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The Very Best of James Galway

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
RCA Victor's 2002 The Very Best of James Galway is a comprehensive overview of James Galway's prolific career, touching not only on his easy listening pop crossover tunes, but his classical pieces. In fact, it does something very clever: it devotes a disc, a full half of the collection, to his classical works, with the second disc to his smooth, lovely covers of pop hits. This way, the full scope of Galway's talents are showcased on one compilation, but they're also kept separated, so you can hear one side or the other, depending on mood. Some may find a certain favorite or two missing, but overall, this is an excellent summation of Galway's RCA recordings, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
RCA Victor's 2002 The Very Best of James Galway is a comprehensive overview of James Galway's prolific career, touching not only on his easy listening pop crossover tunes, but his classical pieces. In fact, it does something very clever: it devotes a disc, a full half of the collection, to his classical works, with the second disc to his smooth, lovely covers of pop hits. This way, the full scope of Galway's talents are showcased on one compilation, but they're also kept separated, so you can hear one side or the other, depending on mood. Some may find a certain favorite or two missing, but overall, this is an excellent summation of Galway's RCA recordings, which did find him at a peak.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266395026
  • Catalog Number: 63950
  • Sales rank: 20,724

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Galway Primary Artist, Flute, Conductor
Ray Russell Guitar
Ian Thomas Drums
Phil Coulter Piano
National Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Performing Ensemble
Levine Andrade Viola
David Bryant Percussion, Drums
Dave Cooke Keyboards
Laurence Cottle Bass
Mitch Dalton Guitar
Alan Dunn Accordion
John Georgiadis Conductor
Charles Gerhardt Conductor
Hiroyuki Iwaki Conductor
Neville Marriner Conductor
David Measham Conductor
Munich Radio Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Mark Nightingale Trombone
Andy Pask Bass
Dave Pattman Bongos, cowbell, Guiro
Ralph Salmins Drums
Peter Willison Leader
Bosco DeOliveira Conga
Dave Arch Keyboards
Dominic Barlow Keyboards
Frank Gallagher Viola, Low Whistle
Ivan Gilliland Guitar
Julian Lee Conductor
Phillip Moll Piano, Harpsichord
Ayako Shinozaki Harp
Andrew Shulman Cello
Thérèse Timoney Conductor
David Downes Concertina, uillean pipes
Vincent Fanuele Conductor
Galway Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Daniel Measham Conductor
Brendan Monaghan Drums
Tokyo String Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Dave Bryant Percussion, Drums
Mike Mower Flute, Conductor
Myung-Whun Chung Conductor
David Alberman Violin
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Neil Angilley Piano
Clio Gould Violin
Geraint Roberts Bass, Bass Guitar
Chris Haigh Fiddle
Susumu Miyashita Koto
Kevin Thompson Keyboards
The London Telefilmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Mitchell Dalton Guitar
Sarah Cunningham Viola Da Gamba
Mae Nightingale Trombone
Technical Credits
The Chieftains Contributor
A. L. Webber Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
James Galway Arranger
Phil Coulter Arranger
National Philharmonic Orchestra Contributor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Contributor
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Contributor
Norman Gimbel Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Munich Radio Orchestra Contributor
The Nashville String Machine Contributor, String Ensemble
Frank Gallagher Arranger
David Downes Arranger
Galway Pops Orchestra Contributor
Tokyo String Orchestra Contributor
Mike Mower Arranger
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Contributor
Trevor Nunn Composer
T.S. Eliot Composer
The Sheldon Kurland Strings Contributor, String Ensemble
Traditional Composer
Lee Arranger
The London Telefilmonic Orchestra Contributor
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very Best of James Galway

    James Galway plays the tracks on this CD flawlessly and exactly as the composers intended for them to be played. His execution comes with zero error. His musicianship is well demonstrated in the track Concertino where he tempers originality to allow for authenticity and so takes a slower approach here and plays the piece to its intended potential. He uses a variety of different techniques which make this CD original and fun. His techniques allows for 100% clarity and definition and his breathing technique is something I noted because it allows for a full, complete and smooth sound, a perfectly defined rollover to each note played. I have recommended another CD of his below (with Claude Bolling) where he plays with a different style (a rendition of a Rampal favorite) with a touch of Latino culture.

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