Sunday, October 31, 2010

Young Winston


Surely every collection of music must have some marching band music in it. Stepping up with some military razamatazz are the Band Of H. M. Royal Marines, the Central Band Of The Royal Air Force, and the Band Of The Royal Military School Of Music. Stirring British patriotism that you can march to from the 1972 film 'Young Winston'.

01 - Pomp And Circumstance - March No. 4
02 - British Grenadiers
03 - Rule Britannia
04 - A Life On The Ocean Wave
05 - Sea Songs
06 - Royal Air-Force March Past
07 - Sarie Marais
08 - Evening Hymn And Last Post
09 - Imperial March
10 - March Of The Peers From 'Iolanthe'
11 - The Prince Of Denmark's March
12 - Queen Mary's Funeral March
13 - Scipio March
14 - Lilliburlero
15 - Colonel Bogey
16 - Pomp And Circumstance - March No. 1

Young Winston

Mr Snookles

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ivy Carey - A Toast To the Haggis


The middle of the last century saw Scotland's International singing star, Ivy Carey, tour the world entertaining.

Ivy, who lived at 48 Finsbay Street, Drumoyne was born on 18th February 1928, and started her career with the BBC Junior choir. She went on to scoop a series of awards including The Golden Voice of Britain and the Miss Radio Scotland at only 16 years of age.
Known as the Scottish Nightingale Ivy had appeared in sell-out shows at London's Albert Hall, Glasgow's St Andrew's Halls and Edinbugh's Usher Hall were common and she toured Los Angeles, Hollywood, America and Canada.
She sang on shows that included, among others, Kenneth McKellar, Robert Wilson, Lex MacLean, Andy Stewart, Jimmy Shand, Sydney Devine and another Govanite, Johnny Beattie.

In 1953, she entertained the troops serving in Korea with shows in Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea itself.
She enjoyed a 3-year run in a 1950's TV series and every Christmas day Ivy would visit the Elder Cottage Hospital to entertain staff & patients.
What's more, Ivy once shared a stage with Stanley Black and his orchestra.

That said, what we have here is Ivy's veneration in song, to that most Scottish of delicacies, the haggis.
An L.P. containing sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal's stomach for approximately three hours.
As Ivy asks poignantly 'Do ye slay it, or play it?'.
I suggest you play it and see how far you get.
Its a meal in its self.

01 - A Toast To The Haggis
02 - Come Along
03 - Tobermory
04 - The Hills And The Heather
05 - Old Scotch Mother Mine
06 - The Song Of The Clyde
07 - Bonnie Scotland
08 - Loch Lomond
09 - Shira Glen
10 - Hillside In Scotland
11 - Granny's Hielan' Hame
12 - The Hoosey Medley

Ivy Carey - A Toast To the Haggis

Shadrach McBlintz

Stanley Black - Peer Gynt


Here's the second of our Phase 4 concert series. Third Island MVP Stanley Back dons the tails and takes up the baton to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra. Legendary producer Tony D'Amato teams up with our Stan to serve up a refined version of this most popular of classics with the orchestral colours given full play. Stanley lets the orchestra do the talking as the tone colours blend seamlessly into one another to create a whole that is somehow greater than the sum of its parts. Enjoy.

01 - Morning
02 - Ase's Death
03 - Anitra's Dance
04 - Ingrid's Lament
05 - In The Hall Of The Mountain King
06 - Shepherd's Boy
07 - Norwegian Rustic March
08 - Nocturne
09 - March Of The Dwarves
10 - Norwegian Dance No. 2

Stanley Black - Peer Gynt

Mr Snookles

Monday, October 25, 2010

Albert Ketèlbey - The Immortal Works Of Ketèlbey


Hello, gentle reader. Time to cast aside that Martini, and pour yourself a Pimms as we delve into the delightful world of the Light Classics. Who better to start with than Albert Ketèlbey - the man who invented exotica 50 years before Les Baxter, Martin Denny and co. made it de rigeur for lounge lovers.

'In A Persian Market' has become a standard, 'In A Monastery Garden' complete with bird calls has also been recorded innumerable times. So sit back in your armchair and let the soothing sound of this beautifully recorded Phase 4 record dissolve your worries and cares...

01 - In A Monastery Garden
02 - Wedgewood Blue
03 - In The Mystic Land Of Egypt
04 - Bells Across The Meadows
05 - In A Chinese Temple Garden
06 - The Sanctuary Of The Heart
07 - 'Appy 'Ampstead
08 - The Phantom Melody
09 - In A Persian Market

Albert Ketèlbey - The Immortal Works Of Ketèlbey

Mr Snookles

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hugo Montenegro - Good Vibrations


From 1969, it's the Now Sound of Hugo Montenegro. Harpsichords, baroque trumpets and whistlers fill out the sound of these pop classics from the golden 60's. Check out the Space Age Pop site for a good overview of Hugo's career.

01 - Good Vibrations
02 - Classical Gas
03 - Another Time, Another Place
04 - Tony's Theme
05 - A Future Left Behind
06 - Lady In Cement
07 - Happy Together
08 - Lullaby From 'Rosemary's Baby'
09 - Knowing When To Leave
10 - Night Rider
11 - Love Is Blue

Hugo Montenegro - Good Vibrations

Mr Snookles