Symphonic Rock: American Classics

Symphonic Rock: American Classics

by London Symphony Orchestra
     
 

This album is either the latest example of a classical label prostituting itself in search of a larger audience, or a legitimate attempt at crossover within an orchestral pops vein, given added appeal through the presence of the Roger Dean cover graphics and the near-suppression of the Telarc identification. The "classics" done up in…  See more details below

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This album is either the latest example of a classical label prostituting itself in search of a larger audience, or a legitimate attempt at crossover within an orchestral pops vein, given added appeal through the presence of the Roger Dean cover graphics and the near-suppression of the Telarc identification. The "classics" done up in 60-piece orchestral majesty include "Born to Run," "Tears of a Clown," "Superstition," "Hey Joe," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "God Only Knows," and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (which hardly belongs here, as the product of Scottish songwriter Ewan MacColl). There are some surprises here -- the swirling strings that open "Born to Run" in the style of "Jupiter" from Holst's "The Planets," and the almost swing-style sound that the horns achieve; the muted string introduction to "Superstition," which builds up its volume "Boléro"-like almost to the point of harshness; and "Hey Joe" takes its lead from Jimi Hendrix rather than the Leaves' or the Byrds' versions, handled very slowly with lots of unexpected orchestral voicings, including a moment that almost sounds lifted from George Gershwin's blues and jazz-inspired work. "River Deep Mountain High" is treated with surprising restraint until the muted Royal Choral Society comes in during the second half. There are no notes of any kind, and the overall effect is that of listening to very middle-brow orchesral pops material rather than any daring statements about the nature of the songs being played or the revelation of any unusual attributes in the material.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/1997
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408047626
catalogNumber:
80476

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

London Symphony Orchestra   Primary Artist
Peter Knight   Conductor
Ray Russell   Guitar
Herbie Flowers   Bass
Richard Harvey   Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
Trevor Bastow   Keyboards
Tristan Fry   Percussion
Skaila Kanga   Harp
Gary Kettel   Percussion
Barry Morgan   Drums
Jo Partridge   Guitar
Royal Choral Society   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Thatcher   Guitar
Graham Todd   Keyboards
Ted Astley   Conductor
Jo Patridge   Guitar
Andrew Pryce Jackman   Conductor
Malcolm Archer   Organ
Joe Keogh   Guitar

Technical Credits

Louis Clark   Arranger
Roger Dean   Illustrations,Paintings
Ann Odell   Arranger
Jim Peterik   Composer
Jeff Jarratt   Producer
Don Reedman   Producer
Robert Young   Arranger
Ted Astley   Arranger
Frankie Sullivan   Composer
Mike Jarratt   Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Andrew Pryce Jackman   Arranger
William Roberts   Composer

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