The Golden Age of Light Music: More Strings in Stereo!

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The Guild label has issued a large series of CDs covering the history of the music known as easy listening in North America and light music in the British Isles. The series is loosely but not exclusively chronological. This release is unusual in that the selections come almost exclusively from the year 1958. Thus the music is relatively late in the history of the genre, and the album, presumably it is unclear how long the series will eventually last, is one of Guild's later releases. The interaction between the easy listening genre and stereo sound was a natural one, and some of the composers and bandleaders represented here, notably Morton Gould, clearly wrote with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The Guild label has issued a large series of CDs covering the history of the music known as easy listening in North America and light music in the British Isles. The series is loosely but not exclusively chronological. This release is unusual in that the selections come almost exclusively from the year 1958. Thus the music is relatively late in the history of the genre, and the album, presumably it is unclear how long the series will eventually last, is one of Guild's later releases. The interaction between the easy listening genre and stereo sound was a natural one, and some of the composers and bandleaders represented here, notably Morton Gould, clearly wrote with the new effects of stereo separation in mind. The music also bears traces of what would within a few years be called space-age bachelor pad music, with even the veteran Canadian leader Robert Farnon undertaking a fairly experimental sound in "Stay with the Happy People/Violins from Nowhere" track 5. The genre generally became more North American as it went along, and the selections here are fine specimens of North American styles, somewhat less musically intricate than the British groups, but no less lush. The album features some almost unknown musicians in addition to stars of the genre, like Nelson Riddle and Canadian-American Percy Faith; Frank de Vol may be familiar to viewers of The Brady Bunch television series, but not much otherwise. Highlights of the program include the full-on exoticism of Les Baxter's original "Harem Silks of Bombay" track 18 and the two tracks by perhaps the genre's sole female orchestra leader, Angela Morley. A high proportion of truly offbeat tracks may make this an odd place to start with Guild's series or easy listening music in general, but as usual much is worth hearing here. Guild's remastering of the top-notch original sound is impressive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/2010
  • Label: Guild
  • UPC: 795754515923
  • Catalog Number: 5159
  • Sales rank: 293,625

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Morton Gould Conductor
Percy Faith Conductor
Les Baxter Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Buddy Bregman Conductor
Billy Vaughn Conductor
Hal Mooney Conductor
Frank deVol Conductor
George Melachrino Conductor
Warren Barker Conductor
Robert Farnon Conductor
Robert Farnon Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Angela Morley Conductor
Percy Faith & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Hal Mooney Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Charles Mackerras Conductor
Conrad Salinger Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Clebanoff Strings Performing Ensemble
Billy Vaughn's Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Melachrino Strings Performing Ensemble
David Carroll Conductor
Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Angela Morley Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Rio Carnival Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Les Baxter Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Frank Devol Orchestra Performing Ensemble
David Carroll Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Nelson Riddle Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Morton Gould Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Pierre Challet Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Pierre Challet Conductor
The Gaslight Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Warren Barker and His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Eric Coates Composer
Morton Gould Composer
Victor Herbert Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Percy Faith Arranger
Irving Berlin Composer
Les Baxter Composer
Paul Whiteman Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Charles K. Harris Composer
Johnny Burke Songwriter
Sammy Fain Original Material
Robert Farnon Arranger, Composer
Edward Heyman Songwriter
Bob Hilliard Original Material
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Cole Porter Composer
Conrad Salinger Arranger
Jule Styne Original Material
James Van Heusen Composer
Ned Washington Songwriter
Victor Young Composer
Angela Morley Arranger, Composer
Manuel Ponce Composer
John Blackburn Songwriter
Eric Maschwitz Composer
Manning Sherwin Songwriter
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Ralph Sterling Arranger
Ferde Grofé Arranger
David Ades Liner Notes
Alan Bunting Remastering
Léon Pober Composer
William Hill-Bowen Composer
Joseph F. Kuhn Composer
Tony Tamburello Composer
John Green Composer
H. Magdison Original Material
Roy Straigis Composer
Claude Buckle Cover Illustration
Ted Kochler Songwriter
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