The Midnight Moods Orchestra – Themes and Dreams Vol. 2

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Everyone is a dreamer and we all dream of romantic times. THEMES AND DREAMS will encourage you to drift off into wonderland. At any time of day or night whether you are working or relaxing the memorable music in this collection will have you floating off into happy day—dreams. The beautifully orchestrated melodies are ideal for dancing, dreaming, or just plain listening. Enjoy them at anytime!

The Midnight Moods Orchestra - Themes and Dreams Vol. 2

Label: Hallmark SHM 3148

1984 1980s Covers

Sounds Orchestral – Clouds

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Words, Me, The Peaceful Heart, Love Is Blue, Jennifer Juniper, Soul Coaxing, Green Tambourine, Step Inside Love, What A Wonderful World, I Can Take Or Leave Your Loving, Do You Know The Way To San Jose, Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear, Simon Says, Classical Gas, Scarborough Fair, Sleepy Shores, Canadian Sunset, Clouds, Downtown, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Cast Your Fate To The Wind, Stranger On The Shore, Without You, Handel’s Largo, April In Portugal

Sounds Orchestral - Clouds

Label: PRT COMP 9

1984 1980s Covers

Delibes – Lakmé

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After a flourishing age of great spectacles, French opera went through a period of transition. The tradition had reached its limits and was groping for a new style around 1880. Meyerbeer had died in 1864, several months before the production of his L’Africaine, and Halevy in 1862.

Rossini had also composed in the grand French manner but althoiugh he had lived until 1868 he had been silent since Guillaume Tell (1829). Gounod’s Faust (1869), a typical ‘grand opera’, was a precursor of the modern lyric drama, but its adherence to older musical forms classifies it with the older style. (Gounod so far conceded to tradition as to insert a classical ballet in the middle of a mediaeval legend.) For a conscious stylistic renovation we must wait for Lalo’s Le roi d’Ys, staged in 1888 but begun as early as 1875. While one would not compare the Frenchman to Wagner, it must be noted that Parsifal appeared in 1882 and that Lalo, more of a symphonist than a stage performer could hardly have escaped the doctrines of his German contemporary. Like Verdi in his Otello (1887) he assigned to the orchestra an unheard-of importance. During the ‘period of transition’ around 1880. the active stage composers were Reyer, Paladilhe, Widor, Leroux, and above all Léo Delibes, who alone deserved (or managed) to escape operatic oblivion. Born in 1836 at St.-Germain-du-Val, Sarthe, Delibes entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1848 and studied under Francois Bazin and Adolphe Adam. In 1853 he took jobs as accompanist at the Theatre Lyrique and organist at Saint-Jean-Saint-Francois. In 1855 his first operetta was produced — Deux sous de charbon (Two Pennyworth of Charcoal). Ten years later. after composing several successful operettas, he was named assistant chorus master at the Paris Opera. Once inside those doors. he took the opportunity to present his first great hit. No doubt under the influence of his teacher Adam, it was a ballet, La Source, written with the collaboration of the Polish specialist at ballet composition, Minkus. Coppelia (1870) and Sylvia (1876) confirmed Delibes’ gifts in the field of ballet music. Then in 1873 he produced an opera-comique (The King said so), now forgotten.. In 1880 Jean de Nicene; and in 1883 his masterpiece, Lakmé. Two years before, he had been appointed professor of advanced composition at the Conservatoire, and before his death in 1891 he had been named to the Legion d’honneur and the Institute. Lakmé first came before the footlights of the Opera-Comique on April 14, 1883. The American Marie van Zandt and the tenor Talazac created, amid legendary intrigue, the leading roles. The work was a lively success, as much for its seductively exotic setting as for the vocal prowess of its heroine. If the score seems a bit old-fashioned now, attentive listening will reveal a harmonic freshness, cautiously used here, that the next generation of French composers was to use more boldly. We would hardly call Delibes ‘Wagnerian’, as did his contemporaries, who found him totally lacking in contrapuntal skill, but we must credit him with sweeping the French opera stage clear of hoary pseudo-historical trappings and with having chosen to favour melody over the ponderous ensembles so beloved of Meyerbeer.
Delibes - Lakmé

