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The Golden Age of Light Music: The Show Goes On

The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Show Goes On


The Show Goes On, a volume in Guild's The Golden Age of Light Music Series, is aptly named as it consists mostly of pieces that would qualify as "curtain raisers," brief overture-like works recorded by British orchestras between 1942 and 1957. This disc boasts a whopping 29 tracks, most of which could qualify for the opening and/or bumpers of a "Million Dollar Movie" on television of the '60s, and indeed, some of these things were designed for such use, as Len Stevens' "Television Playhouse" (1957) theme attests. Others, such as Bob Haymes' "Curtain Time" (1952) do activate those very dead brain cells somewhere deep in one's memory and make the listener wonder, "Where have I heard that before?" There aren't many duds in this collection, though Eric Rogers' "Startime" (1956), featuring pianist Winifred Atwell and Frank Chacksfield's orchestra and chorus, is pure kitsch, and the disc's use of Harry Rabinowitz' "Back Stage" (1955) seems a tad off center. Outside of a transparent and very lovely Robert Farnon orchestration of "If I Had a Talking Picture of You," there isn't much to leaven the feeling of happy anticipation and the curtain rising at the end, and listening straight through to such a long program, one can easily get sick of it. Listening in short stretches should make the best use out of The Show Goes On, and radio programmers should definitely be aware of this Guild disc, as it provides a wealth of classy and familiar sounding bumpers that work just as well in the current context as they did back in the Golden Age of Television. Sound quality, apart from the Rabinowitz track, is somewhat variable, but generally very good, and musically there is a lot to enjoy here. ~ Uncle Dave Lewis, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Guild Light Music
  • UPC: 795754514926
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Track listings

  • 1. Show Goes On, For Orchestra, The Hudson Orchestra
  • 2. Broadway Melody, Film Score: [Excerpt], The Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra
  • 3. Film Opens, The (Eleventh Hour Theme), Television Theme London Promenade Orchestra
  • 4. If I Had A Talking Picture Of You Robert Farnon & His Orchestra
  • 5. News Theatre, For Orchestra Queen's Hall Light Orchestra
  • 6. Startime, For Orchestra Winifred Atwell
  • 7. Television March Eric Jones Orchestra
  • 8. Television Playhouse, For Orchestra Crawford Light Orchestra
  • 9. Picture Parade, For Orchestra Queen's Hall Light Orchestra
  • 10. Curtain Time Acquaviva & His Orchestra
  • 11. King Steps Out, Film Score: Stars In My Eyes, The Andr‚ Kostelanetz & His Orchestra
  • 12. Up With The Curtain, For Orchestra New Concert Orchestra
  • 13. Back Stage, For Orchestra New Century Orchestra
  • 14. Leading Lady, For Orchestra Dolf Van Der Linden & His Orchestra
  • 15. Top Of The Bill, For Orchestra Queen's Hall Light Orchestra
  • 16. Chorus Girl, For Orchestra West End Celebrity Orchestra
  • 17. Man On The Flying Trapeze, Song, The George Tzipine & His Orchestra
  • 18. It's In The Air, Film Score: It's In The Air (Theme) Royal Air Force Orchestra
  • 19. Floor Show, For Orchestra New Century Orchestra
  • 20. Lap Of Luxury, For Orchestra Telecast Orchestra
  • 21. Gay And Glamorous, For Orchestra Danish State Radio Orchestra
  • 22. Star Is Born For Orchestra, A Robert Farnon & His Orchestra
  • 23. It's That Man Again, Theme Song Bbc Variety Orchestra
  • 24. Spice Of Life, For Orchestra, The Charles Shadwell & His Orchestra
  • 25. Radio Romantic, For Orchestra Queen's Hall Light Orchestra
  • 26. South Bank, For Orchestra Stuttgart Radio Orchestra
  • 27. Premiere, For Orchestra New Concert Orchestra
  • 28. Melody Of The Stars, For Orchestra Peter Yorke & His Orchestra
  • 29. There's No Business Like Show Business, Song (From Annie Get Your Gun) Wally Stott & His Orchestra
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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