The Golden Age of Light Music: The Show Goes On

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The Show Goes On, a volume in Guild's The Golden Age of Light Music Series, is aptly named as it consists mostly of pieces that would qualify as "curtain raisers," brief overture-like works recorded by British orchestras between 1942 and 1957. This disc boasts a whopping 29 tracks, most of which could qualify for the opening and/or bumpers of a "Million Dollar Movie" on television of the '60s, and indeed, some of these things were designed for such use, as Len Stevens' "Television Playhouse" (1957) theme attests. Others, such as Bob Haymes' "Curtain Time" (1952) do activate those very dead brain cells somewhere deep in one's memory and make the listener wonder, "Where ...
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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The Show Goes On, a volume in Guild's The Golden Age of Light Music Series, is aptly named as it consists mostly of pieces that would qualify as "curtain raisers," brief overture-like works recorded by British orchestras between 1942 and 1957. This disc boasts a whopping 29 tracks, most of which could qualify for the opening and/or bumpers of a "Million Dollar Movie" on television of the '60s, and indeed, some of these things were designed for such use, as Len Stevens' "Television Playhouse" (1957) theme attests. Others, such as Bob Haymes' "Curtain Time" (1952) do activate those very dead brain cells somewhere deep in one's memory and make the listener wonder, "Where have I heard that before?" There aren't many duds in this collection, though Eric Rogers' "Startime" (1956), featuring pianist Winifred Atwell and Frank Chacksfield's orchestra and chorus, is pure kitsch, and the disc's use of Harry Rabinowitz' "Back Stage" (1955) seems a tad off center. Outside of a transparent and very lovely Robert Farnon orchestration of "If I Had a Talking Picture of You," there isn't much to leaven the feeling of happy anticipation and the curtain rising at the end, and listening straight through to such a long program, one can easily get sick of it. Listening in short stretches should make the best use out of The Show Goes On, and radio programmers should definitely be aware of this Guild disc, as it provides a wealth of classy and familiar sounding bumpers that work just as well in the current context as they did back in the Golden Age of Television. Sound quality, apart from the Rabinowitz track, is somewhat variable, but generally very good, and musically there is a lot to enjoy here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Guild
  • UPC: 795754514926
  • Catalog Number: 5149

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Show Goes On, for orchestra - Hudson Orchestra (2:00)
  2. 2 [Excerpt] - Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra (3:10)
  3. 3 The Film Opens ("Eleventh Hour" theme), television theme - London Promenade Orchestra (2:40)
  4. 4 If I Had a Talking Picture of You - Robert Farnon & His Orchestra (2:52)
  5. 5 News Theatre, for orchestra - Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (2:14)
  6. 6 Startime, for orchestra - Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra (2:30)
  7. 7 Television March - Eric Jones Orchestra (2:50)
  8. 8 Television Playhouse, for orchestra - Crawford Light Orchestra (2:46)
  9. 9 Picture Parade, for orchestra - Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (2:57)
  10. 10 Curtain Time - Acquaviva & His Orchestra (2:17)
  11. 11 Stars in My Eyes - André Kostelanetz & His Orchestra (2:52)
  12. 12 Up with the Curtain, for orchestra - New Concert Orchestra (2:42)
  13. 13 Back Stage, for orchestra - New Century Orchestra (3:21)
  14. 14 Leading Lady, for orchestra - Dolf Van Der Linden & His Orchestra (3:07)
  15. 15 Top of the Bill, for orchestra - Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (2:46)
  16. 16 Chorus Girl, for orchestra - West End Celebrity Orchestra (2:42)
  17. 17 The Man on the Flying Trapeze, song - George Tzipine & His Orchestra (2:15)
  18. 18 It's in the Air (Theme) - Royal Air Force Orchestra (2:19)
  19. 19 Floor Show, for orchestra - New Century Orchestra (2:08)
  20. 20 Lap of Luxury, for orchestra - Telecast Orchestra (2:33)
  21. 21 Gay and Glamorous, for orchestra - Danish State Radio Orchestra (3:01)
  22. 22 A Star Is Born for orchestra - Robert Farnon & His Orchestra (2:46)
  23. 23 It's That Man Again, theme song - BBC Variety Orchestra (3:19)
  24. 24 The Spice of Life, for orchestra - Charles Shadwell & His Orchestra (2:53)
  25. 25 Radio Romantic, for orchestra - Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (3:05)
  26. 26 South Bank, for orchestra - Stuttgart Radio Orchestra (2:40)
  27. 27 Premiere, for orchestra - New Concert Orchestra (3:18)
  28. 28 Melody of the Stars, for orchestra - Peter Yorke & His Orchestra (2:43)
  29. 29 There's No Business Like Show Business, song (from "Annie Get your Gun" - Wally Stott & His Orchestra (2:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Coates Conductor
André Kostelanetz Conductor
Sidney Torch Conductor
Frank Chacksfield Conductor
Robert Farnon Conductor
Robert Farnon Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Angela Morley Conductor
London Promenade Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Wally Stott Conductor
Peter Yorke Conductor
Winifred Atwell Piano
West End Celebrity Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Wally Stott & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Peter Yorke and His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Frederic Curzon Conductor
Nick Acquaviva Conductor
New Concert Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Charles Shadwell & His Orchestra Conductor, Performing Ensemble
Charles Williams & His Concert Orchestra Conductor
New Century Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jack Leon And His Orchestra Conductor
BBC Variety Orchestra Performing Ensemble
George Tzipine Salon Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Royal Air Force Central Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Acquaviva Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Elliott Mayes Conductor
Dolf van der Linden Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Dolf van der Linden Conductor
Queen's Hall Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Charles Shadwell Conductor
George Tzipine Conductor
Stuttgart Radio Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Hudson Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Erich Börschel Conductor
Winifred Attwell Piano
Meyer de Wolfe Conductor
Jack Leon Conductor
Kurt Rehfeld Conductor
Walter Collins Conductor
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Charles Williams Conductor
André Kostelanetz Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Telecast Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Crawford Light Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Eric Jones Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Eric Coates Composer
Fritz Kreisler Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Joe Henderson Composer
Sidney Torch Composer
Eric Rogers Composer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Robert Farnon Arranger, Composer
Lyle Gaston Composer
Harry Rabinowitz Composer
Angela Morley Arranger, Composer
Peter Yorke Composer
Paul Fenoulhet Composer
Ivor Slaney Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Bob Haymes Composer
Jack Beaver Composer
Michael Carr Composer
Trevor Duncan Composer
Len Stevens Composer
David Ades Producer, Liner Notes
Alan Bunting Remastering
Michael North Composer
Harry Parr-Davies Composer
Edward R. White Composer
Richard Hamer Arranger
Frank Cantell Orchestra Leader
Fortunino Matania Cover Painting
Essex Composer
North Composer
Brown Composer
White Composer
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