Label: HMV EG 29 0160 1

1984 1980s Covers

20 Fab No 2’s of the 60’s – Various Artists

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SIDE ONE

THE BEATLES – PLEASE PLEASE ME (Lennon & McCartney) Dick James Music Ltd. ℗ 1963 EMI Records Ltd.
The second single by The Fab Four consolidated the early success they achieved with ‘Love Me Do’ in November 1962. Please Please Me entered the charts in January 1963 reaching the No 2 spot by the end of February. The song was also the title track to The Beatles’ first album which raced to No 1 becoming the second biggest consecutive album chart topper of all-time.

2. THE HOLLIES – JUST ONE LOOK (Payne, Carroll) Angusa Music Ltd ℗ 1964 EMI Records Ltd.
The Manchester based Hollies hit the limelight at Christmas 1963 with Maurice Williams ‘Stay’ getting into the Top Ten but it was Just One Look that really put them on the map reaching No 2 in March 1964 leading to a string of Top Ten hits throughout the 60’s.

3. ADAM FAITH – SOMEONE ELSE’S BABY (Van Dyke, Ford) Multimood Music ℗ 1960 EMI Records Ltd. The Sixties began with two No 1 hits from London born Adam Faith with both ‘What Do You Want’ and ‘Poor Me’ reaching the top. His next release, also in a similar vein, Someone Else’s Babyfeatured the string sound that he had made so popular and reached No 2 in May 1960. Adam consolidated his career on TV and the Big Screen and achieved much success in the business and management field in later years.

4. HELEN SHAPIRO – TELL ME WHAT HE SAID (Barry) Ardmore & Beechwood Ltd./EMI ℗ 1962 EMI Records Ltd. A young school girl from London’s East End, Helen was discovered by EMI’s John Schroeder, soon scoring two chart-toppers out of her first 3 releases. This John Barry composition raced to the top also but was denied the top spot for 3 weeks by The Shadows’ Wonderful Land’. Helen was voted No 1 Female British Singer for 1961 and 1962.

5. MANFRED MANN – IF YOU GOTTA GO, GO NOW (Dylan) Warner Bros. Music Ltd. ℗ 1965 EMI Records Ltd. With a recording career of only 2 years standing, 1965 saw this London-based blues band reach No 2 with this Bob Dylan song to complement their previous Top Five placings of 5, 4, 3 and 1. The original line up was a seedbed of talent covering many facets of show business today.

6. THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS – THE HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE (Romero) Ardmore & Beechwood Ltd./EMI ℗ 1963 EMI Records Ltd. These four likeable lads from Liverpool did not have a No 1 single, nor for that matter did they get many singles into the charts, but nevertheless they have come to epitomise the Beat Boys of the Mersey Boom. One night stands, Nationwide tours, Ready Steady Go-their lively rhythm and blues sound captured the mood of the times. This version of Chan Romero’s Hippy Hippy Shake gave them their highest chart placing at the start of 1964.

7. CILLA BLACK – YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ (Spector, Mann, Weil) Screen Gems/EMI Music Ltd. ℗ 1965 EMI Records Ltd. Also from Liverpool, the birth-place of the Beat Boom, Cilia Black had already secured her rightful place in Pop history by 1965. Two massive hits ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ and ‘You’re My World’ had taken the world by storm and this soulful ballad written by hit makers Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, with the help of the legendary Phil Spector, placed her at the penultimate position during January 1965. That same week the Righteous Brothers’ original was at No 3 before leap-frogging to No 1

8. THE BEACH BOYS – SLOOP JOHN B (trad. arr. Wilson) United Partnership Ltd. ℗ 1966 Capitol Records Inc. This fastest selling single so far by California’s sons of the surf also gave them their highest chart placing in the UK of their career to date. Their previous hit, the party-style ‘Barbara Ann’ had reached No 3 but they went one better with this traditional song arranged by Beach Boys’ prime mover Brian Wilson. Incidentally the original sloop, the ‘John B’, lies to this day where it eventually sank in the Govei nor’s Harbour off Nassau in the Bahamas.

