Instrumental Memories are Made of This: 54 Timeless Melodies
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Apart from the Shadows, who have remained popular to this day, most of these tracks are very much in the one-hit-wonder category, but very memorable for all that. Aside from collectors of easy listening orchestral albums from such as Bert Kaempfert and Henry Mancini, I suspect that most people, like me, will only have them on old 7" vynil, hidden away in a cupboard or the loft. This collection was made for us!
Worthy of note, in amongst some of the obvious tunes, are a few which have been used in recent TV commercials (the Bert Kaempfert, Whistling Jack Smith and Dave Brubeck tracks), some old TV themes (such as Dick van Dyke, Dragnet, and Johnny Keating's version of Z-Cars, which doubles as Everton FC's home match theme), some even older radio ones (Desert Island Discs, Dick Barton, The Archers) and some from the halcyon days of Radio 1 (DLT used the Mood Mosaic track, Jimmy Young the Kenny Woodman one, and Alan Freeman used a very similar version of Brian Fahey's for Pick of the Pops).
The classics are not forgotten either, after a fashion, that is - Beethoven (Nut Rocker), Tchaikovsky (Saturday Nite At The Duckpond) and Mozart (Symphony 40) are given a good mauling. On the reverse of the coin it's nice to have the Tim Mycroft (aka Sounds Nice) version of "Je t'aime", sans heavy breathing, and, without techno-beats, Ferrante & Teicher's reading of "Exodus".
It's all great stuff, and they have all cleaned up very well for CD - even Elias and his ZigZag Jive Flutes, which I remember sounded pretty primitive even in 1958.
The set opens with Stranger on the shore, a classic hit played by clarinettist Acker Bilk. Other highlights include A summer place (Percy Faith), Apache (Shadows), Midnight in Moscow (Kenny Ball), Pink panther theme (Henry Mancini), James Bond theme (John Barry), Telstar (Tornados), Nut rocker (B Bumble and the stingers), On the rebound (Floyd Cramer), Z cars theme (Johnny Keating), Albatross (Fleetwood Mac), Petite Fleur (Chris Barber), Classical gas (Mason Williams), Yakety sax (Boots Randolph), Walk don't run (Ventures), Side saddle (Russ Conway), Cast your fate to the wind (Sounds orchestral) and A walk in the black forest (Horst Jankowski).
Apart from these famous instrumentals, there are a few forgotten rarities. The South African group, Elias and his zigzag jive flutes, who had a British top ten hit playing Tom Hark. The Cougars had a minor hit with Saturday night at the duck pond.
There are a few obvious omissions. I might have expected to find The good the bad and the ugly (Hugo Montenegro), Diamonds (Jet Harris and Tony Meehan) and something by Duane Eddy. But don't let those omissions put you off - this is a great collection and you can find the others without too much difficulty if you want them.
If you enjoy pop instrumentals from the fifties and sixties, you will find plenty of interest here.
What really makes this collection so good is the fact that the sound is great throughout! While most of the tracks are vintage recordings (60's or earlier) they sound pretty good here and the sound levels are remarkably consistent throughout both CD's. With so many different styles covered (Jazz, Rock N' Roll, Film, Television, Easy Listening) you could be forgiven for thinking that an album like this would sound like a horrible 'miss-mash' of styles and timeframes. Incredibly, the diversity and 'journey through the years' actually adds to the enjoyment of this album and I have to take my hat off to whoever compiled it as the running order is perfect.
I wanted to get hold of this to obtain the three Spedeworth Stock Car Racing 'theme tunes' it contains. 'I Was Kaiser Bills Batman' is the theme song for the Hot Rods, 'Nut Rocker' is the Stock Rod theme and 'A Swingin' Safari' is used to introduce the Stock Cars. Most of the old (I'm talking 30 plus years ago here) Spedeworth formula theme tunes are hard to come by on CD these days especially the Whistling Jack Smith track so this was a great value purchase for me already.
Whether your heart skips a beat to Stock Car related theme songs or not, you will LOVE this double album and I would heartily recommend it to anyone looking to buy an elderly relative a special Christmas present. Equally, if you have anything to do with providing the entertainments for old people's homes this will prove a popular purchase.
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More my style good to relax to very peaceful and enjoyable to spend a couple hours withPublished 3 months ago by Dennis Peters
really thrilled with this CD. so many memories of TV programmes watched and theme tunes forgotten and rediscovered. would recommend.Published on 7 Jun. 2014 by Christopher B.
I cant fault the cd so I must give it 5 stars - But if you want the Amazon MP3 Download for the cheaper price .....Once again Amazon has'nt bothered to check .... Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2013 by Mr. James A. Long