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  • Audio CD (29 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Jasmine Records
  • ASIN: B00BGC1H7G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Leroy Holmes was an American songwriter, composer, arranger and conductor. This is a "must listen" for those who are after the sweep of lustrous violins, muted cellos and the vibrant darkness of violas. You will hear on this collection a cleverly balanced program of arrangements covering five original LPs, Which highlight glorious string sections, big band themes, a selection of Spanish songs, movie themes and a tribute to the great Ray Charles. The musical taste and imagination of Leroy Holmes is self-evidently displayed in an appealing fashion on these 60 tracks. Many of these songs may set toes to tapping, as this CD set is made for pure musical enjoyment, and to be savoured as one would a fine wine.

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This reissue offers five stereo albums, all recorded by LeRoy Holmes for the MGM label during his tenure as house arranger and conductor. "Sophisticated Strings" contains a dozen standards, all played by the string sections, of which I particularly enjoyed Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" and Dvorak's "Humoresque" which receives a very up-tempo treatment. The focus shifts to Spain with "Spectacular Guitars and Strings: A Fiesta in Sound", which offers a mixture of home-grown and familiar tunes, including a delightful version of the Lerner & Loewe song "The Rain in Spain". "Theme Songs of the Great Big Bands" is self-explanatory, and gives the opportunity for a more varied instrumentation. The original LP, which was issued within a generation of the big band era, carried a guide, but Sam Hick's brief liner note credits only three. The other nine tunes belong as follows:

Contrasts: Jimmy Dorsey
Smoke Rings: Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Orchestra.
Cherokee: Charlie Barnet
Snowfall: Claude Thornhill
Let's Dance: Benny Goodman
I Can't Get Started: Bunny Berigan
Take the "A" Train: Duke Ellington
Nightmare: Artie Shaw
Moonlight Serenade: Glenn Miller

Being in a Hollywood music studio, Leroy Holmes recorded a great deal of theme music from the silver screen, and "Movie Themes for Teens" concentrated on those films which dealt with young love. Eight of the tracks took the title of the film, the remainder were the theme tunes. The compilation concludes with "A Musical Portrait of Ray Charles". This is a superb selection of recordings by one of the foremost studio arrangers of his day, and lovers of light orchestral recordings should snap it up without hesitation.
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This is an excellent example of 'Easy Listening' at its best. Not an orchestra that I'd heard before but wekk worth a play.
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excellent recovery issues of great Leroy Holmes reminds us of the great orquestistas of music of all time.

Julian Granadino Guerra 21/10/13
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Great in the car, so relaxing
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERB SELECTION OF CONTRASTS 10 April 2013
By Barry McCanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This reissue offers five stereo albums, all recorded by LeRoy Holmes for the MGM label during his tenure as house arranger and conductor. "Sophisticated Strings" contains a dozen standards, all played by the string sections, of which I particularly enjoyed Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" and Dvorak's "Humoresque" which receives a very up-tempo treatment. The focus shifts to Spain with "Spectacular Guitars and Strings: A Fiesta in Sound", which offers a mixture of home-grown and familiar tunes, including a delightful version of the Lerner & Loewe song "The Rain in Spain". "Theme Songs of the Great Big Bands" is self-explanatory, and gives the opportunity for a more varied instrumentation. The original LP, which was issued within a generation of the big band era, carried a guide, but Sam Hick's brief liner note credits only three. The other nine tunes belong as follows:

Contrasts: Jimmy Dorsey
Smoke Rings: Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Orchestra.
Cherokee: Charlie Barnet
Snowfall: Claude Thornhill
Let's Dance: Benny Goodman
I Can't Get Started: Bunny Berigan
Take the "A" Train: Duke Ellington
Nightmare: Artie Shaw
Moonlight Serenade: Glenn Miller

Being in a Hollywood music studio, Leroy Holmes recorded a great deal of theme music from the silver screen, and "Movie Themes for Teens" concentrated on those films which dealt with young love. Eight of the tracks took the title of the film, the remainder were the theme tunes. The compilation concludes with "A Musical Portrait of Ray Charles". This is a superb selection of recordings by one of the foremost studio arrangers of his day, and lovers of light orchestral recordings should snap it up without hesitation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent conductor and arranger 12 May 2013
By Jose E. Fritsch Vilchis - Published on Amazon.com
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Since the time that I purchased the first LP recorded by Leroy Holmes' órchestra.I will recommend this record to all my friends who love this type of music
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jasmine has yet another winner in this collection. 16 Nov. 2013
By Loren - Published on Amazon.com
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The Jasmine series of recordings are an amazing value with around 48 songs per set. This set follows that pattern. I am a great fan of instrumental music and found this recording broad in its spectrum of selections. I would buy it again.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a lot of filler 7 Sept. 2013
By Jay Holder - Published on Amazon.com
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As usual Jasmine gives one a lot of filler in it`s two CD sets. Still there are quite a few good selections. His arrangements do not stand out and grab you but they are listenable in good quality STEREO.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 Aug. 2016
By charles r keebler - Published on Amazon.com
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great selection. Jasmine does it again
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