Those who know me as the guitar-crazed rocker whose faves include The Who, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Motorhead will be truly shocked at this review. However, as the very first band I ever witnessed in the Live arena, this makes Mantovani the exception, and his performance at Bournemouth's Winter Gardens sometime in 1959 was something of a family treat, and an unforgettable one, too.
Of course, most of the tracks on this CD sound familiar even now, as the memories flood back of, (it was considered some form of purgatory at the time, but age mellows), listening to an evening of Mantovani LP's. Yet with the benefit of hindsight, it must be regarded as a large part of my musical foundation and education, and to feel the need to buy this CD, cheap-as-chips as it was and is; and for 'the shiver' to travel the length of my spine more than a few times whilst playing these tracks 50 (yes, FIFTY!) years after they were recorded, must say something for the fabulous longevity of this man's music.
And whilst he was not travelling the world's concert halls taking everyone's elses breath away, he lived not a stone's-throw away from here in the Canford Cliffs / Sandbanks 'millionaires' part of Poole in Dorset; and with the amount of LP's he sold in his day, he deserved it, too.
Yes, 20 fabulous tracks here which have captured the magic of this Man and his Orchestra, topped off by his signature tune and anthem, 'Charmaine,' demonstrating, as does every other track; the full and spine-tingling effect of the Mantovani 'cascading strings' for which he was so famous.
With tribute band's on the circuit playing Glenn Miller's great music, I wonder if a Mantovani tribute band might be treading the boards these days? It would be quite something if such a band existed, because the Mantovani magic needs resurrecting, and this knockout CD will help, so give yourself a treat and click to get a copy right now.