A Fifth Of Beethoven [Expanded Edition]

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Walter Murphy's "A Fifth of Beethoven" put classical disco on the map. It helped that Beethoven's symphony had a heavy percussion feel, which Murphy cranked up a couple of notches with his amazing ingenuity. Other selections, while creatively different, are just as good, but didn't burn a hole in the charts like "Fifth." "Suite Love Symphony," "Flight '76," "California Strut," and "Russian Dressing" will expand your mind and quench your musical thirst at the same time. "Midnight Express" is fine European boogie, while the horn-laden "Get a Little Lovin'" is a funky thing. It's always a nice trick when artists can define a genre with a single song, and Murphy did that. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Walter Murphy's "A Fifth of Beethoven" put classical disco on the map. It helped that Beethoven's symphony had a heavy percussion feel, which Murphy cranked up a couple of notches with his amazing ingenuity. Other selections, while creatively different, are just as good, but didn't burn a hole in the charts like "Fifth." "Suite Love Symphony," "Flight '76," "California Strut," and "Russian Dressing" will expand your mind and quench your musical thirst at the same time. "Midnight Express" is fine European boogie, while the horn-laden "Get a Little Lovin'" is a funky thing. It's always a nice trick when artists can define a genre with a single song, and Murphy did that. Even better when they can follow it up with an album that expands on that song's charms and delivers a satisfying listening experience. A Fifth of Beethoven does that with unerring style and class and stands as one of the high points of the disco era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2014
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5013929241039
  • Catalog Number: 1097447
  • Sales rank: 72,564

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Walter Murphy Primary Artist, Conductor, Keyboards
Angela Bofill Vocals
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Harvie Swartz Bass
George Young Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
David Nadien Leader
Al Porcino Trumpet
Ray Alonge Horn
Carmine d'Amico Guitar
Gayle Dixon Leader
Irving Spice Leader
Brooks Tillotson Horn
Ed Xiques Saxophone
Paul Bernardi Trombone
Eddie Garr Background Vocals
Mike McGovern Trumpet, Soloist
Greg Westhoff Percussion, Conga
Pat Bianco Vocals
Frank Dillard Vocals
Artie Kaplan Saxophone
Jim Buffington Horn
Mike Caruso Guitar
Don Corrado Horn
Bob Merigliano Drums
Lou Marino Saxophone
Technical Credits
Walter Murphy Arranger, Composer
George Marino Mastering
Thomas J. Valentino Producer
Bob Hickson Cover Painting
Wayne A. Dickson Reissue Producer
Stephen "Spaz" Schnee Liner Notes
Malcolm McKenzie Photo Scanning
Stephen Schnee Liner Notes
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