this CD (much of it in medley form) relies heavily on such masters of popular music as Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers and George Gershwin. If you are a 'Strictly Come Dancing' fan it might come as a surprise that the pieces are actually in the correct tempos used by dancers for decades. The one rumba is actually a rumba and not a pop ballad and the waltzes are in the traditional three-four time! Vocalion are to be congratulated on releasing these two albums on CD. Perhaps it is a prelude to their reissuing the many albums of Phil Tate and Tommy Kinsman, two other popular broadcasting orchestras of the period. I highly recommend this CD to all who enjoy well-arranged and well-performed quality dance music. This is possibly the best CD of its kind ever produced. Hopefully, you will love Bill Savill's orchestra as much as I do! Brian Reynolds

GOLDEN AGE OF LIGHT MUSIC The 1930s Revisited For full track listing see the Light Music CDs pages in this website.. Guild GLCD 5163 [78:54]. When I saw the title of this CD I thought: "Great, just up my street!" ─ and so it came to pass because the very first track is Eric Coates’s Miniature Overture The Merrymakers, recorded on my birthday, November 3rd 1931, with the composer conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. It was used as the title and incidental music for one of Austin Motor Company’s many promotional films, ‘Here’s to Comfort’, made in 1936. Then comes theFancy Dress Suite by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs. Usually it’s only the movement Dusk that gets played but the Regent Concert Orchestra conducted by William Hodgson include two more movements, Hurly Burly and Pageantry ─ all from the Boosey & Hawkes Library. Two very contrasting pieces follow:Entrance of the little fauns by Gabriel Pierné played by Jack Payne’s BBC Dance Orchestra, and Jerome Kern’s Smoke gets in your eyes arranged by Peter Yorke and played by Louis Levy’s Orchestra. Jerome Kern turns up again on track seven with a selection from ‘Music In The Air’, played by the New Mayfair Orchestra, conducted by Ray Noble, which positively exudes 1930’s atmosphere; then there is a vigorous march by Charles Ancliffe, The Liberators, with the London Palladium Orchestra in fine fettle conducted by Jack Frere. Although probably better known for his waltzes, Ancliffe has a number of "mood" pieces in the Bosworth Library as well as another cracking piece on the FDH Label called The Kinsgmen March. David, please note! Marek Weber had a super light orchestra with a "sound" all its own and, although it isn’t so apparent on Forest Idyll, it’s a smashing piece all the same. John Ansell’s nautical Windjammer Overture is played by the Regent Concert Orchestra, William Hodgson conducting, from the Boosey & Hawkes Library, but it’s slightly shorter than their disc of the 1940’s. It was used to good effect in a colour documentary made by the Southern Region Film Unit called ‘Golden Arrow’, produced about 1947. John, apart from working in the theatre, also wrote for feature films, including one I have on tape and disc called ‘Song of the Road’, made in 1937. I don’t know who W.C. Polla was but he/she [?] wrote a very catchy piece called Dancing Tambourine, and Jack Hylton and his Orchestra recorded it for HMV in 1927 ─ but you wouldn’t know it, thanks to Alan Bunting’s magical restoration. What a pity Hylton and his boys aren’t around to hear their recordings today, and that goes for all the musicians featured on this Guild series. The Commodore Grand Orchestra was reckoned to be one of the finest light orchestra of its time and it had two conductors, Joseph Muscant and, later on, Harry Davidson. Here, the former is wielding the baton on Henry Steele’s Knave Of Diamonds with Louis Mordish at the piano. It can also be found in the Bosworth’s Library early recordings played by the Pall Mall Revellers. Cupid’s Parade, a Fantasy by somebody called Rivelli, played by The Little Salon Orchestra has a distinct continental sound to it. In fact, The LSO sounds just like Marek Weber’s Orchestra. The Orchestra Mascotte make a super job of Joseph Lanner Court Ball Dances, as does the Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra with a selection of Ivor Novello’s music to ’Glamorous Night’, arranged and conducted by Charles Prentice. A number from the Bosworth Library is the penultimate item: Carl Robrecht’s Fata Morgana played by the Louis Voss Grand Orchestra. Robrecht is better known for his symphonic foxtrot Samum. But it is another Foxtrot, which is the Finale to Edward Künneke’s ‘Dance Suite’, plays out this revisitation of the tuneful ‘30s in grand style ─ although you wouldn’t expect any less from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with the composer on the podium. Ken Wilkins

