CHAQUITO The Great Chaquito Revolution & Latin Colours Revolution; Aquarius; Carol of the Bells; Old devil moon; Echo of a Serenade; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Carioca; Mother Earth; Desafinado; Goin’ out of my head; Maria Elena; The Big Country ⁄ Meditation; Trains and boats and planes; Africaan Beat; La Paloma; Light my fire; La Peregrinación; Do you know the way to San Jose; Little Boat; Walk on by; One summer’s day; This guy’s in love with you; Upa, Neguinho Vocalion CDLK 4410 [73:13] Chaquito was the most notable of arranger-composer-conductor John Gregory’s alto egos and his first great aggregation was formed in 1958 as an "authentic" Latin American band. The creative arrangements and the band’s exciting style ─ many of the players coming from the Ted Heath orchestra ─ generated much interest. So much so that in the 20 years to 1977 the Chaquito band went on to record 14 LPs and, including compilations and re-releases, over 20 albums were released during this time, several of which featured in the charts. The first album here dates from 1970 and the second, a slightly gentler selection, from two years later. Everyone will have their favourite tracks: be it Gregory’s own title tune and One summer Day [Un Jour d’Ėté], the joyfulCarol, Carioca with its brilliant trumpet soloists or Bert Kaempfert’s bouncy Africaan Beat, but the whole CD has oodles of oomph and is my Best Disc for this issue.
JOHN IRELAND: ORCHESTRAL WORKS. HALLÉ ORCHESTRA Conducted by JOHN WILSON. Mai-Dun, The Forgotten Rite, Satyricon Overture, "The Overlanders" – Suite, A London Overture, Epic March. Recorded March 2007 at BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester. Hallé Concert Society HLL7523. Born in Bowdon, Cheshire – just south of Manchester – John Ireland studied composition at the RCM under Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. He subsequently returned to teach at the college, where his pupils included E. J. Moeran, Geoffrey Bush, Helen Perkin (see JIM 182) and – so it is reported – a somewhat uninterested Benjamin Britten. These duties were combined with the post of organist and choirmaster at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea, London. Considering that he created a not insubstantial canon of compositions, which have been well represented on many recordings over the years, it is unfortunate that Ireland is not as universally known as he really should be. Rather, he has tended to languish on the sidelines, in the company of Alwyn, Bax, Finzi and others, all victims of a totally unwarranted prejudice against much of Twentieth Century British music, which has only really evaporated in recent times. As may be deduced from my comments above, all the compositions represented here have previously appeared on record. This new CD is nonetheless most welcome, featuring as it does the undoubted abilities of one of our finest orchestras, under the direction of a prodigiously gifted conductor. John Wilson has a real feel for this music and during a recent conversation said to me that he thinks it is "amazing". Although he lived in Chelsea for much of his life, Ireland was drawn to the countryside, particularly places of historical significance such as hill forts and burial sites. His frequent visits to Sussex, Dorset and the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey are reflected in his compositions, which often also have literary connections. The programme opens with the symphonic rhapsody Mai-Dun, which was inspired by Maiden Castle, a prehistoric fortification near Dorchester, Oxford, and also by the writings of Thomas Hardy. The music depicts the ancient Briton community at the castle, which was invaded by the Romans in AD43, and represents the fort at war and in peace. This is followed by The Forgotten Rite, an orchestral tone-poem which was influenced by visits to Jersey, where two sites were being excavated which were associated with ancient rituals, some sacrificial, some concerned with witchcraft. The overtureSatyricon is based on the eponymous book by the Roman writer Petronius, and is subtitled a recital of lecherous happenings, which include references to the whipping scene in Petronius’s book! Ireland’s first and only foray into the world of film music follows next – a concert suite (arranged by Sir Charles Mackerras in 1971) for the score of the 1946 Ealing Studios production The Overlanders . This patriotic movie tells of an epic journey in Australia, where thousands of cattle were moved great distances to protect them from possible Japanese aerial attack or invasion. The 1936 London Overture evokes a journey around the capital, rather in the spirit of Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture(although not really attaining the musical heights of the latter) and makes use of some of the classic hallmarks of British Light Music in the writing for strings, woodwind and percussion, which are somewhat suggestive of Eric Coates. The final work is entitled Epic March and was composed in 1942 as a patriotic piece of anti-fascist propaganda, in order to foster community spirit and a democratic aspiration for peace. It was written for the wartime Ministry of Information, which commissioned similar works from a number of other composers, including Ralph Vaughan Williams. Whilst much of this music is not on the regular RFS "bill of fare", it is well worth getting to know and this excellent new release deserves to make many new friends. As we go to press, I have just received another CD of British music conducted by John Wilson on the Dutton Epoch label, which I hope to review in the next edition of JIM. Tony Clayden
RON GRAINER & HIS ORCHESTRA The Maigret Theme & Other Film and TV Themes SinglesThe Maigret Theme; Bistro; Night prowl; Petit Louis; Arlette; Golden fleece; & 7 other tracks … / Petit Louis [from the TV series ‘Maigret’] [Grainer]; That Was The Week That Was [Grainer, Sherrin]; Indian Blues [Grainer]; Station Six Sahara [Grainer]; Theme from the film ‘Sparrows Can’t Sing’ [Bart]; The Seventh Dawn [Ortolani, Webster]; Main theme from the film ‘Lolita’ [Harris]; My Lost Love [from the film ‘Big Red’] [Sherman, Sherman]; Sky West and Crooked [from the film] [Arnold]; Madrigal [from the film ‘The Chalk Garden’] [Arnold]; The Kiss [theme from the TV series ‘Love Story’] [Parnell]; ‘The Hidden Truth’ theme [from the TV series] [Parnell]; The Iron Maiden [from the film] [Rogers]; Sweet and Sour [the ‘Bootsie and Snudge’ TV series film] [Franks, Rusby]; Theme from the TV series ‘Sam Benedict’ [Riddle]; ‘Hand in Hand’ theme [from the film] [Black]; The Last Tycoon [from the film] [Jarre] Vocalion CDLK 4044 [75:46] The album on this CD was issued in mono on Decca’s Ace of Clubs label 47 years ago. In stereo Ron Grainer’s pieces portraying Parisian low life in the ‘30s are even more effective; the French capital being the background for the classic 1950’s BBC TV drama of over 50 episodes based on Georges Simenon’s detective starring Rupert Davies in the title role. Ah, memories! The second set is a mixed bag of 17 Decca singles, the earliest being the Bart opus from May ’61 and the latest, the Jarre, from April ’77. Nothing much here to excite although I did enjoy the tuneful My Lost Love with soloist Tommy Reilly, the dramatic‘Hidden Truth’ Theme composed and conducted by Jack Parnell, and Stanley Black’s customary seductive piano on his ‘Hand in Hand’ Theme. Other orchestras involved are conducted by Roland Shaw, Ivor Raymonde, Eric Rogers and Gordon Franks. John Dankworth takes the solos on the last track with the Maurice Jarre Orchestra. Informative booklet notes are provided by Geoff Leonard and Pete Walker. I doubt that anyone would buy this disc for the compilation but it is an interesting addition to an eminently collectable album. Peter Burt
THE VOICES OF WALTER SCHUMANN La Danza, Shadow Waltz, Dancing In The Dark, Sentimental Journey, Orchids In The Moonlight, Spinning Song, Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair, Cecilia, That Old Black Magic, etc…58 tracks on 2 CDs Jasmine JASCD 670 [total time 154:04].Walter Schumann died in 1958, so his name is probably unfamiliar to most people today. His trademark sound was a small orchestra (often with solo instruments such as the harmonica or saxophone to the fore) backing a choir usually comprising nine girls and sixteen men. Some of the time not a word was sung or spoken: the choir wafts around each melody in a similar manner to many film musicals of the 1930s. Walter’s choir was well trained, and they gained considerable popularity through their concerts and recordings. The final eleven tracks are given over to a feature called "Exploring The Unknown" which is a fictional story about man’s first journey into outer space. It reminded me of Gordon Jenkins’ "Manhattan Tower" in the way that the narrator Paul Frees blended with the choir and orchestra. Certainly an oddity, complete with some sound effects! The composer was Leith Stevens and parts of it might be more enjoyable without the narrator. These two CDs offer a very generous amount of choral music in one go. I suggest you may want to dip into several tracks at a time, rather than leave the discs running without interruption. It is an interesting example of the wide variety of popular music that was around in the middle years of the last century, before rock ‘n’ roll became such an overwhelming force. David Ades
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‘ORCHESTRAL GEMS IN STEREO’ Full tracklisting on page 72 Guild Light Music GLCD 5165[78:20 mins]. When I saw the title "Orchestral gems In Stereo" I didn’t exactly jump for joy – stereo doesn’t interest me one iota! Who cares which speaker the strings and brass are coming from? Anoraks – that’s who! There’s nothing wrong with a good mono recording and music you like played by a first class orchestra. Okay - rant over! But stereo or not, it is a first class orchestra that opens this Guild CD with Tolchard Evans’ Lady Of Spain arranged by Carmen Dragon, who conducts the Capitol Symphony Orchestra. It meanders a bit in the middle but, on the whole, a spirited performance. Paul Weston and his Orchestra follows on track 2 with Jerome Kern’s She Didn’t Say Yes’ from "The Cat and the Fiddle" – arranged by Weston. The show ran in London in 1932 for 219 performances. A track that caught my eye was Les Baxter’s Shooting Star, recorded in 1958 with the composer’s orchestra. Would it be anything like Sidney Torch’s piece of the same name – no, not a bit. I know which I prefer. Our Love Affair, a very nice piece from "An Affair To Remember", a 1957 CinemaScope release, gets a lush treatment from Conrad Salinger with an orchestra conducted by Buddy Bregman – but it is Bob Farnon’s Mr. Punch played by Leslie Jones and his Orchestra of London which gets the feet a’tapping! I’ve had the EP since its release in 1959. Peter Yorke and his Concert Orchestra provide a rather dreamy rendition of Ivor Novello’s Glamorous Night from the 1935 show of the same name. It ran for 243 performances at the Drury Lane Theatre. Another tune to set the feet a’tapping once again is Cole Porter’s After You on track 11 with an infectious performance by Victor Silvester’s Silver Strings. Quite a difference from his usual ballroom strict-tempo style. But it’s the David Rose Orchestra that really sets the disc alight with his own composition Majorca – a sparkling piece! And in similar lively mood is Ernesto Lecuona’s Damisela Encantadora (quite a mouthful!) played by Percy Faith and his Orchestra, who also arranged it. Billy Mayerl’s ever popular Marigold gets an orchestral treatment for a change, courtesy of Ronald Binge’s arrangement with him conducting his own orchestra. And lastly I was pleased to hear the 101 Strings in an effervescent form with Chabrier’s Espana – a fiery finale! Ken Wilkins
JOHN GREGORY Cascading Strings & Contrasts Raindrops keep falling on my head; Wand’rin Star; The green leaves of summer; Love is blue; Plaisir d’amour; Those were the days; Somewhere my love; The fool on the hill; Four of hearts; Light my fire; Londonderry Air; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly / Diamonds are forever, I don’t know how to love him; Look around and you’ll find me there; Where did they go?; The theme from ‘The Onedin Line’; Devils Highway; The theme from ‘The Persuaders’; Another time another place; Contrasts; My chérie amour; Sleepy Shores [theme from ‘Owen M.D.’]; Spinning wheel Vocalion CDLK 4407 [69:13] There have been a number of light orchestral CDs from Vocalion since our last issue with releases from Frank Chacksfield , Will Glahé, Ray Martin, Ricardo Santos, Roland Shaw and a Victor Young soundtrack in addition to those reviewed in this issue. This one is particularly welcome as John Gregory has been sorely neglected in the reissue stakes. Born Giovanni Gregori, he was rated one of the UK’s best ever light orchestra conductors for three decades from the Fifties, as well as writing numerous vocal arrangements and accompanying a range of singers. The success of his Cascading Strings bore witness to his talented writing for that section of the orchestra, likewise his Moods Orchestral series. With great expectations of this 2-on-1 release I can only give it a restrained welcome. All the arrangements are attractive but for my liking the strings don’t "cascade" enough and there is a tad too much rhythmic beat, although the inclusion on some tracks of what sounds like an electric harpsichord is appealing. The best tracks include maestro Gregory’s own compositions Four of Hearts and Contrasts. It is good, too, to hear again the Khachaturian [arr. Gregory], Johnny Pearson’s Sleepy shores, and Spinning Wheel is a fun piece. The orchestra sounds smaller than that fronted by Mantovani or Chacksfield, or it may be Philips not quite matching the legendary Decca sound. Enjoyable enough, these albums just do not "light my fire." Many of you, however, will be looking to add the disc to your CD collection, and will appreciate our esteemed Editor’s extensive booklet notes. Peter Burt
ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Conducted by RONALD CORP Music by Ronald Corp: Guernsey Postcards, Piano Concerto No. 1 (featuring Leon McCawley, piano), Symphony No. 1 Dutton Epoch CDLX 7233 [65:57]. Ronald Corp has been a magnificent ambassador for light orchestral music, and there is no doubt that his landmark recordings for Hyperion have contributed to the revival of light music as an important part of the music scene. It is therefore only right that he should be given the opportunity to record his own music, which makes this CD especially welcome. Guernsey Postcards was a special commission in 2004, and the three contrasting movements must have delighted the locals at the premiere on the island. Ronald’s firstPiano Concerto dates from 1997, and it was also a special commission. Like many similar new works, the listener will gain much from repeated hearings. The most recent work is the Symphony, completed in 2009. I do not feel that I know the work well enough yet to be able to write a proper review; all I will say it that I look forward to becoming acquainted with something which, even on a first hearing, sounds impressive – especially the final movement. I’ve said it many times before, but it needs repeating: today’s lovers of exciting new music owe a great debt of gratitude to Mike Dutton, whose Epoch catalogue now contains some truly wonderful recordings. David Ades
MANTOVANI Golden Hits / More Golden Hits 24 tracks incl. Moon River; Summertime in Venice; Diane; Exodus Main Theme; True Love; La Vie en Rose; Around the World … / Stranger in Paradise; Gigi; Deep Purple; A Certain Smile; Limelight; The way you look tonight; Long Ago [And Far Away] …Vocalion CDLK 4409 [77:31]
Mr Music …. Mantovani / More Mantovani Film Encores 24 tracks incl. Smile; Ebb tide; Softly as I leave you; Spanish flea; Theme from ‘The Oscar’; How soon; Yesterday … / The high and the mighty; A certain smile; Friendly persuasion [Thee I love]; Whatever will be, will be; Tammy; Be my love; April love … Vocalion CDLK 4412 [74:49] It is hard to find anything new to write about Monty’s discs. What other orchestra maintained such a high standard of work over so many years? His arrangements were invariably interesting, not fussy or over-complicated, and the orchestral playing beneath his baton was impeccable. As a Gramophone reviewer [remember the days when they covered our kind of music?] once so rightly wrote about a trio of his albums: "These testify to his unique niche in the annals of international light music." If you are only going to have one Mantovani disc in your collection then I suppose the first 2-on-1 is the one to have with four of Monty’s six singles million sellers on the first album : Charmaine, The Moulin Rouge Theme, Greensleeves and Swedish Rhapsody, but not Wyoming or Lonely ballerina. Two other stand-out tracks are the string-laden Some enchanted evening ─ surely the best-ever orchestral version ─ and on the second album  the dramatic Love is a many splendored thing, although I don’t think this sounds any better than it did on the LP track I nearly wore out all those years ago! The second CD, with albums from 1966 and 1959, is almost worth its price alone for the spine-tingling string intro toWhen you wish upon a star. It is interesting to learn from Colin Mackenzie’s customary comprehensive booklet notes that two-thirds of the albums arrangements and the piano playing onCara Mia are by the Maestro himself. ‘Mr Music ….’ is less familiar to me than most of Monty’s output and I think is even more enjoyable a listen because of it. Peter Burt
"SHOWTIME – 25 Years of BBC Concert Orchestra Favourites" Crown Imperial (William Walton); Les Petites Valses Parisiennes (arranged by Sidney Torch); Farandole from "L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2" (Georges Bizet); The Two Imps (Kenneth J. Alford); A La Claire Fontaine (Robert Farnon); Aces High from "Battle of Britain" (Ron Goodwin); I Love Paris (Cole Porter, arr. Stanley Black); Main Titles & Love Theme from "Ben Hur" (Miklos Rozsa); Pops Hoedown (Richard Hayman); Showtime Carousel (arr. Gordon Langford); Calling All Workers (Eric Coates). BBC Concert Orchestra Conducted by Roderick Dunk. Dutton Epoch CDLX 7242 [64:41]. A quick glance at the title of this CD might lead some people to think that the BBC Concert Orchestra is only 25 years old, but we all know that it has already celebrated its half century. ’25 Years’ refers to the BBC Concert Orchestra’s Supporters Club who sponsored this CD to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Rather than adhere to the usual format of "Friday Night Is Music Night", readers will be relieved to learn that this collection is entirely orchestral. And there are some great gems among some of the more familiar works. Sidney Torch’s arrangement of French waltzes is so typical of many similar delightful selections he created over the years. Another arranger of note is Gordon Langford, whoseShowtime Carousel provides over 14 minutes of great show tunes. Naturally we are pleased to find Robert Farnon’s A La Claire Fontaine appearing in a new performance; at eight minutes conductor Roderick Dunk takes it noticeably slower than the composer, whose Decca version lasts just under six minutes! I have to confess that I always felt that Bob could have slowed it down a bit (which he did in his 1991 recording with the RPO), and Roderick Dunk’s interpretation gives it an added majestic atmosphere. Members of the BBC Concert Orchestra’s Supporters Club received a free copy of this great CD. Everyone else should rush to buy theirs without delay! David Ades Contact details: BBC Concert Orchestra’s Supporters Club, PO Box 213, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 6ZP, UK.