9. KEITH WEST – EXCERPT FROM A TEENAGE OPERA (Philwit) Robbins Music Ltd. ℗ 1966 EMI Records Ltd. Mark Wirtz, an early 60’s record producer, had achieved limited success with releases on Ember by Marcus Tro, Sheila and Jenny and Satellite One, but he hit the jackpot with the song we all know as ‘Grocer Jack’ with its plaintive chorus sung by a children’s choir. Whatever happened to a projected opera?”

10. BOBBY GOLDSBORO – HONEY (Russell) Peter Maurice Music Co. Ltd./EMI ℗ 1968 United Artists Inc. A popular vocalist in the USA, Bobby Goldsboro first hit the UK charts with this tear-jerking ballad. The poignant and touching lyrics can still bring a lump to the throat to this day. Selling a quarter of a million in Britain, worldwide sales have accounted for 3 million copies and, strangely enough, when it was re-released in 1975 it also reached Number Two!

SIDE TWO

1. THE HOLLIES – I CAN’T LET GO (Taylor, Gorgoni) April Music Ltd. ℗ 1966 EMI Records Ltd. In 1966 The Hollies continued to dominate the charts with three Top Ten hits, the first of which was I Can’t Let Go which reached No 2 in March and was denied the supreme accolade of a No 1 for 3 weeks by The Walker Brothers ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’.

2. BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS – DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET (Lennon, McCartney) Northern Songs Ltd. ℗ 1963 EMI Records Ltd. Billy J. Kramer, another new star from Liverpool was teamed with Manchester’s Dakotas by Brian Epstein and given this Lennon & McCartney song taken from The Beatles’ first album ‘Please Please me’. George Harrison’s original was well matched by Billy J’s easy going vocal style leading to many more hit records and block busting Nationwide tours.

3. SHIRLEY BASSEY – AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME (Bart) Lakeview Music Ltd. ℗ 1960 EMI Records Ltd. The girl from Cardiff’s Tiger Bay switched to EMI’s Columbia label at the start of the 60’s and from then on she never looked back. Hit followed hit; the first of these was the powerful ballad As Long As He Needs Me, written by Lionel Bart for his blockbusting musical ‘Oliver’.

4. FREDDIE AND THE DREAMERS – I’M TELLING YOU NOW (Garrity, Murray) B. Feldman & Co Ltd./EMI ℗ 1963 EMI Records Ltd. Freddie Garrity co-wrote this happy song with Mitch Murray who had penned many hits, including ‘How Do You Do It?’ and ‘I Like It’ for Gerry Marsden. The reason it never reached the top was because that spot was occupied for both weeks by another blockbuster, Billy J. Kramer’s ‘Bad To Me’

5. PETER & GORDON -TRUE LOVE WAYS (Petty, Holly) Southern Music Publ. Co. Ltd. ℗ 1965 EMI Records Ltd. The duos 2 previous chart entries, including the No 1 ‘World Without Love’, were written by John and Paul. For their third hit, however, they chose a Buddy Holly classic which they endowed with melodic harmonies and spent one week at No 2 in May 1965.

6. GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS – I’M THE ONE (Marsden) Dick James Music Ltd. ℗ 1964 EMI Records Ltd. Following his phenomenal achievement of 3 No l’s with his first 3 releases, Gerry only just missed the chance to become even more of a pop legend when this, his fourth release, narrowly missed the top spot. Written by Gerry himself as were many of his later hits, he has maintained his popularity to this day attracting large crowds wherever he performs.

7. VIKKI CARR – IT MUST BE HIM (Becaud, Vidalin, trans., David) ℗ 1967 Liberty Records Inc.(MCPS) Born in El Paso, Texas, Vikki (real name Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona) was the eldest of seven children. On moving to Los Angeles as a young girl, she developed her musical talents becoming a top-flight cabaret artiste playing Reno, Las Vegas and all the top venues. This single, which often moved her to tears on-stage was her first UK chart entry in the summer of ’67.