THE THIRD MAN and Other Classic Film Themes: Original recordings 1949-1958 featuringAnton Karas, Mantovani, Larry Adler, Anton Walbrook, Narciso Yepes, Percy Faith, David Rose and others ‘The Third Man’: The Harry Lime Theme; The Café Mozart Waltz; ‘The Lives of Harry Lime’: Radio bridge 1-3; The Third Man Theme; ‘Passport to Pimlico’: The Siege of Burgundy;‘La Ronde’: La ronde de l’amour; ‘The Romantic Age’: Jealous Lover; ‘Whisky Galore’: Prelude; ‘The Glass Mountain’: The Legend of the Glass Mountain; ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’: Can-Can Finale; ‘Jeux Interdits’: Jeux Interdits, Parts 1 & 2; ‘Anna’: Anna [El negro zumbon]; Non dimenticar;‘Genevieve’: Themes; Love Theme and Blues; ‘The Kidnappers’: Nova Scotia Rhapsody; ‘La Strada’: Gelsomina [You and you alone]; ‘Touchez Pas Au Grisbi’: The Touch [Le Grisbi]; ‘Summertime’: Summertime in Venice; ‘French Can-Can’: Merry-Go-Round [Complainte de la butte] Naxos 8.120880 [57:42]Definitely this issue’s Budget Choice. Taken from 78s or soundtracks, this is pure nostalgia all the way. Other participants are conductors Charles Williams and Benjamin Frankel conducting their own compositions, Ernest Irving and Muir Mathieson. The catchy Anna has Flo Sandons dubbing the voice of the star, Silvana Mangano. Unfortunately we don’t get "the" Genevievetheme. Transfers and production are by David Lennick, with digital restoration by Alan Bunting. There are full recording details, and David Ades wrote the knowledgeable booklet notes. For example, he reminds us that Bruce Montgomery, who wrote The Kidnappers score, was later involved in the ‘Doctor’ and ‘Carry On’ series. But did you know that he also wrote successful detective novels and other works under the name of Edmund Crispin? Peter Burt

THE HEART’S AWAKENING Songs & Piano Solos by Albert Ketèlby Peter Dempsey [tenor], Guy Rowland [piano] Songs: The country that I love; Believe me true; The knight’s return; Aberfoyle; Sweetheart mine & The morning was bright [from comic opera ‘The Wonder Worker’]; Blow, blow thou winter wind; Thy throne; Lady of dreams; Sing heighho!; Young and old; The heart’s awakening; My heart a-dream; Those bells so softly pealing; Keep your toys, laddie boy!; In a monastery garden; I dream of all the worlds; Kilmoren; Piano solos: Alice; The Phantom Melody; Bells across the meadows; With the Roumanian Gypsies AWK 1. Eric Coates, Haydn Wood and Wilfred Sanderson, to go no further, brought the Edwardian ballad to considerable height. To them we should add Albert Ketèlby, more usually remembered, like Coates and Wood for other forms of light music, who gets fine advocacy from Peter Dempsey, following his similar CDs of Coates and Wood songs. These songs, which mainly set lyrics by Florence Hoare, Charles Kingsley, Shakespeare [whose Blow blow is stormy if not over subtle] and Ketèlby himself, range from 1896 to 1952 [only two in fact post 1918]. Mr Dempsey sings them in roughly chronological order, so we can trace Kètelby’s development. All show him as a fine tunesmith. I like particularly the passionate title song, the lilt of Aberfoyle, the insistent polka rhythm of Sing heigho!, the carillon-ish accompaniment ofThose bells and the heartrending nostalgia for childhood of Keep your toys. Yearning feelings indeed run through the disc. Guy Rowland is again a positive accompanist and contributes four solos:Phantom Melody was AWK’s earliest hit, Bells across the meadows sounds as atmospheric on piano as orchestra, the Roumanian Gypsies cavort brilliantly and Alice [1906] is a charming find. All tracks, bar perhaps four, are world premiere recordings at least in this form. The informative booklet does not reproduce the words but Mr Dempsey’s admirable diction makes it unnecessary. Strongly recommended. Philip Scowcroft

Available at £9.95, inc. p&p, from Mr P Dempsey at 44 Victoria Road, Bedford B50 4AR [Demsini @ aol.com] 

GINO BORDIN Virtuose de la Guitare Hawaiienne The blue bird, Crépuscule Hawaien, Manuska, Hawai nous appelle, Sérénade bleue, Retour de Hawai, J’écoute la guitare, En écoutant l’ukulélé, Addio signora!, Hawaiian berceuse, Je n’ai plus personne, Reflet viennois, Viens dans ce joli pavillon, Hé hop la hé, C’est une valse qui chante, Waikiki en fete, One kiss, La destine du marin, Le jeune pecheur, L’ile aux reves d’or, Chant d’amour de Tahiti, Ay, ay, ay, De tout mon coeur, Dans la nuit, Avant de mourir Grass Skirt Records GSK 1003 [72:15]Previous GSK reissues featured Sam Ku West (GSK 1001) and Sol Hoopi (GSK 1002), both of which were produced to a very high standard. The same care has been taken with these 25 mainly 1930s recordings by this French exponent of the Hawaiian steel guitar. Instrumentation is varied, and includes violin, zither, accordion, xylophone, and even musical saw on one track, and some feature French singers. Superbly remastered by Ted Kendall, the CD sports a reproduction Salabert label, and comes in a gatefold sleeve which also houses a 44-page booklet, half in French with an English translation and illustrated throughout. Barry McCanna

Full details at www.GrassSkirt.co.uk or from Grass Skirt Records, PO Box 371, Hyde, SK14 9AB, UK.

