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Marches of the Two World Wars

Band Of Irish Guards Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bandleader
  • ASIN: B0000259EB
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Two world wars in a single century is scarcely a cause for celebration, but the Band of the Irish Guards work hard to persuade us that--in the field of military music at least--things weren't all bad. As might be expected, Kenneth Alford, the nearest equivalent to Sousa that Britain has produced, is generously represented. The album opens predictably enough with his Colonel Bogey, which despite later movie fame was actually written in 1914, remaining popular among British servicemen throughout both wars (especially with the unofficial lyric that began: "Hitler has only got one ball..."). His Voice of the Guns, best known from Lawrence of Arabia, was penned in 1917, while Alford's contribution to the WWII included Eagle Squadron, a stirring tribute to the volunteer US pilots who joined the RAF in 1940. But it's not all Alford's show, and there are further rousing parade-ground pieces from Leo Stanley, Sousa himself and Richard Rodgers (the composer of "The Carousel Waltz" turned his hand to marches for a documentary entitled Victory At Sea). Throughout this chronological sequence, the Band of the Irish Guards and their music director, Major Chatburn, march with an audible swagger in their step. --Mark Walker

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5.0 out of 5 stars All our yesterdays 30 Jan 2013
By Matt
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My mum has been asking for music by the Band of the Irish Guards for some time. I found this album on amazon and my mum was thrilled. She requests music on her local radio station and now she can listen to her heart's content. She loves the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let Erin Remember the Irish Guards! 19 Jan 2010
By Roger Kennedy - Published on
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This is a fine CD of the Band of the Irish Guards playing a selection of marches during and inbetween the two World Wars of the last century. While many of these marches by Alford and Sousa have been recorded before what is unique here is the chronological order in which they are placed. These marches are played in the exact order of their actual composition. Thus the classic "Colonel Bogey" by Alford leads off the CD as it was written in 1914. While most selections will be familier to the march conneseur, there are a few surprises which add interest to this fine collection. With the 2010 debut USA tour of the band with the Pipes & Drums of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders this should prove a popular item for those wanting to hear the band outside of the special tour CD. Grab this while you can!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic compilation of marches by the Irish Guards 9 Jun 2013
By langleybcguy - Published on
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Having followed the British Army's military bands for the better part of 20 years, I always found the Irish Guards Band to be one of the better performers. Having played for almost a decade in a now-defunct British Columbia community band, I recognized a good number of the marches played here (we often used to play them ourselves); others I recognized from hearing other recordings of them.

A good number of these tracks are written by none other than Britain's own K.J. Alford, the U.K's version of John Philip Sousa. The most evident of these is, of course, 'Colonel Bogey', featured in 'Bridge on the River Kwai' starring William Holden and the late Sir Alec Guinness; others written by Alford include 'The Great Little Army', 'Voice of the Guns', 'The Vanished Army', 'On the Quarterdeck', and 'Army of the Nile', which sometimes still sees action as a march performed during the 'Changing of the Guard'. Other easy-to-recognize marches include 'Guadalcanal March' by Richard Rodgers, along with Leo R. Stanley's 'The Contemptibles', which I remember playing for many years. 'Machine Gun Guards' is a lively march I had previously heard only once, in a recording from the Wembley Military Musical Pageant (a massive concert which was discontinued in 1987); 'Arromanches' uses a lively woodwind melody to depict one of the battle/landing sites on D-Day; the 'Flying Fortress March', of course, refers to the United States' B-17 bomber that exacted punishing attacks against German & Japanese targets on both the Europe and South Pacific fronts.

This is a great collection of marches from the 2 world wars, worthy of an addition to any collector of military bands.
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