Classic War Movie Themes CD
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Anyway, this collection must have been produced in the 1970s, although it claims to have been performed in 1997. With an abysmal synthesizer driven melody, it pillages the original grandeur of the themes with a truly atonal form of "shlock and awe".
This CD should not be bought. It has no merit beyond trying to perform them at all. The Eastbourne Pier Orchestra meets Status Quo- and dies .....
Sorry chaps. It's straight back to Blighty for tea and buns with this one. War is hell, but this production could be worse. Come back Vera Lynn, Geoff Love, Ron Goodwin et al .....!!
Boy was I disappointed.
Sounds like the London Theatre Orchestra is really some bloke sitting in his bed room fiddling around on a synthesizer.
Absolute pants. Best placed in path of an oncoming Tiger Tank!!
The CD opens with a roll on the timpani and the tremendous fanfare of he classic 'Dambusters March' and gets better as it progresses. Although most of the tracks are similar in style, each has the unique quality of its own specific tune. The quality of the music is good, with plenty of brass and percussion (these are, after all, military tunes). As well as the proud, victorious glamour of the various marches, the album also contains the sadder, more thoughtful tones of 'Cavatina' and 'Adagio for Strings', which contrast deeply with the rest of the tunes. The quality of the strings in Adagio is particularly worthy of note.
The compilation draws its tunes from a wide variety of composers, including Elmer Bernstein, Coates and Goodwin, as well as many others. Different from the music actually heard on the big screen, these tunes are unique and original arrangements, mixing the original score with the modern touch of the London Theatre Orchestra. It works well, from the splendidly simple version of The Longest Day, to the novel, but highly enjoyable version of The Great Escape.
Looking at the CD in general, it must be said that these are not the most adventurous arrangements, even if they are quite pleasing. The collection is rather simple, in length, style and structure, preferring to remain with known favourites, rather than experiment a little. For a serious listener, or one who does not place war themes at the top of their list, there are probably better discs to look for. However, for a fan of war themes, or someone who just wants an hour of enjoyable music, then there are few CDs better than this.
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