AL BOWLLY The Complete Maurice Winnick & Sidney Lipton Sessions Topical Tunes Part 1 - In The Mountains of the Pine/What A Fool I’ve Been*/Twilight Waltz; Springtime Reminds Me Of You; The Waltz You Saved For Me; Topical Tunes Part 2 – Life/Pardon Me, Pretty Baby*/Shake And Let Us Be Friends; Bei Mir Bist Schoen; There’s A Gold-Mine In The Sky; Kiss Me Goodnight; Rosalie; In The Still Of The Night; Once In A While; When The Organ Played "Oh, Promise Me"; Somebody’s Thinking Of You Tonight; My Heaven On Earth; Chatterbox; When You Wish Upon A Star; Turn On The Old Music Box; Who’s Taking You Home Tonight?; Arm In Arm; There’s A Boy Coming Home On Leave; My Capri Serenade; The Lonesome Trail Ain’t Lonesome Any More; It’s A Long, Long Way To Your Heart; Souvenir Of Love; Trusting My Luck Memory Lane MLCD 002 [68:37]. Al recorded a total of 20 sides with Maurice Winnick, and four with Sydney Lipton. One could be forgiven for wishing those statistics were reversed, because around the mid-thirties Winnick hitched his wagon to Guy Lombardo’s star. The result was a sort of musical kitsch, which has not worn well, whereas Sydney Lipton’s music was as elegant as the man himself. The compilation falls naturally into five segments. There’s the mid-1931 session with Winnick, that is two waltzes topped and tailed by the Topical Tunes set, of which Al sings the second tune in both cases. The best of the three tunes from the late December 1937 session is Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, and the quality of the next three songs also rises above the instrumental schmaltz. For me the nadir was reached in the mid-1938 session, when the sound of the orchestra seems to have become homogenized into a sort of musical broth. The problem is compounded by the overly sentimental nature of some of the songs, which sound as though they originated in a Victorian drawing room. Having said that, the vocal is another matter; Al’s innate sincerity transcended the material, and the end result is better than might be expected. For me, Chatterbox is Al’s best Winnick recording, which demonstrates his mastery of phrasing, and the trumpet section’s triple-tonguing skill deserves a mention also. Of course, all three songs from that session came from the Walt Disney cartoon ‘Pinocchio’, and the accompaniment is suitably animated. The final Winnick session produced four more good tunes, one of which is a reminder that this was now wartime. The four tracks with Sydney Lipton which conclude this compilation revert back to the beginning of 1938. The first is a cowboy song, a tongue-in-cheek lament for the vanished world of the Wild West, and includes a most musical yodel. That’s followed by three ballads, the last two from the film ‘Sailing Along’ which starred Jessie Matthews and Jack Whiting. A fair number of these tunes were reissued piecemeal on vinyl, but a complete release on CD was long overdue, and despite it being something of a curate’s egg the balance is firmly in its favour. The original Decca recordings present something of a challenge in their remastering, but Dave Cooper has achieved as good as we’re likely to get, and Ray Pallett’s liner note completes the package. You should have ordered your copy already, but if not don’t miss out. Barry McCanna

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Please note that the following CD is not scheduled for release until the end of January


1 The Merrymakers – Miniature Overture (Eric Coates) 
Fancy Dress – Suite (Cecil Armstrong Gibbs)
2 Hurly Burly
3 Dusk
4 Pageantry
5 Entrance Of The Little Fauns (from the ballet "Cydalise et la chèvre-pied") (Henri Constant Gabriel Pierné, arr. Mouton) 
6 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Jerome Kern, arr. Peter Yorke)
7 "Music In The Air" – Selection (Jerome Kern) There’s A Hill Beyond A Hill, I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star, When The Spring Is In The Air, The Song Is You, I’m So Eager, In Egern On The Tegern See, We Belong Together, One More Dance.
8 The Liberators – March (Charles W. Ancliffe)
9 Hearts And Flowers (Theodore Moses Tobani, arr. Willoughby)
10 Forest Idyll (Esslinger)
11 Windjammer Overture (John Ansell)
12 Dancing Tambourine (W. C. Polla)
13 Swamp Fire (Harold (Hal) Mooney)
14 Escapada (Sid Phillips)
15 Knave Of Diamonds (Henry Steele)
16 Irving Berlin Waltz Medley (Irving Berlin) All Alone; Always; What’ll I Do? 
17 Cupid’s Parade – Fantasy (Rivelli)
18 Court Ball Dances (Hofballtanze) (Jos Lanner) 
19 "Glamorous Night" – Selection (Ivor Novello, arr. Charles Prentice) Her Majesty Militza, Shine Through My Dreams, Fold Your Wings, When The Gipsy, Far Away In Shanty Town, Glamorous Night, Royal Wedding.
20 Fata Morgana (Carl Robrecht) 
21 Finale – Foxtrot (from "Dance Suite") (Eduard Künneke)