"MEXICO" Cielito Lindo, Pepe, The Three Caballeros,La Cucarache, La Paloma, etc. "WESTWARD HO!" Riders In The Sky, The Yellow Rose of Texas, High Noon, The Big Country, Don’t Fence Me In, The Magnificent Seven, etc. Roland Shaw and his Orchestra. Vocalion CDLK4402 [61:34]. Roland Shaw was one of the great arrangers, and his work provided a touch of class to many Decca LPs, notably for Frank Chacksfield. Perhaps Decca felt that he deserved to emerge from the shadows and have his name on the kind of albums he created for others. "Mexico" is probably what you would expect – some may think it a pity that there are some vocals. I prefer the "Westward Ho!" album, and although an annoying vocal occasionally creeps in most tracks are purely instrumental. No doubt both these collections were commissioned by Tony D’Amato for Decca’s US London label. It’s a shame that there are no notes to tell purchasers something about the talented Mr.Shaw. David Ades
HARD TO FIND JUKEBOX CLASSICS : FABULOUS FIFTIES INSTRUMENTALS & MORE Manhattan Spiritual / Reg Owen*; March From The River Kwai & Colonel Bogey / Mitch Miller*; The Yellow Rose Of Texas / Mitch Miller Orchestra & Chorus; Giant / Les Baxter Orchestra & Chorus; Honey-Babe / Art Mooney Orchestra & Chorus; Children’s Marching Song / Cyril Stapleton with Children’s Chorus*; Joey’s Song / Bill Haley*; Smiles / Crazy Otto; Glad Rag Doll / Crazy Otto; Yellow Dog Blues / Joe Darensbourg & His Dixie Flyers; Little Dipper / The Mickey Mozart Quintet; "Man With The Golden Arm" – Main Titles & Molly-O / Dick Jacobs Orchestra & Chorus; Petticoats Of Portugal / Dick Jacobs Orchestra & Chorus; Theme From "The Threepenny Opera" / Richard Hayman & Jan August; Ciao, Ciao Bambino / Jacky Noguez & His Orchestra*; The Italian Theme / Cyril Stapleton; When The White Lilacs Bloom Again / Helmut Zacharias; The Poor People Of Paris / Lawrence Welk; Theme From "The Threepenny Opera" / Lawrence Welk; The Bandit (O Cangaceiro) / Eddie Barclay; 11th Hour Melody / Lou Busch; Almost Paradise / Lou Stein; Autumn Leaves / Steve Allen with George Cates & His Orchestra; Around The World / Mantovani; My Beloved / Otto Cesana; Devotion / Otto Cesana*; Fascination / David Carroll*; It’s Almost Tomorrow / David Carroll (with chorus); Melody Of Love / David Carroll (* = Stereo) Hit Parade Records 12310 [72:00] Bill Buster of Canada’s Eric Records has put together this superb collection based on the 1950s American Billboard charts. All of the recordings are the original versions, not later re-recordings. Many of the tracks are orchestral, several with chorus, plus a sprinkling of instrumental and solo ones, some by artists not familiar to me such as Joe Darensbourg, Jacky Noguez and Micky Mozart. One or two tracks may come as a surprise to British listeners as different artists charted the songs in the UK. For example, although there are two excellent versions of Theme From The Threepenny Opera, we are probably more familiar with the one by The Dick Hyman Trio. Similarly I recall that, in my record shop days, we sold more copies of Henry Leca’s The Bandit than the equally good Eddie Barclay one featured here. Nor do I remember the Steve Allen/George Cates version of Autumn Leaves being very popular, although it deserves to have been. Several titles never featured in the UK charts at all so I enjoyed hearing them for the first time. Sound quality is first class with only Mantovani’s Around The Worldand David Carroll’s Fascination not quite attaining the 5-star rating I can give to the impeccable re-mastering on the other 27 tracks. A 12 page booklet with comprehensive and informative notes by Greg Adams completes this very attractive package, very little of which has previously been available on CD. I don’t know if it can be ordered from local record shops in the UK but it’s readily available from several on-line sources including Amazon and Play.com or direct from ericrecords.com. Alan Bunting
SHIRLEY BASSEY The Performance Almost there; Apartment; This Time; I love you now; Our time is now; As God is my witness; No good about goodbye; The Girl from Tiger Bay; Nice Men; After the rain; The performance of my life Geffen 2720780 [42:07] Despite some of the titles this is an album of all new compositions and the 73-year-young diva Dame’s first studio performance for over 20 years. Produced by David Arnold with songs by such popular music luminaries as Gary Barlow, John Barry, Don Black, The Manic Street Preachers and KT Tunstall, to my mind this album is up there with her best ─ a remarkable achievement. The track I have returned to the most, not least for the arrangement, has been Rufus Wainwright’s Cinderella fairytale song The Apartment. The orchestrations and conducting are in the hands of Nicholas Dodd, with a few stellar names among the musicians. No plaudits to Polydor for the short measure, though. Peter Burt
‘HIGHLY STRUNG’ Full tracklisting on page 76 Guild Light Music GLCD 5166 [79:38 mins]. This latest Guild offering begins in cracking style with Jack Mason’s Pops Polka – can’t say I’ve ever heard of him but I’m certainly familiar with the players – the Boston ‘Pops’ (I prefer ‘Promenade’) Orchestra with their long-time conductor Arthur Fiedler. In the notes David reckons his association with the orchestra began in 1930, but I have a 12" HMV 78 of Strike Up The Band which I thought was recorded in 1929, but I could be wrong. Steve Race keeps the rhythm going with one of those pieces that seem so familiar but the title unknown. Here it is – Ring Ding, played by the Knightsbridge Strings. George French wrote the CD’s title tune Highly Strung for the KPM Library and it’s played here by the Group Forty Orchestra conducted by Eric Cook. It dates from 1959 when the Musicians’ Union ban was briefly lifted, allowing production music libraries to record once again with British musicians for a while. It’s a great piece and I hope compiler David looks kindly on the idea of issuing another French composition – from the Paxton Library this time – his Parade Of The Championsplayed by Dolf van der Linden and his Orchestra. Eric Jupp and his Orchestra continue this lively concert with what sounds like a Spanish rhythmic number. But the inspiration comes from just over the border in Portugal, and Song Of Lisbon was a minor hit for Carlos Rocha – whoever he might be. Then a Synchro Library item Paris Pullman by Roger Roger and played by The Paris Studio Orchestra conducted by Philippe Pares, who also contributed library music. Philip Green’s theme from the film"Sapphire" played by the Pinewood Studio Orchestra, conducted by the composer, featuring Johnny Dankworth’s saxophone is next. On the other side of the Top Rank 45 from which this track was taken is Laurie Johnson’s theme to the film "Tiger Bay", and another Rank 1959 45 I have is the music by Tony Crombie for the TV series "Man From Interpol" conducted by the composer. It also appears in the first edition of the Ember Mood Music Library catalogue. The three pieces on the disc are Man From Interpol, Interpol Cha Cha and Interpol Chase. They’re a bit jazzy but might find favour with film and TV music buffs – are you listening, David? Two rather gorgeous pieces played by the orchestras of Boris Sarbek and Ronald Binge respectively – Le Soir (I’d Love To Fall Asleep) andAfraid To Dream (nice juxtaposition of titles) – are followed by Fred Hartley and his Music (a light orchestral name from the past) with his own catchy composition Jack In The Box from the Chappell Library. Gay Spirits by David Rose and played by his own orchestra on MGM could easily have come from a recorded music library catalogue, as does Kurt Schick’s Sheerline (Charles Brull) and Bob Farnon’s Little Miss Molly (Chappell) – two very contrasting items. Morton Gould’s orchestra has fun with Zez Confrey’s Stumbling with what sounds like a bar room piano and xylophone joining in – great stuff! Monty Kelly and his Orchestra spring a surprise part way through Life In New York with a wordless chorus, while Gerard Calvi’s catchy piece Gigue Ecossaise (Scottish Jig) really sets the feet a’tapping. I believe the Harmonic/Charles Brull Library went out of business some years ago (Editor: they were acquired by KPM in the mid-1990s) which seems hard to believe when they could issue such smashing recordings as Frank Chacksfield’s Sunshine Beguine played by the Symphonia Orchestra conducted by Curt Anderson, resplendent in Alan Bunting’s treatment. Ron Goodwin’s orchestra zips along nicely with his own composition All Strung Up, and I’m sure there are echoes of the "Miss Marple" films’ theme in there somewhere! Geoff Love’s orchestra gives a splendid performance of Rudolf Friml’s Ma Belle but it only emphasises the dearth of such light orchestras and programmes from the airwaves today. The string section of Percy Faith’s orchestra really work overtime with his composition Perpetual Notion as we head towards the end of this "strung up" collection of great light music. Irving Berlin’s A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody is the penultimate track played by Peter Yorke and his Concert Orchestra. And finally a piece from the soundtrack from "Some Like It Hot" – Park Avenue Fantasy scored by Adolph Deutsch conducting the Studio Orchestra. A fine way to end another great Guild Light Music compilation! Ken Wilkins
"DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS" & "DALEKS’ INVASION EARTH 2150 AD" Film soundtracks Silva Screen SILCD1244 [75:23 mins]. It is perhaps surprising that only two cinema films were made featuring Dr. Who, considering its huge popularity on TV back in the 1960s. UK readers will not need reminding that Dr. Who is again one of the BBC’s hottest properties in the 21st Century, after a sustained period of neglect during the closing decades of the last century. Today the music is electronic, but back in the 1960s it was felt that orchestral scores were more appropriate – at least, for the big screen. So those masters of the soundtrack genre, Silva Screen, have finally lovingly restored the only two big screen Dr. Who films ever made - the 1965 release "Dr. Who And The Daleks" and 1966 "Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.". The music was composed respectively by Malcolm Lockyer and Bill McGuffie with sections enhanced by electronic sounds created by Barry Gray. The album also includes contemporary single releases and a 20 page inlay booklet packed with memorabilia and detailed production notes. David Stoner at Silva Screen kindly invited me to contribute some biographical details on Malcolm Lockyer and Bill McGuffie, so fans of Dr. Who will learn something about the two talented composers involved. Malcolm has the larger share of the CD, and his music is more ‘traditional’ light film music: at times I am reminded of Miklos Rozsa’s superb score for "Double Indemnity". The more I hear it, the more I find it very appealing. As usual with releases such as this, the music is often fragmented to fit in with the on-screen action, and the music created for "Dr. Who And The Daleks" is presented in its entirety, including some pieces composed and recorded for the film, but not subsequently used. Sadly the score to "Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D." by jazz pianist and film composer Bill McGuffie no longer exists but some of the music has been retained via a music and sound effects master recording that was sent abroad for foreign dubs to be made on the film. This is used for the CD release and Mark Ayres (who deserves special credit for his restoration) has edited the material to remove sound effects where applicable. Included also on this release are the instrumental singles from the original records that promoted the two features and some of the sound effects (incorporating original material from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop) produced by Barry Gray - famous for scoring many of Gerry Anderson's series. Silva Screen releases are always notable for the very high standard of the booklets, and this one is certainly no exception. If you are a fan of soundtracks and/or Dr. Who, you will not want to pass this by! David Ades
BING CROSBY Through The Years Volume Four 1952─1953 26 tracks incl. On the 10-10 from Ten-Ten-Tennessee; Zing a little zong [with Jane Wyman], The moon came up with a great idea last night & Watermelon Moon [with Peggy Lee]; You don’t know what lonesome is; Open up your heart; To see you is to love you … Sepia 1139 [75:53] There was nobody quite like Bing Crosby and this is another fine selection from his œuvre over the years. As well as the above-named he is also joined by Bob Hope on three tracks from ‘The Road to Bali’, The Andrews Sisters [South Rampart Street Parade], Gary Crosby [Fatherly advice], and Connee Boswell [That’s a-plenty]. Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians are with him on Hush-a-bye and Mother Darlin’; the former earlier recording their part in New York with Bing overdubbing his vocals, allegedly using a portable machine at a golf course. Mitchell Parish’s words to Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride fit Bing to a T ─ or should that be "tee"? Interesting, too, to hear the great crooner’s take on two Bernstein-Comden-Green songs from‘Wonderful Town’: Ohio and A quiet girl. Bing is accompanied on eleven of the tracks by John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra, which includes Red Nichols on cornet and Buddy Cole on piano. A 16-page booklet with authoritative notes by Malcolm Macfarlane gives added value to the disc. Peter Burt
ROSE MARIE 25 tracks incl. the Title tune, Hard-boiled Herman; The Mounties; Lak Jeem; Indian Love Call; Why shouldn’t we; Minuet of the minutes; Door of my dreams … Sepia 1140 [76:17] This is a well-filled disc of two contrasting halves. It has the pedigree of music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart with lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein 2nd. The first 11 tracks are from the 1958 RCA Victor early stereo studio cast recording made in London to accommodate Julie Andrews who was appearing in My Fair Lady. Her co-star is Metropolitan opera star Giorgio Tozzi who had provided the voice for Emile de Becque in the film version of South Pacific. The proceedings are under the direction of Lehman Engel conducting the New Symphony Orchestra of London with the Michael Sammes Singers. Equally enjoyable are eight tracks by the original 1925 London cast with the Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra conducted by Herman Finck. The last four tracks are the legendary duo Jeanette Macdonald and Nelson Eddy singing Indian Love Call from 1936, Marion Bell [sometime wife of Alan Jay Lerner] with Pretty things, and two in stereo, Totem Tom Tom and Finale, sung by Elizabeth Larner with [on the latter] Andy Cole, The Rita Williams Singers and Tony Osbourne and his Orchestra. Sepia’s usual well-produced booklet, notes by Rexton S Bunnett, complete an attractive package. Ray Pavene
FRANK CHACKSFIELD AND HIS ORCHESTRA
The Incomparable Jerome Kern: The Last Time I Saw Paris, All The Things You Are, The Folks Who Live On The Hill, Look For The Silver Lining, etc. FC Plays Hoagy Carmichael: Skylark, My Resistance Is Low, The Nearness Of You, Georgia On My Mind, etc. Vocalion CDLK4408 [75:27].
New York: Broadway Medley, Harlem Nocturne, Manhattan, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Autumn in New York, etc. The Best of Cole Porter: I Love Paris, Easy To Love, Begin The Beguine, In The Still Of The Night, etc. Vocalion CDLK4413 [77:46]. Just before Christmas Mike Dutton added to his impressive list of Frank Chacksfield reissues with these two generously filled collections. The Kern collection (originally a Phase 4 stereo LP in 1974) was arranged by Roland Shaw, and features the talents of Kenny Baker (trumpet), Keith Bird (clarinet), and Ronnie Price (piano). There is also the occasional wordless choir, and several tracks have anonymous vocals. The arranger responsible in 1977 for Hoagy Carmichael’s melodies is not credited, but Kenny Baker is again featured on trumpet in Georgia On My Mind and a lady called Joanne Brown crops up with vocals on three titles. The original LP sleeve notes are reproduced in the booklet. Eric Rogers arranged the 1970 ‘New York’ collection (most enjoyable!), but we are left to guess who was responsible for Cole Porter’s timeless standards – the earliest LP of the four dating from 1959 before Decca introduced Phase 4. This second CD lacks any notes. The Cole Porter collection is not the same as the one released by Polygram in 1996. David Ades
"WHITE HORSE INN" Selections 23 tracks incl. Introduction/Yodel Speciality; White Horse Inn; I cannot live without your love; High up on the hills [In Salzkammergut]; We prize most the things we miss; It would be wonderful … Sepia 1141 [76:26] This disc is a fascinating compilation. The centrepiece is a 20-minute rare radio broadcast of the titles listed above from the first-ever American 1936 Broadway production of the international hit ─ it premiered at Berlin’s Grosses Schauspielhaus in November 1930 ─ with among others the legendary Kitty Carlisle and William Gaxton. By way of an overture the disc opens with Fox Trot and Waltz Medleys from Jack Hylton and His Orchestra. Later Alfred Drake sings It would be wonderful [from a BBC Radio broadcast of 1959], as does Pat O’Malley who also contributes Your eyes. There is then a track of ‘Vocal Gems’ from 1931 by The Light Opera Company with Orchestra conducted by Ray Noble, followed by Good-bye and My song of love sung respectively by Sam Browne and Cavan O’Connor, both with Rolando and His Blue Salon Orchestra. Max Hanson sings Im Weissen Rössl am Wolfgangsee with the Paul Godwin DanceOrchestra & Animal Imitations [sic], before the disc finishes with seven German language vocals never before heard on CD. Wonderful stuff! Ray Pavene
NEW YEAR’S DAY CONCERT 2010 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Georges Pretre Decca [2CDs] 4782113
Readers who, like me, were glued to their radio/TV for the above will want this as a souvenir of the occasion. It was a happy return to the Austrian capital’s Musikverein for the 95-year-old French maestro who came to eminence conducting for the great opera singer Maria Callas. As well as the customary items by the Strausses [Johann I and II, Josef and Eduard] the programme, with four premieres, also includes pieces by Nicolai, Offenbach and Hans Christian Lumbye. There is also a DVD available. Edward Trub
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 OVERTURE Mariinsky MARO503 [64:17] There are folk who are no great lovers of classical music but have this overture in their collection, and anyone wishing to join them could do a lot worse than this recent release conducted by the firebrand Ossetian conductor Valery Gergiev with the Orchestra, Soloists and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. It is coupled with four other listenable Tchaikovsky compositions: ‘Moscow’ Cantata, Slavonic March [‘Marche Slave’], Festival Coronation March and Festival Overture on the Danish National Anthem. Good if not demonstration quality sound throughout. Peter Burt
PATTI PAGE with PETE RUGOLO orchestra Nevertheless, Out of nowhere, The lady is a tramp, The thrill is gone, A foggy day, Mountain greenery, I’ve got my eyes on you, My kinda love, I didn’t know about you, My sin, Taking a chance on love, Love for sale, No moon at all, I’m glad there is you, Nice work if you can get it, I never knew, The masquerade is over, What am I here for? Let there be love, Gone with the wind, They all laughed, I guess I’ll have to change my plan, Here I’ll stay, Lullaby in rhythm. (Fresh Sound Records FSR CD 544) 55:08. The first twelve tracks "In the land of hi fi "were issued on CD not long ago and reviewed in these pages. Here it is coupled with her second with Rugolo "The west side" I am now the proud owner of the original LP’s and the first CD transfer! Not something I regret, you never know how long such good material will be in circulation! "The west side" adds arrangers Marty Paich, Bill Holman and Shorty Rogers collaborating with Rugolo, that really is a star team! It’s a good guessing game trying to work out who arranged each tune on the second album! Were they used as presented or did Rugolo do a little tweaking? Definitely the best jazz Patti ever sung! Paul Clatworthy
TRAINCHA with the METROPOLE orchestra "Who’ll speak for love". Any day now, Love is still the answer, What the world needs now, One less bell to answer, In between the heartaches, This girls in love, God give me strength, Who’ll speak for love, Stronger than before, I just don’t know what to do with myself, Don’t go breaking my heart, Don’t make me over, Raindrops keep falling on my head, Painted from memory, On my own. (Blue Note 5099952055126) 62:07. Subtitled "The Burt Bacharach songbook two" this is something special! Given the magnificent Metropole orchestra to work with, arranger Pat Williams pulls out all the stops. Conducted by Vince Mendoza and mixing less familiar Bacharach songs with the hits of the past really is a treat. Evidently it has gone platinum in America, no mean feat nowadays when some pundits are saying CDs and DVDs are on the way out!Paul Clatworthy
JILL COREY with BILLY MAXTEDS Manhattan jazz band "Lets go to town". Another twenty four tracks culled from the National Guard show (see comments in Big Band Roundup) Sounds of yester year (DSOY 795) 61:35 The instrumental songs are firmly in Chris Barber territory of which I am no expert so I will make no other comment! Jill Corey sings with unnamed players with run of the mill arrangements. She has not got the sort of voice that merits repeated playing but that’s probably my fault! Paul Clatworthy
PHIL NAPOLEON and the Memphis Five "Memphis blues". Thirty tracks. Sounds of yester year ( DSOY 793) 70:29. "Dixieland" once again, not my bag! Ten of the tracks are just commentary which in my book is wasted space! Terrific if you want a social history lesson but not much in the way of music! Paul Clatworthy
PADDY ROBERTS Strictly for Grown-Ups. 29 tracks incl : Love Isn't What It Used To Be; Follow Me; Don't Upset The Little Kiddywinks; The Architect; The Big Dee Jay; L'anglais Avec Son Sang Froid; The Ballad Of Bethnal Green; Love In A Mist; A Short Song; Growing Old; I've Got The Blues; Lavender Cowboy; Poor Little Country Girl; I'm In Love For The Very First Time; Evermore; The Heart Of A Man; The Book; It's A Boy; Good Companions; Where There's You There's Me; 'Round The World In Eighty Minutes. Must Close Saturday Records MCSR 3046 [76:02]. This enterprising label mainly known for classic West End cast recordings, have recently re-issued one of their most successful non-cast recording titles. The original Decca LP was a surprise hit in the album charts (where it remained for five weeks, peaking at position 8) in September 1959. The best remembered track, and one that received the most airplay on the BBC Light Programme, was The Ballad Of Bethnal Green, winner of an Ivor Novello award for the most outstanding novelty song of 1959. The songs on this LP captured a witty, irreverent public mood, and although they then seemed a bit risqué, their effect today invokes nostalgia, with the self-effacing charm of Paddy Roberts delivery, accompanied by the rather quaint sounding small group arrangements of Dennis Wilson. This CDincludes the complete 1959 album, plus a generous selection of bonus tracks featuring earlier songs written (or co-written) by Paddy Roberts between 1954 and 1959, a period when he was one of the most successful British songwriters on Denmark Street. He had over 80 published songs (including several Top 10 hits) recorded by popular singers of the era including Anne Shelton, Ruby Murray, Frankie Vaughan, and David Whitfield, all artists included on this CD. There are also Paddy Roberts film songs from An Alligator Named Daisy, The Heart Of A Man, and especially The Good Companions. The five tracks from the latter (in excellent Alan Bunting restored sound) benefit from the arranging skills of Laurie Johnson, who skilfully arranges for large orchestral forces (the Associated British Studio Orchestra conducted by Louis Levy) and an angelic chorus in the 8 minute spectacular 'Round the world, arguably the finest song and dance number staged in a 1950s British musical film. This CD will make you feel very nostalgic about the 1950s, and will raise a smile or two as well. My favourite track (among many) has to The big dee jay - I cannot imagine this being written today! Roger Mellor
BERNARD HERRMANN: "Hangover Square", "Citizen Kane". Another release in Chandos’ acclaimed Film Music series. BBC Philharmonic conducted by Rumon Gamba. Chandos CHAN 10577.
More releases [not necessarily new] noted by Wilfred Askew
RAY CONNIFF The Singles Collection Vol.1 26 tracks incl. Moonlight brings memories; I’ve got my eyes on you; Dear world; La Felicidad; A walk in the Spring; Rain; Look homeward Angel; Sleepy shores; Singalong Song; Loss of love … Collectables COL-CD-7697 [68:37] Vol.2 26 tracks incl. Cuddle up a little closer; And this is my beloved; The world looks good again; Winds of change; Song of the Islands; Muskrat Ramble; Charlotte’s Web; Frost Festival; Delta dawn; Are you lonesome tonight? … Collectables COL-CD-7641 [70:50]
PERRY COMO The Scene Changes ─ Perry Goes to Nashville ─ with The Anita Kerr Quartet 12 tracks incl. Funny how time slips away; Here comes my baby; Sweet adorable you; I really don’t want to know; Stand beside me … Lightly Latin ─ conducted by Nick Perito with the Ray Charles Singers 12 tracks incl. How insensitive; The shadow if your smile; Meditation; Yesterday; Dindi; Baia … Collectables COL-CD-7880 [71:52]
BOBBY HACKETT The Most Beautiful Horn In The World w. Glen Osser’s Orchestral Pipe Organ Moods 12 tracks incl. Lazy afternoon; Love letters; Moonlight in Vermont; Polka dots and moonbeams; Chances are … Night Love w. Glenn Osser’s Midnight Strings 12 tracks incl. Themes from 2nd Piano Concerto [Rachmaninov]; 3rd Symphony [Brahms]; 5th Symphony [Tchaikovsky]; Prince Igor [Borodin]; Samson & Delilah [Saint-Saëns] … Collectables COL-CD-7881 [78:34] Original [US] Columbia recordings from 1962
NEIL HEFTI How to Murder Your Wife and Lord Love A Duck CD1: Original Soundtrack Recording of ‘How To Murder Your Wife’ 22 tracks CD2: Original Album Presentation of ‘How To Murder Your Wife’ and Original Soundtrack Recording of ‘Lord Love A Duck’ Kritzerland KR 20013-3 [54:27 & 57:19] – Limited to 1000 copies
ERNEST GOLD Exodus The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nick Raine [2CDs] World Premiere Recording of The Complete Film Score; also music from ‘It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World’; ‘Ship of Fools’; ‘Judith’; ‘QBVII’; ‘Schindler’s List’; ‘Cast A Giant Shadow’; plus ‘Exodus’: Rhapsody for Cello & Orchestra; Concert Overture Tadlow Music: Tadlow 007 [132:36]
FERNANDO LAMAS With Love Original 1958 Roulette recordings conducted by Glenn Osser 24 tracks incl. You belong to my heart; Love is here to stay; Tenderly; I love Paris; Mam’selle; Anema e core; & 10 bonus tracks incl. The Merry Widow Waltz [with Trudy Erwin]; Indian Love Call [with Ann Blyth] … Flare ROYCD 288 [68:06]
JERRY VALE Time Alone Will Tell & Other Great Hits Of Today  Arr.Cond. Marty Manning10 tracks incl. My cup runneth over; Born free; Love me with all of your heart; Games that lovers play; This is my song … This Guy’s In Love With You  Arr./Cond. Jimmy Wisner 11 tracks incl. A man without love; Honey; Do you know the way to San Jose; The look of love; Can’t take my eyes off you; By the time I get to Phoenix … Collectables COL-CD-7877 [63:42] Original [US] Columbia recordings
We apologise that in our last issue the catalogue details for André Previn’s ‘Two For The Seesaw’should have read Kritzerland KR20012-5.
The KT Editor’s CD Choice
CAROL JARVIS Smile What are you doing on New Year’s Eve; When you wish upon a star; Carol’s Tune; How high the moon; Polka dots and moonbeams; But beautiful; Caravan; Sång till lotta; Night and day; Alfie; For absent friends; Tico-Tico; Principal uncertainty; Spain; In the wee small hours of the morning; Smile Divine Art Diversions DV 24150 [62:47] This is something special. Acclaimed trombonist Carol, who our 12-year-old granddaughter describes as "well pretty", graduated from the Royal Northern College with the highest qualification possible and is now a member of the faculty at Trinity College in London. Since 2004, when she was in her mid-20s, she has been fighting ─ and how ─ the disease of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma involving pioneering treatment. Yet she has maintained her position as one the UK’s leading instrumentalists. She recently learnt that a school in London has a class named after her due to her story. Carol herself says "that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence. It can be a very dark and lonely place but it also opens your eyes to the world. If anything my life is so much better since that diagnosis as I don’t take anything for granted anymore and treasure even the smallest things." Miss Jarvis’s rich as molasses timbre is well suited to a choice selection of tunes, some jazz tinged. The languorous opening track is a Frank Loesser number new to me. Sång till lotta was written by Jan Sandstrom for a friend’s young trombone playing daughter on her birthday. [I understand she now works for the United Nations sanstrombone!] Jimmy Van Heusen’s But beautiful is arranged by Miss Jarvis. She is accompanied throughout by 34 hand-picked musicians, including her pianist brother James, led by Cynthia Fleming. The conductor is Roderick Dunk, who also wrote Carol’s Tune and arranged a number of the tracks: my favourite being the Ellington classic with its clever quotation from Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia used as an intro. I like, too, the staccato start to Tico-Tico. The front of the CD booklet has a Rolf Harris painting of Carol called "Golden Girl" donated by the artist. At least £1.50 + VAT of each CD sold will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support. On grounds of both musicality and contributing to such a worthwhile cause, I hope that JIM readers will not think twice about adding this admirable mid-price album to their collection.
