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 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...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2010
  • Label: Guild
  • UPC: 795754516524
  • Catalog Number: 5165

Album Credits

Performance Credits
101 Strings Ensemble
Percy Faith Conductor
Henry Mancini Conductor
Les 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 Conductor
John Scott Trotter Conductor
Frank DeVol & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Les 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
Les 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 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
Alan Bunting Remastering
Gaetano Oliviero Composer
John Wootton Cover Painting
Einar Aaron Swan Composer
Richard Busch Composer
Rene Sylviano Composer
Angela Morely Arranger
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