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Various Artists: Now That's What I Call Britain

Audio Samples

>Land of Hope and Glory [From Pomp and Circumstance No. 1] - BBC Concert Orchestra/Royal Choral Society
>Rule Britannia - BBC Concert Orchestra/Royal Choral Society/Della Jones
>Abide With Me - Choir of King's College London/King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Auld Lang Syne - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
>Dam Busters March, The - Central Band of the Royal Air Force
>Amazing Grace - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
>Nimrod [From Enigma Variations] - BBC Concert Orchestra
>Benedictus [Theme From Inspector Morse] - New College Choir, Oxford
>Guide Me O Thou Redeemer - Fron Male Voice Choir
>Fantasia On Greensleeves - Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
>Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 - BBC Concert Orchestra
>Procession of the Bride, The (the Introit) - I Was Glad (the Procession of the Bride) - The Choir of Westmister Abbey/Choir of Westminster Abbey
>Colonel Bogey - Band of Coldstream Guards
>Life on the Ocean Wave, A - Band of H.M. Royal Marines
>British Grenadiers, The - Band of Coldstream Guards
>Scottish Medley: the Dark Isle; Flower of Scotland; Skye Boat Song - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
>British Radio Classics (The Archers, Sailing By, Desert Island Discs, Calling All Workers): Barwick Green; Sailing By;By the Sleepy Lagoon; Calling All Workers - Band of Coldstream Guards
>Zadok the Priest - BBC Concert Orchestra/Royal Choral Society
>God Save the Queen - BBC Concert Orchestra/Royal Choral Society
>(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Dover - Vera Lynn
>I Vow To Thee, My Country - Katherine Jenkins
>Jerusalem - Band of Coldstream Guards - (featuring Alfie Boe)
>Race To the End (Chariots of Fire) - Laura Wright
>Wherever You Are - Military Wives
>Land of My Fathers - Bryn Terfel
>Did I Make the Most of Loving You - Mary-Jess Leaverland
>Now Is the Hour - Gracie Fields
>We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
>Release Me - Engelbert Humperdinck
>Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard/The Shadows
>It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
>Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be a Long Long Time) - Elton John
>You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & the Pacemakers
>Air That I Breathe, The - The Hollies
>Something In the Air - Thunderclap Newman
>Streets of London - Ralph McTell
>You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
>Downtown - Petula Clark
>Shout - Lulu & the Luvvers/Lulu/The Luvvers
>Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks

Track List

>Land of Hope and Glory [From Pomp and Circumstance No. 1] - BBC Concert Orchestra/Royal Choral Society
>Rule Britannia - BBC Concert Orchestra/Royal Choral Society/Della Jones
>Abide With Me - Choir of King's College London/King's College Choir of Cambridge
>Auld Lang Syne - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
>Dam Busters March, The - Central Band of the Royal Air Force
>Amazing Grace - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
>Nimrod [From Enigma Variations] - BBC Concert Orchestra
>Benedictus [Theme From Inspector Morse] - New College Choir, Oxford
>Guide Me O Thou Redeemer - Fron Male Voice Choir
>Fantasia On Greensleeves - Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
>Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 - BBC Concert Orchestra
>Procession of the Bride, The (the Introit) - I Was Glad (the Procession of the Bride) - The Choir of Westmister Abbey/Choir of Westminster Abbey
>Colonel Bogey - Band of Coldstream Guards
>Life on the Ocean Wave, A - Band of H.M. Royal Marines
>British Grenadiers, The - Band of Coldstream Guards
>Scottish Medley: the Dark Isle; Flower of Scotland; Skye Boat Song - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
>British Radio Classics (The Archers, Sailing By, Desert Island Discs, Calling All Workers): Barwick Green; Sailing By;By the Sleepy Lagoon; Calling All Workers - Band of Coldstream Guards
>Zadok the Priest - BBC Concert Orchestra/Royal Choral Society
>God Save the Queen - BBC Concert Orchestra/Royal Choral Society
>(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Dover - Vera Lynn
>I Vow To Thee, My Country - Katherine Jenkins
>Jerusalem - Band of Coldstream Guards - (featuring Alfie Boe)
>Race To the End (Chariots of Fire) - Laura Wright
>Wherever You Are - Military Wives
>Land of My Fathers - Bryn Terfel
>Did I Make the Most of Loving You - Mary-Jess Leaverland
>Now Is the Hour - Gracie Fields
>We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
>Release Me - Engelbert Humperdinck
>Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard/The Shadows
>It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
>Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be a Long Long Time) - Elton John
>You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & the Pacemakers
>Air That I Breathe, The - The Hollies
>Something In the Air - Thunderclap Newman
>Streets of London - Ralph McTell
>You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
>Downtown - Petula Clark
>Shout - Lulu & the Luvvers/Lulu/The Luvvers
>Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks

Album Notes

Now That's What I Call Britain offers Anglophiles an overflowing Pimm's Cup of all things Britannia. Disc one focuses on pipe bands, orchestras, and choirs, with highlights coming from tried-and-true nationalistic set pieces like "The Dam Busters March," "The British Grenadiers," and, of course, "God Save the Queen," while disc two shifts its gaze to 20th century radio staples from the likes of Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields, Ralph McTell, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, and even the Kinks -- it's not all good-natured propaganda, though, as evidenced by the inclusion of songs like "Rocket Man" (Elton John), "Something in the Air" (Thunderclap Newman), and "The Air That I Breathe" (the Hollies). It's all in good fun, but like most thematic digital-age compilations, Now That's What I Call Britain feels a little more like a computer-generated "smart" playlist than it does a thoughtfully researched history lesson. ~ James Christopher Monger



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