BRITISH CINEMA AND THEATRE ORCHESTRAS – Volume 3 For full tracklisting please see pagexx of this issue GLCD 5168 [79:23] In this latest of the Guild Light Music Series to come my way, prepare yourself for a feast of "get-up-and-go" light music that was an every day "listen to" once ─ but sadly has gone the way of the dinosaur as far as the BBC is concerned. The London Palladium Orchestra conducted by Clifford Greenwood gets the show on the road with a bright and breezy selection of music from productions that have graced the Palladium stage up to when the original recording was made in 1939. It was issued as Palladium Memories but compiler David puts forward the theory that the two sides of the 12" HMV 78 were accidentally reversed in the pressing stage. His full notes in the booklet make interesting reading. After this energetic ‘overture’ the Commodore Grand Orchestra conducted by Joseph Muscant on an Edison Bell Winner recording of 1932 (yes, really) play Leon Jessell’s well known Wedding of the Rose, followed by Arthur Anton conducting the Paramount Theatre Orchestra of London in Waldteufel’s valse militaire, The Grenadier, with Al Bollington at the organ. Another selection, Vincent Youmans’ Hit the Deck is next, played in a spirited performance by the London Hippodrome Orchestra conducted by Joseph Tunbridge and recorded, would you believe, in 1927? It ran for 277 performances. Walter Collins was a composer/conductor I’d love to know more about as he composed and conducted a varied selection of attractive and catchy pieces for the Paxton Library in the 1940s, and I believe he was the musical director of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea earlier in his career. This digressing is caused by track five which has Richard Crean and The London Palladium Orchestra playing what must be Walter Collins’s most popular light composition, Moontime. I’ve got two or three different recordings of it. Now here’s one to take note of on track six: Perfection by J H White, (unknown to me) and played by the Commodore Grand Orchestra, again conducted by Joseph Muscant ─ but it’s the brilliant solo trumpet playing of Albert Coupe, coupled with Alan Bunting’s restoration of this 1933 Edison Bell Winner disc that really makes one sit up. Quite stunning! Another bright and breezy selection played by the Adelphi Theatre Orchestra conducted by Francis Collinson, Home and Beauty by Nicholas Brodszky, is next and it ran for 128 performances, although I think most people would associate Brodszky with the film world. A novelty number by Theo Bendix, The Busy Bee, (nothing to do with Arthur Askey) and played by The Plaza Theatre Orchestra conducted by Frank Tours is a catchy piece as is Les Sylphides by Oliver Cussans and played by The London Palladium Orchestra, Richard Crean conducting. This piece is also in the Boosey and Hawkes Mood Music catalogue. Eduard Kunneke’sThe Song of the Sea selection is played by His Majesty’s Theatre Orchestra, the composer conducting, and regular purchasers of Guild Light Music discs will already have three movements from his Dance Suite. The music from this show is, I think, most impressive and the production ran for 158 performances in 1928. Herman Finck was a prolific composer of highly tuneful light music and the Plaza Theatre Orchestra conducted by Frank Tours recorded his A la Gavotte on a Columbia disc in 1929. It’s one of Two Little Dances, the other being A La Minuet. Really delightful! The Commodore Grand Orchestra with regular conductor Joseph Muscant, but this time from a Regal Zonophone recording of 1934, gently waltz onto the stage with Carl Zimmer’s What the Forest Whispers; then the London Palladium Orchestra play The Valley of the Poppies ─ a catchy number by Charles Ancliffe, usually known for his marches and waltzes although, as noted previously, he has a number of "mood" pieces in the Bosworth Archive catalogue. Frantisek Drola’s Serenade played by The Paramount Theatre Orchestra and Chanson (In Love) by Rudolf Friml from Frank Tours and the Plaza Theatre Orchestra lead up to the penultimate track which is Paul Lincke’s Beautiful Spring, played by the Regal Virtuosi conducted by Emmanuel Starkey with Sidney Torch at the organ. David’s booklet notes tells us that the Virtuosi is actually the second orchestra used by the Regal Cinema and half the size of the original ─ and doesn’t seem to have lasted long. Finally, the curtain comes down on a selection of Emmerich Kalman’s score to Countess Maritza, played in fine style by the New Coventry Hippodrome Orchestra conducted by William (Bill) Pethers. But, unlike the Regal Virtuosi, this theatre orchestra lasted much longer ─ after which the Hippodrome became a Bingo Hall, finally being demolished in 2002. Rather a sad note to end on but a super selection of tunes all the same! Ken Wilkins
Carol is thrilled to have the opportunity
THETTOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA starring WARREN COVINGTON Tea For Two Cha Chas Tea for two cha cha; Por favor [Please]; Patricia; I still get jealous – Cha cha; Corazon de melon; Dardanella – Cha cha; Rico Vacilon; I want to be happy cha cha; Together 1-2-3; Trumpet cha cha cha; Dinah- Cha cha; Cha cha for Gia/ More Tea For Two Cha Chas Tea for two cha cha No.2; An occasional man; Santa Isabel De Las Lajas; Dream; Everybody’s cha cha; Santiago de Cuba; Sweet and gentle [Me lo dijo adela]; Nunca; Don’t worry ‘bout me; Silencio; The Sheik of Araby – Cha cha; Esto es Felicidad Sepia 1142 [63:05] I think this is the first orchestral CD I have encountered from this source and it’s a good ’un. Tommy Dorsey died in 1956 and a couple of years later the brilliant trombonist Warren Covington was invited to succeed him. The first album on this 2-on-1 was their first LP recording and the second came in 1959. The orchestra comprises four trumpets [including Covington], three trombones, four saxophones, clarinet, piano, bass and drums. They make a fine sound, brilliantly re-mastered by Robin Cherry. Some might think that just over an hour of cha cha rhythm is too much of a good thing but you don’t have to play all the tracks straight off. I enjoyed every minute of it and if I did not have two right feet [I’m a "leftie"] would probably appreciate it even more for being eminently danceable to. Peter Burt
DENNIS FARNON AND HIS ORCHESTRA Caution! Men Swinging & The Enchanted WoodsCaution! Men Swinging; Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year; Lover Come Back To Me; Shoo-Shoo Baby; Just You, Just Me; Isle Of Capri; South Of The Border; It Don't Mean A Thing (If it..); Why Don't You Do Right; Three Little Words; Resume Speed / Among My Souvenirs; Moonlove; Cecilia; Right as Rain; Fools Rush In; The Lady Is a Tramp; Snowfall; Winter Wonderland; If You Are But a Dream; I Hear a Rhapsody; Day by Day Vocalion CDNJT 5312 [77:44] Dennis Farnon recordings have always been scarce, and vinyl copies of the these two albums have been notching up some fair prices on Internet dealer sites, so this new 2-on-1 reissue from Dutton is particularly welcome. ‘The Enchanted Woods’ is an intriguing collection because Dennis uses only woodwinds and rhythm on a fine collection of standards featuring on one track, Right as Rain, a sax solo from brother Brian Farnon. There is humour to be found on Cecilia and The Lady is a Tramp. In contrast ‘Caution! Men Swinging’ is pure jazz and features two original numbers from Dennis [Caution! and Resume] plus great standards all played immaculately by some of the best West Coast musicians of the time, many of whom featured on so many recordings of the day. Faultless re-mastering by Mike Dutton brings out all the detail. It's sad that Dennis never returned to big band recordings of this nature, because this is an example of just how good it can get. This CD deserves a place in your Farnon collection.Albert Killman
ANDRE KOSTELANETZ & HIS ORCHESTRA Gershwin, Kreisler, Rachmaninov Love walked in; A foggy day; S’wonderful; Fascinatin’ rhythm; The man I love; Someone to watch over me; Medley: I got rhythm, But not for me, Embraceable you, Wintergreen for President, Promenade; Porgy and Bess Medley; Strike up the band; Tambourin Chinois; Caprice Viennois; The old refrain; Stars in my eyes; Melodie in E; Piano Concerto No.2; 18th Variation on a Theme of Paganini Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 798 [67:44] Listening to this lush recording brought back happy memories of playing my father’s 78s back in the early fifties. All memorable tunes with one in particular, Fritz Kreisler’s Stars in my eyes, played many times with steel needles becoming almost transparent. Michael Highton’s informative notes worth the price of the CD alone! As I said when reviewing Kosty’s‘Richard Rodgers’ CD, Dick O’Connor’s article on Kostelanatz arrangers in JIM December ‘07 is a mine of information. Paul Clatworthy
STRINGS IN RHYTHM For full tracklisting please see page xx of this issue Guild GLCD 5167[77:57] I thought this sounded a good collective title for this Guild release and it certainly begins with a fiery opening courtesy of Percy Faith and his Orchestra and Victor Herbert’s Habanera from ‘Natoma’ ─ a cracking start. Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra follow with a fine arrangement by Roland Shaw of Swinging on a Star. If you only remember Victor Silvester’s strict tempo dance style, his Silver Strings make a really super job of Cole Porter’s You do Something to Me on track three, followed by Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra with his own composition In the Heat of the Day. There are names that crop up on these Guild Light Music releases that I’m afraid I’ve never heard of and the next two are prime examples of my ignorance: J. George Johnson whose composition Greenwich Village is played by the New World Theatre Orchestra, and Eros Sciorilli. His (?) lively tuneful piece,La Colpa Fu, is played by the Orchestra of the 6th San Remo Festival conducted by George Melachrino. Brass and piano vie with the strings of the Philip Green Orchestra in a relaxing version ofIn a Sentimental Mood; however, the mood changes abruptly with Georges Boulanger’s Da Capo, in a spirited performance by Hans-George Arlt and his Orchestra ─ it really sets the pulses racing. Paul Weston and his Orchestra play In Love in Vain by Jerome Kern from the 1946 Technicolor filmCentennial Summe, starring Jeanne Crain and Cornel Wilde, "a pleasing family comedy with music" according to Halliwell. Noel Coward’s well known Poor Little Rich Girl, in an arrangement by Peter Yorke and played by his Orchestra, is next; but this is followed by a not so well known piece, Sunset on the Tiber, by Dave Dexter (and here’s another example of my ignorance) neither of which I’ve heard of, but the music is a nice catchy piece played in a very smooth manner by Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra, from 1959. While listening to Carmen Dragon and the Capitol Symphony Orchestra playing La Cumparsita, I noticed in the play list Neapolitan Nights Mambo, played by Monty Kelly and his Orchestra, one of the composers being Zamecnik, a name that crops up frequently in early recorded mood music. So I was rather interested to read more about him and to discover John Stepan Zamecnik had written over 2,000 compositions, mainly for the Sam Fox Co. during his lifetime, 1872 to 1953. This particular number was used as the theme music for a silent film, "Fazil" (1925). Pepe Gonzalez and his Orchestra set the feet a-tapping with a spirited performance of La Cucaracha on a Brunswick disc of 1957 as does Otto Cesana with his own piece Let’s Beguine on a Columbia recording of two years earlier. Wonderful sound recording from that era, enhanced by Alan Bunting’s magical touch. Dolf van der Linden and his Orchestra (as Van Lynn) with a delicate piece by Joseph Francois Heyne La Petite Gavotte, is on track twenty two. Would they be the same players who formed the Metropole Orchestra and also recorded for the Paxton Library? Werner Muller and his Orchestra (as Ricardo Santos and his Tango Orchestra) bring this fine collection of light music almost to a close with Jacob Gade’s Glamour-Tango, a worthy successor to his Jealousy. Lastly, theFireworks Polka by Johann Strauss arranged by Robert Farnon (on the label, Jack Saunders) and played by his Orchestra. As the orchestra struck up I thought we were in for The Loveliest Night of the Year, then the fireworks really began. It wouldn’t have been out of place in a New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna. Great stuff! Ken Wilkins
WERNER TWARDY The Fantastic Sound of Werner Twardy 26 tracks incl. Merry Go Round; Ramona; Blueberry Hill; Siberia; Lovely Lady; It’s a lonesome old town; On a Persian market; I’m in the mood for love; Avant de mourir; The more I see you; Always; Old Man Moses … Polydor 06007 5324561 [77:01] Most of the CDs I review have to be bought [a fact reflected in my bank balance!] but sometimes a "freebie" comes my way and this is one of them. The liner notes are nearly all in German but I have discovered that Herr Twardy [1926-77] worked with the Kurt Edelhagen Band as arranger and composer before leading his own orchestra. It seems that only two tracks are by Orchester Werner Twardy [my German not being up to finding out whether they accompany on the others] but the maestro is responsible for all the arrangements, which are mainly tracks taken from Polydor’s ‘In Gold’ series with Hammond organist T.W.Ardy (sic), trumpeters Horst Fischer, Heinz Schachtner and Leif Ulvemark, trombonists Otto Bredl and Jiggs Whigham, clarinetist Henry Arland, and pianists Fritz Schulz-Reichel and Werner himself, with the Gunter-Kallman Choir on nine tracks. The spine of the jewel-box spine refers to "Jazzclub/Easy" and the fact that the album found a degree of favour with two visiting pre-teen grandchildren for dancing to will give you some idea of what to expect. It’s sorta-James Last and at budget price I’ll be surprised if the album does not make you feel happy, too. Peter Burt
JOSHUA BELL At Home With Friends I loves you Porgy; Come again; Oblivion; Cinema Paradiso; Para Ti; My Funny Valentine; Maybe so; Grieg: Violin Sonata No.3, Movement II; Eleanor Rigby; Rachmaninoff: O, cease thy singing, maiden fair, Op.4, No.4; Il Postino; Left Hand Song; Chovendo Na Roseira; Look away; Variant moods: duet for sitar and violin; I’ll take Manhattan; White Christmas Sony Classical 88697554362 [77:37] Chosen by David Mellor on Classic FM as his "Crossover CD of the Year" for 2009, you get what it says on the tin. Classical violinist Joshua Bell joins with some friends on 17 eclectic tracks including Sting [singing Dowland], vocalist Josh Groban, sitar player Anoushka Shankar, trumpeter Chris Botti and pianist/arranger Marlin Hamlisch. Oblivionby Astor Piazzola and Il Postino both feature Carel Kraayenhof playing the bandoneon [a type of concertina popular in South America]. The most fascinating track is the Grieg piece which, by the wonders of modern technology, Bell recorded in July last year with accompaniment at the piano by one Sergei Rachmaninoff, recorded in September 1928! Altogether a disc that is a bit "different" but musically rewarding. Peter Burt
A TOUCH OF CLASS [Four Hands At One And Two Pianos] Rachel & Vanessa FuidgeMilhaud: Scaramouche; Gershwin arr. H Levine: Rhapsody in Blue; Saint-Saens arr. composer: The Carnival of Animals; Philip Lane: Badinages 1 - Mouvement Perpetual; Grieg: Norwegian Dance No.2; Anitra’s Dance; Casella: Puppets; Camilleri: Paganiana; Paola di Biase: Duo Tango; Leroy Anderson:Fiddle Faddle Divine Art DDV 24146 [70:40] Whether to play or hear, piano duets are fun. These players, identical twins born in Glossop in 1988, clearly find them so and the freshness and bloom of their work ensure that we do, too. The Milhaud, unique here in being a two piano work, Gershwin and Saint-Saens are the most recent recordings . By themselves they would have offered short measure, so the other tracks are taken from an earlier CD, now deleted, made by Dunelm Records in 2005 when the twins were still at school. These latter tracks offer less well-known but equally tuneful items from the duet repertoire. Fine recording; the sense of musical enjoyment is something to treasure. Philip L Scowcroft
PHIL KELSALL Welcome To My World Imperial Echoes; Second Waltz [Shostakovitch]; The Cactus Polka; Vera Lynn Medley [Part 1]; George Gershswin Medley; You raise me up; I’ve got the world on a string/Welcome to my world/What a wonderful world; La Danza; That’s amore/My resistance is low/Que sera sera; Limehouse Blues/Vera Lynn Medley [Part 2]; Wurlitzer March; Jerome Kern Medley; Russian Rag; Jerry Herman Medley; Noel Coward Medley; Twelfth Street Rag Grasmere GRCD 132 [70:08] This album, only recorded in January, celebrates 75 years of the distinctive sounding Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer organ from the current ─ and for the past 35 years ─ king of its keyboard. Available at mid-price, it is a very pleasant selection of nicely varied items. What a potent tune You raise me up is. Based on the Londonderry Air, it has been recorded more than 125 times and become popular at funerals and memorial services, and is well-suited to the Wurlitzer. Peter Burt
A BREEZY BALLAD Songs and Ballads of Haydn Wood Shae Apland [bass-baritone], Sharon Wishart [piano], Marissa Famiglietti [soprano], Marjorie Cullerne [violin] A Breezy Ballad; The Little Ships [Dunkirk 1940]; The Stars Looked down; Khaki and Gold; Casey the Fiddler; Think on these Things; I Bless the Dawn; I Love Your Eyes; Roses of Picardy; Memories of Yesterday; Bird of Love Divine; Three Sea songs: The Call, Ship o’ Mine, The Sea Road; Fairy Water; This is My Dream; Prayer in the Desert [A Soldier – His Prayer]; A Rose Still Blooms in Picardy; Somebody’s in Love With You; Love’s Garden of Roses; The Foray; The End of the World [A Manx Spiritual]; Your Prayers Are Asked; This is the Song of Life [67:39] Haydn Wood wrote many ballads and some more serious songs [his wife Dorothy Court was a popular soprano]. His 50th anniversary last year brought forth two song CDs, by Peter Dempsey and Guy Rowland and this one, from Canada, which luckily overlaps relatively little ─ even Roses, present on both, appears here in its otherwise unavailable duet version. The principal singer, Shae Apland, a virile-sounding bass-baritone clear and fresh in delivery, is positively accompanied by Sharon Wishart. I could have done with hearing more of Miss Famiglietti ─ perhaps in songs written for Dorothy Court ─ as she is only heard in the Roses duet, but the CD is pleasantly varied: many "outdoor" songs like the grimly portentous The End of the World and others [Khaki, Ships and Prayer] which between them recall two World Wars; the disc spans the period 1910-50. We hear Bird with Wood’s violin obbligato played by his great-niece Marjorie Cullerne, who has devised obbligati for Casey and Love’s Garden. Recommended heartily. Philip L Scowcroft
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GRACIE FIELDS Our Gracie : The Best Of Gracie Fields Gracie’s Requests: Sally – My Blue Heaven – Looking on the bright side; When I grow too old to dream; Wish me luck [as you wave me goodbye]; Walter, Walter lead me to the alter; Red sails in the sunset; Danny boy; A nice cup of tea; Indian Love Call; Little old lady; Love walked in; Sing as we go*; That old feeling*; Irving Berlin Medley*: This year’s kisses – The song is ended – How deep is the ocean; Lancashire Blues*; Smile when you say goodbye*; The biggest aspidistra in the world; Pedro the Fisherman; Bless this house; Oklahoma! Part 1: Oh, what a beautiful mornin’! – The surrey with the fringe on top – People will say we’re in love; Oklahoma! Part 2: I cain’t say no – Out of my dreams – Oklahoma!; How are things in Glocca Morra?; He wooed her and wooed her and wooed her; Take me to your heart again [La vie en rose]; Now in the hour; Gracie Fields featuring Jane Horrocks "Now is the hour" Decca 5324560[79’43"] Following the very successful showing last autumn of the BBC4 drama ‘Gracie’, starring Jane Horrocks, and no doubt hoping to emulate their 2009 best-selling collection from Vera Lynn, Decca bring us a selection of Miss Fields’ best known recordings, plus five [see * above] which have never been released before. These new tracks were taken from Fairy Soap radio programmes made in 1938 that were discovered in a storage facility and saved from destruction. The last track is also fascinating: a duet of Gracie’s biggest chart success, her voice combining with that of Jane Horrocks. Nine of the first ten pre-war tracks were originally on the old Rex label with MDs Jay Wilbur or Fred Hartley. Wish me luck is from a film soundtrack issued by Regal-Zonophone. On the majority of the original Decca tracks the MD is Phil Green although Victor Young wields the baton for Aspidistra, and on La vie en rose Gracie is accompanied by our own Bob Farnon and his Orchestra. Where this new collection scores over previous releases is in the first-rate final restoration and remastering by RFS member Alan Bunting. He was most pleased to be able to do something about an extremely bad edit on the 78 of Wish me luck. Ray Crick is responsible for the compilation and very good booklet notes, although it’s a pity that among other listing errors The Lord’s Prayer track referred to seems to have got lost somewhere along the way! Surprisingly there is not a lot of duplication with the two albums featured in Back Tracks in our March issue. Most enjoyable. Peter Burt
JUDY GARLAND Over The Rainbow : The Very Best Of Judy Garland Over The Rainbow, Stompin’ At The Savoy, You Made Me Love You, Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart, I’m Just Wild About Harry, Embraceable You, Swanee, I’m Nobody’s Baby, I’m Always Chasing Rainbows, How About You, Blues In The Night, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, For Me And My Gal, When You Wore A Tulip, That Old Black Magic, But Not For Me, I Got Rhythm, The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Love, You’ll Never Walk Alone, On The Atchison Topeka And The Santa Fe, Look For The Silver Lining, A Couple Of Swells, Get Happy, Can This be The End Of The Rainbow? Decca 75326184 [77:58] Ray Crick, former manager of ASV’s Living Era label, has already compiled two big sellers for Universal/Decca with his Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields collections. Now it is the turn of Judy Garland, and if Universal fund a similar amount of TV advertising this could well prove to be the most successful of the three. Once again the sound restoration is in the safe hands of Alan Bunting, so I hardly need comment upon the fine quality of the recordings ─ some now incredibly 70 years old (the second track is actually her very first release from 1936 when she was just 14). As for the music, it is a delightful mix of studio recordings and film soundtracks, and many of your own favourites must surely be included. Along the way Judy sings with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, and the forthcoming West End production of "The Wizard Of Oz" will certainly rekindle the public’s interest in the original Dorothy. My promotional copy did not include the CD booklet, but I am confident in predicting that it will be full of useful information about her recording career. Top marks to Ray Crick for a delightful collection. I wonder who he will choose next time? David Ades
