Lonnie Donegan, Tommy Steele, Lita Roza, Winifred Atwell, Red Price, Tony Crombie, Alma Cogan, Bert Weedon, Beryl Bryden and Ray Ellington are part of the colorful line up of musical talent from a wide musical spectrum that stood at the cradle of British Beat. The '50s was an extraordinary decade in the history of British popular music. On the one hand it was still basically a forum for 'light entertainment' as conceived by Tin Pan Alley moguls and broadcast by Aunty BBC. The result was a kaleidoscope of revolutionary good-time looseness in the form of Skiffle.
Disky Communications Europe B.V. "Rock Classics From The 80's" collects 30 original hits of the era featuring Golden Earring' "Twilight Zone," Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonight," MSG' "Anytime," Huey Lewis & The News' "I Want A New Drug," Billy Idol's "Rebell Yell,"… "Rock Classics From The 80's" is a good album for anyone who stood up in a bleacher seat at an arena and jammed a thumb onto a portable lighter during Poison's "Your Mama Don't Dance." And, for better or worse, there are several million of them.
How often does a certain piece of music revive memories of important events from times gone by? This double SACD - from the new series "Memories Are Made Of This" - has been put together for exactly this purposey to bring back those memories. Those amongst us who grew up during the 1950s, experiencing their very own storm and stress period, will certainly be familitif with the titles on these SACDs and quite capable of singing or whistling along - or just humming the tune.
This Collector's Edition presents a challenge to reviewers. There's so much of it. I could never do it any sort of justice if I approached this as if reviewing a smaller set. This, after all, comprises 37 CDs. As it is all I have been able to do is to sample, reminisce about known recordings and write around the subject. With this caveat stated, let's make a start.
There are three principal strands of Britten recordings. These are broadly tied into and defined by record companies, artists and eras. First we have Britten recording Britten for Decca.
This 53-CD set is more than the sum of its parts. While not all the performances and recordings are top-notch, the overall quality is very high and as a historical overview of a label known for its sonic as well as musical merits, it's full of treasures. The Mercury sound at its best is vivid and still sounds remarkable and many of these recordings - such as the marches, show tunes and orchestral showpieces conducted by Frederic Fennell - demonstrate this amply. But it's not all lollipops by any means.