The World of Jeeves and Wooster
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Songs and music from the Granada Television series starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. CD published by EMI Records Ltd in 1992. Track listing: 1. Jeeves and Wooster; 2. Jeeves and Wooster Say What Ho!; 3. The Blue Room; 4. Meanwhile in Berkeley Square; 5. Barmy's Choice; 6. Nagasaki; 7. The Amateur Dictator; 8. Because My Baby Don't Mean Maybe Now; 9. Midnight in Mayfair; 10. Minnie the Moocher Is Alive and Well and Living in Berkeley Square; 11. Minnie the Moocher; 12. A Weekend in the Country; 13. Changes; 14. Fire!; 15. If I Had a Talking Picture of You; 16. Jeeves and Wooster Say Tinkerty Tonk!; 17. The Daily Grind.
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The tracks here are studio recordings made for the series, so are exactly as you hear on the original programmes. A 19-piece orchestra takes care of the notes, with a barbershop-style trio on backing vocals and Hugh Laurie himself doing the lead vocals. The tracks fall into three categories:
1) The 'soundtrack' tracks: the theme tune (which is actually the version used for the end credits rather than the shorter and possibly sweeter opening credits version) and five variations Anne Dudley wrote as background music for scenes like, for example, when Bertie is driving in his car down country lanes, plus The Amateur Dictator march written for the fabulously preposterous Spode and his Oswald Mosley-esque followers. The 'Weekend in the Country' variation on the main theme is especially delightful, being an affectionate pastiche of the English pastoral style (like Vaughan Williams' Tallis Fantasia, for example).
2) Six popular songs from the period, and arranged specially with Hugh Laurie on vocal duties. Some of the arrangements are quite unusual, but all sound convincingly 'of the period'.
3) Four spoken tracks with Fry and Laurie doing their Jeeves and Wooster schtick to perfection. Two of these are standalone tracks, written as if Jeeves and Wooster have turned up at the studios as the disc is being recorded.Read more ›
Interesting, well written, and sometimes quirky, arrangements; good ensemble playing and actually, very professionally recorded and mixed. I like the series anyway, but I also think the music stands up in its own right. I like music from the 20's, there were some great musicians and some great tunes that were, for my money, the precursor to the great Big Bands of the 30's and 40's. I thoroughly enjoy listening to this - many of the tracks swing along brightly and in fact we're thinking of using the theme music as the accompaniment to our upcoming dance exam (its got a really catchy riff)
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I did, many years ago, have a CD with music from Jeeves and Wooster from the library, which I copied onto cassette. However it had an unfortunate accident. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2013 by Christopher A Cussen