8. VINCE HILL – EDELWEISS (FROM “THE SOUND OF MUSIC”) (Rodgers, Hammerstein II) Williamson Music Ltd. with the Eddie Lester Singers – Arranged & Conducted by Johnny Arthey ℗ 1967 EMI Records Ltd. Popular vocalist Vince Hill was well established on the pop scene in the early 60’s working with many fine bands. His biggest hits came in the mid-60’s as the group impetus subsided and ballad singers made a comeback. Edelweiss from the hit show ‘The Sound of Music’ gave Vince his highest chart placing.

9. THE HOLLIES- STOP STOP STOP (Clarke, Hicks, Nash) Gralto Music Co. ℗ 1966 EMI Records Ltd. Written by group members Alan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Graham Nash (soon to depart Stateside to join Dave Crosby and Steven Stills) this highly original story song gave the Hollies another No 2 during 1966. The banjo, recorded with echo, gives this tale of an over-excited customer at a night club an eerie, surreal quality. A No 2 again, but a lasting memory.

10. THE BEACH BOYS – GOD ONLY KNOWS (Wilson, Asher) Immediate Music Ltd. ℗ 1966 Capitol Records Inc. The Beach Boys second attempt at a No 1 this side of the Atlantic also fell at the last hurdle although it paved the way for their next single, the superb ‘Good Vibrations’ to reach the coveted No 1 spot.

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Label: MFP 41 5658 1

1984 1980s Covers

Camerata Academica of the Salzburg Mozarteum – Mozart Piano Concertos

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The Concerto in G major, K. 453. written by Mozart in 1784, takes a place of importance among the master’s piano concertos. Behind the marvellous thematic complexity of the first movement one discerns a strange emotional unrest. The opening of the C major Andante displays the thematic resemblance with the second subject of the Allegro, which only fore-shadows the full weight of aesthetic experience a sensitive listener will discover in the course of this movement where the key shifts incessantly and iridescent qualities are turned into a great flow of melodious, almost passionate emotion.

This heartfelt instrumental conversation symbolizes the intimate character of the concerto, which is equally noticeable in the close dovetailing of soli and tutti. In she Allegro finale, which displays most exquisite variations of a simple, song-like theme, the woodwinds frequently play the role of independent partners.

Mozart completed the C major Concerto K. 467 in February 1785. It is of a type that has been termed “Militarkonzert”, and certainly the march rhythms of the Allegro maestoso theme strongly accentuated in bar 7 by the wind instruments impart a somewhat military air. The simple melody of the second subject is joined in the development section by a new theme introduced by the soloist. The latter’s part is no longer treated like a dialogue, but “integrated” in symphonic manner. It is understandable that Mozart did not write symphonies for the first few years of his life in Vienna.

These concertos are symphonic in the best sense of the word according to Alfred Einstein, who accurately describes the F major Andante as “an ideal aria, freed from any considerations of the human voice”. A rondo finale (Allegro vivace assai) of delicate humour, scintillating and ingeniously contrived, concludes the work. Our recording brings a musical accomplishment that has enraptured countless visitors of concerts given by the Camerata Academica of the Salzburg Mozarteum under the direction of Géza Anda. Here an old tradition is being revived by which the soloist holds at the same time the capacity of conductor, assuring a maxi-mum of unity in the musical concept of the performance.

By such virtues Géza Anda and his musicians interpret Mozart’s celestial music in a most convincing and lively fashion through the rare beauty and integrity of their performance. Géza Anda received his training at the Franz Liszt Academy in his native city of Budapest, there winning the much coveted Franz Liszt Prize. His career began with a concert in Budapest with orchestra under Mengelberg. His great success on that occasion led to him receiving an invitation to Germany, where one of his first appearances was with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Furtwangler. Concert tours of Holland and France followed.

Géza Anda has lived in Switzerland since 1942. Since the end of the war he has appeared in every important town of the continent. He plays regularly at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals, and has received fervent ovations at the Edinburgh, Vienna and Berlin Festivals, and particularly on his tours of the USA. Among the younger generation of pianists Anda is one of the most striking personalities; his playing is outstanding by virtue of its clarity and musicality.

Camerata Academica of the Salzburg Mozarteum - Mozart Piano Concertos

Label: Deutsche Grammophon 138783

1984 1980s Covers