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GL 5137

The Golden Age of Light Music; Light Music While You Work, Volume 2

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Richard Crean Orchestra


Harry Davidson Orchestra


London Coliseum Orchestra


Harry Fryer Orchestra


Reginald Pursglove Orchestra


The Studio Orchestra


Ronnie Munro Scottish Variety Orchestra


Wynford Reynolds Orchestra


David Java Orchestra


Phil Green Theatreland Orchestra


Harold Collins Orchestra


Ronnie Munro Waltz Orchestra


Belorussian State Symphony Orchestra


Eric Coates


Philip Green


Reginald Burston


Richard Crean


Harry Davidson


Harry Fryer


Harold Collins


Wynford Reynolds


Reginald Pursglove


Ronnie Munro


David Java



Producer:

David Ades



Record Label
Guild Light

Genre:

Light Music




Total Time - 79:25
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ERIC COATES

1 

Calling All Workers (except)

0:27
 Eric Coates
 

LOUIS GANNE

2 

Marche Lorraine

3:10
 Reginald Burston
 

IVOR NOVELLO

3 

'The Dancing Years' - Selection from show

3:10
 Harry Fryer
 

KATY MOSS

4 

The Floral Dance

3:02
 Harry Davidson
 

PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

5 

Sleeping Beauty Waltz

3:18
 Richard Crean
 

SHERMAN MYERS

6 

Pierrot Comes To Town

2:53
 Harold Collins
 

FRANZ LEHAR

7 

Lehar In The Ballroom

3:13
 Wynford Reynolds
 

RAYMOND SCOTT

8 

Toy Trumpet

2:43
 Reginald Pursglove
 

GEORGE GERSHWIN

9 

Girl Crazy - Selection

2:55
 Philip Green
 

JOHANN STRAUSS I

arr. Ronnie Munro
10 

Die Fledermaus - Waltz

3:07
 Ronnie Munro
 

JACK STRACHEY

11 

Theatreland

2:59
 Harry Fryer
 

FRANZ VON BLON

12 

Sizilietta

3:07
 David Java
 

CHARLES ANCLIFFE

13 

Castles In Spain

3:04
 Reginald Burston
 

GEORGES BOULANGER

and others
14 

One Exciting Night - Selection from film

5:34
 Philip Green
 

JACK GLOGAN/ROBERT A. KING

15 

Fashionette

3:07
 Harold Collins
 

FRANZ SCHUBERT

16 

Moment Musical

3:17
 Richard Crean
 

LLOYD THOMAS

17 

Scarlet And Gold

3:52
 Reginald Burston
 

PAUL LINCKE

18 

Softly Unawares

2:56
 Harry Davidson
 

HARRY WARREN

/ Leo Robin
19 

Journey To A Star; No Love No Nothing

2:43
 Philip Green
 

JOHANN STRAUSS I

arr. Ronnie Munro
20 

Emperor Waltz

2:43
 Ronnie Munro
 

SHERMAN MYERS

21 

Butterflies In The Rain

2:36
 Harold Collins
 

PERCY E. FLETCHER

22 

Bal Masque (from Two Parisian Sketches)

3:20
 Richard Crean
 

LANCE STARKE

23 

With Sword And Lance

2:44
 Reginald Burston
 

TRADITIONAL

arr. Harry Davidson
24 

Turkey In The Straw

3:01
 Harry Davidson
 

KURT WEILL

/ Ira Gershwin
25 

Lady In The Dark - Selection from show

5:28
 Philip Green
 

ERIC COATES

26 

Calling All Workers - excerpt

0:56
 Eric Coates


The enthusiastic response from collectors and critics to Guild’s first volume of MWYW music from the 1940s (GL 5128) virtually demanded that a second volume had to follow. "Music While You Work" was a popular BBC radio programme originally designed to provide uplifting non-stop music to factory workers during the Second World War, and Decca launched a series of 78s (eventually numbering almost 400 before the final ones were issued in January 1947) that could also be played in factories when suitable radio programmes were not being broadcast. The repertoire contained popular tunes of the day, interspersed with show and film selections plus light classics and instrumental novelties. Today these rare 78s provide a fascinating example of the way in which music was employed as an important ingredient in the war effort.

"...Clearly this disc will appeal to fans of the music of that period, or of the various artists featured here whose recordings are otherwise hard to come by,...it does have an appeal all of its own for the curious and the nostalgic."

John Sheppard

MusicWeb - 7 December 2007



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