[77:19]. This is not about a jaunt to your local for a book but a selection of music from the extensive recorded libraries of firms like Bosworth, Boosey and Hawkes, and Chappell. For me, it’s rather a mixed bag with less to enthuse about than previous offerings in Guild’s magnificent and ground-breaking Light Music series. The 64th CD in the series begins well enough with the 1950’s Livin’ It Upby Harry Rabinowitz, Trevor Duncan’s haunting The Girl from Corsica played by the New Concert Orchestra under Cedric Dumont [a performance that doesn’t perhaps have the élan of other versions, in particular Robert Farnon’s 1977 Cheltenham Festival ─ music not horses ─ recording with the BBC Northern Orchestra, now the BBC Philharmonic, on BBC Radio Classics], and the deliciousJacaranda Melody by Paul Dubois, famous for his Shadow Waltz [recorded elsewhere with typical sonority by R.F. and the Danish State Radio Orchestra]. Then follow several pretty ordinary tracks including Jack Beaver’s Helicopter Journey, which doesn’t really get off the ground, Country Capersby Ivor Slaney with its echoes of Leroy Anderson’s Fiddle Faddle, and the soporific Sunday Driver by Peter Dennis, a name unknown to me. R.F. comes to the rescue with his Danish band [listed on the 78 label as ‘Melodi Light Orchestra conducted by Ole Jensen’] and Stardom; but Karl Rehfield and Roger Roger with ensembles in Stuttgart and Paris put their string players through their paces with little real music reward in a couple of busy but slight moto-pepetuo-style pieces, music not in the same class as Anderson’s Fiddle. Things start looking up with Henry Croudsen’s harmonically imaginative Serenade to the Moon performed by the excellent Louis Voss and one of the highlights of the disc, and with a departure from Guild’s norm, Pat Lynn’s Remembrance, a strict-tempo Victor Sylvester sound-alike version featuring some wizard playing from two pianos. The 1940’s are represented by another curate’s egg of a selection where, perhaps, the problem with some library music is particularly highlighted. Often it doesn’t travel well and out of context sounds contrived and vacuous, bereft of stimulus of, say, newsreel pictures or documentary footage. Haydn Wood’s A Love Song is a nice post-Elgarian example of how to write a good tune but it does rather draw attention to the lack of memorable melodies on this disc in general. It is good to hear the BBC stalwart, Stanford Robinson, for whom I had the pleasure of playing a few times in the studio and in concert with his brother Eric, in music by Arthur Benjamin, whose big hit was of course Jamaican Rumba. HisOverture to an Italian Comedy is a worthy inclusion and can stand on its own two feet; but a couple of pieces by the admirable Charles Williams and one by Frank Tapp, another rarely-heard name, really need some pictures to have any effect. Montague Ewing’s Clown with a Tambourine isn’t of the standard of his other, better-known, pieces and even Alan "Merlin" Bunting can’t conjure up more presence for this tricky instrument. At one stage I began to think that the clown in question had forgotten to take his tambourine to the session! Arthur Wood’s Barwick Green must be a contender for the most-played piece of music ever, light or otherwise, but it’s not hard to see why only this movement of his suite ‘My Native Heath, is heard nowadays. Ilkley Tarn and Knaresboro Status are very ordinary and, in the latter, Arthur Wood seems to imply that this fine old Yorkshire town with its magnificent railway viaduct is located in some distant Gaelic outpost. As usual, David Ades provides excellent liner notes: well-researched, erudite but eminently readable. Over the span of sixty-odd discs the amount of invaluable information he has passed on to us enthusiasts is utterly remarkable.Glyn Bragg

GOGI GRANT Mad About the Boy 22 tracks incl. Welcome to my heart; The more I see you; Paradise; Love walked in; So do I; They didn’t believe me; But beautiful; Love letters; With all my heart; If I should lose you; At last! At last!; How deep in the ocean; Bewitched; Mad about the boy …Flare ROYCD296 [78:26]. " …an unforgettable voice, singing songs that will last for ever." The opinion of liner note writer Colin Villani ─ and I would not disagree with that. These are songs "of love and loss and longing" from two albums: ‘Torch Time’ and ‘Welcome to My Heart’ [both from 1958]. The first 12 tracks listed above are from the latter and have the added interest for RFS members of being arranged and conducted by Dennis Farnon. The accompaniment for Love lettersalone is almost worth the price of the disc. Henri René conducts on the remaining tracks. For readers who may not have come across Miss Grant before: she had hits in the ‘50s notably the Top 10Suddenly there’s a valley and No.1 The wayward wind, and then dubbed Ann Blyth’s singing voice in the film biography of Helen Morgan, the famous 1920s torch singer. More, please! Peter Burt 

ANNETTE HANSHAW I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling When I am housekeeping for you; Fit as a fiddle; I’m following you; I’ve got it bad but it don’t do me no good; My future’s just passed; I want a good man [and I want him bad]; I hate myself for falling in love with you; You’re the one I care for; You’re just too sweet for words honey of mine; I cover the waterfront; Just another day wasted away; Are you happy; Is there anything wrong in that; My sin; If you see Sally; Black bottom; I’ve got a feeling I’m falling; Daddy wont you please come home; What wouldn’t I do for that man; If I can’t have you Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY781 [60:25]I reviewed Annette’s previous album in the last issue; much of that review could be repeated for this outing. Once again many well known musicians are present. In the twenties Annette was America’s Queen of Song, and as well as singing she could play ukulele and piano. An example of her keyboard playing is heard on Are you happy; competent but little different from the other pianists in her various groups. Her quaint but infectious singing [sometime speaking] does intrigue and reminds me of happy days playing my Dad’s 78s.Paul Clatworthy

VINCE MENDOZA and THE METROPOLE ORCHESTRA El Viento – The Garcia Lorca Project 12 tracks incl. La Cancio’n del Mariquita; Historietas del Viento [in three parts]; La Tarara, De Los Cuatros Muleros, Angeles Negros … ACT 9490-2 [70:45]As the Metropole was involved I just had to have this! Opera fans will probably revel in it but I did not know the language and I found the impassioned singing of the soloists intruded on the beauty of the orchestral settings. I will console myself with the breaks in the vocals where the orchestra as usual excels. Paul Clatworthy 

