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Marching Song: Vol.1 & Vol.2 [Original recording remastered]

Mike Westbrook Concert Band Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (13 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Righteous
  • ASIN: B002CVQ7QG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hooray!
2. Landscape
3. Waltz (For Joanna)
4. Landscape II
5. Other World
6. Marching Song
Disc: 2
1. Transition
2. Home
3. Rosie
4. Prelude
5. Tension
6. Introduction
7. Ballad
8. Conflict
9. Requiem
10. Tarnished
See all 11 tracks on this disc

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mike Westbrook marching songs 13 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Wonderful musicianship just like the bulk of his suites.
I do miss the vocal element of Kate and Phil Minton:in many ways, this is an acquired taste, but remarkably beautiful once you realise what they are trying to achieve and the work that has gone into it.
Looks as though I'm reviewing previous purchases, and I probably am: the greats from the 60s are all here in Marching Songs (Surman, Osborne etc) and it's reasonably priced.
A terribly underrated composer in his own country.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the top of the hill and down again 15 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
These albums are a strident body of work. Perhaps I should declare that Mike Westbrook can do little wrong in my ears before observing that these albums have got just about everything in 'jazz'. They are fine examples of the wealth of talent in UK jazz of the time which has not received the acclaim it truly deserves.
Rather than rattle-on about the twists, turns and theoretical dynamics of the pieces, I will leave you with this thought .. recognising that Marching Song's are war-protest albums, I was immediately minded of the poems of Wilfred Owen and how wonderfully they might be 'merged' with this music in a similar fashion to Glad Day - another Westbrook Masterpiece.
At £7.99 new, or less for good second-hand, buy it quick then add your voice to the rousing chorus demanding long overdue justice for the Crown Jewels of English music : 60's/70's UK Jazz. Ask Gilles Peterson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic modern British jazz 31 Dec 2010
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I bought this on vinyl on the DERAM label when it first came out. I was blown away then and nothing has changed in the intervening 40 years. A pleasure to see this available again. If you like free blowing big band jazz give this a listen. You will not be disappointed.
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