The Golden Age of Light Music: The 1930s, Vol. 2 - In Town Tonight

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Guild's In Town Tonight -- The 1930s, Vol. 2 is an entry in Guild's ongoing Light Music series that surveys British and American music belonging to that designation in historical recordings. The transfers from the original recordings, made by Alan Bunting, are always first-rate, and informative -- if brief -- notes by compiler David Ades help to place this largely forgotten music in context. The rubric of light music contains a wide range of music; it was a term used widely at the time that has since fallen into disuse, but covered both popular music that was not really jazz and lightweight classical music that wasn't considered "serious" in the way that, say, a Brahms...
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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Guild's In Town Tonight -- The 1930s, Vol. 2 is an entry in Guild's ongoing Light Music series that surveys British and American music belonging to that designation in historical recordings. The transfers from the original recordings, made by Alan Bunting, are always first-rate, and informative -- if brief -- notes by compiler David Ades help to place this largely forgotten music in context. The rubric of light music contains a wide range of music; it was a term used widely at the time that has since fallen into disuse, but covered both popular music that was not really jazz and lightweight classical music that wasn't considered "serious" in the way that, say, a Brahms symphony would be. A good example of that would be the little "Badinage" composed by Victor Herbert, heard here played by the salon orchestra led by Russian-American bandleader Harry Horlick, who was a mainstay of NBC radio in the 1920s and '30s. On the other side of the coin is the cultured English music hall tune "Bitter Sweet Waltz," composed by Noël Coward for his show of that name and played -- with weird, spooky organ effects that almost approximate the sound of a theremin -- by London's Paramount Theatre Orchestra in 1939. Technology is a side element to this collection that makes it especially interesting, for it includes an experimental stereo recording, made in 1934, by engineer Alan Blumlein at Abbey Road of some bits from Johnny Green's show Mr. Whittington played by Ray Noble's New Mayfair Orchestra; the complete mono track of this recording is also included. The stereo is highly successful in this case, though Bunting's transfers of many of the mono recordings are just as crisp and responsive -- for example, Alfredo Campoli & His Marimba Tango Orchestra performing a thing called "Chinese Street Serenade." Skaters with an interest in vintage dance music might well take note of the "Ice Rink Selection" heard here, played by Debroy Somers' band. With such a wide-ranging selection and terrific sound, fans of the popular music of the distant past will want to seek out Guild's In Town Tonight -- The 1930s, Vol. 2.
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  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Guild
  • UPC: 795754511628
  • Catalog Number: 5116

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack Wilson Piano
Ray Noble Conductor
Alfredo Campoli Conductor
Sidney Torch Organ
Henry Hall Conductor
The BBC Dance Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Marek Weber Conductor
Marek Weber & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Philip Green Conductor
Barnabas Von Géczy Conductor
Philip Glass Ensemble Performing Ensemble
New Mayfair Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Edith Lorand Viennese Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Edith Lorand Conductor
Robert Renard and His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Barnabas Von Géczy Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Harry Horlick Conductor
Paramount Theatre Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Gaumont State Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Herbert Küster Conductor
Harry Engleman's Quintet Ensemble
Regal Virtuosi Ensemble
Alfred van Dam Conductor
Herbert Küster's Piano Orchestra Ensemble
International Radio Orchestra Performing Ensemble
The Alfredo Campoli Orchestra Ensemble
Harry Horlick & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Richard Crean Conductor
Charles Shadwell Conductor
Emanuel Starkey Conductor
Robert Renard Conductor
Anton Conductor
Coventry Hippodrome Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Richard Crean Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Debroy Somers Band Band
Commodore Grand Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Joseph Muscant Conductor
Al Bollington Organ
Technical Credits
Eric Coates Composer
Victor Herbert Composer
Noël Coward Composer
Herman Finck Arranger
Sydney Baynes Composer
Sid Cooper Cover Art
David Ades Producer, Liner Notes
Alan Bunting Remastering
Jack Waller Composer
Joseph Tunbridge Composer
Roger Baily Artwork
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