Golden Age of Light Music: Orchestral Gems in Stereo

The Golden Age of Light Music: Orchestral Gems in Stereo

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Ahh, the glory of stereo -- it is so difficult to impart what a difference it made when it first became generally available on records in 1958; for audio nuts, it was a dream come true, whereas for the common listener, stereo was a little slower to catch on. Of course, many decades have gone by since, and no record company in their right mind would issue something new

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Ahh, the glory of stereo -- it is so difficult to impart what a difference it made when it first became generally available on records in 1958; for audio nuts, it was a dream come true, whereas for the common listener, stereo was a little slower to catch on. Of course, many decades have gone by since, and no record company in their right mind would issue something new in mono, and when they did stop mentioning that a given album was in stereo, it had become the accepted standard. Guild's The Golden Age of Light Music series issue Orchestral Gems in Stereo hearkens back to that first blush when stereo was available for the first time, and the recordings included reflect such infatuation; the horns in Paul Weston's take on Jerome Kern's "She Didn't Say Yes" are on the opposite side of the stage from the strings, certainly not the way it would be in reality, but this is a reality created expressly for stereo. Not all of the selections sparkle; Warren Barker's "Just a Kiss Apart" is trapped in the maudlin sludge of the smarmy side of the easy listening genre like a pachyderm sinking in the La Brea tar pits, and the future Angela Morley's (née Wally Stott) rendering of Fats Waller's "Chelsea" is led by dreamy trumpet and is as lush as extra thick carpeting. But certain other pieces -- and there are 25 of them here -- are quite commendable; while John Scott Trotter's version of "Misirlou" will probably never rock you like Dick Dale's, it's still plenty spicy, and the little trails of melodic weirdness in Les Baxter's "Shooting Star" well succeeds in lifting the piece out of the category of the merely ordinary. With a little patience and some measure of understanding of the light music genre, Guild's The Golden Age of Light Music: Orchestral Gems in Stereo should deliver some thrills and entertainment, even if you find yourself moving it forward a track or two at some point during the program.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2010
Label:
Guild
UPC:
0795754516524
catalogNumber:
5165

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Performance Credits

101 Strings   Ensemble
Percy Faith   Conductor
Henry Mancini   Conductor
Baxter   Conductor
Xavier Cugat   Conductor
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Frank deVol   Conductor
George Melachrino   Conductor
Carmen Dragon   Conductor
Warren Barker   Conductor
Victor Silvester   Conductor
Dennis Farnon   Conductor
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
David Rose   Conductor
Conrad Salinger   Conductor
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor
John Scott Trotter   Conductor
Frank DeVol & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Baxter & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Percy Faith & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Philip Green   Conductor
Peter Yorke   Conductor
Henry Mancini & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ronald Binge   Conductor
John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Peter Yorke and His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Conrad Salinger Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Paul Weston Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Hans-Georg Arlt   Conductor
Victor Silvester & His Silver Strings   Ensemble
Dennis Farnon & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ronald Binge Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Capitol Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Leslie Jones   Conductor
Angela Morley Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Hal Mooney & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Philip Green & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Rose Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Angela Morely   Conductor
Hans-Georg Arlt Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Orchestra of the 6th San Remo Festival   Performing Ensemble
Orchestra of London   Performing Ensemble
Warren Barker and His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Emmanuel Chabrier   Composer
Ernesto Lecuona   Composer
Percy Faith   Arranger
Henry Mancini   Composer
Baxter   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Fats Waller   Composer
Billy Mayerl   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Hal Mooney   Composer
Carmen Dragon   Arranger
Charles Trénet   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Dennis Farnon   Arranger
Robert Farnon   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
David Rose   Composer
Nicholas Roubanis   Composer
Herman Ruby   Composer
Max Steiner   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
Fred Wise   Composer
Philip Green   Arranger
Peter Yorke   Arranger
Harold Adamson   Composer
Dave Dreyer   Composer
Milton Leeds   Composer
Sidney Keith Russell   Composer
Ronald Binge   Arranger
Tolchard Evans   Composer
David Ades   Liner Notes
Ivor Novello   Composer
Gaetano Oliviero   Composer
John Wootton   Cover Painting
Einar Aaron Swan   Composer
Richard Busch   Composer
Rene Sylviano   Composer
Angela Morely   Arranger

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