THE GLENN MILLER SINGERS Re-unions 1948, 1954, 1959 Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, Ray Eberle, Johnny Desmond, Dorothy Carless, The Modernaires with Paul Kelly He sez, she sez; So far; It could happen to you; You don’t have to know the language; Brooklyn Love Song; Golden earrings; Sure thing, St Louis Blues March; I’ll be seeing you; Surprise Symphony; Begin the beguine; Memories of you; Because, Blue champagne; Moonlight serenade; A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square; Sweet Eloise; [I’ve got a girl in] Kalamazoo; Wham [Re-Bop-Boom-Bam]; Don’t sit under the apple tree; Serenade in blue; Elmer’s Tune; Booglie wooglie piggy; Chatanooga choo choo; Perfidia Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 783 [76:15]Good quality transcription recordings complete with announcements. Some of the tunes are not sung so I almost included this review in Big Band Roundup. Tracks with strings I enjoyed most were It could happenGolden and Sure; the arranger on the last, Gerry Gray. Other arrangers credited: Norman Leydon, Bill Finegan, Ray Mackinley, Perry Burgett, Ray Wright, Eddie Durham and Billy May. Paul Clatworthy

CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS Reunited 22 tracks incl. I could easily fall [in love with you]; The young ones; Living doll, Bachelor boy; Travellin’ light; In the country; Willie and the hand jive; Summer holiday, Do you wanna dance? …. EMI 9996878832L [61:07]Here’s another one for the festive season ─ and sheer nostalgia all the way. The principal participants sound as good as they did when first recording these tracks up to 50 years ago. For good measure there are three tracks newly minted: C’mon everybodySea cruise and Singing the blues. As well as the named artists you get violins, cellos, saxophones and an accordion for your tenner. Interesting to read that Cliff’s vocals were recorded in Miami and Hank Marvin’s guitars and vocals in Perth, Western Australia. Peter Burt

DINAH SHORE Moments Like These 26 tracks incl. Deep purple; When the world was young; Moments like these; I’ll remember April; These foolish things; I fall in love too easily; Until; West of the mountains; Pretty mandolin; Tempting; The Stowaway; I could have danced all night …. Flare ROYCD283 [73:03]Miss Shore started studying sociology but became in the early ’40s the leading American female singer on records and radio, having her first million-seller with Blues in the night. On this CD we hear her last album made for RCA Victor in 1958 ─ a dozen ballads largely about love, or the loss of it. Then we have 14 singles recorded during the final years of her long association with her record company, the very last being the amusing tango The scene of the crime that brings this desirable disc to its close. There are some attractive photographs of the star in the accompanying booklet and comprehensive tracks listings with full notes by Colin Villani. Most of the songs are conducted by Harry Zimmerman, although Vic Shoen, Harry Geller, Henri René and Hugo Winterhalter ─ a rather attractive The Whistling Tree, where Dinah duets with herself ─ as well as The Peter King Singers, The Skylarks and The Notables also play their part.

Dinah! The One and Only Dinah Shore ‘This Is The Moment’ Tall hope; Tenderly; These foolish things; Three o’clock in the morning; I could have danced all night; Smoke gets in your eyes; I cover the waterfront; Begin the beguine; It never entered my mind; I’ve got you under my skin … & 12 others ‘Dinah!’ Blues medley: St Louis blue, I got a man, Shake rattle and roll, Let the good times roll, Boogie blues, Blues in the night, Dinella Blues; Wrap your troubles in dreams; Hello young lovers, After you’ve gone; Please don’t talk about me … & 7 other tracks Flare SPEC1037 [65:45 & 43:22]I make a passing reference to ‘The Dinah Shore Chevy Show’ in Back Tracks on page 68 without it probably meaning very much to our UK readers. It was a live, full-colour variety hour that ran on NBC in the States for 125 performances from 1956 until 1963. On the first of this 2-CD set there are 22 tracks taken from some of those Emmy Award-winning appearances mostly with conductor Fred Zimmerman in attendance. Frank DeVol is the conductor for the second album which is taken from Miss Shore’s "unforgettable" one-woman show recorded in Los Angeles on 14th October 1962. Credit, too, to Dinah’s pianist Ticker Freeman. Her Spiritual Medley [Some times I feel like a motherless child; Joshua; All God’s chillun and Ezekiel] forms a fine finish to a disc of delights. Another admirable all-round production from Flare, not least the 10-page booklet. Peter Burt

