juni 16, 2017

The London Symphony Orchestra - Classic Rock (1977) - 2Lp

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), founded in 1904, is the oldest of London's symphony orchestras.
It was set up by a group of players who left Henry Wood's Queen's Hall Orchestra because of a new rule requiring players to give the orchestra their exclusive services.
The LSO itself later introduced a similar rule for its members. From the outset, the LSO was organised on co-operative lines, with all players sharing the profits at the end of each season.
This practice continued for the orchestra's first four decades.

The LSO underwent periods of eclipse in the 1930s and 1950s when it was regarded as inferior in quality to new London orchestras, to which it lost players and bookings: the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic in the 1930s and the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic after the Second World War. The profit-sharing principle was abandoned in the post-war era as a condition of receiving public subsidy for the first time.
 In the 1950s the orchestra debated whether to concentrate on film work at the expense of symphony concerts; many senior players left when the majority of players rejected the idea. By the 1960s the LSO had recovered its leading position, which it has retained subsequently.
In 1966, to perform alongside it in choral works, the orchestra established the LSO Chorus, originally a mix of professional and amateur singers, later a wholly amateur ensemble.

This album is THE ONE , the original recording of the best classic rock album of all time at the time the LSO were practising well these songs . Album release 1977....
The record is timeless and it's one I have kept in my collection, and it still gets a play every now and then.
I agree with the other reviewer that the 5 tracks on what was side 1 are all brilliant. Side 2 doesn't quite match the standards, although the take on 'Without you' is really moving.
There are, what I consider a few spine tingling moments to note. The choir entry on 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the middle just prior to singing "anyway the wind blows", the soothing strings and organ solo on 'Whiter shade of pale' and the massed choir singing at the climax of 'Paint it black' (a song whose original I had not heard prior to 'Classic Rock' amazingly).
The intro of 'Whole lotta love' is also inspirational.

Side A
A1. Bohemian Rhapsody – 6:20
A2. Life On Mars – 4:17
A3. Whiter Shade Of Pale – 3:47
A4. Whole Lotta Love – 4:19
A5. Paint It Black – 5:25

Side B
B1. Nights In White Satin – 4:47
B2. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – 6:05
B3. Without You – 3:52
B4. I’m Not In Love – 7:26
B5. Sailing – 4:52

Side C
C1. Pinball Wizard – 5:53
C2. Hey Joe – 4:26
C3. A Day In The Life – 4:38
C4. Question – 5:17

Side D
D1. Space Oddity – 5:37
D2. God Only Knows – 5:43
D3. River Deep Mountain High – 3:16
D4. American Trilogy – 4:32

Companies, etc.
Release: 1977
Genre: Rock Classical
Format: 2LP
Label: K-Tel Records
Catalog# TN 1431
Prijs: € 11,95

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed


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