A presentation featuring Joe Meek's fantastical lunar stereophonic sound adventure, I Hear A New World; both the celebrated 1991 RPM restoration and the original unreleased 1960 concept album; placed in broader international context alongside seminal works by other pioneers of electronic music; from Daphne Oram to Edgard Varèse. Considered in this context, Meek's masterpiece seems less an oddball pop novelty than a daring and visionary electronic sound exploration.
This long overdue double CD collates most of Jess’s recorded output from 1960 to the noughties, including his work with the legendary Joe Meek (‘Hurt Me’, ‘It Can Happen To You’), a rare South African only release (‘Little Bit Of Loveliness’), and later recordings made for both Columbia Records (written and produced by Charles Blackwell, Mitch Murray and Les Reed) and President (with Cy Payne and Ivor Raymonde arranging and producing).
The complete original film soundtracks of La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, La Dolce Vita and Otto E Mezzo, a suite of music from I Vitelloni and the main themes from Variety Lights, The White Sheik and Il Bidone, complemented by diegetic and non-diegetic selections from I Vitelloni, La Dolce Vita, Otto E Mezzo, the hallucinogenic Toby Dammit, Amarcord, And The Ship Sails On and Intervisa; the music of Ottorino Respighi that inspired Nino Rota's famous title music for La Dolce Vita and the Baroque work by Arcangelo Corelli.
During The Beatles' Help! Paul McCartney is miniaturised to the strains of Wagner, while in a dank Chiswick pub cellar, the singing of Beethoven's Ode to Joy saves Ringo from an escaped tiger. In Hal Ashby's black comedy Harold & Maude, Harold is obsessed by death, and likes to stage elaborate fake suicides to get the attention of his distracted mother, including an attempted drowning to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. During The Godfather, the baptism sequence, interspersed with scenes of the brutal assassinations of the heads of the five families opposing the Corleones is underscored by the intensity of Bach's organ work Passacaglia in C Minor. On a lighter, note, Michael Caine's Harry Palmer during the Ipcress File chooses Mozart to cook by, a musical enthusiasm shared by Jean Seberg, immortalised by Godard in Breathless. These are but a few of the indelible scenes complemented by the classical music featured in this presentation.
Françoise' vital debut recordings are presented here alongside "Françoise Hardy - Canta Per Voi In Italiano” (Sings For You In Italian), and complemented by an anthology of sublime instrumental jazz sessions by her friend and contemporary, Sacha Distel
This edition presents the Missa Luba complete in a programme which also includes the delightful Christmas in the Congo album and a selection of both children's songs and songs from Luba folklore, all performed joyfully by Father Guido Haazen's remarkable youth choir.
· Most people will know the music of Frank Mills without even realising.
· From the mid to late seventies Frank enjoyed phenomenal success world-wide with his trademark "lounge" music, in particular the ‘Music box Dancer’ single which has received more than two dozen gold albums, over one million radio plays not to mention the coveted Grammy nomination in 1980.
· Let Frank soothe you!
The Vernons Girls were originally a choir that were formed as part of the social activities of the Liverpool-based Vernon's football Pools company. The company saw it as a unique form of promotion and initially sponsored the project. At first, the singers were drawn exclusively from the staff of young women who checked the public's pools coupons. In the event, demand for the girls to give public performances grew far beyond expectation. Remarkably, women would seek employment with Vernons simply as a means of breaking into show business.
Regardless of the brilliance of Dudley Moore's celebrated comic partnership with Peter Cook, his marriages and abundant romantic assignations, the relationship which was surely most dear to him was with music. He could pull hilarious classical pastiches - like Beethoven 'variations on Colonel Bogey', and Britten's 'Little Miss Muffett' - out of seemingly thin air. The music he wrote with such nuance in 1968 for Stanley Donen's film Bedazzled has established an incredible reputation for that score as one of the best of the decade, while the popular Dudley Moore Trio proved to be the perfect vehicle for both his compositional explorations and joyful performance skills. Dudley displayed an intimate classical knowledge and jazz was in his very soul.
A classic 1967 Elektra edition, conceived by label head Jac Holzman, who claimed that the success of the Doors was a primary inspiration for the project, the Zodiac's Cosmic Sounds is a concept piece based on the twelve signs of the Chaldean astronomical zodiac.
For many, bossa nova is defined by the first three albums of Joao Gilberto and it has been said that if bossa found its Jesus in Gilberto, Its god was Antonio Carlos Jobim, a songwriting genius, who effortlessly composed much of the movement's prodigious songbook.
The Quiet Passion of Bill Evans is a three-disc box set anthology of collaborations, guest sessions and classic trio recordings made during the meteoric first seven years of the career of this extraordinary, internationally renowned, pianist.
The Cinema of Miles Davis showcases superior examples of the use of the great jazz trumpeter's music in film. This edition includes his first complete score, sultry and improvised, for Elevator To the Gallows - Louis Malle's directorial debut starring the eternal Jeanne Moreau - which came in late 1957, a decisive time for Miles; marking the ending of his hard-bop period and anticipating the modal phase that would culminate in A Kind of Blue.
This five cd set showcases all of Lionel Bart's early triumphs including music from the historic productions of Oliver! which featured the young Steve Marriott - an outstanding Artful Dodger soon to be fronting Small Faces - Stanley Holloway, the English actor renowned for his comic monologues and songs, and from the original 1960 hit show Ron Moody's immortal Fagin, Georgia Brown's Nancy and a certain Barry Humphries as Mr Sowerberry, the undertaker.