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Various Artists: The Golden Age of Light Music: Light and Lively

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  1. The Golden Age of Light Music — Derby Day $0.99 on iTunes
  2. The Golden Age of Light Music — Le Bal de Madame de Mortemouille (Madame de Mortemouille’s Ball) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. The Golden Age of Light Music — Caribbean Night (Noche Caribe) (from “Starlift”) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. The Golden Age of Light Music — The Boy On the Carousel $0.99 on iTunes
  5. The Golden Age of Light Music — Whimsy $0.99 on iTunes
  6. The Golden Age of Light Music — Spindrift $0.99 on iTunes
  7. The Golden Age of Light Music — Theme from “Studio X” $0.99 on iTunes
  8. The Golden Age of Light Music — Golden Strings $0.99 on iTunes
  9. The Golden Age of Light Music — Everything I Love $0.99 on iTunes
  10. The Golden Age of Light Music — Miss Universe $0.99 on iTunes
  11. The Golden Age of Light Music — Falling Star $0.99 on iTunes
  12. The Golden Age of Light Music — Strings On Wings $0.99 on iTunes
  13. The Golden Age of Light Music — Rainbow’s End $0.99 on iTunes
  14. The Golden Age of Light Music — Smile of a Latin $0.99 on iTunes
  15. The Golden Age of Light Music — La Grenouille $0.99 on iTunes
  16. The Golden Age of Light Music — Reno Runaway $0.99 on iTunes
  17. The Golden Age of Light Music — Proud As a Peacock $0.99 on iTunes
  18. The Golden Age of Light Music — Stars Shine In Your Eyes (from “La Strada”) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. The Golden Age of Light Music — Leprechauns’ Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  20. The Golden Age of Light Music — Everyday $0.99 on iTunes
  21. The Golden Age of Light Music — Piccadilly Playboy $0.99 on iTunes
  22. The Golden Age of Light Music — I’ve Got the World On a String (feat. Tony Osborne) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. The Golden Age of Light Music — Chatter Box $0.99 on iTunes
  24. The Golden Age of Light Music — Silhouettes In the Sand $0.99 on iTunes
  25. The Golden Age of Light Music — Monica $0.99 on iTunes
  26. The Golden Age of Light Music — Smart Set $0.99 on iTunes
  27. The Golden Age of Light Music — Rhapsody In Red $0.99 on iTunes
  28. The Golden Age of Light Music — On the Fiddle $0.99 on iTunes
  29. The Golden Age of Light Music — African Moon $0.99 on iTunes
  30. The Golden Age of Light Music — Peanut Polka $0.99 on iTunes

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Album Remarks & Appraisals:

This 60th volume in Guild's series of light music offers pieces that are lively, light- even restful.

"As usual, each track is full of interest and packed with good things - these Guild Golden Age releases (see review index) are just like a box of favourite chocolates, there's always another with a satisfying centre to make you come back for more. I'm addicted to this series and you should be too!" - Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: David Ades.

The Guild label's extensive series of CDs devoted to what North Americans call easy listening and Europeans call light music has employed various organizational principles for individual discs. They have been devoted to musical themes or moods, to chronological periods, to specific musicians, composers, national styles, or musical forms. This release, titled Light and Lively, is something of a grab bag, with most but not all of the music being upbeat in rhythm. With one exception, Percy Faith's Caribbean Nights (recorded in 1947 but unissued until 1954 when it was used in a B movie called Starlift), the music all dates from the 1950s, and mostly from the high-water mark of easy listening between about 1954 and 1957. A few major figures -- Faith, Robert Farnon, and Frank Chacksfield -- are represented, but actually what ties this album together more than lightness or liveliness is the diverse collection of bandleaders and orchestras, several of whom made only a few recordings. The curiously named violinist and conductor Florian ZaBach, for example, may be remembered by fans of Ed Sullivan and other early TV hosts, but his presence on reissues is sparse indeed. French composer and bandleader Gérard Calvi contributes Le bal de Madame Mortemouille, better known in a texted version called One of Those Songs. But this original, with a little melody stated first by a baritone saxophone and developed in a dizzying variety of orchestral textures over its two minutes and 42 seconds, is far superior. If you were raised to hate easy listening music, which was one of the few things classical and rock fans could agree on, sample this arresting piece of work for a good example of why it is loved. Another orchestration highlight is Proud as a Peacock, composed and conducted by Britain's Eric Spear, with its unusual piano-plus-harpsichord timbre. The selection of pieces from outside the music's Anglo-American-Canadian axis is an attraction, as is the presence of the Telecast Orchestra, which is not explained in the rather brief notes, but apparently an ensemble that specialized in transcription discs, whose function in the easy listening genre awaits investigation. Not necessarily the best disc to start with in Guild's series (Mantovani: By Special Request or The 1950s, Vol. 1, would be better choices), this release will nevertheless be eagerly welcomed by collectors and libraries.~James Manheim



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