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Various Artists: The Golden Age of Light Music: The Hall of Fame, Vol. 3

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  1. The Golden Age of Light Music — Spanish Serenade (from "A Suite of Serenades") $0.99 on iTunes
  2. The Golden Age of Light Music — Lingering Lovers $0.99 on iTunes
  3. The Golden Age of Light Music — Ecstasy $0.99 on iTunes
  4. The Golden Age of Light Music — Love and the World Loves With You (Amor Que Bonito) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. The Golden Age of Light Music — Solitude $0.99 on iTunes
  6. The Golden Age of Light Music — Easter Isle $0.99 on iTunes
  7. The Golden Age of Light Music — La Muñeca Española (The Spanish Doll) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. The Golden Age of Light Music — Dream $0.99 on iTunes
  9. The Golden Age of Light Music — Vivre (Love of My Life) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. The Golden Age of Light Music — The Merry Widow Waltz $0.99 on iTunes
  11. The Golden Age of Light Music — Jumping Bean $0.99 on iTunes
  12. The Golden Age of Light Music — When Day Is Done $0.99 on iTunes
  13. The Golden Age of Light Music — Shooting Star $0.99 on iTunes
  14. The Golden Age of Light Music — Elizabethan Serenade $0.99 on iTunes
  15. The Golden Age of Light Music — Crazy Violins $0.99 on iTunes
  16. The Golden Age of Light Music — The Kerry Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  17. The Golden Age of Light Music — Bubble, Bubble, Bubble (Pink Champagne) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. The Golden Age of Light Music — March of the Pretzels $0.99 on iTunes
  19. The Golden Age of Light Music — Music Everywhere (Rediffusion March) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. The Golden Age of Light Music — Theme from "Runnymede Rhapsody" $0.99 on iTunes
  21. The Golden Age of Light Music — My Song of Spring (from "London Melody") [Also Known As Sophistication Waltz] $0.99 on iTunes
  22. The Golden Age of Light Music — Winter Sunshine $0.99 on iTunes
  23. The Golden Age of Light Music — Aprite Le Finestre (Open the Windows) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. The Golden Age of Light Music — Warsaw Concerto $0.99 on iTunes
  25. The Golden Age of Light Music — Lingering Lovers $0.99 on iTunes
  26. The Golden Age of Light Music — Ecstasy $0.99 on iTunes
  27. The Golden Age of Light Music — Love And The World Loves With You (Amor Que Bonito) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. The Golden Age of Light Music — Solitude $0.99 on iTunes
  29. The Golden Age of Light Music — Easter Isle $0.99 on iTunes
  30. The Golden Age of Light Music — La Muñeca Española (The Spanish Doll) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. The Golden Age of Light Music — Dream $0.99 on iTunes
  32. The Golden Age of Light Music — Vivre (Love Of My Life) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. The Golden Age of Light Music — The Merry Widow Waltz $0.99 on iTunes
  34. The Golden Age of Light Music — Jumping Bean $0.99 on iTunes
  35. The Golden Age of Light Music — When Day Is Done $0.99 on iTunes
  36. The Golden Age of Light Music — Shooting Star $0.99 on iTunes
  37. The Golden Age of Light Music — Elizabethan Serenade $0.99 on iTunes
  38. The Golden Age of Light Music — Crazy Violins $0.99 on iTunes
  39. The Golden Age of Light Music — The Kerry Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  40. The Golden Age of Light Music — Bubble, Bubble, Bubble (Pink Champagne) $0.99 on iTunes
  41. The Golden Age of Light Music — March Of The Pretzels $0.99 on iTunes
  42. The Golden Age of Light Music — Music Everywhere (Rediffusion March) $0.99 on iTunes
  43. The Golden Age of Light Music — Winter Sunshine $0.99 on iTunes
  44. The Golden Age of Light Music — Aprite Le Finestre (Open The Windows) $0.99 on iTunes
  45. The Golden Age of Light Music — Warsaw Concerto $0.99 on iTunes

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Album Remarks & Appraisals:

This collection is intended as a tribute to talented musicians who have made an important contribution to our enjoyment of Light Music, either as conductors, composers or arrangers - and occasionally as all three. The Guild "Golden Age of Light Music" series is compiled by enthusiasts who understand that keen collectors probably already have many of the "best of" pieces in their music libraries. So you are not being offered a compilation featuring only the best known works performed by each orchestra, but a careful choice which mixes the familiar with - occasionally - the unknown.

"This is a real winner, from first track - a very breezy instrumental version of Freed and Brown's famous 1929 song, which gave the title to the 1952 film - to last - a rather studied performance of Richard Addinsell's wonderful Warsaw Concerto, which is perhaps more Melachrino than Addinsell, but who cares? In between comes a wealth of riches." - MusicWeb International

Album Notes

Audio Remasterer: Alan Bunting.

The Guild label, based in Switzerland, has performed an enormous service with its Golden Age of Light Music albums. This large and expanding series covers the genre known as easy listening in the U.S., and it includes recordings by British, American, and sometimes Continental orchestras. It's not at all clear what makes this (and the other two discs so titled) a set of "Hall of Fame" selections, as the title proclaims; the booklet notes (in English only) give the contradictory explanations that "recognition should already have been given for outstanding achievement" but that "if only the most famous melodies and orchestras are considered worthy for a CD such as this, the result would probably be a rehash of what may have been done many times before." At any rate, those in search of a sampler from Guild's series will not find it here; they might do better with one of the Four Decades of Light Music albums, or perhaps the two Musical Kaleidoscope releases. The music here is actually more specifically focused than on most of the other albums in the series. Most of it dates from the late 1950s, a period when light music was entering a final, sometimes mannered efflorescence in advance of its temporary eclipse by rock styles. There are especially brilliant orchestrations from this period; hear the uniquely heavy string pizzicato rhythms in counterpoint with maracas, and the subtle entrance of the main theme, in the version of Ernesto Lecuona's Love and the World Loves with You by Richard Hayman & His Orchestra. There are also, especially in the American selections, examples of the syrupy sound that helped do the genre in. Unusually for Guild's series, this album includes a segment devoted to a single orchestra leader, George Melachrino, represented not only with his own Melachrino Orchestra but with the San Remo Festival Orchestra. These date from between 1947 and 1958 (from the latter year comes a fine version of the Warsaw Concerto). With the proviso that it's not the right place to start, fans of Guild's series will find enjoyable items here.~James Manheim



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