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The Embassy Label - The Classic Musicals & Light Opera Collection Double CD, Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (11 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Soundtrack
  • Label: Acrobat
  • ASIN: B00L9GEB9K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The Embassy label occupied a unique niche in the UK record business during the late 1950 and early 60s as the label on which budget-priced cover versions of current chart hits were released for exclusive sale in Woolworths stores, and it was massively successful, to the extent that the label retains an army of fans half a century later. Using orchestras, choruses and soloists drawn from the ranks of the best session and concert performers of their day, the label also recorded a succession of EPs and then LPs covering many forms of popular music, notably that of music from stage and screen, and this collection is devoted to part of that output. It brings together the tracks from the Embassy EPs which featured highlights of the era of operetta-style musicals by celebrated composers along with the renowned Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas. Included are highlights from The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, The Student Prince by Sigmund Romberg and Dorothy Donnelly The Desert Song and The New Moon by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein, Rosemarie by Rudolf Friml, Herbert Stothart and Otto Harbach, and The Vagabond King by Rudolf Friml, along with Gilbert & Sullivans The Mikado, Iolanthe, HMS Pinafore and Yeoemn Of The Guard plus the bonus of some operatic arias. Once again its an evocative and entertaining selection of perennially popular material. It will undoubtedly appeal to Embassy label enthusiasts and collectors, but is also an excellent collection for those looking for an entertaining selection of recordings from this genre.

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The 2nd CD of this 2CD set was faulty: Amazon replaced very quickly but replacement had same fault. I contacted Acrobat Music who agreed that there was a fault with the 2nd CD on lot of pressings! They said they would replace the CD but have not. Do not buy without playing the beginning of CD 2: my copies lacked track one, and started in the middle of track two - but labelled track one!!!
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This new musicals and light operetta collection certainly brings back many happy memories of the days not that long ago really when F W Woolworth were the mainstay of any High Street and even had their own record label. The history of the Embassy label can be found elsewhere but it is here through the compilations on the Acrobat CD label that I am once again able to hear the music of the 1950s and early 1960s. These are all in house recordings by top session singers and musicians that allowed those with perhaps slightly less spare cash to build a record collection of many musical styles. It is very clever of Acrobat to separate this double CD set from the Musicals set. I have both and am enjoying them very much indeed. It is quite amazing that so many records were made for Embassy and even more so that they have been transferred to CD for my enjoyment. I am not sure if more collections are to follow as Acrobat have done quite a number already.
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