MARIO LANZA Serenade: A Mario Lanza Songbook 22 tracks incl. Tosti: Marechiare; Toselli:Serenade; Tosti: A vucchella; Di Capua: O sole mio; Fusco: Dicitencello vuie; Padilla: Valencia;Cottrau: Fenesta che lucive … RCA Red Seal 88697573892 [66:34] This is rather a splendid new collection at budget price [I paid under £6 online] of reissues with seven previously unreleased recordings by the celebrated romantic tenor prematurely lost to us at age 38 in 1959. As well as the lovely melodies with titles we may not recognize, included are songs such as Siboney, Granada,Besame mucho, Mattinata, Ay-ay-ay, Because and Arriverderci Roma. A number of the tracks were originally recorded for ‘The Mario Lanza Show’ on radio; three of these being introduced by Lanza himself in a voice as mellifluous speaking as it is singing. Conducting duties are shared by Constantine Callinicos and Ray Sinatra. The remastering brings the sound up as fresh as the proverbial paint, and the excellent booklet notes by album compiler Derek Mannering help make a most desirable package. Peter Burt
VERA LYNN Songs From ‘The Vera Lynn Show’ 27 tracks incl. I love to sing; In the middle of an island; When I fall in love; Hey there; Mr Wonderful; No, not much; With all my heart; In the wee small hours of the morning; Witchcraft; Put your arms around me, honey; The last time I saw Paris; Sometimes I’m happy; Only you, I’ll be seeing you … Sepia 1143 [77:15] On 13th September last year, Dame Vera became the oldest living artist to top the UK album chart, at the age of 92. This album of transcribed radio show numbers, the majority of titles never having been recorded commercially, date from 52 years ago ─ although you would never think so from Robin Cherry’s re-mastering. She did, however, record How green was my valley no less than three times: with Mantovani , Robert Farnon , and Geoff Love . These are tiptop interpretations from one of the finest vocalists this country has ever produced. It is interesting to hear Vera’s "take" on songs associated with other singers, such as True love, Mangos, Tammy, and Love letters. No standout tracks ─ they’re all good! Vera receives stellar support throughout from the well-remembered Eric Robinson and his Orchestra. If you, like me, are a Lynn fan you will need no encouragement to buy this disc. If you have nothing of hers in your collection, then note Tony Middleton’s reference in his detailed booklet notes to Vera’s "perfect diction, attention to lyrics and overall sincerity" and give this disc a spin. You’ll not regret it. Peter Burt
RUNAWAY LOVE Billy Mayerl’s 1930s Show Songs Alex Hassan [piano], Rachel Barrell [soprano], Colin [baritone] 24 tracks incl. Hand in glove; I feel so safe with you; I’ve got a sweetie on the radio; It’s not fair; I know something that you know; Song of the fir tree; Just a little love; A house on a hill-top; Over she goes, Why not, Madame?; Your sunny disposition and mine; Miss Up-To-Date … Shellwood SWCD39 [70:27] Another new release that has come my way, I’m afraid that there is not a track here that I recognize and the shows they come from ─ ‘Charlotte’s Revue’, ‘Love Lies’, ‘Darling I Love You’, ‘Silver Wings’, ‘Nippy’, ‘Over She Goes’, ‘Runaway Love’, etc. ─ are all equally unknown. But I enjoyed it quite a bit with the performers sounding eminently matched to the material. Alex Hassan in his liner notes writes: "There are some soaring melodies here, mixed with a healthy dollop of toe-tapping syncopation." Agreed! It is for the latter, of course, that most of us will know the name of Billy Mayerl. I understand that this album is a follow-up to an earlier release ‘Honeymoon For Three’ [SWCD28]. So if you liked that, you’ll want this. And if Billy Mayerl the songwriter is new to you, then this is another disc to try. Peter Burt
A SONG FOR YOU Favourite Ballads, Songs of Cabaret and Screen and Piano Solos Peter Dempsey [tenor], Guy Rowland [piano] Trotère: I Did Not Know; E. Purcell: Passing By; Bartlett: A Dream; Lohr: Where My Caravan Has Rested; Silesu: A Little Love; Gartner: Trusting Eyes; Brahe: I Passed By Your Window; Penn: Smilin’ Through; Openshaw: Love Sends a Little Gift of Roses; Kennedy Russell: Just Because the Violets; "Lozanne": Dark-Haveh Marie; Schonberger:Whispering; Strickland: Mah Lindy Lou; Grofe: Wonderful One; Donaldson: My Blue Heaven; C. Gibbons: A Garden in the Rain; Lenoir: Speak To Me of Love; Cole Porter: In the Still of the Night; R. Noble: By the Fireside; Spoliansky: My song For You; Piano solos: Coates: Bird Songs At Eventide; F. Hartley: Starry Night; Mayerl: The Song of the Fir Tree ASFY1 [66:30] Fresh from their success with the CDs of Coates, Haydn Wood and Ketèlby songs, Messrs Dempsey and Rowland enjoyably turn their attention to a miscellaneous disc of ballads, etc. by English composers ─ I like particularly those by Trotère, really Trotter [!], Kennedy Russell and Ray Noble ─ and, even more so, American ones, not to mention Italian [Silesu] and French [Lenoir]. Several were written for or incorporated in films; the time scale of the vocal items is 1890-1937. Mr Dempsey’s passionate, incisive tone and clarity of diction [the French in the popular Lenoir song is not quite idiomatic] do well for this repertoire and he is well supported by Mr Rowland, who extends the CD’s scope with three solo tracks, all by British composers. "Lozanne", incidentally, was Canadian-born Alma Rattenbury, accused in 1934 of murdering her husband but acquitted, ‘though she later committed suicide. Philip L Scowcroft[Available from Mr P Dempsey, 44 Victoria Road, Bedford-on-Avon, Warwicks. B50 4AR [e-mail Demsini @ aol.com] at £9.95 incl. p&p]
THE BEST OF THE COLLIERY BANDS The Music Lives On : Now The Mines Have Gone The Champions – Desford Colliery Band; Gallop from William Tell – Grimethorpe C B; Russian Dance – Point of Ayr C B; Concierto de Aranjuez – Betteshanger Brass Band; Songs of the Tyne – Bearpark & Esh C B; He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – Hatfield Powerfuel C B; New World Symphony – Grimethorpe C B; The Day Thou Gavest – Newbridge Celynen B B; La Danza – Northumbrian Water Ellington C B; Bayview – Buckhaven & Methil B B; Jerusalem – Grimethorpe C B; You Needed Me – Thorseby C B; Lightwalk - Carlton Main Frickly C B; Songs of the Quay – Thorseby C B; MacArthur Park – Grimethorpe C B Island 2732604 [63:25] This would be a good representative album of the genre to have in your CD collection. It comes to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of one this country’s bitterest and most decisive industrial disputes. Subsequently Margaret Thatcher’s government decimated the pits and the only ones named above still operational are Thoresby and Hatfield, the latter closing in 1994 but re-opening in 2006. Here is quite a varied mix of music with the best pieces being those, like the opening track, written specifically for bands to perform. Most of the items are upbeat with little of the longueurs non-aficionados sometimes associate with brass band music. Barrie Gott’s Lightwalk really swings. New World Symphony is a felicitious rendering of theGoin’ Home theme from that work. The day after this disc arrived I read in The Times that "The British brass band tradition is under threat from all sides." By buying this mid-priced album we could be helping the struggle to keep it alive. Peter Burt
DINNIGTON COLLIERY BAND A Band For Britain Largo; Death Or Glory; Abide With Me; Floral Dance; Annie’s Song; Pirates Of The Caribbean; Jerusalem; Great Escape; Danny Boy; Slaidburn; Conquest Of Paradise; Born Free Decca 2732796 [41:30] 35 years ago there were 35,000 registered brass bands playing in the UK, today there are only 700. The South Yorkshire based aggregation playing here has only survived the demise of the local pit in 1992 thanks to a 3-part BBC television documentary leading to a £1M record deal with Universal. However, they do the band no favours by providing only 41½ minutes of playing time for a tenner. What we do have, conducted by MD Jonathan Beatty, are spirited versions of standard band fare including the ubiquitous ‘Hovis’ theme, the hymn tune beloved by the FA Cup Final crowd, echoes of another band of years past and a Terry Wogan singalong, the John Denver song adopted by Sheffield United ["The Blades"] football team as their signature tune, a quartet of toothsome film themes ─ Conquest by Vangelis stands out for me ─ and a couple of items written to be performed by brass bands. From a revitalized group of musicians, this is an album with soul and a good listen. Ashley Studdal
BAND OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS Music From Trooping The Colour 1952─2008 Ketèlby:With Honour Crowned; Bidgood: St Patrick’s March; Wright: Whitehall; Jansea: The Ambassador;Wagner: Rienzi; Siebert: Marching Sergeants; Jaeger: Freedom of Windsor; Double X; Howe: Scottish Colours; Bellini: Grand March from ‘Norma’; Renton: Guards Independent Parachute Company; Eley:Royal Heritage; Machin: Advance to Glory; etc. … Bandleader BNA 5199 [75:00] This recording brings to an end a series of releases featuring marches played at various Trooping the Colour Ceremonies since 1864, and all have been judiciously selected by the Director of Music, Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones, to minimize duplication for even the most avid collector of military music ─ so there’s not an Alford or Sousa march in sight on this collection. Instead we have contributions from such luminaries as "Jigg" Jaeger, long-term and celebrated DOM of the Irish Guards, Jimmy Howe, long-associated DOM of the Scots Guards, Frank Renton, still happily presenting ‘Listen to The Band’ on BBC Radio 2, and to bring as right up-to-date a march by Greg Machin: Advance to Glory played for the first time in 2008. Also of particular interest is the inclusion of an example, Royal Heritage,composed by the Coldstream Band’s first Music Major, Christopher Eley [1785-1794], in an effective rescoring for modern military band by Graham Jones. Particularly welcome is the first track from a composer usually associated with penning romanticized musical postcards depicting exotic places such as Persian markets and Chinese temple gardens. With Honour was written to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935 and featured in the Birthday Parade that year. The only other recording I possess of this piece is in an orchestral version by the London Promenade Orchestra under Alexander Faris on a Philips CD. In sum this is a magnificent cornucopia of military marches, uplifting and stirring, and played by a band at the top of their very considerable form. The album is a superb testimony to the skill and talent of young military musicians who do not always receive the recognition they deserve. With vivid recording and generous playing time this disc is self-recommending. Roger Hyslop
HOLST IN CHICHESTER The Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth [The Royal Band] directed by Principal Director of Music, Lt Col Nick Grace RM; Chichester Cathedral Choir directed by Sarah Baldock; Mark Wardell [organ] Holst: First Suite in E flat for military band Op.28 No.1; Second Suite in F for military band Op.28 No.2; Hammersmith Op.52; Turn Back O Man, Planets Suite – Jupiter Op.32; Parry: I Was Glad; Stanford: Te Deum in B flat; Vaughan Williams:English Folk Song Suite Chevron CHVCD30 [71:00] Having acquired some three years ago Gordon Jacobs’ orchestration of the two suites by Gustav Holst ─ available on Lyrita SRCD210 [LPO/Nicholas Braithwaite] ─ I was particularly delighted by this latest and imaginative release from the "in house" label of the Royal Marines Band Service that includes the original military band versions, especially in such outstanding performances as these. Both are delivered with incisive, crisp and stylish playing, as are Vaughan Williams’ attractive and jaunty Suite, a 1923 commission from the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, and Jupiter; whilst the sombre strains of the brooding atmospheric and rarely performed Hammersmith are vividly conveyed by a band that possesses a rich tonal palette. Some slight reservations creep in with regard to the purely choral items. The modest-sized choir seems a little backwardly balanced and thus rather lacking in impact and presence, whilst the organist rarely makes his presence felt. But getting everything into perfect balance within the difficult cathedral acoustic is a well nigh impossible task and I’m sure the Royal Marines engineering team in charge of this production made valiant efforts to obtain the best possible results in attempting to blend together band, choir and organ. So the highlights on this disc are undoubtably the purely wind band items, vividly recorded and reflecting good inner details, and it’s difficult to imagine they could easily be bettered for some considerable time ─ if at all. One final small quibble: it would have been helpful to have included individual track timings. Otherwise strongly recommended. Roger Hyslop[Available from The Blue Band Magazine HQBSRM, HMS Nelson, Queen Street, Portsmoth, Hants PO1 3HH, enclosing a £10 cheque made payable to "The Blue Band", or order online at www.royalmarinesbands.co.uk]
RED NICHOLS AND HIS FIVE PENNIES featuring MARION MORGAN The Navy Swings Dixie; A foggy day in London Town; Corky; Marry a rich woman; Fidgety feet; Come rain or come shine; Buglers Lament; I’m shooting high, Lassus Trombone; Stardust; Blues at midnight; Almost like being in love; Parade of the Pennies; My funny valentine; Maple Leaf Rag; I’ve got a crush on you Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 797 [59‘51"] Featuring jazz veterans of the 1920s who made thousands of records, sometimes under different names. It is complete with all the usual recruitment announcements of the 1950s. Paul Clatworthy
THE OSCAR PETERSON TRIO The Complete World Transcriptions 24 tracks incl. Fine and dandy; Someone to watch over me; Heatwave; Makin’ Whoopee; Just you, just me; Sweet Georgia Brown; A fine romance; Should I?; How about you; Zing went the strings of my heart, September in the rain; Imagination; Don’t blame me … Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 800 [58’06"] Three fine musicians working steadily through a good collection of standards. Of not a single track could I honestly say, "I’ve got to hear that again." One for Peterson completists only. If you have your arm twisted into helping wash-up, good background sound but still conveyer-belt music. Sounds of Yesteryear discs are available from The Woods and other good retailers. Paul Clatworthy
CHOPIN 14 Waltzes, etc. Dinu Lipatti 17 tracks EMI 9659302 [64:48] This year marks the 200thbirth anniversary of the Polish composer Frederic Chopin, who is described in Classic fM’s ‘Classic Ephemera’ miscellany [Elliott & Thompson ISBN 1904027814] as "sort of a Henry Ford of composers, whose catchphrase might have been ‘you can have any instrument as long as it’s the piano.’" The waltzes recorded in 1950, the year the brilliant 33-year-old Romanian-born pianist tragically died, have never been out of the catalogue and here they are re-mastered in EMI’s new low-priced Masters series. Included are the best-known waltzes Minute [as in tiny] and Brilliant. Delightful!Edward Trub
TCHAIKOVSKY Sleeping Beauty Ballet Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden, conducted by Mark Ermler Sony 88697575302 [172:01] Tchaikovsky’s ballets are surely in a class of their own in possessing a symphonic breadth and sweep unrivalled or surpassed, in my view, either before or since. The Sleeping Beauty received mixed reviews on its first appearance in Russia and its popularity didn’t really begin to take off until Diaghilev staged it with his Ballet Russe in London in 1921. These CDs are a new reissue of an account recorded in 1989 at St-Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb [a church designed by the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens]. It straddles three discs simply because it is commendably played absolutely complete whereas most rival accounts are contained on two CDs, making some cuts unavoidable. This is a magnificent and compelling score, made the more so with melodies pouring from the composer’s pen in a veritable flood and, with sumptuous recording quality and a price tag of around £15 [less online], is treasure trove indeed. Roger Hyslop
SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN Ivanhoe BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by David Lloyd-Jones Chandos CHAN 10578 Sullivan always wanted to break free of his less serious mode and succeeded with Ivanhoe, one of the very few patriotic English grand operas, neatly shown in the packaging which represents the Cross of St. George. Dedicated to and therefore possibly commissioned by Queen Victoria, it deserves a listing because of its epic story and three hour duration, not to mention its links with the Royal Opera House built specially by Richard D’Oyly Carte but ultimately turning into the Palace Theatre. If you like grand opera then this is for you. Mid-price for a 3-CD boxed set. Edmund Whitehouse
More releases noted by Wilfred Askew
COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA Play Music by Neal Hefti : On My Way and Shoutin’ Again! 10 tracks incl. Dirty Bumps; Jump for Johnnie; Shanghaied; Skippin’ with Skitch; Rose Bud; Together Again … Verve 1790904 [34:21] Recorded in 1962.
TONY BENNETT For Once In My Life ; I’ve Gotta Be Me Something in your smile; Out of this world; Baby, dream your dream; How do you say Auf Wiedersehen; Keep smiling at trouble … and 4 more Arranged/conducted by Marion Evans, David Rose, Torrie Zito & Ralph Burns / Play it again, Sam; Alfie; What the world needs now is love; They all laughed; A lonely place; Theme from ‘Valley of the Dolls’ … and 5 more Arranged/conducted by Terrie Zito. Original Columbia [CBS] recordings from 1967 and 1969. Beat Goes On Records BGOCD 886 [64:11]
CLASSIC WESTERN SCORES FROM M-G-M, Vol.2 Original Motion Picture Soundtracks Disc 1:Northwest Passage  Herbert Stothart 31 tracks; Disc 2: Many Rivers To Cross  Cyril J Mockridge [cond. Miklos Rozsa] 30 tracks; Escape From Fort Bravo  Jeff Alexander; Disc 3: A Thunder Of Drums  Harry Sukman 25 tracks; The Godchild  David Shire 14 tracksF.S.M. Vol.12 No.18 [217:16] Limited to 2,000 copies.
JOHNNY DANKWORTH Let’s Slip Away Film & TV 1960-1973 [2-CD set] Disc 1 – Big Screen 20 tracks incl. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; The Servant; Darling; Sands of the Kalihari; Accident; Modesty Blaise … Disc 2 – Home Entertainment 19 tracks incl. The Avengers; Little Nell; Pickwick Club; Aquarius; The Frost Report; Off Duty; Night Owl; Tomorrow’s World; Bitter Lemons …Universal – Eclipse 531761 [107:29] The majority of tracks appeared originally on Fontana between 1960 and 1973; Cleo Laine is on nine of them.
KEN GRIFFIN [Organ] Drifting & Dreaming [2-CD set] 52 tracks incl. Ebb Tide; Green Eyes; Until Tomorrow; Marie; Jealous; Isle of Capri; Always; Valencia, Whispering; All Alone; Now is the Hour; I’m Lost in the Clouds; When Irish Eyes are Smiling; April in Portugal; In the Chapel in the Moonlight … Rex REXX 334 [132:52]
QUINCY JONES Explores The Music Of Henry Mancini 12 tracks incl. Baby Elephant Walk; Dreamsville; Mr Lucky; [I love you] and don’t you forget it; Soldier in the Rain; Moon River; Peter Gunn Verve 1799574 [38:22]
THE MASTERSOUNDS : WES MONTGOMERY Kismet and The King And I 17 tracks Cherry Red ACMEM174CD [78:49] Genteel, chamber jazz reminiscent of the MJQ; and of the Previn/Manne/ Vinnegar recordings of show tunes on Contemporary.
SHIP MARTIN’S ALL STAR JAZZ BAND Symphonies In Jazz Scheherajazz – adapted from Rimskky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade [4 movements]; Swingin’ with Prince Igor - adapted from Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances [4 dances]; Tannhäuser – adapted from Wagner’s overture. Flare ROYCD302 [62:13] The big band alternates with a concert orchestra on all nine tracks, recorded in stereo in 1959.
MIKLÓS RÓZSA TREASURY [1949 – 1968] Original Picture Soundtracks: Madame Bovary; The Red Danube; The Miniver Story; The Ashphalt Jungle; East Side, West Side; The Light Touch; Quo Vadis [on 2 CDs]; The Story Of Three Loves; Young Bess; All The Brothers Were Valiant; Knights Of The Round Table [UK recording]; Crest Of The Wave; Beau Brummell; Something Of Value; Crisis; Tip On A Dead Jockey; King Of Kings; El Cid; Ivanhoe; Knights Of The Round Table [US recording]; The V I Ps; The Power FSM Box 04 [19:13:31] 15-CD set, in 3 cases in a sturdy box with 48pp booklet. Limited to 2,000 copies.
THE BEST OF BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC BBC Concert Orchestra, Martin Loveday [leader], conducted by Vernon Handley 633 Squadron; Coronation Scot; Westminster Waltz; London Suite - Knightsbridge: March; Covent Garden: Tarantelle; Nights of Gladness; Mexican Hat Dance; Sailing By; The Horse Guards - Whitehall; Elizabethan Serenade; Little Suite - March; Jamaican Rumba; Concert Jig; By The Sleepy Lagoon; Puffin’ Billy; Vanity Fair; Jumping Bean; Grasshoppers’ Dance; Barwick Green; Dam Busters March Sony Classical 88697707372 [68:24] Hot from HMV, this release plopped through my letterbox on the last date for reviews to be sent in. Although the last to arrive it is the first this quarter deserving an enthusiastic recommendation. The selection of mellow 1997 recordings here presents no big surprises for the light music lover ─ some of the British connections may raise a quizzical eyebrow or two ─ but it will make a wonderful introduction for someone who has little knowledge of or thinks they have no liking for our kind of music, conducted as it is by the acclaimed British classical conductor and champion of all British music, the late Vernon "Tod" Handley. And it is meat and drink to the orchestra involved. The Concert Jig is from Ernest Tomlinson’s ‘Silverthorn Suite’, the ‘Little Suite is by Trevor Duncan, and Peter Hope arranged theMexican Hat Dance. At a list price of £4.99 [I got it for a pre-release price of £2.99!] it is a great bargain. So, go on, buy it for yourself and treat an "unbelieving" friend. It’s not long until Christmas!Peter Burt
BUDDY BREGMAN CONDUCTS Symphony Of The Golden West The Brussels World Fair’s Pops Symphony Orchestra Song of the Golden West, The Streets of Laredo, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie, Colorado Trail, The Cowboy, Whoopee-Ti-Yi-Yo, Billy Boy, Red River Valley, Home on the Range, The Old Chisholm Trail, No Use For Women, Jesse James ; A Lovely Afternoon The Conrad Salinger Orchestra The Continental, I Cover The Waterfront, Long Ago and Far Away, The Boy Next Door, Our Love Affair, That’s Entertainment, I Concentrate On You, Singin’ In The Rain, Let’s Fall In Love, The Trolley Song, I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star, I’m In Love With A Wonderful GuyFrank Bristow EXCD 59 [67:19]. If you have bought a Guild ‘Golden Age of Light Music’ CD recently, the chances are that one of the tracks from the Conrad Salinger LP ‘A Lovely Afternoon’may have been included. Most of the inspired arrangements from this genius of MGM Musicals have already been made available again on Guild, but this should certainly not stop you from jumping at the chance to get the complete album. If you need any further encouragement, movie-buff Richard Hindley has updated his article on Salinger from JIM which now appears in full in the CD booklet. The LP has been remastered to a very high standard [the booklet doesn’t divulge his or her name] and listening to twelve great movie songs performed so immaculately is surely a great way to escape from the troubles of our modern world. The accompanying LP is almost a bonus. Its subject matter suggests it was aimed at the American market, but it avoids too much corny cowboy nostalgia. Billy Boy [which I had always assumed to be a traditional British air] receives a most melodic treatment that completely transforms it. If you share my enthusiasm for the great days of film musicals, don’t hesitate to get this CD while you can. David Ades For details of how to obtain the Frank Bristow CDs mentioned in this feature, please refer to the review for the Reg Owen albums.