THE MAGIC OF THE HOLLYWOOD TENORS Mario Lanza, Felix Knight, Dennis Day, Dennis Morgan, Jan Peerce, Kenny Baker, Allan Jones and more... 24 tracks incl. The Rose of Tralee; The Donkey Serenade, In the still of the night; The moon of Manakoora, Love walked in, The moon and I, Two dreams met, Wait and see, The Desert Song, My wild Irish rose; Hush-a-bye [Wee rose of Killarney]; Ma belle Marguerite; I’ll build a stairway to paradise; Amapola; California moon…. Flare ROYCD289 [77:38]. A very well-filled album of the familiar and not-so-familiar, some even forgotten, spanning the years 1930 [the first track sung by John McCormack] to 1958 [Jan Peerce’sOn the street where you live]. Tony Middleton’s liner notes are most informative, like why tenor Oreste Kirkop, starring opposite Kathryn Grayson in the 1956 Paramount musical ‘The Vagabond King’, had to have his speaking voice dubbed! The track listings helpfully give credit to the accompaniments by orchestras and chorus including those of Ray Sinatra, Lennie Hayton, Michael Collins, Johnny Green, Henri Rene, and George Stoll, who conducts for Mario Lanza on Serenade andBeloved from the soundtrack of ‘Student Prince.’ Devotees of the genre need not delay in adding this CD to their collection. Ray Pavene 

JUST WE TWO The Stars Sing Duets From The Musicals Jane Powell & Vic Damone, Bing Crosby & Ann Blyth, Judy Garland & Margaret O’Brien, Robert Merrill & Dinah Shore, Ethel Merman & Joan Carroll, Fred & Adele Astaire ... many more 24 tracks incl. Let’s be buddies; Two dreams met; Under the bamboo tree; My one and only Highland fling; Oh, ‘tis sweet to think; Darn it baby, that’s love; Just we two; I have dreamed; Still water, You belong to my heart; Deep in my heart, dear; One boy sends you a rose; Is it you?; I talk to the trees; I adore you ….Flare ROYCD291 [76:04]Another even more fascinating collection of tracks, this one spanning the years 1931 [Hoops from ‘The Band Wagon’ with the Astaires] to 1958 [Indian love call from ‘Rose-Marie’with Julie Andrews and Giorgio Tozzi]. Always worth hearing is Irving Berlin’s great standard Easter Parade from ‘Thousands Cheer’, and never more so than in the version here by Paul Whiteman, his orchestra and singers Joan Edwards and Clark Dennis. Other favourites among many on this CD are the classic You’re just in love from ‘Call Me Madam’ sung by Russell Nype and Dinah Shore, andMake believe from ‘Showboat’, which Victor Lewis describes in his full liner notes as "one of the most famous duets to emerge from the world of the musical." It is sung here by Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson. Our dear late Edmund Hockridge is joined by Joy Nichols, of BBC’s radio’s ‘Take It From Here’ fame, for a wonderful version of There once was a man from ‘The Pajama Game’ enhanced by the musical direction of Robert Lowe. Again, there are full track listings. I had forgotten that Andre Previn was the MD for Maurice Chevalier and Hermoine Gingold on I remember it well from ‘Gigi.’Ray Pavene

DANIEL SMITH "Blue Bassoon" The Jody Grind, Billie’s Bounce, Things Ain’t What They Used To Be, Scotch And Water, My Baby’s Gone, Sack Of Woe, Nostalgia In Times Square, Wquinox, The Double Up, From Four Till Late, Break Out The Blues, Footprints, Solid Summit Records DCD 530[47:55]. I do not pretend to be an expert on the bassoon, let alone one that performs jazz. Ten years ago I would have expressed surprise if anyone had suggested that I would enjoy a concert featuring jazz music with the bassoon as the central instrument. Yet on 13 September in Malvern I did just that, when Daniel Smith gave a sensational premiere performance of Robert Farnon’sBassoon Concerto. Understandably the audience wanted more, and Daniel treated us to three numbers from this new CD. Some of the concertgoers that evening may not have fully appreciated how fortunate they were to be in the presence of an instrumentalist who has received heaps of praise from critics who know what they are writing about. As Michael J. West says in the booklet notes: "just as Daniel’s bassoon defies conventions of jazz and blues instrumentation, his playing of it challenges typical notions of jazz and blues phrasing. Along with the rich and reedy bass timbre that is his instrument’s stock in trade, Blue Bassoon is chock-a-block with Smith’s clipped staccato melodic statements, surprise glissandi, risky and virtuosic note bends, double-quick pacing, and rhythms that challenge the orthodoxy of swing". On this CD Daniel is supported by Martin Bejerano, piano; Edward Perez, bass; Ludwig Afonso, drums; and Larry Campbell, guitar. The strength of jazz is that it is a continually developing art form. Music lovers sometimes prefer certain periods of its evolution, and there is no doubt that today’s performers will one day be overtaken by new ideas and sounds as fresh generations find it impossible to resist its challenging appeal. Daniel Smith must surely be proud of his unique and invaluable contribution to the wonderful world of jazz, and it seems that each new release from him takes us further along the long road of discovery. Maybe one day he will return again to classical music to express his love for the bassoon. Whatever he does you can be sure that it is inspired by a passion that makes him such an exciting performer. David Ades

HERB ELLIS & CHARLIE BYRD TRIO The Navy Swings 15 tracks incl. One note Samba; Lady be good; Carolina in the morning; Chung king; St Louis blues; Someone to light up my life; Danco No.5; Limehouse Blues … Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 787 [60:18]

COUNT BASIE AND JOE WILLIAMS Let’s Go To Town 15 tracks incl. It’s a wonderful world; Three eighteen; Keep your hand on your heart; Moten swing; One o’clock jump; Shake rattle and roll; In a mellow tone … Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 786 [61:37"]

