Pops Roundup

Pops Roundup

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by Arthur Fiedler
     
 

Decades before the term "crossover" was applied to music, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra cross-pollinated popular and classical styles and pleased hordes of fans in the process. It didn't matter whether he was conducting Beethoven or bossa nova, the "1812" Overture or "Moon River,"…  See more details below

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Decades before the term "crossover" was applied to music, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra cross-pollinated popular and classical styles and pleased hordes of fans in the process. It didn't matter whether he was conducting Beethoven or bossa nova, the "1812" Overture or "Moon River," the mustachioed maestro gave every piece of music the same vitality and verve. The arrangements often laid it on a bit thick, but with the recent revival of lounge music, that may be more of an attraction than a liability. On this recording, Sheriff Fiedler gets the orchestra's guns a-blazing with a program of songs from the Wild West, including "Home on the Range," "Deep in the Heart of Texas," "Red River Valley" and "Whoopie-Ti-Yi-Yo." Enough said?

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Pops Roundup presents a Walt Disney view of the west in which soaring strings and horns evoke images from western movies rather than the actual west. The dynamic music features all-new arrangements of classic western songs as well as themes from television, films, and Broadway shows. Woodblocks create the clippity-clop of horses' hooves, and other uncommon (for an orchestra) instruments such as harmonica and accordion crop up in places. An array of odd sounds, from whistles to gunshots, add to the strong visual quality of the music. Two long medleys of western television themes and fiddle reels bookend the album, with the latter receiving a positively whimsical interpretation. Pops Roundup is a soundtrack in search of a motion picture, and will give western film enthusiasts a serious case of deja vu. The CD reissue adds six bonus tracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/1993
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266166626
catalogNumber:
61666
Rank:
66128

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