Symphonic Rock: American Classics

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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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  • Release Date: 8/26/1997
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408047626
  • Catalog Number: 80476

Album Credits

Performance Credits
London Symphony Orchestra Primary Artist, 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
Les 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
James Bonney Remastering
William Roberts Composer
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