PEGGY KING and ANDRÉ PREVIN TRIO The Navy Swings 16 tracks incl. I could have danced all night; More than you know; Stars fell on Alabama; I’m beginning to see the light; Mad about the boy; I remember you; Zip … Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 784 [61:01]

GEORGE SHEARING QUINTET The Navy Swings 14 tracks incl. Polka dots and moonbeams; For every man there is a woman; Nothing ever changes my love for you; You’re my girl; Night mist, Imagination … Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 795 [61:07]

These four CDs have one thing in common: they were all made to recruit soldiers and sailors to the US Forces; each consists of four programmes complete with announcements. The music and recordings are excellent. Herb and Charlie, both consummate artists, ease through all their songs providing a relaxed mood only interrupted by the commercials. Sound is studio quality. The Basie set offers more contrast, well-known big band favourites augmented with eight vocals for Joe. The Basie penned instrumental, Three eighteen, a real treat for the ears. I never tire of listening to Neal Hefti’sLil Darlin’ or Whirly bird. The recording is live complete with cheering audience. The Previn trio has Red Mitchell on bass, Frankie Capp on Drums; they include two songs from ‘My Fair Lady Swings’which was high in the charts at the time although under Shelly Manne’s name. Peggy really hits the spot with her versions of I remember you and Happiness is just a thing called Joe. Peggy and the group are a happy match. This is also studio quality. George’s Shearing’s selection also has the benefit of studio sound, the tunes chosen could hardly have been better. Along with Toots Thielman on harmonica, Emil Richards vibes, Al Mckibbon bass, Percy Brice drums and Amando Peraza bongos, they breeze through the songs smoothly. Several other jazz names are mentioned during the announcements, so I expect more dates will be issued. These fifties recordings are available from The Woods (contact details in my ‘Big Band Roundup’ column), Amazon, HMV and most dealers.Paul Clatworthy 

NICOLA BENEDETTI Fantasie Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen; Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending; Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; Massenet: Meditation from Thais; Ravel: Tzigane; Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel; Rachmaninov: Vocalise; Fauré: Après une Rêve Deutsche Grammophon 476 3399 [68:54] Although on a famous classical label, I hope that JIM readers will not overlook this release especially with Christmas just around the corner. There are some gorgeous melodies here, and three of the tracks are gypsy inspired including the showpiece opening track. This and two other of the five orchestral accompaniments are by the excellent Vasily Petrenko conducted Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. For me the CD is worth acquiring to discover the mesmeric Spiegelby the modern Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Miss Benedetti and her violin are accompanied on the last three items by the Ukranian pianist Alexei Grynyuk. Beautiful playing throughout. Peter Burt 

NIGEL OGDEN Plays Hammond The Carioca, April In Paris, The Continental, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, One Morning In May, Portrait Of A Flirt (Robert Farnon), Desafinado, Remembering The Hammond Organists – Robin Richmond & Jerry Allan, Fly Me To The Moon, You Made Me Love you, etc… Grasmere GRCD 131 [76:01]. The Hammond Organ was invented by Laurens Hammond in 1934, and it certainly created a sensation at the time. For decades afterwards it was the instrument of choice for organists specialising in popular music, and when you listen to Nigel Ogden’s latest CD it is not difficult to understand its enduring appeal. According to the booklet Nigel has now notched up 70 collections such as this, and his weekly show on BBC Radio-2 is now in its 30th year. He has built up a large army of loyal fans, and they will certainly not be disappointed with his latest offering. And just in case you missed it in the list of contents … track 7 is Robert Farnon’s Portrait Of A Flirt which Nigel performs with a respectful nod towards the original orchestral arrangement. I really enjoyed this CD! David Ades

GLAZUNOV Masquerade [Incidental Music] Gnesin Academy Chorus, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky Naxos 8.570211 [66:57] An immensely enjoyable collection of easy on the ear music by the Russian classical composer Glazunov, who died in 1936, for a play that was banned for some 30 years. An added attraction is the occasional burst of that characteristic ripe Russian brass sound. The vocal contribution is quite small but very effective. All at the lowest possible price. Peter Burt


Further to their exclusive original soundtrack CDs, Network has now released single CD volumes of highlights from some of the series previously issued. Among the 58 tracks spanning 71 minutes,‘The Prisoner’ [7959017] contains 2 cues composed by Robert Farnon. Also featured are other incidental themes and the title theme by Ron Grainer. Other releases currently available are:‘Danger Man’ [hour/half-hour episodes] composed by Edwin Astley 40 tracks [7959020 1:16]; ‘Department S’ Edwin Astley 54 tracks [7959019 1:16]; ‘Man in a Suitcase’ Albert Elms/Ron Grainer 44 tracks [7959021 1:17]; ‘Randall & Hopkirk [Deceased]’ Edwin Astley 62 tracks [7959016 1:17]. Of special interest is a 2-CD compilation ‘The Music Of ITC’ [7959016] which contains 113 tracks, some previously unissued, in addition to tracks from some of the box-set compilations: ‘Gideon’s Way’ Edwin Astley 2 tracks; ‘The Baron’ Edwin Astley 7 tracks; ‘The Saint’Edwin Astley 9 tracks; ‘The Persuaders!’ John Barry/Jackie Trent & Tony Hatch/Ken Thorne 4 tracks;‘The Adventurer’ John Barry, etc. 3 tracks; ‘The Zoo Gang’ Paul McCartney & Wings/Ken Thorne 8 tracks; ‘Return of the Saint’ John Scott/Irving Martin & Brian Dee/G & M De Angelis 8 tracks. There are also 7 tracks from ‘The Prisoner’ at least one of which is by Robert Farnon. Of particular interest from these "new tracks" listed above are those from ‘The Persuaders!’ Apart from John Barry’s theme, there is a suite of incidental music by Ken Thorne and the song Gotta get away now which was used in the pilot episode and sung by Tony Hatch & Jackie Trent. ‘The Adventurer’ theme is also by John Barry and has so far never appeared commercially in its original form. The running time of this CD not available at the time of writing. All releases are available from wwwnetworkdvd.netGareth Bramley

