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GLCD 5161 – The Golden Age of Light Music: European Tour

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Memory Lane Summer 2010

Guild released three more CDs from their “The Golden Age of Light Music” shortly after the Spring edition of ML had gone to press. The details are: GLCD 5161 European Tour GLCD 5162 The Hall of Fame – Volume 3
GLCD 5163 The 1930s Revisited Whilst `European Tour’ is not marked as a second series I seem to recall a very similar trip with GLCD 5132 titled “Continental Flavour”. This tour, which features recordings mainly from the 1950s contains some of my favourite pieces of light music including Under Paris Skies, performed here by Monty
Kelly & his Orchestra, and April In Portugal from the Richard Hayman orchestra. In truth, though, there is no weak link in this selection, which gets under way with Charles Williams’ wartime composition, Voice Of London, and ends with the intriguing Spider of Antwerp from Guy Luypaerts. The other two CDs follow the familiar and very successful formula adopted by Guild. Look out for a nice mini-concert from the ever popular George Melachrino as featured conductor in `Hall of Fame’ and several British dance band leaders taking light music in their stride as part of `1930s Revisited’. As always, Guild’s re-mastering and packaging is absolutely first class.
GH