This single CD, titled “Produced by George Martin,” is subtitled, “Highlights from 50 years in recording,” and is a disc of twenty four songs, chosen from the 6CD box set of the same name. The CD booklet has a nice introduction from George Martin and a short note for each track to show why it was picked. Obviously, in such a long and varied career, there is a huge choice of music, styles, artists and hits to pick from. Also, obviously, George Martin is best known as producer to the Beatles and they are well featured here. The back cover photograph on the booklet features George Martin and Paul McCartney and, as well as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “Live and Let Die,” there are other artists from the Epstein management stable and Beatles covers by other artists.
In the recent (and brilliant) first volume in Mark Lewisohn’s epic biography of the Beatles, “Tune In,” he argued that Beatles fans should be grateful that Decca turned the Beatles down. For them to be given a recording contract with Parlophone meant that they were introduced to George Martin and he was much more receptive to their humour and inventive style of music than most other producers would have been (very possibly, he was the only producer at that time that could have worked with them so effectively). This was partly due to his work in comedy records (Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan are both in this compilation), but also simply due to the vastly different styles of music that he had been involved in over the years. This album gives you a brief glimpse of the talent and variety of both the acts he has produced and of the man himself. It is a great listen and a good introduction to George Martin’s work.
on 17 May 2011
Probably one of the most mixed bags of music on any CD that I own. Its highlight has to be the brilliant 'Theme One' stirring memories for those of us who had to get up early to start work back in the 60's & 70's it was used as the daily opening theme for Radio One in the Tony Blackburn Era. For anyone who may be interested the BBC's very own Brian Matthew reckons that Martin had this written and one afternoon at Abbey Road after he finished recording Sergeant Pepper and before sending the orchestra home he got them to put this track down. Very possible as it seems its introduction carrys on where 'Day In The Life' leaves off. You can make your own mind up on that.
Quite simply George Martin has been one of the most brilliant and influential people in the UK music business for many years, his son Giles carries the family tradition on. This CD is a fantastic tribute to a music legend.
on 17 April 2016
How can you sum up the vast number of tracks produced and recorded by artists under the guidance of Sir George Martin? Well you of course can't. However as an entry level CD into his world of music this is a good starting point. Twenty four tracks covering comedy, rock, ballads, pop, popular etc this will give you a flavour to seek out much more. What a brilliant man he was.
on 17 November 2006
Obviously the biggest sales for this CD or the box set from which this is but a sampler will be Beatles collectors and this collection is able to do something no end of 60s compilations could do and that's to include the real Beatles.
We get examples of what Martin was doing before the Beatles and this is where the skip button comes in useful-few would want to hear Flanders & Swann,Spike Milligan or Tommy Reilly more than once!
The set kicks off with Martin's own Sgt Pepper influenced Theme 1,a commission for the new BBC radio station and with excerpts from the Pepperland Suite plus the much later Friends & Lovers this is all you get of Martin's own music as via the George Martin Orchestra.
There's productions from other Liverpool acts,Shirley Bassey,Billy Preston (from the Sgt Pepper movie),Peter Sellers,Matt Monro,the Ron Goodwin Orchestra and a few items from the final Martin CD In my life
on 29 June 2013
This collection shines a light on the immense range of George Martin's experience in the recording industry. Most people only know of his Beatles connection and the sleeve notes make only a passing reference to the Scottish music, which I presume means The Jimmy Shand Band and others, that he worked on prior to the Beatles.
Theme One is the amazing orchestral version of the Radio One theme. It is totally over the top and uses the most incredible tape phasing effects. At the other end of the scale is the beautiful Elizabethan Serenade. The other tracks are also brilliantly chosen. A personal favourite is the Spike Milligan song Wormwood Scrubs Tango. Just look at the collection of titles and artists. This is a must have for any music library.