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Reach For The Skies

27 Sept. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2010
  • Release Date: 27 Sept. 2010
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
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  • Total Length: 48:30
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  • ASIN: B0042IY9TO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,738 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By McStick TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Oct. 2010
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This album is certainly a fitting tribute for the anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The band itself is excellent, and the choice of tracks doesn't disappoint either. The Battle of Britain March is actually probably my favourite on the album, but having said that, I can't find fault with any of it! Well worth a purchase, if only to show support for those that fought to make it a better place for us all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Kennedy on 17 Oct. 2011
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This is the 70th anniversary CD by the Central Band of the RAF to mark the Battle of Britain in 1940. This Decca CD has all the amped up sound that one would expect from a mainline recording company not normally associated with military bands these days.

The band sounds larger than it really is today. At about 35 pieces the RAF Central Band is about a third smaller than it use to be not long ago. Cuts and reductions continue to plague these fine bands with a UK Gov that seems to have scant regard for them these days while calling on their services all the more!

The music reflects the Battle of Britain era pretty much although there are some curious inclusions and some surprising omissions. At 47 mins. this is not a full length CD issue. The remaining time could have added such signature marches as "Holyrood" which is the regimental march of the RAF Regiment and the Queen's Colour Squadron drill team. This is also a popular Alford march, although not as well known as Col. Bogey of course. "Blue Devils" would have been a good one to include as well, and why the signature "Aces High March" from the Ron Goodwin music of the Battle of Britain was not included remains a mystery to me.
Other music from that movie are included on here yet not this famous march so closely associated with RAF Band displays.

Modern selections like "Its a Long Way To Go" with American style singing are ok to include, although as a Yank myself I often tire of our influence on everything these days! Must everyone try to sound like US now? A nice vocal number like "A Nightengale Sang in Barkley Square" could have been here instead or in addition with the modern singing style if you must! This is certainly a 1940s era Battle of Britain song and surprising that it also was not included.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher P. Sparks on 4 Oct. 2010
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I eagerly awaited the delivery of Reach For The Skies and was certainly not dissapointed. It's a fantastic album - one not to be missed - with a very good mix of music
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2010
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When I worked in London there were regular weekly military band concerts at Tower Hill. The best were those given by the Central Band of the RAF, and this CD brings back memories of those days. It's brilliantly recorded in a clear spatial acoustic, which does full justice to the orchestral range (which is as it should be, particularly from the company which pioneered ffrr). Where I agree with others who have marked it down, is that around 45 minutes playing time is on a par with a long-playing record, but short measure for a modern CD. Nor is that a one-off, because "In The Mood" by the RAF Squadronaires has a similar playing time. So much as like to award five stars on the basis of quality I've docked a star for lack of quantity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Gallimore on 17 Nov. 2010
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Full of stirring and moving tunes and a couple of songs, generally associated with airforce themes, films, The Battle of Britain, and even two of Churchills most famous speeches with a backing track. All well played, and worthy of the traditions of the RAF.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BETH on 18 Nov. 2010
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Fantastic band music. Loved Churchill's famous speeches. The vocal renditions were good but would have preferred to hear the band instead. The singing had little to do with the RAF or the military, it just seemed out of place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bandfan on 18 Oct. 2010
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The RAF Central Band has done it again. Their latest release, the first under their new contract with Decca, has shown the versatility of RAF Music Services. They avoid the traditional image of a military band by playing a wide range of music in an orchestral style. This tribute to the survivors of the Battle of Britain, 70 years on, is an easy listening CD with actual recordings of Winston Churchill paying his famous tribute to the "few". The Central Band rank amoing the top orchestra in the world and show what can be done with a series of immaginative Directors of Music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Peet on 27 Oct. 2010
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Wonderful opening to a very stirring and memorable CD. The Central Band of the Royal Air Force live up to their usual standards with melodies that range from spine tingling RAF marches, ballads and verbal contributions from Sir Winston Churchill ("never in the field of human conflict".......) I defy anyone not to have a lump in their throat at this point!! All in all, a super CD - highly recommended for all you patriotic people out there!!
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