Winchester Hospital Radio's (WHR) ongoing series of Library compilations returns with the 9th installment. Subtitled '29 Musical Masterpieces From the TV & Radio Vaults', the music has been sourced from Munich's Sonoton Production Music Library. Founded by husband-and-wife Gerhard and Rotheide Narholz in 1965, Sonoton is the largest independent production music library in the world and Gerhard Narholz and his orchestra feature on a number of the tracks presented here.
Comprising of music used in UK radio and TV programmes, test card transmissions and radio intervals, this is one of WHR's best releases yet. The majority of the tracks are from the 1970s when Library music really mattered and most are upbeat, with an overload of jazzy and funky numbers and a fair amount of Bossa Nova vibes. There's plenty of lush orchestration, brass, woodwind, piano and driving percussion and, as expected, the arrangements and musicianship are top drawer. None of the tracks are particularly trippy (not always a bid thing) and it sounds best with the volume turned up high.
Housed in a cardboard sleeve (featuring the BBC's iconic Test Card F image on the cover) and clocking in at a generous 77 minutes, this is a very welcome addition to WHR's catalogue and essential listening for anyone with an interest in vintage Library music. WHR compilations are sometimes produced in limited quantities and usually sell out very quickly - if it's not available here, check the WHR website from where it can also be purchased (whilst stocks last). All tracks have been remastered and the proceeds help to fund WHR. Recommended.
Another great compilation Library Music CD distributed by 'Winchester Hospital Radio', and thank goodness they put the time into getting these long lost classic early TV themes out there once again. highly recommended!
I can thoroughly recommend this cd, it is full of upbeat orchestral arrangements and the sort of tunes that were on the test-card in the 60s and early 70s. Oh, to be taken back to my childhood. This music was never made commercially available, and has only appeared in the last couple of years. I am pleased it has a following.