Golden Age of Light Music: Light and Lively

The Golden Age of Light Music: Light and Lively

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The Guild label's extensive series of CDs devoted to what North Americans call easy listening and Europeans call light music has employed various organizational principles for individual discs. They have been devoted to musical themes or moods, to chronological periods, to specific musicians, composers, national styles, or musical forms. This release, titled Light

Overview

The Guild label's extensive series of CDs devoted to what North Americans call easy listening and Europeans call light music has employed various organizational principles for individual discs. They have been devoted to musical themes or moods, to chronological periods, to specific musicians, composers, national styles, or musical forms. This release, titled Light and Lively, is something of a grab bag, with most but not all of the music being upbeat in rhythm. With one exception, Percy Faith's "Caribbean Nights" (recorded in 1947 but unissued until 1954 when it was used in a B movie called Starlift), the music all dates from the 1950s, and mostly from the high-water mark of easy listening between about 1954 and 1957. A few major figures -- Faith, Robert Farnon, and Frank Chacksfield -- are represented, but actually what ties this album together more than lightness or liveliness is the diverse collection of bandleaders and orchestras, several of whom made only a few recordings. The curiously named violinist and conductor Florian ZaBach, for example, may be remembered by fans of Ed Sullivan and other early TV hosts, but his presence on reissues is sparse indeed. French composer and bandleader Gérard Calvi contributes "Le bal de Madame Mortemouille," better known in a texted version called "One of Those Songs." But this original, with a little melody stated first by a baritone saxophone and developed in a dizzying variety of orchestral textures over its two minutes and 42 seconds, is far superior. If you were raised to hate easy listening music, which was one of the few things classical and rock fans could agree on, sample this arresting piece of work for a good example of why it is loved. Another orchestration highlight is "Proud as a Peacock," composed and conducted by Britain's Eric Spear, with its unusual piano-plus-harpsichord timbre. The selection of pieces from outside the music's Anglo-American-Canadian axis is an attraction, as is the presence of the Telecast Orchestra, which is not explained in the rather brief notes, but apparently an ensemble that specialized in transcription discs, whose function in the easy listening genre awaits investigation. Not necessarily the best disc to start with in Guild's series (Mantovani: By Special Request or The 1950s, Vol. 1, would be better choices), this release will nevertheless be eagerly welcomed by collectors and libraries.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/2010
Label:
Guild
UPC:
0795754516029
catalogNumber:
5160
Rank:
292912

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Derby Day
  2. Le Bal de Madame de Mortemouille (Madame de Mortemouille's Ball)
  3. Noche Caribe (Caribbean Night)
  4. The Boy on the Carousel
  5. Whimsy
  6. Spindrift
  7. Music from Studio X - Theme for the radio show
  8. Golden Strings
  9. Everything I Love
  10. Miss Universe
  11. Falling Star
  12. Strings on Wings
  13. Rainbow's End
  14. Smile of a Latin
  15. La Grenouille
  16. Reno Runway
  17. Proud as a Peacock
  18. Stars Shine in Your Eyes
  19. Leprechauns' Dance
  20. Everyday
  21. Piccadilly Playboy
  22. I've Got the World on a String
  23. Chatter Box
  24. Silhouettes in the Sand
  25. Monica
  26. Smart Set
  27. Rhapsody in Red
  28. On the Fiddle
  29. African Moon
  30. Peanut Polka

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Percy Faith   Conductor
Sidney Torch   Conductor
Richard Hayman   Conductor
Tony Osborne   Conductor
Frank Chacksfield   Conductor
Florian Zabach   Violin,Conductor
Ray Martin   Conductor
Robert Farnon   Conductor
David Rose   Conductor
Helmut Zacharias   Conductor
Joe Leahy Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Percy Faith & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Tony Osborne Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Gérard Calvi   Conductor
Lou Busch   Conductor
Guy Luypaerts   Conductor
Eric Spear   Conductor
Lou Busch & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Richard Hayman & His Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Curt Andersen   Conductor
Frank Cordell   Conductor
Danish State Radio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Nick Acquaviva   Conductor
Sidney Torch & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Orchestre Guy Luypaerts   Performing Ensemble
New Century Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Connaught Light Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Symphonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Cyril Ornadel Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Elliott Mayes   Conductor
Gérard Calvi Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Helmut Zacharias and His Magic Violins   Performing Ensemble
Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Dolf van der Linden   Conductor
Florian ZaBach Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Erich Börschel   Conductor
Boris Sarbek   Conductor
Boris Sarbek Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Michel Piastro   Conductor
Telecast Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Grosvenor Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Crawford Light Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Cyril Ornadel   Conductor
Frank Cordell Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Joe Leahy   Conductor
David Rose Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Tom Van Elst   Conductor
Ray Martin Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Nick Acquaviva Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Mishel Piastro Concert Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Eric Spear Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Nino Rota   Composer
Robert Stolz   Composer
Percy Faith   Composer
Billy Mayerl   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Tony Osborne   Arranger
David Curry   Composer
George Elliott   Composer
Robert Farnon   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Helmut Zacharias   Composer
Angela Morley   Composer
Todd Duncan   Composer
Gérard Calvi   Composer
Peter Yorke   Composer
Guy Luypaerts   Composer
Ted Koehler   Songwriter
Eric Spear   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
Len Stevens   Composer
David Ades   Liner Notes
Ken Mackintosh   Composer
Frank Cordell   Composer
Léon Pober   Composer
José Fontaine   Composer
Joe Leahy   Composer
Golding   Composer
Jacobson   Composer
Francois Lamarque   Composer
Francois J.M. Charpin   Composer
Eugene Cines   Composer
Davis   Composer

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