TEX BENEKE ORCHESTRA Goodbye, Glenn Miller Strings 27 tracks incl. Just you just me; Blue champagne; Cherokee Canyon; The man I love; Saturday date; Can’t help lovin’ that man; A woman always understands; St Louis Blues March; A string of pearls; Until; Every day I love you; Little Jack Frost got lost; East of the sun; At last … Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 811 [79:07] Glenn’s Army Band had a large string section but back in civvy street the economics became too much for its successor’s budget. Compiler Michael Highton has collated some of the last string outings made: some bought from the late Bill Holland, former secretary of The Glenn Miller Appreciation Society, others from broadcasts made by the late Jimmy Crawford. Enjoyable, with the highlights for me being Bill Finegan’s arrangement of My Buddy, Ralph Wilkinson’s setting of Laura, and Henry Mancini cutting the band loose on ‘S Wonderful Paul Clatworthy
JOHNNY DOUGLAS AND HIS ORCHESTRA & SINGERS On Broadway 10 tracks from ‘No, No, Nanette’ incl. Too many rings around Rosie; I’ve confessed to the breeze; Tea for two; Take a little one step; I want to be happy … ; I believe in you; Paris original; The brotherhood on man; To look upon my love; Inevitable; I’m just taking my time; Comes one in a lifetime; Shalom; Everything beautiful; His own little island Dulcima DLCD 123 [62:36] Our esteemed Editor heaped so much praise on the last Douglas release [JIM 182] he probably thought somebody else should have a bite at this latest cherry of a disc. It comprises two original RCA albums in their Living Strings Collection – the third from this label. The first album is of the 1925 Vincent Youmans’ stage show [filmed 1930, ’40 and ’50] regarded on its original release in 1971 as the best recording of the songs. Youmans went for simplicity and many of his tunes were just a repetition of three or four notes as in Tea for two. The second album, after which this CD is named, is a 1962 selection of unhackneyed hits from the Broadway musicals of the previous year: ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying[Loesser]; ‘Kean’ [Wright/Forrest]; ‘Subways are for Sleeping’ [Comden/Green/Styne]; ‘Milk and Honey’ [Herman]; and ‘Let it Ride’ [Livingston/Evans]. All the arrangements are by the conductor, who captures the real show-music sound from a full orchestra. Although every track is vocal there are some superior string sounds surrounding the singing. Top marks, too, for re-mastering and recording. Peter Burt
A FIRST A-Z OF LIGHT MUSIC Guild GLCD5169 For full tracklisting please see page 66 of JIM 184 (June 2010)
This sounded an interesting title for the 69th Guild release promising more to come, alphabetically speaking, and it begins in great style with Vivian Ellis’s Alpine Pastures played by the Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra, arranged and conducted by Sidney Torch from the Chappell catalogue. I’ve often wondered why a programme producer chooses a particular piece of music [Alpine Pastures was the theme music for the BBC radio programme ‘My Word’ many years ago 1956-1990], considering the hundreds of musical themes available in mood music libraries. Alpine Pastures begins very gently for the first 31 seconds ─ not at all the theatrical opening you might expect a radio producer to look for. Then the main jolly tune comes in and I’ll bet Tony Shryane, the producer [I think it was he], sat back, lit up a cigarette and thought, "that’s the piece." Another very jolly tune is David Rose’s The Christmas Tree as played by his Orchestra. David [Ades] tells us in his notes that this was used each Yuletide on the Red Skelton TV Show, and it’s not hard to see why; it’s just the piece to get the audience in a festive mood. Hans-Georg Arlt and his Orchestra make another appearance on Guild with an attractive number, Through You This World Is Beautiful, on the Ariola label. A composer who’s intrigued me for some time since coming across her works in publishers’ mood music catalogues is Joyce Cochrane, and thanks to David’s notes we know more about her with the inclusion of Flowing Stream from the Francis, Day & Hunter catalogue. Another of her compositions I’d like to see included on a future Guild issue is Round the Square. I’ve got the Chappell 78 but it would be nice to have it on CD. Another mood music composer, very prolific in his lifetime, was Cedric King Palmer, and here’s one of his typically catchy numbers, Going Concern, played by The Grosvenor Studio Orchestra conducted by Dolf Van der Linden on track seven. The sort of happy carefree music that used to come off the soundtracks of short supporting cinema films such as the "Look At Life" series from the Rank Organization. Another composer whom we don’t hear too much about is Henry Croudson whose composition Jump For Joy, played by The Connaught Light Orchestra, is included in this collection. Philip Green [writing as Jose Belmonte] provides an exotic flavour with his number The Kiss played by Angela Morley and her Orchestra, while Hal Mooney and his Orchestra follow on track 12 with his own curious march-like rhythmic piece, Leo. Perhaps it was written in honour of the MGM Lion… who knows? Another curiosity is Moonlight on the Ganges by Sherman Myers [Montague Ewing] and Chester Wallace, played by Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra. Not the sort of dreamy piece I expected from Mr. Ewing, having a number of his lighthearted pieces in my record collection. Joseph Kuhn was another prolific composer judging by the times his name crops up on the 101 Strings recordings, and here’s another of his sparkling contributions, Noche Amour, played by The Rio Carnival Orchestra. George Melachrino conducting the Orchestra of the 6th San Remo Festival play Parole E Musica by Silvestri, [don’t ask!] Back to my territory, a piece of Bosworth Catalogue Archive music from 1938, Rose-Beetle Goes A-Wooing by Jose Armandola and played by the Regent Classic Orchestra [Louis Voss and his Orchestra?] Still in "mood music" mode, but this time from 1959, the Group Forty Orchestra conducted by Eric Cook gives us Jack Cole’s Sunshine Express from the KPM Library. I first heard this on an LP collection of mood pieces from KPM issued in 1966 by Amateur Cine World magazine. It included a licence to re-record on film or tape without payment of additional dubbing fees and I’m looking at the LP now as I write this, with its photo on the front sleeve of a young couple and a Eumig Projector, the same model I still have. Good old cine days. Yet another library piece, the overture Vanity Fair by Percy Fletcher from Boosey & Hawkes with Jay Wilbur conducting the New Concert Orchestra, recorded at Levy’s Sound Studios I’m sure. It has what I can only describe as that distinct Levy sound, and it made me re-read Bill Johnson’s fascinating article "Memories of Levy’s Sound Studios 1955-1961" in the June 2004 issue [No.159] of Journal into Melody, although Vanity Fair was recorded in 1946. Getting to the end of the alphabet must have been a tricky move but the compilers have done it withXarafes, a tango arranged and played by Dolf Van der Linden and his Orchestra. This is followed by Jeff Alexander’s Yellow, a cheerful piece played by a Symphony Orchestra conducted by Frank Sinatra. And finally Z for Zingara by Cecile Chaminade, a charming number played by The Melachrino Orchestra, and arranged by Arthur Wilkinson. A spirited ending for yet another Guild Light Music CD. Ken Wilkins
MORTON GOULD & HIS ORCHESTRA Showtime ‘Famous Operettas’: The Waltz Dream; Sari; The Merry Widow; The Vagabond King; The Cat and The Fiddle; Why Do I Love you? … ; ‘Oklahoma – Suite’… 4 tracks // ‘Carousel – Suite’ … 5 tracks; Fanny; Why be afraid to dance?; Almost like being in love; I’m sure of your love; Three-quarter Blues; The perfume of your love; My best love; Merry Andrew; Love for two; Happy with the Blues; Lullabye time; Tonight I love you more; Once in a million moons; Nightwalk Frank Bristow FBCD 220/221 [77:49 & 73:57] Coming to this disc I was aware of Morton Gould [1913-96] for his classical compositions [the ballet Fall River Legend, Latin-American Symphonette, etc.] and The Deserted Ballroom, one of my all-time favourite Mantovani tracks. However, as arranger, pianist and conductor he bridged the musical worlds. This generously timed 2CD-set includes tracks from four albums [one Columbia, three RCA] and is easy listening melody all the way. Two of the operetta tracks, Cole Porter’s Silk stockings and All of you, were originally RCA 45 rpm promotional discs. The Harold Rome numbers, Fanny and Why be afraid to dance?, were also recorded on 45s. The most interesting tracks are the last ten listed above all featuring that master of the harmonica, Larry Adler. In his informative booklet notes [although it’s a pity no recording dates are given] Frank Bristow tells us that these had been discarded for one reason or another by their creators, and discovered only after their deaths, apart from those by Gould himself: Love for two and Nightwalk. Of particular note is George Gershwin’s Lullabye time[c.1919], which came to the attention of Adler and is transcribed here for orchestra with harmonica playing the first violin part. It was premiered by him at the 1963 Edinburgh Festival.
Time To Listen Love walked in; I’m in the mood for love; Let’s fall in love; Tell me that you love me; Speak to me of love; Easy to love; My silent love; I love you; I love Thee [Ich liebe Dich]; Mack the Knife; Speak low; Lost in the stars; Train to Johannesburg; My ship; I got a marble and star; September song; Mack the Knife; Mary Galante; Surabaya Johnny; Theme from ‘Mahagonny’; Polly’s Song; Bilbao Song; Morton Gould talks about Kurt Weill Frank Bristow FBCD 227 [77:52] Another well-filled RCA originated album arranged and conducted by the phenomenally talented Mr Gould. The first nine tracks are a nice selection of romantic titles; things move a bit up-tempo with some of the remaining Kurt Weill numbers. The first Mack the Knife track is based on the first New York presentation in April 1933, the second on the original Berlin production of 1928. The piece and its composer are the subjects of the last track: an interesting three-minute illustrated talk by the maestro. New to me and very enjoyable are Train, from the 1949 show "Lost In The Stars", andSurabaya, from "Happy End" twenty years earlier. There’s an occasional bit of roughness in the sound and some might have appreciated a little more warmth in the recording, but it’s not just time to listen … it’s time to enjoy. Peter Burt
THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by José Serebrier; Roderick Elms [piano] 15 tracks of themes & excerpts from ‘The Big Country’; ‘Casablanca’; ‘The Guns of Navarone’; ‘Spellbound’; ‘Psycho’; ‘Ben-Hur’; ‘The Sea Hawk’; ‘Dangerous Moonlight’; ‘Gone with the Wind’; ‘Taxi Driver’; and ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra RPO017CD [77:26]
THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD 2 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by José Serebrier;
Clio Gould [violin]; Jamie Talbot [alto saxophone] 15 tracks of themes and excerpts from ‘Vertigo’; ‘Citizen Kane’; ‘The Godfather’; ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’; ‘North By Northwest’; ‘Dial M for Murder’; ‘The Caine Mutiny’; ‘The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes’; ‘Sunset Boulevard’; and ‘A Place in the Sun’ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra RPO022CD [73:38]
Composer-conductor José Serebrier continues to surprise. His career has not followed the institutional way of being principal conductor of this orchestra or that. Opportunities are instead offered to him, and sometimes taken, often refused. In this way a real freshness hangs over much that he does. The recording studio has yielded sessions for recording the new, the exotic and fairly often the unfashionable. Examples are legion and his Janáček and Chadwick [Reference Recordings] leap immediately to mind. In the case of these two discs Serebrier squares up to film music. It’s a serious selection too, charting the vintage Hollywood years from 1939 to 1976. While Hollywood film scores are not the be all and end all and the time will surely come to explore methodically the film scores of the USSR, of Germany and France the fact is that Hollywood has been the home of some of the most sumptuous music for the silver screen. That word "sumptuous" certainly applies to the sound secured by the Serebrier and the engineers for Volume 2 at Cadogan Hall in London. Herrmann’s ‘Vertigo’ has never sounded as ripe. There’s also real rosiny grit and the panicky heat of the chase in the violins of the ‘North By Northwest’ prelude. The sound of the music is reminiscent of the chilliness of ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’. Steiner’s ‘Caine Mutiny’ march has the requisite brazen blast and sheer excess ─ strangely at odds with the psychological dimensions of the film. That could never be said of the Herrmann music for ‘Citizen Kane’ with its sour Gothic afflatus contrasted with childlike nostalgia. Serebrier sustains the atmosphere without a single gasp or hesitation. The lush violins are superbly floated for the Korngold ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’. Elmer Bernstein’s miniature suite from ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ has a Gallic lightness and yearning poignancy. Clio Gould cozies up close and husky for the Rozsa ‘Sherlock Holmes’ music which is drawn from the Violin Concerto. The Hungarian skirl is a Rozsa trademark on display again here. The Waxman ‘Sunset Boulevard’ is given a viciously urgent spur and is driven so hard that it moves into Herrmann territory. A year later Waxman turned in another signature score in ‘A Place In The Sun’ complete with world-weary saxophone and uncanny pre-echo of the Shostakovich Symphony No.11 in the chase music. Serebrier is especially good, in these moments, at unleashing a sort of controlled wildness. Tiomkin’s ‘Dial M for Murder’ is a lush romantic score but Tiomkin lacked the blazing genius of Herrmann or Waxman and this shows in what ends up being pleasantly intriguing rather than riveting. Nino Rota’s ‘Godfather’ music is pastoral shimmering in the Sicilian Pastorale, shiveringly doom-laden in Michael and Kay and operatic lump-in-the-throat tender in The Love Theme. There’s lovely legato playing by the RPO’s oboist. This is altogether a classy album. Volume 1 has its moments but seems a notch down from its successor in all settings. There is clarity about the sound but the well known Watford Colosseum, on this occasion, fails to yield the sort of lush amplitude balanced with a degree of transparency found on Volume 2. It’s intrinsically perfectly enjoyable but suffers in the comparison. I found this in the book-end Western themes especially ‘The Big Country’ by Moross, though the ‘Magnificent Seven’ Overture was less affected. Serebrier certainly knows how to accent this music and those eruptive golden horns in the Bernstein are matchlessly glorious. Steiner’s ‘Casablanca’ Suite suffers from what was already pretty much of a hokum score with much tired play made of national anthems. Steiner’s fault ─ I had the same problem with the RCA Gerhardt Steiner Classic Film Music album. Nothing has changed. The ‘Spellbound’ Concerto by Rozsa is nicely dispatched by Elms and the rest. The four movements from ‘Psycho’ have urgency, macabre cold atmosphere and tensely freighted threat ─ the latter wonderfully done in the Sibelian tremble that makes up most of The Stairs. The shrieking violins for The Murder are very sharply delineated. Tiomkin’s ‘The Guns of Navarone’ lumbers somewhat but soon develops a rather English film music style perhaps a little like Addison’s miniature masterpiece ‘A Bridge Too Far’ [Chandos; Ryko; EMI Classics]. Serebrier imparts real tenderness to the Love Theme from ‘Ben-Hur’ and plenty of swagger for the Charioteers’ Parade. Herrmann’s ‘Taxi Driver’ score was his last and was written contra torrentum in a world where cinematic scores seemed to be abandoning the orchestra. Phil Todd delivers a caramel smoochy saxophone solo. I have only recently heard Previn’s LSO ‘Sea Hawk’ music [Korngold’s ‘Sea Hawk’, ‘Prince and Pauper’, ‘Elizabeth and Essex’ and ‘Captain Blood’ - Abbey Road, July 2001, DG 289 471 347-2]. While Serebrier is often more than very good he is a rung down from Previn in terms of sheer sound. That said, the brass interlacing and terracing he secures is impressively and excitingly done. The Addinsell Warsaw Concerto is well executed but failed to stir me. ‘Gone With The Wind’ is more Steiner but this is Steiner at his personal best andTara’s Theme yearns very nicely indeed ─ at first in a delicacy worthy of Elmer Bernstein and later in swooping strings. Speaking of Bernstein I cannot praise too highly again those whoopingly exultant RPO French horns in the final ‘Magnificent Seven’ track ─ glorious glorious. There you have it: two generously packed CDs, well documented, each with great strengths and featuring sharply imaginative and challenging playing. CD 2 stands a step up in recorded sound terms over CD 1. They’re each a great way to survey the Hollywood classic scores. It’s what Serebrier brings to the podium that now makes me want to hear him tackle some of the complete film scores. I keep whitening on about recording Prokofiev’s war-time film music (not Nevsky and not Kijé) but its also well past time that Mario Nascimbene’s score for ‘The Vikings’ and Hugo Friedhofer’s ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ were revived and recorded afresh; the latter has been done in modern sound but Frank Collura’s conducting on Intrada seemed flat and undifferentiated to me. Serebrier would be an ideal choice for these projects. Rob Barnett
The above two reviews are included by kind permission of Rob Barnett and www.musicweb-international.com
MANTOVANI & HIS ORCHESTRA Mantovani Presents His Concert Successes Charmaine; Die Fledermaus – Overture; Moon River; Hora Staccato; Aquarius; Autumn Leaves; Gypsy Carnival; Seventy-Six Trombones; Greensleeves; Capriccio Italian; Theme from ‘The Virginian’; Fantasy on Italian Melodies: Tarantella/ O Sole Mio/ A Frangesa/ Santa Lucia/ Maria, Mari/ Funiculi, Funicula; Charmaine Vocalion CDLF 8145 [51:23] It is good that Monty’s music lives on and hardly an issue of JIM passes without a review or a mention. This is the first of four new releases. Previously issued studio recordings are used together with actual concert sounds from the Royal Albert Hall. Mantovani introduces the music with what his biographer, Colin Mackenzie, calls "his usual whimsy." The arrangement of Moon River, featuring the soprano sax of Norman Baker, was a new one when the album first came out on LP in 1988. The disc is warmly recommended as a fine reminder of what a Mantovani concert was like. At budget price, it is my CD Choice for this issue.
The Magic Of Mantovani Double CD set 40 tracks incl. Charmaine; September Song; La Vie En Rose; Cara Mia; Exodus [Main Theme]; Swedish Rhapsody; Some Enchanted Evening; La Mer // Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing; Stardust; As Time Goes By; Till; And I Love You So; Moulin Rouge Theme; Tonight … Decca 5326904 I understand that this has proved something of a sales success thanks to TV advertising. We are told that it "takes a lifestyle approach to the original recording, presenting his best loved recordings via a new and accessible animated TVC treatment which references 1950s animation styles." If any reader can tell me what that means I’ll be grateful [and surprised]. There are no inlay notes and there is a bad error in that Summertime is played twice, the first time instead of the listed Summertime in Venice! For anyone not in possession of a Mantovani compilation CD, however, this with its good sound quality and low price could be the one to have.
Mantovani The Complete Collection 5-CD set 125 tracks … Spectrum SPECSIG 2046 For little more than the price of the set above you can get this, the biggest collection ever outside of Japan. Most of the tracks you would expect to find are here [there is, of course, some duplication with ‘The Magic Of’’] but there are many less familiar but well-remembered tracks such as Answer Me,Unchained Melody, Over The Rainbow, Vaya Con Dios, Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo, Sibony, Faraway Places, I Dream of Jeanie, Blue Star, Jamaica Farewell, A Walk In The Black Forest, The Missouri Waltz, The Yellow Rose of Texas, The Happy Wanderer, The Whiffenpoof Song, Tulips From Amsterdam, If I Only Had Time, The Anniversary Waltz, Little Green Apples, and Where Have All The Flowers Gone? This set does have good inlay notes, by Hugh Palmer, and would be the one I’d go for ─ it’s a veritable stringfest. And ordering from the likes of HMV online it works out at around 8p per track!
MANTOVANI & MARIO del MONACO A Song For You Serenade [from The Student Prince], Musica Prohibita; Love’s Last Word Is Spoken; To Voglio Tanto Bene; Tonight; Cateri, Cateri; Be My Love; Girls Were Made To Love and Kiss; Cara Mia; Lolita; White Dove [Lehár], Ciao Ciao BambinoVocalion CDLF 8145 This, recorded in London’s Kingsway Hall in 1962 and released in the UK a year later, was never the success it promised to be ─ except in Japan ─ and this is its first appearance here on CD. The last two tracks were not on the original album. Sadly, the once great tenor was past his peak; but not so Monty and his musicians or Cecil Milner’s arrangements, so this is worth acquiring at budget price. Peter Burt
GEORGE MELACHRINO Rendezvous In Rome & Memories Of The Ballet & Waltzes The Melachrino Strings and Orchestra Rome the City; Volare; Castel Sant’ Angelo from ‘Tosca’; Tesoro mio; Three Coins in the Fountain; View of the Vatican [St Peter’s]; Colosseum; Autostrada; Regazza romanza; Vista Roma; Italian Fantasy; Arriverderci, Roma; Memories of the Ballet … 9 titles; Waltzing through the Operettas … 9 titles; Woodland Revels Vocalion CDVS 1953 [58:20] This joins five other collectable Melachrino CDs on Mike Dutton’s wonderful label: ‘Begin the Beguine’[CDEA6014], ‘Soft Lights and Sweet Music’ [CDVS1956], ‘Our Man in London’ & ‘Lisbon at Twilight [Highlights]’ [CDLK3337], ‘Under Western Skies & ‘The Immortal Ladies’ [CDNJT5205] and ‘Music for the Nostalgic Traveller’ & ‘Music for Relaxation [Highlights]’ [CDVS1960]. Four of the tracks on this new CD’s first album, released as a stereo LP in 1959, are composed by Melachrino himself and are quite evocative of the Eternal City. The renowned oboe player, Leon Goossens, is featured on the ear-catching Vista. There are also some lovely string sounds throughout. Three Coins is given an especially fine arrangement. The dance tempo treatment in the reprise of Volare even makes my feelings towards that tune soften a little. The accordion, which I associate more with Paris than Rome, is used on several tracks. I have always considered Melachrino’s to be the most symphonic sounding of all the great light orchestras and so on the second album they have no problems with the Maestro arranged ballet memories of pieces by Gounod, Delibes, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Respighi, Luigini and Ponchielli. The operetta waltzes come from the pens of Cuvillier, Stolz, German, Messager, Friml, Kerker and Coward. With these selections we are offered that old trick of the early electric recording era, the musical switch. Interestingly this 1956 album originated as a Stereosonic tape. Recording is good without being outstanding. The CD is priced at £2.99, but you try buying it for that [apart from Dutton direct where postage will cost you half as much again]. It is, of course, still worth adding to your collection at any bargain price. Peter Burt
REG OWEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Music For Your Listening Pleasure featuring tracks from the RCA LPs ‘Dreaming’, ‘Cuddle Up A Little Closer’, ‘Coffee Break’ and ‘Holiday Abroad in Dublin’ FBCD229 [79:34].
Come Relax With Me featuring tracks from RCA LPs ‘Dream Time Waltzes’ (with Vienna State Opera Orchestra), ‘Holiday Abroad in Dublin’, ‘I’ll Sing You 1000 Love Songs’, ‘Candlelight & Wine’ and ‘Coffee Break’ FBCD230 [79:48].
Two Faces of Reg Owen featuring Bally LP ‘Swing Me High’ and Palette LP ‘Get Happy’. FBCD231[79:41].
Nice Knowing You featuring tracks from RCA LPs ‘Deep In A Dream’, ‘Girls Were Made To Take Care of Boys’ and ‘Coffee Break’ FBCD232 [78:42].
Parisian Flavoured featuring tracks from RCA LPs ‘Under Paris Skies’, ‘You Don’t Know Paree’ and ‘Deep In a Dream’ FBCD 233 [79:13].
Twixt England and Ireland featuring tracks from RCA LPs ‘Holiday Abroad In London’ and ‘The British Isles’ FBCD234 [79:42]
A Touch of Red, White and Blue featuring the RCA LPs ‘Fiorello’ and ‘The Best of Irving Berlin’FBCD235 [79:42]
Anyone who has previously purchased CDs from our good friend Frank Bristow will know that he seems to be on a mission to make available so much glorious music that the major companies persistently ignore. The latest "neglected" arranger/conductor to receive his attention is Reg Owen, and it is clear from the fact that almost all of these LPs were issued in the USA so it probably made Reg better known in the USA than in his home country of Britain. Unfortunately we don’t have enough space here to include all the track listing details, but you can find this on Frank’s website. You will have noted that each CD enjoys very generous playing time, which is achieved through Frank’s careful selection of extra tracks from certain LPs to fill each disc. The sound quality is consistently good and, although Frank confesses that it has proved difficult to discover a lot of biographical information about Reg, each booklet is well presented. If you want a comprehensive collection of Reg Owen’s music, these seven CDs will fill the bill admirably. Should you just want one or two you have a varied selection from which to choose, ranging from sultry mood music [FBCD229] to big band [FBCD231]. Top marks to Frank for saluting a talented musician who has been unfairly neglected.David Ades
Frank Bristow’s CDs are only available direct from him at 2 Cross Street, Brighton, Victoria 3186, Australia. Tel. 063-9528-3167 Email website: www.musicfromthepast.comCredit cards and Paypal are accepted, but no cheques – details from Frank on request.
ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONAIRES In The Mood : The Glenn Miller Celebration In The Mood; Pennsylvania 6-5000; Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree; Moonlight Serenade; American Patrol; Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy; String of Pearls; Chattanooga Choo Choo; Little Brown Jug; Tuxedo Junction; At Last; St. Louis Blues March; Song of the Volga Boatman; Adios Decca 2736453 [46:27] Superlatives cannot do justice to these exquisite renditions of Glenn Miller classics; smooth trombones and saxophones that are the Miller trademark "chromium plated" by the Squads under the direction of their leader Sergeant Ken Miles. This is big band dance music at its best with the orchestral polish of the unique Glenn Miller arrangements. It is difficult to pick out favourites from such jewels, but String of Pearls [written personally by Glenn for his wife] and Adios are particularly evocative. Vocals also deserve an accolade; just listen to voices from the past, the Andrews Sisters, on Track 3. Finally of historical interest: The Squadronaires started out in 1939 as the Royal Air Force Dance Orchestra, which makes their performances span 71 years. Like good port wine they have matured superbly! Roger Chantler
WAR AND PEACE : LIGHT MUSIC OF THE 1940S Guild GLCD5171 [xx:xx] For full track listing please see page xx of this issue.
Another slice of nostalgia from this new Guild release and it begins in fine style with Charles Shadwell’s Orchestra and a real curtain raiser, Down The Mall, by Tony Lowry and Douglas Brownsmith writing as John Belton. I remember hearing this on the BBC World Service many years ago as intro music to a long forgotten programme. This piece has appeared twice before on previous Guild CDs by Philip Green and his Orchestra and also by Fodens Motor Works Band. Then Percy Faith and his Orchestra with an arrangement by him of Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust which leads us into Eric Coates’s fine concert waltz Footlights, with him conducting the Light Symphony Orchestra [thought to be The London Philharmonic Orchestra]. The Fugue, divorced from the Spitfire Prelude is next, written by Sir William Walton for the 1943 film "The First of the Few", the moving tribute to the Spitfire designer Reginald Mitchell, with the composer conducting the Halle Orchestra, later reissued on an HMV45 7P 312. Amongst the many works by Charles Williams is Girls In Grey, which I think is one of his best and it’s included on this Guild CD played as usual by the Queens Hall Light Orchestra and conducted by him. Boogie Woogie Moonshine from the 1946 film "Piccadilly Incident" is a five minute ballet diversion devised by Wendy Toye and played by Louis Levy and his Music from the Movies, on track ten. The musical director of the film was Anthony Collins and Piccadilly 1944composed by Vivian Ellis was also in the film. The Voice of Industry by Jack Beaver on track 11 was a familiar theme in newsreels and documentaries of this period and it’s used to good effect in a British Railways LMS colour documentary film I have, made I think in 1947. About the same time as I became aware of this Beaver piece, so did I hear on the radio Willie the Whistler by Bob Farnon. Quickly writing to the BBC for information came back the dreaded news that it was"a Chappell recording – not available commercially". Not to be outdone I wrote to Bob Farnon c/o the BBC and lo and behold a copy of Willie the Whistler arrived from Bob, the first Chappell disc I had ever seen and I still have it among my 78s. And that first Bob Farnon composition for Chappells is included on this new Guild CD. The Prelude from the film "A Matter of Life and Death" and played by the Queens Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Charles Williams is among a handful of film scores Allan Gray wrote in his life time. He also wrote the music to the Gaumont British/UFA co-production film "FP1" and the 1938 London Film Production "The Challenge" about the climbing of the Matterhorn. I wish this film’s music could be issued…it was really great. Three very tuneful library pieces follow in succession: Ronald Hanmer’s Olympic Games March, The Fairy and the Fiddlers by Edward White and the grand march Bonaventure by Frederic Curzon. These are followed by Louis Alter’s American Serenadeplayed by Meredith Willson’s Orchestra and for some strange reason the actress Gene Tierney came to mind whilst listening to the piece. Perhaps there were echoes of Laura in the melody. A number from the not so well known EMI Mood Music Library is Marche Fantastique by Leighton Lucas conducting his Orchestra, included on this CD with Short Overture to an Unwritten Opera by Don Gillis and played by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Rae Jenkins next. And the penultimate 1940s item is Royal Cavalcade by Albert Ketèlbey, played by the Grand Orchestra of Louis Voss. But to round off this 71st Guild CD is a piece of music from the film "The Phantom of the Opera", a piano concerto by Edward Ward, Lullaby of the Bells. The film starred Claude Rains, Susanna Foster and Nelson Eddy and came out in 1943. A fitting end to another fine collection of ignored light music. Ken Wilkins
ROSEMARY CLOONEY : JOHNNY GUARNIERI QUINTET Voice Of America I still get a thrill; Come rain or come shine; Grieving’ for you; It’s only a paper moon; A little bit independent; I didn’t slip, I wasn’t pushed, I fell; On an ordinary morning; I didn’t know what time it was; Count every star; I’ll always love you; I’ve got a crush on you; It had to be you; Them there eyes; I never had a worry in the world; Nice work if you can get it; Just you, just me; three little words; How deep is the ocean; Our very own; It’s love; Crying myself to sleep; Thou swell; I had a talk with the wind and the rain; Chicago; Can’t help lovin’ that man; If I were your girl; Bye Bye baby Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 804 [62:32]. I did my National service with a Clooney fan; I am sure he would have given his right arm for this recording! Originally broadcast on the Voice of America so unless a resident of America or having a good radio he would have been deprived of this delightful set. Ably backed by the excellent Quintet of Johnny Guarnieri, Rosemary’s sweet voice works wonders with well known titles plus compositions not so well known but still worthy of a place. Paul Clatworthy
MARGOT HIELSCHER Hello Fraulein Double CD set 53 tracks incl. 4 with Mantovani: Why, I’ll Never Know; Ding Dong; Frere Jacques; Anette Bear Family BCD 16162 [86:39 & 83:43] Margot is a singer and actress who appeared in numerous German language films over a lengthy period, and this was issued on the occasion of her 90th birthday in September 2009. She sings with various orchestras and duets twice with Vico Torriani, who recorded with Mantovani in the 1950s and appeared in a couple of films with him. Of interest, too, is a German language version of Yours, the hit Monty recorded with Vera Lynn back in 1942; and even Bert Kaempfert turns up as producer of Margot’s Allein in Barcelona recording. But the bonuses for Mantovani completists are the four tracks she recorded with him at Decca in 1951. These perhaps are meant to show how well she could sing in English [she certainly could] but were never released commercially and appear here for the first time. The orchestra Monty used was a pre-Charmaine one, but the quality nevertheless shines through, and there is additional support from the Stargazers on the last two melodies listed above. It would be interesting to know whether Ronnie Binge did the arrangements. The actual record labels are illustrated in the notes and show that they were made in England and issued as samplers [not for sale] in 78 rpm format. Colin Mackenzie
TONY MARTIN and GOGI GRANT with DENNIS FARNON & HIS ORCHESTRA Gigi 11 tracks incl.Overture, Thanks Heaven For Little Girls, The Parisians, Waltz at Maxim’s, The Night They Invented Champagne, I Remember It Well … Gogi Grant Welcome To My Heart Title song, The More I See You, Paradise, So Do I, They Didn’t Believe Me, But Beautiful, With All My Heart, How Deep Is The Ocean, At Last At Last, If I Should Lose You Frank Bristow FBCD237 [78:45]. When was Tony Martin born? Certainly not in 1942 as the booklet notes state [obviously a misprint] but was his birthday 25 December 1912 or 1913? It could be either, according to which reference sources on the internet you choose to believe! His style of singing may not be emulated by today’s young popular entertainers [unlike Sinatra], but for many people he had a most pleasing tenor voice and he made a lot of very good recordings that have stood the test of time. In the ‘Gigi’ selection Martin shares honours with Gogi Grant – sometimes in duet while on other tracks each singer solos. This is a splendid album, beautifully arranged by Dennis Farnon with the bonus of a choir in the best Hollywood tradition. All in all this is a sumptuous production that has top quality stamped all through it. The second LP on this disc is entirely Gogi Grant, with a nice selection of carefully chosen standards. If you are unfamiliar with Miss Grant you may be tempted at times to wonder if she went to the Ethel Merman School of Singing, which is occasionally disappointing because she can handle the quieter moments with great charm and very clear diction – today’s singers please note! On both albums arranging and conducting credits belong to Dennis Farnon, the only remaining member of the three talented Farnon brothers, born in 1923. For three years he was Artist and West Coast Album Director for RCA Records, where his conducting and arranging assignments also included albums with Harry Belafonte, George Shearing and the Four Freshmen. Dennis was one of the five founders in 1957 of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, who present the annual Grammy awards. These two LPs form a most entertaining package, with both singers on top form. Farnon’s arrangements are also as good as they get. David Ades
JANE MORGAN Jane In Spain The moon was yellow; Adios; Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps; Perfidia; You belong to my heart; Baia; Granada; I get ideas; Be mine tonight; What a difference a day made; Let me love you tonight; Magic is the moonlight; Happy anniversary; C’est la vie, c’est l’amour; The sound of music; I’m in love; I’m new at the game; Love is like champagne; With open arms; Climb every mountain; Was it day, was it night?; My foolish heart; It’s been a long, long time; If only could live my life again Sepia 1147 [56:59] Although they are no longer able to supply review copies, I will be forever grateful to Sepia for introducing to me such a wonderful singer – surely one of the most undervalued popular music divas of our time. I recently consulted two leading encyclopaedias of popular music and she did not feature in either of them! Jane was born Florence Catherine Currier on Christmas Day in 1920 and began to train as an opera singer from the age of five, eventually enrolling at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. When she started singing professionally it was considered that "Janie Morgan" was a more glamorous name. Her early opera training is reflected in the excellent quality of her singing, which has taken in night clubs, television and Broadway. This, the fourth compilation since 2007, finds her with orchestra conducted by Frank Hunter in Latin mood as the first 12 tracks comprise the 1959 stereo LP that gives the CD its title. So, for example, we get What a difference as a bolero and I get ideas as a tango. Most of the tunes will be familiar and are recorded in a mixture of original Spanish lyrics and English translations. The second dozen tracks recorded in 1957-59 bring Jane back to some of the American songbook classics that are probably her forte. Dominic McHugh maintains the high standard set by this label with his booklet notes. The CD gives unadulterated pleasure from beginning to end. Peter Burt
GARY WILLIAMS Gary Williams Meets Frank Sinatra All or nothing at all; I get a kick out of you; Moonlight Serenade; You bought a new kind of love; Dancing in the dark; Where or when; Brazil; The girl from Ipanema; Please be kind; Day in day out; How about you? I’ve got you under my skin; The way you look tonight; They all laughed; Luck be a lady; Let’s face the music BOS 6817[77:00]
The Best Of Abbey Road I remember you; Music to watch girls by; Anything goes; You’re never really dressed without a smile; Why shouldn’t I ?; Life is just a bowl of cherries; Always look on the bright side of life; Sweet Lorraine; I thought about you; This can’t be love; Surrey with the fringe on top; I can’t give you anything but love; More than you know; All I need is the girl; My buddy; You’re sensational; Isn’t it a pity; Save the last dance for me BOS 6808 [72:00] Has Britain got talent? Well, yes, but we don't need second rate TV shows purporting to tell us we have. Now there is a great British talent that has been on the music scene for many years and two new superb CD's have just been released that showcase the fine voice of Gary Williams. Gary played and sang the Sinatra role in the West End production of ‘The Rat Pack’ so he is familiar with "Ole Blue Eye's" songs. On the first CD we have no fewer than 17 selections. Many favourites here and all played in their original arrangements by the great Chris Dean and his Big Band plus strings. Nelson Riddle's arrangements feature prominently including some less often heard gems such as Moonlight Serenade, which Gary gives a lovely reading. The classic Sinatra recording of I've Got You Under My Skin is a tour de force for any singer; Gary handles it skilfully complete with classic trombone break here faultlessly re-created by Gordon Campbell. Nelson Riddle's daughter has personally endorsed this album and has written the sleeve notes ─ that’s praise indeed!
The second collection is a compilation of Gary’s sessions at the legendary studios during 2004 and 2008. It has to be said that Gary works with the best of British musicians and arrangers under the baton of John Wilson. Whilst the songs may be familiar, the inventive arranger can give them a new "coat of paint" and, with the likes of Richard Rodney Bennett, Clive Dunstall and Paul Campbell, be prepared to be surprised. The Monty Python classic Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life is given what must be the smoothest version ever. Small group tracks sit perfectly alongside the lush string ones. The Cole Porter song Why Shouldn't I? is quite stunning, an Andrew Cottee arrangement with a wonderful performance from Gary, is the standout track amongst many. How often have we remarked "they don't make records like that anymore." Well, they still do and here's the glowing proof. There are many so-called "tribute" singers who just seem to go through the motions. Gary, however, shows how it could be and should be done, but then it's Gary who has the talent and, boy, does it show. It seems like a sign of the times that these superb albums are not widely available but can be obtained by mail order from Dress Circle, 57-59 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DG. telephone (+44 207 240 2227) or as a download from iTunes. Albert Killman
CLASSIC MARCHES A Grand Procession Of Orchestral Favourites Elgar; Verdi; Strauss; Beethoven; Bizet; Wagner; Tchaikovsky; Prokofiev; Coates; Sousa; Berlioz; Mendelssohn … & moreABC Classics 4763772 [CD1 79:06, CD2 78:59] This very generous 2-CD compilation set from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is culled from recordings made between 1980 and 2010 featuring mainly the Adelaide, Queensland and West Australian Symphony Orchestras under various conductors. Most of the choices are predictable enough, thus The Dambusters, Colonel Bogey, Pomp & Circumstance No.1, etc, but also included are some welcome surprises including Ron Goodwin’sPlymouth Hoe, a very good account of Mendelssohn’s War March of the Priests, one of the best accounts I’ve heard of Vaughan Williams’ breezy Sea Songs, the splendidly staggering Marche Militaire Français by Saint Saëns, and the quirky Gum-Suckers march by Melbourne born Percy Grainger. Of considerable interest is a piece with the somewhat cumbersome title of The United Australia Commonwealth March by James W Tate, who I believe contributed some of the music for ‘The Maid Of The Mountains’ and is certainly stylistically closely associated with the music of the Edwardian musical theatre. It’s sheer infectious tunefulness positively demands that once heard it demands instant repetition. An even more obscure choice is the Lifesavers March from the ‘Sydney Suite’ by one Tommy Tycho (see www.tommytycho.com.au - KT Ed.). Occupying the longest track at 9’:55" is Tchaikovsky’s glorious March Slave in a splendid performance by the MSO conducted by Hubert Soudant. One disappointment is that the two Sousa items, Washington Post and Stars and Stripes, are inexplicably played straight through without repeats, with the former clocking in at under 2 minutes. With recording dates spanning 30 years some variation in recording quality is inevitable but is never less than good and frequently approaches demonstration standard. The accompanying CD booklet describes the collection as "bold, inspiring and thrilling" and exhorts us to "lift your spirits and put a new spring in your step." At around £21 [cheaper online] this set boasting 40 tracks represents very good value for any connoisseur of the march. And I have nearly forgotten to mention that Eric Coates makes another appearance, not with his famous Knightsbridge but withLondon Calling conducted by John Lanchbery who made some well regarded recordings of all the Tchaikovsky ballets for EMI in the 1970s. Roger Hyslop
THE REGIMENTAL BAND OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS At Their Very Best : DOM Major R G Swift Walton: Crown Imperial; Alford: Army of the Nile; Colonel Bogey; Ward-Higgs: Sussex by the Sea; Reveille; Pope: Nightfall in Camp … etc. / Sousa: Semper Fidelis; King Cotton; The Stars and Stripes Forever; The Liberty Bell; Holzmann: Blaze Away; Bagley: National Emblem; Teike: Graf Zeppelin; Javaloyes: El Abanico; Texidor: Ampanto Roce; Verdi: Ceremonial March [‘Aida’]; The Slaves Chorus [‘Nabucco’] … etc. METRO 643 [122:36]
This 2-CD set is a reissue of material previously available sometime ago on the Japanese Denon label, and must surely constitute one of the bargains of the year. Available from HMV stores for a mere £8 [less online] and, if you are fortunate enough to track it down, in one of our larger supermarkets it will cost no more than a fiver. What we have here is one of the very best bands in the Household Division on top form recorded in stunningly good sound playing some of the best marches in the military band repertoire, too many to fully detail here. The first CD concerns itself with British Marches including those listed above plus all the Quick and Slow Marches of the Brigade of Guards. Contrast is afforded by Reveille and Nightfall, which are beautifully played and richly atmospheric. The second CD is devoted to American and European Marches, beginning with a group of eight Sousa marches played with tremendous verve and panache, before moving on to such American standards as Blaze Away. It’s refreshing to note amongst the European selection Carl Teike represented not by the very familiar Old Comrades but by the rarely heard Graf Zeppelin. Of the two Spanish items, El Abanico stirs distant memories that many years ago a section of this delightful march was often sung to words which, if I recall accurately, were "You’d be far better off in a home" [!] Does anyone know the origins of this refrain? As for the sprightly charm of Amparito Roce, there is some doubt as to its origin. It is thought that it was composed by a British Director of Music at Kneller Hall, Reginald Ridewood, who apparently failed to apply for the necessary copyright, and Texidor merely rescored the piece and claimed it as his own! Two of the concluding tracks visit Grand Opera. Much of the music here is redolent of a sunlit parade ground conjuring up all the glitter of pomp and pageantry vividly conveyed. These two discs are not just for the military band enthusiast but for the general collector as well, and are surely guaranteed to elevate even the lowest in spirit. Roger Hyslop
ELGAR The Fringes Of The Fleet Roderick Williams [solo baritone], Nicholas Lester, Duncan Rock, Laurence Meikle, [baritones], Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Tom Higgins Elgar: The Fringes of the Fleet [for four baritones & orchestra]; Elegy for Strings; Big Steamers [for four baritones unaccompanied]; Ireland: The Soldier; Blowout, You Bugles; German:Big Steamers [songs for solo baritone]; Ansell: Plymouth Hoe; The Windjammer; Wood: A Manx Overture; Elizabeth of England Somm 243 [61:26] The major work on this release is an Elgarian rarity: The Fringes of the Fleet, which duly salutes the contribution of the smaller warships of the Royal Navy in the First World War. Dating from 1917 with words penned by Rudyard Kipling the music, in Elgar’s lighter populist style, was a huge success with performances at the London Coliseum and subsequently at various music halls, and within weeks of the show’s opening a recording from HMV. Alas, Kipling, possibly affected by the death of his soldier son and feeling perhaps the piece was too jingoistic, forbade further performances much to Elgar’s distress. Therefore this new recording is the first orchestral version since the original one. To the light music enthusiast the value of the CD lays probably more in some of the attractive makeweights. Included are both of John Ansell’s nautical overtures and two items by Haydn Wood: the march that closes the disc was a late work ushering in the new Elizabethan age, and the A Manx Overture from the 1930s here receives what is claimed as a premiere recording. While we should be duly grateful to have so much of Eric Coates’ oeuvre in outstanding modern recordings, it is surely about time that the likes of Chandos and Dutton turned their attention more to his illustrious rival, Haydn Wood, and his many as yet unrecorded splendid orchestral compositions. On the strength of this excellently recorded disc, perhaps the Guildford Philharmonic, which is claimed to be the only orchestra in the U.K. completely owned, managed and financed by a local authority, might be just the vehicle for such a project. An interesting, rewarding and enterprising release, then, which can be recommended with enthusiasm and fully justifies a place in one’s CD collection. As an additional inducement, our own Philip Scowcroft gets a mention in the accompanying informative booklet! Roger Hyslop
LES BROWN & HIS BAND OF RENOWN featuring PEGGY LEE and GISELLE MACKENZIE Lets Go To Town Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 809 [Double CD 58:52 and 61:05] Eight National Guard shows complete with announcements and enthusiastic audience. I have never heard a bad Les Brown outing, this is no exception but the commercials have no relevance today. I admit editing out would have been difficult as the announcer sometimes insists in talking over the opening notes. Paul Clatworthy
RALPH FLANAGAN ORCHESTRA Plays For Dancing Volume Two Linda, Stars fell on Alabama, Joshua, Ballin’ the Jack, Stardust, Shortnin’ bread, Some enchanted evening, Blue room, Hot toddy, My hero, Penthouse serenade, Joshua, Irving Berlin medley, Careless, Love is here to stay, Hot toddy Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 810 [60:17] I had already submitted the Big Band roundup when this arrived. This second set consists of one night stands split between recordings at Steel Pier Atlantic City and the Starlight Ballroom, Hershey, PA. Vocalists are Kay Golding and Sandy Cee, this time complete with announcements. Paul Clatworthy
JOHNNY HODGES QUINTET with LALO SCHIFRIN Buenos Aires Blues Mama knows, I’m in another world, Dreary days, I can’t believe You’re in love with me, B.A. Blues, Wanderlust All too soon, Somebody loves me, Away from you, Something to live for, In a Sentimental mood, I didn’t know about you, Guitar Amour, You blew out the flame, Theme from "The eleventh hour" Love song from "Mutiny on the Bounty" Solitude, Satin doll, Don’t blame me, Prelude to a kiss, Warm ValleyLonehill Jazz LHJ 10373 [67:17] The first nine tracks are with a quintet, producer Creed Taylor taking advantage of the fact that Lalo was available. Lalo’s piano skills and Johnny’s ability to weave his tuneful sax into every song is particularly well captured. Second half of the CD has Johnny with an orchestra arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson. Something to live for has a slightly "cheesy" string sound, Johnny saving the day with his beautiful tone and exemplary improvisation. The string work on I didn’t know you shows a good deal more potential. Johnny is on top form throughout but I suspect Oliver Nelson had to work to a short deadline because he has written better! Available from Submarine Records 0208-360-3486.
