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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
The Beiderbecke Collection
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 20 February 2011
During the mid 1980s there were three TV series starring James Bolam. The Beiderbecke Affair, The Beiderbecke Tapes and The Beiderbecke Connection.
This CD features music from the soundtrack to all three series. The Music is played by the Frank Ricotti All Stars featuring Kenny Baker.
The style of the music is 1920s Jazz. And all the music is written mostly by Frank Ricotti. It is also in the style of the famous Cornet player Bix Beiderbecke 1903 - 1931.
The TV series from which this music was featured was about two Teachers from Leeds. Trevor Chaplin and Jill Swinburne. Whilst searching for a set of Bix Beiderbecke recordings, Trevor uncovers a world of under handed corruption.
Then in the Beiderbecke Tapes he buys some Jazz tapes and one has a recording of a plan to dump nuclear waste in the Yorkshire Dales. And in the Beiderbecke Connection Trevor and Jill come into contact with a Russian Refuge. Each series had a lot of twists, turns and mystery.
Music played a big part in the show and these original pieces really do have a lovely full bodied and crisp sound with catchy melodies and great arrangements that give us a warm atmosphere. The music is full of the spirit of what Bix Beiderbecke is all about.
This album is a joyous celebration of the 1920s Jazz band era. And although the compositions are not original to the 1920s, and the recordings do not feature the playing of Bix Beiderbecke, they do have all of the key elements of the sound of that era. The album makes for a great programme of music that is highly reccomended.
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on 16 January 2012
The review part of this will be brief as others have covered it, but suffice to say if you like 1920's jazz small band style, then this is great. We all know Kenny Baker can blow a horn, and although I'd never heard of Frank Ricotti before this, he sure writes a good tune.
The real purpose of this review is to point you in the direction of how to get this release if you have availability problems. We all know that this music came from the classic Beiderbecke trilogy on TV in the 80's, beautifully written by Alan Plater and brilliantly acted by all the cast. Well, buy the conveniently titled Beiderbecke Trilogy DVD box set on Network, and this CD album is included as disc 6. That's a whole load of joy in one box, and at the time of writing still less than £20. The Beiderbecke Collection Complete (includes CD) [DVD]
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on 7 August 2007
I loved the TV series, but it was the music that accompanied it that made it magical. This has been a very difficult album to track down and have searched for many years to eventually find it on Amazon. The sound is crisp and the disc is unmarked, I have to say, it was a worthy cause that was worth the wait.
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on 27 February 2009
1. The Connection (03:16)
2. Viva le Van (02:58)
3. Morgan's Mystery (02:43)
4. First Borns Lullaby (02:37)
5. Tulips for Chris (01:15)
6. Barney's Walk (02:52)
7. Boys in Blues (02:38)
8. Hobson's Chase (04:00)
9. Tiger Jive (02:50)
10. Scouting Ahead (02:48)
11. Jennie's Tune (04:19)
12. Live at the Limping Whippet (03:09)
13. Russian Over (03:55)
14. Dormouse Delights (03:16)
15. Cryin' all Day (02:35)
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on 16 December 2013
I hoped when buying this that the CD would only contain tracks from the Beiderbecke Affair as it contains the best music of the the three series, however, it is nevertheless a good compilation of Jazz tracks. It's a pity that all of Bix's music was recorded long before the invention of decent recording equipment and but for all the crackles the music is superior. This album is, however, the best alternative available.
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on 22 January 2014
We have the Beiderbecke Collection series on DVD and have always felt the backing track was one of the reasons we like watching the episodes so much, hence the decision to buy the CD. This purchase was a used CD but the quality is good and we can now enjoy listening to the jazzy music anytime we want.
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on 6 June 2014
What a lucky find. We enjoyed the Beiderbecke tv trilogy, and were please to find the music on cd. Lovely recording of eminently listenable music recreated in the Beiderbecke style. Expands nicely on the remastered originals found on other recordings.
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on 22 June 2016
Theme music from the various tv series.
It seemed a lot more authentic as background music.
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on 1 December 2014
A snappy reminder of an excellent TV series.
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on 22 October 2015
Brilliant Music just as i remembered it
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