LES BAXTER & HIS ORCHESTRA Space Escapade 12 tracks incl. Shooting star; Moonscape; A distant star; Other side of the moon; The lady is blue; Saturday night on Saturn + 18 bonus tracks from the mid-50s incl. Toy tiger; Havana; The left arm of Buddha; Rush-hour romance; Designing woman; Blue echo; "Houseboat" Love song …. Cherry Red ACMEM 171 CD [73:15] Original Capitol recording from 1958.

ELMER BERNSTEIN God’s Little Acre 15 tracks plus Bonus Suite Kritzerland KR 20012-8[41:02] Limited Edition of 1000 copies. Original music from 1958 Motion Picture Soundtrack.

ESQUIVEL & HIS ORCHESTRA Infinity in Sound Vols 1 & 2 24 tracks incl. My reverie; Johnson Rag; Harlem Nocturne; Macarena; Autumn leaves; So rare …. / Baia; Time on my hands; Who’s sorry now; Espana Cani; Cherokee; Lullaby of Birdland …. Wounded Bird WOU 2225 [63:51] Original RCA recordings from 1960.

STAND BY FOR ACTION The Music of Barry Gray 40 tracks from "Four Feather Falls"; "Supercar"; "Fireball XL5"; "Stingray"; "Thunderbirds"; "Joe 90"; "Captain Scarlet"; "The Secret Service"; "Lifo"; "Space 1999" Silva Screen Records SILCD 1279 [80:00] Original music including previously unreleased tracks.

HENRY MANCINI The Thief Who Came to Dinner [1973] The 12 tracks of the original Warner Bros. LP are followed by 17 bonus tracks. Film Score Monthly FSM Vol.12 No.10 [63:15] Limited edition 3000 copies.

ANDRẾ PREVIN Two For The Seesaw [1962] Kritzerland KR 20012-8 [41:02] Limited edition of 1000. Original soundtrack.

BILLY VAUGHN & HIS ORCHESTRA Melody of Love 58 tracks incl. Tennessee Waltz; Little boy blue*; O, main papa; Unchained melody; Peg o’ my heart; Heartacres; The ship that never sailed*; Bells across the Rhine, La paloma; My blue heaven; Twilight time; Tumbling tumbleweeds; Cool water …. [* narrated by Ken Nordine]

2 CDs Jasmine JASCD 503 [173:16] Original DOT recordings. Although the back of the jewel case claims boldly that all tracks are mono, only about a dozen are. Among the tracks on the first disc is the stereo remake of the LP ‘The Golden Instrumentals’, originally issued in mono in 1956 ─ apparently its first appearance on CD.

MITZI GAYNOR Mitzi 12 tracks incl. The nearness of you; Cheek to cheek; That old feeling; Rain; Lazy; I only have eyes for you …. + 9 extra tracks incl. 4 from the "South Pacific" Soundtrack; You’re the top [w. Bing Crosby]; Soon*; I don’t regret a thing, The half of it dearie blues*… Arranged and conducted by Pete King except for (*) with Russ Garcia and his Orchestra. Flare SPEC 1039 [52:04]

HERMOINE GINGOLD Live at the Café de Paris 12 tracks incl. Which witch?; Men are exactly the same; Only a medium medium +13 bonus tracks incl. Takes two to tango & Oh Grandma [both with Gilbert Harding]; The Borgias are having an orgy; Tit for Tat; Thanks, Yanks … Stage Door Records Stage 9010 [77:20]

"GIGI" 11 tracks from studio recording with Gogi Grant and Tony Martin with Dennis Farnon’s Orchestra + 9 bonus French and 3 Spanish tracks with Maurice Chevalier, Sacha Distel and Jane Markin; and Andre Toffel, Rosa Me and Lopez Negrette. Stage Door Records Stage 9013 [77:20]

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About Geoff 123
Geoff Leonard was born in Bristol. He spent much of his working career in banking but became an independent record producer in the early nineties, specialising in the works of John Barry and British TV theme compilations.
He also wrote liner notes for many soundtrack albums, including those by John Barry, Roy Budd, Ron Grainer, Maurice Jarre and Johnny Harris. He co-wrote two biographies of John Barry in 1998 and 2008, and is currently working on a biography of singer, actor, producer Adam Faith.
He joined the Internet Movie Data-base (www.imdb.com) as a data-manager in 2001 and looked after biographies, composers and the music-department, amongst other tasks. He retired after nine years loyal service in order to continue writing.