FRANK MANTOOTH Ladies Sing For Lovers If you could see me now [Karrin Allyson]; When did you leave heaven [Kirsten Gustafson]; You’ll see [Paula West]; You don’t know what love is [Sunny Wilkinson]; It never entered my mind [Jay Clayton]; Good morning heartache [Margaret Carlson]; My heart won’t lie [Oleta Adams]; Imagination [Rebecca Parris]; Why stars come out at night [Stacy Rowles; Ballad of the sad young men [Sheila Jordan]; The nearness of you/You’re nearer [Anne Hampton Callaway]; I got it bad and that ain’t good [Dianne Schuur] Meg Jazz MCGJ1OI8 [62:29] I wish I had heard this stunning album when it was first issued in 2005, then maybe it would be easier to obtain. I’ve always loved Frank’s big band writings ─ this was pastures new for him utilizing a full string orchestra. His vivid and moving orchestrations belie the fact! He never lived to see it issued but thanks to Carrie Mantooth and his many friends in the music profession the CD was completed. It is a fitting memorial to his musical talent. Search the Internet, beg, borrow or steal a copy or you will always regret not hearing such a treat in music. Paul Clatworthy
PHIL NAPOLEON AND HIS MEMPHIS FIVE That’s A Plenty Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY8O5[78:08]. Second volume of a CD I gave a pretty uncomplimentary review to a couple of issues ago so I was surprised to get this one for review! I am not a "Dixieland" fan but as with the first set my main grouse is the inordinate space taken up with commentary. Here there are 31 radio transcription recordings of "Dixie" music fans would probably enjoy without the social history lesson taking up so much space. Evidently the recordings are very rare so serious collectors will put up with narrator Dean Taylor’s sometime humorous commentary. Paul Clatworthy
LES PAUL & MARY FORD, WOODY HERMAN and HIS THIRD HERD Let’s Go To Town Sounds of yesteryear DSOY 806 [58:34]
LES PAUL & MARY FORD, RALPH MARTERIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA Let’s Go To Town Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 807 [59:02] Two albums with the same format and title, the Marterie band play the sweeter sounds of the big band era, the Herman puts more meat on the bone! Both CDs contain four National Guard shows complete with announcements, commercials and applause. Les Paul and Mary Ford sing and play on their own, the bands also play separately. Both big bands are on good form. Les and Mary were very popular in the fifties; her singing still cuts it but despite Leslie’s dexterity on guitar today’s more advanced technologies make the sounds dated. Compere Eddie Carter’s strident introductions cut into some of the tracks, very annoying! Titles available if you phone me. All Sounds of Yesteryear CDs available from The Woods, Bognor Regis. Paul Clatworthy
ARTIE SHAW AND HIS ORCHESTRA The Complete Thesaurus Transcriptions 1949 52 tracks incl. They can’t take that away from me; Softly as in a morning sunrise; Things are looking up; Stardust; Tea for two … I concentrate on you; ‘S wonderful; Orinoco; Love walked in; Krazy Kat // I cover the waterfront; Carnival; Comes love; Together; Too marvellous for words … Time on my hands; Love for sale; Mucha De Nada; I get a kick out of you; Love walked in Hep Records HEP CD 89/90 [76:08 & 79:09] Arthur Jacob Shaw, once described as one of the two or three outstanding clarinetists in all of jazz, announced in 1948: "I’m through with dance bands. There are only so many times you can play Stardust". How come, then, he is here in 1949 with a new edition of his orchestra? Well, all this and much else is explained in James Langton’s 10½ page background notes for this generously timed 2-CD set. The very acceptable mono recordings were made for RCA/NBC Thesaurus, one of four major transcription services that leased libraries of radio shows to affiliate radio stations. The band line-up was four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, four rhythm and "girl vocalist". Five tracks are by a new edition of Shaw’s Gramercy Five [Shaw, the rhythm section and trumpet] and there are five vocals each for Pat Lockwood and Trudy Richards. Artie is heard introducing and signing off the music. I was surprised how much I enjoyed something I would not normally listen to ─ so recommended. Peter Burt
BLOSSOM DEARIE Four Classic Albums Plus Avid Jazz AMSC967 [155:20]. I have been a fan of Blossom since hearing Sweet Georgie Fame [still got the 45!] and seeing her perform at Ronnie Scott’s club clinched my devotion. Dave and Anne Bennett have put together four albums plus tracks from ‘The Blue Stars of France’ and ‘King Pleasure’ into one marvellous two-CD package, the re-mastering so good it could have been recorded yesterday. Blossom’s delectable voice and piano playing gets additional help from Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Jo Jones, Mundell Lowe and Ed Thigpen. A recording to treasure! Available from Submarine Records – in case of difficulty you can telephone them on 020-8360-3486. Paul Clatworthy
NAT "KING" COLE & HIS TRIO The Forgotten 1949 Carnegie Hall Concert 15 tracks incl. Yes Sir, that’s my
baby; Sweet Lorraine; Tiny’s exercise; I used to love you [but it’s all over now]; Laugh cool clown; Lush life; Go bongo, For all we know / Embraceable you; Tea for two … Hep Records HEP CD 91[51:37] I did not get to know and appreciate Nat’s singing until his post trio years, so this is for me an interesting disc ─ with the added frisson of a live performance. Particularly entertaining is Cuba Libra, probably written by Cole, with its quotations from Stars and Stripes Forever, La Marseillaiseand Mendelssohn’s Spring Song. The trio joins up with the mighty Woody Herman Orchestra for the closing number, More moon. Jazz devotees will likely enjoy the album even more than I did. This and the Artie Shaw [reviewed above] are the first releases I have come across from Hep and they are both quality packages, including here half-a-dozen pages of closely printed but readable background notes by Will Friedwald. Peter Burt
LAURA COLLINS Introducing Laura Collins Ladies in Mercedes, On the street where you live, The night we called it a day, Too close for comfort, Baltimore Oriole, How deep is the ocean, But not for me, Wichita lineman, Go away little boy, Blizzard of lies, A beautiful friendship Spotlight Jazz SPJCD589 [50:33] The sleeve notes contain accolades from several musicians; I am not a musician but I know what I like and there is not a single track on this selection that made me think I must hear that again! In its favour you can hear every word, but the backing group have to drag her along, most times she seems a beat behind, cannot swing and when she "Scats" sounds like she has forgotten the lyrics. It’s almost amateur night down your local [if you still have one!] The recording was sent to me for review via another society member; if it had passed muster I am sure he would have kept it! Paul Clatworthy
JOHAN HALVORSEN Orchestral Works Vol.1 Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Neeme Järvi; Marianne Thorsen [violin] Entry March of the Boyars; Andante religioso for violin & orchestra; Suite from Mascarade; La Mélancolie; Symphony No.1 in C minor Chandos CHAN 10584[76:48] This release makes the bold claim that the native composer’s music is one of the best kept secrets in Norway; a claim amply vindicated as one progresses through a generously filled disc. He was associated for many years with the National Theatre in Kristianie [now Oslo] as conductor, and as a result composed a good deal of incidental music for its various productions including Ludvig Holberg’s ‘Mascarade.’ This may best be regarded as quality light music in a delightful inventive and tasteful pastiche style deftly and expertly scored. Halvorsen [1864-1935] turned to the symphony late in life. He was one of those brave and independently minded composers who remained completely unaffected and indifferent to prevailing modern trends in the first part of the 20th century. He continued to doggedly plough his own furrow, producing accessible and, above all, unashamedly melodic music. The shorter pieces are also well worth having and, since it is one of the few chances you will get to encounter this attractive and beautifully crafted music, better buy this excellently performed and brilliantly engineered disc. Roger Hyslop
FANTASY – A NIGHT AT THE OPERA Emmanuel Pahud, Juliette Hurel Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Yannick Nézel-Séguin Fantasies on ‘La Traviata’; ‘Rigoletto’; ‘Der Freischűtz’; ‘Die Zauberflöte’ [‘The Magic Flute’] ; and ‘Carmen’; Lenski’s Aria; Menuet & Dance of the Blessed Spirits; ‘Carmen’ ─ Entr’acte Before Act 3 EMI 4578742 [70:46] This is a very accessible classical album of gorgeous operatic melodies for people who don’t care for the words. It features the flute – the instrument closest to the human voice – played by the acclaimed Swiss born long-time principal flautist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, who is joined on two tracks by the Dutch orchestra’s solo flute. Pahud recently described the background to this album: "In the 18th and 19thcenturies, there was a tradition of salon music because people did not have CD or MP3 players as we have nowadays. They had no access to the internet or the radio so they would have to have transcriptions in order to hear this music in their homes." The enjoyment in the making of the disc is reflected in the listening. Incidentally, there is a lovely tune at the start of the Mozart Fantasy on ‘The Magic Flute’ that the KT Editor tells me Methodists use to sing the hymn Behold the servant of the Lord! Edward Trub
CHARLES MACKERRAS CONDUCTS ERIC COATES Favourite Music Of Eric Coates London Symphony Orchestra The Merrymakers Overture; ‘At The Dance Suite’ – Summer Days; The Man from the Sea from suite ‘The Three Men’; March: Oxford Street from suite ‘London Again’; The Three Bears [A Phantasy]; By the sleepy Lagoon; March: Queen Elizabeth from suite ‘The Three Elizabeths’; Sullivan Overtures Philharmonia Orchestra The Mikado; The Yeoman of the Guard; Iolanthe; Ruddigore Vocalion CDVS 1964 [68:04] The passing of the outstanding Australian-born conductor celebrated for his wide musical sympathies was announced just before we went to print. He had a well documented love of both the composers featured here. So this album taken from original stereosonic tapes [1956-57], released for the first time on CD earlier in the year, now makes a fitting light music tribute re-issue. Peter Burt
More releases noted by Wilfred Askew
JOHNNY DANKWORTH Let’s Slip Away Film & TV 1960-1973 [2-CD set] Disc 1 – Big Screen 20 tracks incl. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; The Servant; Darling; Sands of the Kalihari; Accident; Modesty Blaise … Disc 2 – Home Entertainment 19 tracks incl. The Avengers; Little Nell; Pickwick Club; Aquarius; The Frost Report; Off Duty; Night Owl; Tomorrow’s World; Bitter Lemons …Universal – Eclipse 531761 [107:29] The majority of tracks appeared originally on Fontana between 1960 and 1973; Cleo Laine is on nine of them.
KEN GRIFFIN [Organ] Drifting & Dreaming [2-CD set] 52 tracks incl. Ebb Tide; Green Eyes; Until Tomorrow; Marie; Jealous; Isle of Capri; Always; Valencia, Whispering; All Alone; Now is the Hour; I’m Lost in the Clouds; When Irish Eyes are Smiling; April in Portugal; In the Chapel in the Moonlight … Rex REXX 334 [132:52]
SKIP MARTIN’S ALL STAR JAZZ BAND Symphonies In Jazz Scheherajazz – adapted from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade [4 movements]; Swingin’ with Prince Igor - adapted from Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances [4 dances]; Tannhäuser – adapted from Wagner’s overture. Flare ROYCD302[62:13] The big band alternates with a concert orchestra on all nine tracks, recorded in stereo in 1959.
MIKLÓS RÓZSA TREASURY [1949 – 1968] Original Picture Soundtracks: Madame Bovary; The Red Danube; The Miniver Story; The Ashphalt Jungle; East Side, West Side; The Light Touch; Quo Vadis [on 2 CDs]; The Story Of Three Loves; Young Bess; All The Brothers Were Valiant; Knights Of The Round Table [UK recording]; Crest Of The Wave; Beau Brummell; Something Of Value; Crisis; Tip On A Dead Jockey; King Of Kings; El Cid; Ivanhoe; Knights Of The Round Table [US recording]; The V I Ps; The Power FSM Box 04 [19:13:31] 15-CD set, in 3 cases in a sturdy box with 48pp booklet. Limited to 2,000 copies.
DAVID CARROLL Fascination : The Great Hit Sounds of David Carroll & His Orchestra 2-CD set of 64 tracks incl. Now is the hour; Till we meet again; It’s only a paper moon; The ship that never sailed; Sugar loaf; My Evening Star // It’s almost tomorrow; ‘The Swan’ Theme; Blue moon; All I do is dream of you; Tambourin Chinois; I’ll be home for Christmas … Original Mercury recordingsJasmine JASCD 536 [155:12]
COUNT BASIE Dance Along With Basie Count Basie & His Orchestra incl. It had to be you; Makin’ whoopee; Misty; Secret love; Give me the simple life; Back to the apple // M-Squad Theme; Moten Swing; Imagination; Gee baby, ain’t I good to you; Love me, baby; J & B … The original LP’s 11 tracks  + 10 bonus tracks [1957/8], arr. Thad Jones & Frank Foster Poll Winners Records PWR 27206 [75:15]
DIANA DORS Swingin’ Dors with the Wally Stott Orchestra The point of no return; That’s how it is; Let there be love; Namely you; Imagination; Roller Coaster Blues; The gentleman is a dope; April heart; I’m in love for the very first time; Crazy he calls me; Come by Sunday; Tired of love Original 1960 recording for Pye Records Universal-Sanctuary CMFCD 1554 [33:02]
JOE "FINGERS" CARR / LOU BUSCH Let’s Do It Again! 2-CD set of 62 tracks incl. Portuguese Washerwoman; Moonlight Bay; Sam’s song; Margie; Aloha Oe; Down Yonder; The Darktown Strutters Ball … // Zambezi; Eleventh-hour Melody; Sunrise Serenade; Cumana, Friendly persuasion; Nola; Rainbow’s End … Original Capitol recordings Jasmine JASCD 534 [157:34]
JERRY FIELDING ‘Straw Dogs’ Original Motion Picture Score 16 tracks Intrada Special Collection Vol. 126 [41:55] 2.000 copies
ALAN HAVEN [Organ] Haven For Sale & St Elmo’s Fire 10 tracks with Keith Mansfield’s Orchestra [guest Maynard Ferguson] incl. 1,2,3; Goin’ outa my head; Norwegian Wood; Exodus; Love for sale; What the world needs now …. 1969 CBS recording // 10 tracks incl. Charade; St Elmo’s Fire; Girl talk; Soliloquy [‘Carousel’]; Flying free; Air on a G String … 1971 CBS recording. Cherry Red/RPM Retro 864 [78:40]
HENRY MANCINI ‘The Hawaiians’ 2-CD set: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 26 tracks, Original United Artists Score Album 10 tracks Intrada Special Collection Vol. 124 [63:45 & 30:40] 1,500 copies
KEN THORNE ‘Inspector Clouseau’ Original Motion Picture Score 15 tracks Kritzerland KR 20013-9 [34:18]
THE MASTERSOUNDS : WES MONTGOMERY Kismet and The King And I 17 tracks Cherry Red ACMEM174CD [78:49] Genteel, chamber jazz reminiscent of the MJQ; and of the Previn/Manne/ Vinnegar recordings of show tunes on Contemporary.
WINTER WONDERLAND – A Christmas Celebration Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians 32 tracks incl. Ring those Christmas Bells; Caroling, Caroling; Carol. Brothers, Carol; The Star Carol; Gesu Bambino; O Come All Ye Faithful/Come, Dear Children; Bright, Bright the Holly Berries; While By Our Sleeping Flock We Lay; I Wonder As I Wander; Silent Night, Holy Night; O Holy Night …The Meaning of Christmas; The Song of Christmas // The Andrews Sisters, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians 20 tracks incl. Winter Wonderland; Christmas Island; Christmas Candles; Merry Christmas Polka; Stars Are the Windows of Heaven … Dick Haymes There’s A Big Cloud [Next to Heaven]; Christmas Dreaming; The Christmas Song; The First Noel; Cradle Song of the Virgin; Ave Maria [Schubert]; It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Joy to the WorldJasmine JASCD 149 [79:29 & 79:06] An essential part of the Christmas celebrations in chez Burt has been Fred Waring’s ‘Now is the Carolling Season’ [Collectors Choice CCM 01662] ever since I bought it on a World Record Club LP more years ago than I care to remember. So imagine my delight on finding this new reissue – sensibly released in good time for this Christmas – with the first [stereo] disc giving us just under three dozen sacred and secular tracks, none taken from the earlier album. Five of the carols were written by jazz musician Alfred S Burt [no relation!] Listening to these pieces, it is no wonder Fred’s Christmas albums were best sellers in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Of the second [mono] disc, it is no surprise to learn that the joint recordings by the Andrews Sisters and Guy Lombardo listed above also sold in their millions. Mr Lombardo, like Robert Farnon Canadian-born, migrated to the USA in the early ‘20s where his Royal Canadians became billed as "The sweetest music this side of Heaven." Completing the disc is the entire Christmas album recorded by Dick Haymes, considered a strong rival to Crosby and Sinatra in the 1940s, appearing on CD for the first time. We have here, then, two attractive exceptionally well-filled discs available for around £9 – and unquestionably my Best Buy for Christmas! Peter Burt
MANTOVANI AND HIS ORCHESTRA Christmas Carols Adeste Fideles [O Come, All Ye Faithful]; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; White Christmas; Good King Wenceslas; O HolyNight; The First Nowell; Joy To The World; Silent Night; Holy Night; O Tannenbaum; Midnight Waltz; Nazareth; O Little Town Of Bethlehem; Skaters’ Waltz // Classical Encores Slavonic Dance No.2 In E Minor, Op.46; Etude No.3, Op.10; Tango; Barcarolle [from Tales of Hoffman]; On Wings Of Song; Hungarian Dance No.5; Solveig’s Song [from Peer Gynt]; Air For The G String; Cradle Song; None But The Lonely Heart; Ave Maria; Largo Vocalion [Catalogue number & timings not available on going to press] The Christmas album is the CD Mantovanians have long been expecting from this source. [It was released on the US Collectors Choice Music label CCM 20852 very late last year]. This is the 1958 stereo re-recording and is, along with Percy Faith’s no longer available ‘Music for Christmas’, just about the finest album of Christmas music by a light orchestra. At the Kingsway Hall organ featured on some tracks is Harold Smart, whose father Charles played on the original mono LP ‘An Album of Christmas Music’ in 1953. Midnight Waltz is one of the maestro’s loveliest compositions. The album joins Monty’s follow-up ‘A Song for Christmas’,already available on Vocalion CDLF 8122, and is a happy reminder of the first 78 rpm record I ever bought, White Christmas/ Adeste Fidelis, which began my affair with our kind of music. This new 2-CD set is completed by an album recorded in May 1962 for issue in America but held back until 1965 for British release and then, inexplicably, only briefly available. With it I understand that Vocalion have now reissued all of Monty’s stereo LPs. Including it does mean, of course, that this release is not just for Christmas! And there is also the customary added value of Colin Mackenzie’s authoritative liner notes. Three cheers all round for Mike Dutton. Peter Burt
BOTTICELLI AND HIS ORCHESTRA Presenting Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree; My Love; Killing Me Softly With His Song; It Never Rains in Southern California; Day by Day; Mammy Blue … Unlimited Seasons In The sun; Waterloo; Melody of Love; I Won’t Last a Day Without You; The Air That I Breathe; etc. … 22 tracks Dutton Vocalion CDLK4431 [67:24]. I wonder how many of us missed these recordings the first time, nearly 40 years ago? There seemed to be a glut of similar outfits around, with few clues as to who was responsible for them. The title of the orchestra almost suggests that it might be pseudo-Mozart, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is not what we would call "light music", because there are pop elements in the gentle rhythm and the girly chorus, which happily is only occasionally and quite tastefully used. The music concentrates on what was popular at the time, rather than harking back to the 1920s and 1930s, which many others were still doing in those days. The string section is really quite lush at times – pity it wasn’t used more extensively. I suspect many of the players may have been recruited from the ranks of the superb Metropole Orchestra, because the man behind the "Botticelli" albums was Dick Bakker, who later became conductor of that fine outfit founded in the mid-1940s by Dolf van der Linden. The recordings were made in the Dutch Dureco studios, where Bakker was appointed manager when they opened in 1972. Five years later he started his own music production and focussed on composing, arranging and conducting film music, audiovisuals, company presentations, commercials and album projects. In London he established an orchestra with musicians from The London Philharmonic, St. Martin in The Fields and top musicians from the freelance sector. With this orchestra "The London Studio Symphony Orchestra" he recorded his music for the next fifteen years, often for leading multinational companies. By 1987 Dick Bakker was enjoying his international success which resulted in recognition such as the Edison Award for ‘Musica di Gloria’. Today Bakker remains actively involved as an artistic adviser with productions involving the Metropole Orchestra, and occasional music specials on radio and television. With such a pedigree you’d expect a quality product, and if you enjoy the kind of pleasing, undemanding sounds you sometimes hear in the background in public places, then this is for you. As an accompaniment to happy moments spent simply relaxing, and reminiscing about the 1970s, this could hardly be bettered! David Ades
PHILIP GREEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA Moments in Mayfair These Foolish Things; Someday I’ll Find You; Room 504; She’s My Lovely; Midnight in Mayfair; Love is the Sweetest thing; London Fantasia; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; We’ll Gather Lilacs; Limehouse Blues. Music for Leisure – Easy Listening Stardust; La Vie en Rose; Barcarolle; Caravan; Dizzy Fingers; Maneater; Mexican Madness; Farewell Blues; The Merry Mountaineer; Arkansas Traveller; (Back Home Again in) Indiana; West of Pecos; Moonlight in Vermont; St Louis Blues; The Missouri Waltz; By the Waters of Minnetonka Dutton Vocalion CDEA6177 [78:03]. This has to one of the best CDs of 2010. At long last that superb Philip Green 10" Columbia LP from 1956 has been reissued, and now for the first time in stereo! Before stereo LPs arrived EMI issued a small number of "stereosonic" reel to reel tapes, and this was one of them. Very few will have been purchased for two reasons: their high price and the lack of equipment on which to play them. Top marks to Mike Dutton for securing the stereo tapes that have transformed this collection, which sounded great in mono but is now simply amazing. The music has taken on a new vibrancy, thanks to Mike’s expertise, and the sound quality is equal [if not better] to the very latest recordings. The titles confirm that Philip Green chose his material with great care [mostly by British composers] and one assumes that he had a hand in the arrangements. It is nice to hear the romantic theme from Clive Richardson’s London Fantasia which takes on a pleasing new identity divorced from the war atmosphere of most of the work. The title of the other album in this collection has probably prompted some head scratching! Almost as a bonus Mike Dutton has unearthed another early EMI tape to pair with ‘Mayfair’. Before cassettes were invented, EMI and some other companies were trying to encourage us to use our growing number of tape recorders as tape players. The reel to reel tape featuring Philip Green was compiled from various sources – previous 78s, tapes and an LP [the final seven tracks are taken from ‘Pan-American Panorama’]. Highlights include a wonderful – almost hectic – version of Caravan; the Zez Confrey "classic" Dizzy Fingers; Laddie Busby featured on trombone playing his own Maneater; Philip Green’s The Merry Mountaineer; and Mexican Madness by Cyril Stapleton and Bob Sharples. Finally there is even more good news: this great CD is in Dutton’s low price CDEA series. Simply a most enjoyable selection of music, expertly restored, that will be on many RFS members’ "wants" list this Christmas! David Ades
THE LOST TRANSCRIPTIONS Volume 1 For full track listing please see details in the ‘Light Music’ section of this website. Guild GLCD5174. Previous issues in the Guild Light Music Series have explored the vaults of the Recorded Music Libraries. For this release another musical treasure house has been tapped, namely recordings of the various transcription services made of live performances for use by, eventually, broadcasters worldwide, although the practice began in the US in the early 1940s when they were also distributed to Service personnel. A number of such transcriptions have, almost against the odds, survived and a generous selection is reproduced here in recordings excellent in quality for their time and with modern wizardry sounding very enjoyable even in the 21stcentury. Many of the names of bands and conductors familiar from previous Guild releases reappear here: Dolf van der Linden, Percy Faith, George Melachrino, Philip Green and David Rose. Yet there are surprises to be found among them. Rose’s catchy The Butterfly and the Alligator seems to be otherwise unknown; new to me also were Rose’s Pepper Tree Lane from his ‘Hollywood Bowl Suite’and his arrangement of Ding Dong the Witch is Dead from "The Wizard of Oz" [Rose was briefly married to Judy Garland] which begins like a piece of "train music". A Jota by Anthony Collins and performed by Philip Green’s orchestra has breathtaking energy. Several tracks are from the Second World War, especially those by Melachrino and the young Sidney Torch with the RAF Concert Orchestra, about which not much is known except that it seems to have been based in Blackpool. The junior service, incidentally, headhunted most of the best available musicians during 1939-45. The last nine tracks have perhaps most interest for me personally. Don Gillis is best known for Symphony No.5½; here his Three Sketches [Enchantment, Whimsy, and Day Dreams] are small in scale and economical in instrumentation but are distinctive. Lamar Springfield was also American and his Dance of the Frogs, based on the nursery rhyme A frog he would a-wooing go [inserted, as many will remember, as a fugato in Roger Quilter’s A Children’s Overture], is a gorgeous find. I first encountered Jarnefelt’s Praeludium in the 1940s when it was used to introduce a radio adaptation of one of Walter Scott’s novels; maybe even this performance was used, ‘though at that time there was a commercial 78 of it and its companion piece Berceuse. The name Eric Robinson as conductor of this wartime track is of interest. Eric Coates’ ‘Three Men Suite’ is pieced together by combining recordings, also wartime, from Melachrino’s Orchestra in Khaki [first movement] and Dunn’s Royal Marines Portsmouth Orchestra – a characterful, energetic overall performance. And finally to music by Keler-Bela [1924-84], born in Hungary and who played in theatre or dance orchestras in Vienna and Berlin and later toured Europe, including England, with his own orchestra. He composed 12 overtures, perhaps his major compositions, and lots of dances [a Keler-Bela Czardas was appropriated by Brahms for his Hungarian Dance No.5]; if all have the same colour and sparkle as this Romantic Overture, then a revival of his music generally is overdue, indeed imperative. I hope I have written enough to tempt prospective purchasers; repertoire and performances are alike stimulating, exciting even. Very highly recommended; let’s have more "found" transcriptions!
