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Ice Cold in Alex,
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This review is from: Benjamin/ Lucas: Film Music (Chandos: CHAN 10713) (Audio CD)
This welcome compilation of music from Arthur Benjamin and Leighton Lucas has really only one stand out component- the soundtrack rendition of Ice Cold in Alex. Whilst the Dambusters and Yangtze Incident are all good stuff, the one that soundtrack enthusiasts have been waiting for is Alex. The rest is really for completists.
Sadly (and on first listening) this is a disappointing arrangement. The Ice Cold in Alex March in particular is too stylised and needs to be played con molto brio. This arrangement lacks the cheeky but glorious tempo of the film and has to be viewed as failing to match the original (where is Geoff Love when you need him?). Nevertheless all credit to Rumon Gamba for attempting it in the first place and giving us something to listen to. Now will someone do it properly???