Philip L Scowcroft
PAUL MAURIAT AND HIS ORCHESTRA El Condor Pasa Love Story; El Condor Pasa; To Be The One You Love; Melancholy Man; Black Harlem; My Sweet Lord, etc… L.O.V.E. Oh Happy Day; Get Back; Windmills of your Mind; Aquarius; Serenade to a Summertime; etc. … 22 tracks Dutton Vocalion CDLK4437 [xx:xx] When the album ‘El Condor Pasa’ was released in 1971, Paul Mauriat had already made more than thirty LPs, and he was in the happy position of knowing that he had an army of admirers who would readily snap up everything new that he offered them. His ‘L.O.V.E.’ LP had been released two years earlier – in France it was called ‘Un Jour, Un Enfant’ – and both collections tended to reflect the way in which popular music was developing in the post-Beatles era. Considering how prolific Paul Mauriat was [looking at lists on the internet one is tempted to say that he may have made more LPs than any of his peers] it is surprising that new CD releases do not feature many more examples of his work. In 1968 he shot to fame when his recording of Love Is Blue was number one in the US charts for five weeks. It had been written by his fellow countryman André Popp as Luxembourg’s entry for the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest where it came a disappointing fourth [Sandie Shaw was the winner for the United Kingdom that year with Puppet On A String], but Mauriat’s elegant orchestration managed to capture the public’s attention. Already well-known in France, his career was now firmly launched internationally. In 1965 Mauriat signed a recording contract with Polygram, and this lasted until 1993. He produced a large catalogue of recordings, selling more than 40 million albums worldwide. He embarked on the first of many world tours in 1969, visiting countries like United States, Canada, South Korea, Brazil and especially Japan, where he would undertake 28 tours in the following years, during which it is estimated that he conducted well over 1,000 concerts. Such was his popularity in Japan that he appeared in television commercials, and made new recordings with their Pony record label when his Polygram contract expired. Paul Mauriat gave his final performance in 1998 in Osaka, Japan, where tribute concerts have been held in recent years. He died on 3 November 2006 at Perpignan in southern France, aged 81. RFS member Serge Elhaik has been a champion of Mauriat’s music for many years, having written his biography with Mauriat’s blessing. This new Vocalion release should help to make music lovers take further notice of a talented man who created a vast army of adoring fans, especially in Japan. David Ades
GLENN MILLER AND THE ARMY AIRFORCES BAND Medley Time 2 CDs 34 tracks Sounds of yesteryear DSOD812 [79:03 & 77:36] Fourteen medleys that according to sleeve were songs most often requested. Guests include Johnny Desmond, Artie Malvin, Peanuts Hucko, Tony Martin, Bob Carroll and the Crew Chiefs. These fifteen minute medleys were broadcast three times a week: by using this format Glenn could double the tunes used! Paul Clatworthy
THE PRISONER The Complete Chappell Recorded Music Library Cues DJR 001a [58:50] DJR 001b [50:29] DJR002 [65:19] For the benefit of any readers who might still be unfamiliar with the cult 1967 television series, it contains a vast range of often spectacular and very tuneful light music, with many items by Robert Farnon, that can be relied on to cater for all tastes. This special Collectors’ 3-CD set makes available for the first time the complete archive collection of incidental music as used in the 1967 Everyman TV production. Aimed at the connoisseur of "Prisoner" music and specialist communities dedicated to the appreciation of library music, television incidental music and British light music, its features include a 56-page booklet containing an episode by episode, scene by scene listing of all the music library original soundtracks and commercial tracks used in the series. There is a total of 174 minutes of music on 100 tracks, many on CD for the first time, and all in high quality sound. For contractual reasons some commercial tracks are omitted but these can mostly be obtained from other sources. This CD set is beautifully presented in a limited edition of 1,000 sequentially numbered and is highly recommended. It is not available from any shops and is available at £26.99 [+ £1.99 p&p] by personal application only from No2YourVillage, 65 Oxford Avenue, Guiseley, Leeds LS20 9BY or on-line. Further details including track-listing etc. can be seen at www.theunmutual.co.uk Peter Luck
JOHN FOULDS Keltic Suite, etc. BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Ronald Corp Keltic Overture; Keltic Suite; Sicilian Aubade; Isles of Greece; Holiday Sketches – Festival in Nuremburg, Romany from Bohemia, Evening in the Odenwald, Bells at Coblenz; An Arabian Night; Suite Fantastique – Pierrette and Pierrot, Chanson Plaintive, The Wayside Cross, Carnival ProcessionDutton Epoch CDLX7252 [68:06]. A few weeks ago in my locally owned recorded and sheet music/instruments shop I ordered a John Foulds CD I’d seen on a forthcoming issues list, and since receiving it it’s hardly been out of my CD player. Apart from Paxton and Bosworth recordings of his music, I really didn’t know much about John Foulds [1880-1939] but this Dutton Epoch disc is light music at its best. Lewis Foreman in the CD booklet notes that Foulds was frustrated that his light music was played in preference to his more serious works and listening to this CD I can see why. The programme begins with the Keltic Overture, rather similar I think to Hamish MacCunn’s The Land of the Mountain and the Flood and this is followed by The Clans, A Lament and The Call, which make up the Keltic Suite. All very colourful especially The Call, which begins as a jig and works up to a grand martial movement then coming back to its original dance rhythm before once again returning to a martial climax. Sicillian Aubade could have come from a mood music catalogue, it has that Mediterranean melody yet it is one of eleven tracks having their world premiere recordings on this CD. Isles of Greece is a plaintive piece which apparently was dedicated to a couple of dancers, Alexandre and Clotilde Sakharoff , who used it for a short ballet. The suite Holiday Sketches was published by Bosworths but to my knowledge hasn’t ever appeared in their mood music library catalogue as has the Keltic Overture and Lament. The first movement is Festival in Nuremburg but nothing to do with the infamous rallies, it’s a holiday style march and very catchy. The BBC Concert Orchestra’s Cynthia Fleming is the solo violinst for the gipsy Romany from Bohemia as is cello soloist Katherine Wood in the quiet Evening in the Odenwald. Holiday Sketches ends in quite a tumultuous fashion with Bells at Coblenz ringing out. An Arabian Night is a quiet affair with as you’d expect eastern overtones but the CD ends with four movements from the Suite Fantastique; The Wayside Cross builds to an impressive organ climax played by Roderick Elms, and the final movementCarnival Procession has the Concert Orchestra and conductor Ronald Corp sounding as though they’ve enjoyed themselves immensely playing this much neglected composer’s light music. Ken Wilkins
RAIE DA COSTA – The Parlophone Girl Volume 3 The First Thing I Knew; One Hour With You – Medley; Sunshine Susie – Medley; Hexentanz; Fairies’ Gavotte; The Punch and Judy Show; Butterflies In The Rain; Sarie Marais; I’ll Follow My Secret Heart; etc. … 24 tracks Shellwood SWCD 40[70:00]. This is Shellwood’s third collection devoted to a young lady pianist from South Africa with considerable talent, who died at the tragically early age of 29. Many of her recordings could best be described as syncopated piano solos, but sometimes she was joined by musicians such as Fred Hartley [on celeste] and in duets with the likes of Harry Jacobson. From the brief tracklisting details above, keen eyes will have spotted compositions by top songsmiths such as Sherman Myers [who we all now know was Montague Ewing], and she is also featured as composer on Toyland Holiday. If you’ve enjoyed the first two volumes you’ll be keen to get this one as well. The fine restorations are complemented with comprehensive booklet notes and recording information. David Ades If you have difficulty finding Shellwood CDs, they can be obtained from the RFS Record Service.
PETER DEMPSEY My Dreams : Songs by Francesco Paolo Tosti 26 tracks incl. Io son l’amore!; O Ma Charmante; Shall We Forget?; Marechiare; Beauty’s Eyes; Ici-bas!; Triste ritorno; On Lido Waters; Because of You; Le Rose che mi desti; Senza l’amore!; My Dreams; Petite Valse Romantique [piano solo]; Spring; Serenata allegra; Inverno Triste!; Serenata Allegro; Inverno triste!; Seconda mattinata; ‘A vucchella … FPT 1 [78:39] Here is another of tenor Peter Dempsey’s growing collection of CDs devoted to Victorian or Edwardian ballads and notable, as always, for his clear, passionate delivery and admirable diction. Tosti [1846-1916] is best remembered for the English ballad Good-Bye [not recorded here], but his output of 350-plus songs included, besides English ballads [mostly to lyrics by Fred Weatherly, with six of them here], French chansons [three here including the charmingPour un baiser!, beloved of Caruso] and Italian songs, many specifically Neapolitan ones. Strongly recommended, not least because at least 12 of the 25 song tracks have probably not previously been recorded. Recording quality is excellent. Accompanist Guy Rowland, who supports well, arranged his own solo from a Tosti waltz song. Available from Peter Dempsey at 44 Victoria Road, Bidford-on-Avon, Alcester, Warwicks B50 4AR at £9.95 including postage Philip L Scowcroft
GEORGE BEVERLEY SHEA The Wonder Of It All 2 CDs 48 tracks Jasmine JASCD 674 [65:13 & 69:33] The canyon-deep baritone of "Bev", now in his 102nd year, was a key part of Dr. Billy Graham’s great Christian crusades held throughout the world during the second half of the 20thcentury. Many old favourites are here such as Somebody bigger than you or I, If I can help somebody, How great thou art, He’s got the whole world in His hands, The Lord’s Prayer and Blessed assurance. The last 12 tracks on Disc 2 are devoted to Christmas titles. Both generously-timed CDs [at mid-price] will bring back moving memories to many people of their lives being changed. Peter Burt
CENTRAL BAND OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE Reach For The Skies Battle Of Britain March; Fanfare For The Common Man; 633 Squadron; RAF March Past; Lawrence Of Arabia; It’s A Long Way To Go; The Dambusters March; Winston Churchill: "Their finest hour" [Jerusalem]; Reach For The Sky; Danny Boy; Pomp And Circumstance; Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines; Spitfire Prelude; Wind Beneath My Wings; Evening Hymn and Sunrise; Winston Churchill: "Never in the field of human conflict" [The Day Thou Gavest] Decca 2747513 [48:36] Released to mark the 70thanniversary of the Battle of Britain, this is guaranteed to lift the spirits with its mix of RAF-related classics, including three composed by Ron Goodwin, and tunes traditional and modern. The 45-strong band is conducted by the RAF’s principal director of music, Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs. I am not enthusiastic about the three vocal tracks: It’s a long way sung by Fl. Lt. Matthew Little, which was especially written for the album by two of the bandsmen, Danny Boy [Hayley Westenra], and Wind beneath [Kerry Ellis]. The two speech extracts give added poignancy to an otherwise fine album with a very high level of musicianship. I recall 55 years ago how proud I was to march behind this band with bayonet fixed as RAF Wyton received the Freedom of Huntingdon. Not for the first time my mainquibble with this CD is the short measure. When will Decca match the quality with quantity on their popular band releases? Peter Burt
BOB SCOBEY AND HIS FRISCO JAZZ BAND featuring CLANCY HAYES Feelin’ The Spirit Frisco jazz parade; Georgia blues; Too much mustard (take five) There’s nothing in Dixie (take three) Memories of bunk; Sudan (take six) Geary Street blues; Feelin’ the spirit; That’s for sure; Strawberry time; My hearts in Dixie (take three) Hobo blues (take two) Don’t count your kisses; Southern comfort; Bourbon street; Tailgate romance; Cable car swing; Clarinet capers; While you are away; Along the Wabash shore; Hobo blues (take three) Too much mustard (take four) What a lonesome day (take five) Bob’s blues (take one) Two beat (take four) Sounds of yesteryear DSOY 817[67:50] One for Chris Barber fans! Paul Clatworthy
JOE VENUTI AND HIS BLUE FIVE Blue Five Swing Hoe-down low down; Tango interlude; Hot ‘N’ trot; Bohemian bounce; Blue five swing; Nobody loves me; Red sea rumba; Fickle fiddle; Orchids; Concerto for new sounds; Black rhythm; Desert flower; Fleur-de-lis; Beautiful Oregon; Loco motives; Gee its great; Could I care; Noveletta; The distant lake; Sambalina. Sounds of yesteryear DSOY 815 [55:02] Joe Venuti is considered the father of jazz violin. He worked with major big bands such as Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden and Benny Goodman. Bing Crosby’s radio show featured him on a regular basis. A great practical joker, he used to send one armed trumpet player Wingy Malone a single cufflink every Christmas. Another time annoyed by a band member’s insistent foot tapping he nailed the culprits shoe to the floor! These tracks were recorded in 1957 and make pleasant listening; few violinists could coax so much joy out of the instrument in a small group setting.
DON REDMAN ORCHESTRA featuring COLEMAN HAWKINS Free And Easy Last night in town; To the river; Ballad ‘N’ bounce; Dreamy melody; Desert dance; Chevy’s chase; Christmas in the valley; Donnybrook; Ain’t gonna get fooled again; Voodoo; Peetni Petite; Waiting on the corner; My dream of yesterday; Fall leaves; At the swing cats ball; Free and easy; Echoing; Coffee light; The black cat; I dream of summer. Sounds of yester year DSOY 816 [51:58] Don Redman made his mark as an arranger in early big band jazz providing scores for Louis Armstrong, Ben Pollack and Paul Whiteman [my Dad’s favourite band]. He later worked for Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie then as musical director for Pearl Bailey. All twenty tracks are absorbing listening, I would dearly love to know who did the composing and arranging as there are no credits on the sleeve. Coleman Hawkins puts extra colour in to these rare sessions which are undated. The sleeve says Don stopped leading his own band in 1940 so I assume the music predates, if so either excellent first recording or wonders worked in the remastering. I loved the title and tune Chevy’s chase although unfair to pick one among so many goodies. Paul Clatworthy
LALO SCHIFRIN Mambo in Paris featuring the Orchestras of Eddie Warner and Lolo Martinez Harkit Records HRKCD8347 [63:15] Twenty-one tracks arranged by Lalo. His piano teacher told him the Conservatoire de Paris was offering scholarships for foreign students, so he set off with his book of arrangements. The year was 1952, these tracks were originally issued on The Barclay and Odeon labels between 1953 and 1955 A fascinating look at Lalo’s early writings, four original compositions, others by Gillespie, Perez Prado, Juan Tizol, Morales and names familiar in South America but less well known in Europe. Paul Clatworthy
MONICA MANCINI I’ve Loved These Days These days: God only knows; American tune; Blame it on the sun; Without him; How can I be sure; I’ll follow the sun; Ballad of the sad young men; Something so right; I’ve loved these days. Concord 08880072307452 [43:15]. Despite arrangements by Jorge Calandrelli I wish I had given this one a miss. Revisiting hits by others only works if you can improve or add something. Some tracks have the original artists involved but it is still a letdown.
FOLLOW THAT GIRL 17 tracks incl. Tra La La; I’m away; Follow that girl; Solitary stranger; Life must go on; Three Victorian mermaids; Doh, Ray, Me; Song and dance; The Chase; Taken for a ride; Lovely meeting you at last … & 2 other tracks Hooray For Daisy! 12 tracks incl. She coming on the 4.48; I feel as if I’d never been away; No lullaby; How when and where?; If only you needed me; Nice day … Must Close Saturday Records MCSR 3047 [76:21]
FOLLOW THAT GIRL [Original London Cast] 17 tracks …& 7 other tracks Sepia Records Sepia 1156 [72:64]
Not a blast from the past but the gentle zephyr of a breeze! My wife and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary by going to the Vaudeville Theatre in London to see Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds’ delightful follow-up to their then record breaking show "Salad Days." And now, 50 years on, here is not only its first re-issue on CD but mirabile dictu its second as well. Starring Peter Gilmore [later of the popular BBC series ‘The Onedin Line’] and Susan Hampshire [later of ‘Forsyte Saga’ and ‘Monarch of the Glen’ fame] with musical direction by Philip Martell, it ran for 211 performances and was one of the first show recordings to be made in stereo. The story is about a young Victorian girl whose parents want her to marry a businessman so she runs away followed by her two suitors, Tancred and Wilberforce. The policeman sent to find her, who himself was lost 20 years ago while his parents [played by Marion Grimaldi and Newton Blick] were Shopping in Kensington, falls in love with her. Among the good tunes and witty lyrics Waiting for our daughter, sung in mock-opera style by James Cairncross and Patricia [Hyacinth "Bucket"] Routledge, is especially fun. Slade and Reynolds also wrote the Christmassy ‘Hooray for Daisy’, a dozen numbers from which are included on the Must Close album performed by the Bristol Old Vic Company. As well as the tracks from the two stage shows there are two additional tracks: Michael Collins’ orchestral selection from ‘Follow’, and the title tune played as a slow foxtrot by Victor Sylvester and his Orchestra. This CD also has the added appeal of the recording being restored by our friend Alan Bunting. Aside from that the Sepia album is only slightly shorter in length and is £2 or so cheaper. It has some fascinating "bonus" tracks: two selections from ‘Follow’ played by composer Julian Slade himself at the piano, a "pop version" of the title tune sung by Mr Gilmore backed by Tony Osborne and his Orchestra, three tracks [two songs from ‘Follow’] from the 1955 recording ‘The Music of Julian Slade’, and Christmas Madrigal from another Slade show "Look Who’s Here". All wonderfully nostalgic. Peter Burt
LANG LANG The Best Of Lang Lang 27 tracks Deutsche Grammophon 4779014 [131:70] Here is the phenomenally talented 28-year-old pianist [his name translates as "very brilliant"], about whom some music purists are a bit sniffy, playing on a new mid-price 2-CD collection of recordings ranging from Liebestraum to – of special interest to JIM readers – Nigel Hess’s 23½-minute Piano Concerto, commissioned by The Prince of Wales in memory of the late Queen Mother. In between there is an eclectic mix of pieces: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Träumerei; Tchaikovsky’sPiano Concerto No.1, 3rd movt.; Mike Oldfield’s Harbinger; Alexandre Desplat’s River Waltz [from the film "The Painted Lady"]; The Yellow River Piano Concerto, 2nd movt. Ode to the Yellow River; Schiller’s Time for Dreams, other tuneful works by Liszt, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Satie, Rachmaninov, Schumann, and some particularly fascinating ones by Chinese composers, about which I would have liked some information in the booklet notes. Put this on your Christmas gift list.Edward Trub
More reminders from Wilfred Askew of recently received releases
THE CREATIVE SOUNDS OF FRANK DE VOL – Portraits 55 tracks on 2-CDs incl. Stranger in Paradise; Moments to Remember; My Foolish Heart; Unchained Melody; Chances are; Tammy; True Love; Say One for Me; Love Letters in the Sand; Silver Moon; When I Grow Too Old to Dream; Wonderful one; I’ll See You Again …Jasmine JASCD 538 [156:51] Original Capitol, CBS & RCA Recordings including 21 vocal tracks: Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford, Margaret Whiting, Dinah Shore, Mel Torme & Gordon Macrae.
MAURICE JARRE ‘Lion Of The Desert’ & ‘The Message’ The Original Film Sountracks on 2-CDsTadlow Music Tadlow 008 [138:32]
HENRY MANCINI Mancini Marches [issued in 1959 as ‘March Step In Hi-Fi’] National Emblem; Entry of the Gladiators; The Billboard March; Under the double Eagle; Colonel Bogey; On the Mall … & six more titles Sousa In Hi-Fi [reissued in 1963 as ‘Sousa’s Greatest Marches’] Semper fidelis; National Fencibles March; Stars & Stripes Forever; The Invincible Eagle March; King Cotton; Manhattan Beach March … & six more titles Collectors’ Choice CCM-959 [65:05] Original Warner Bros. albums from 1959.
RALPH MARTERIE Into The ‘Fifties 50 original Mercury recordings on 2-CDs: Pretend; Caravan; Shish-Kebab; Moonlight in Vermont; La Rosita; Beautiful Ohio; Alice Blue Gown; Alone; Once in a while; Boulevard of Broken Dreams, John and Julie; In a Persian Market … Jasmine JASCD 541[132:13]
THE ARHUR MURRAY ORCHESTRA directed by Ray Carter Arthur Murray’s Music For Dancing Cha Cha 12 tracks incl. Watermelon Heart; Cheerful Little Earful; Arrivederci, Roma; Rico Vacilon; Arthur, you should smile more; It might as well be Spring … Sbme SBMk700725 2 [31:40]Fox Trot 12 tracks incl. Mack the Knife; Autumn Leaves; Canadian Sunset; There’s a small hotel; April in Portugal; Arthur Murray taught me dancing in a hurry … Sbme SBMk 700726 2 [28:26]Mambo, Rumba, Samba, Tango, Meringue 12 tracks incl. Red Petticoats; Tequila; Dansero; Bandolero, [La La] Colette; Ole Guapo … Sbme SBMk700727 2 [29:06] Waltz 12 tracks incl. Tenderly; Wunderbar; Under Paris Skies; A Kiss in the Dark; Alice blue gown; Wonderful One …Sbme SBMk 700728 2 [29:43] Original RCA recordings 1959.
KEN THORNE ‘Juggernaut’ & ‘The Bed Sitting Room’ Original Motion Picture SoundtracksKritzerland 20016-1 [33:56] 1,000 copies