Highlights From 50 Years In Recording

Produced by George Martin
Highlights From 50 Years - Front cover Highlights From 50 Years - The C.D.
Highlights From 50 Years - Front Cover Highlights From 50 Years - The C.D.
Label Parlophone
Catalogue No. 375 4862   (Barcode: 0946 3 75486 2 2)
Release date 6th November 2006
Total time 74:57
U.K. Album Chart Detail : Did not chart.
Detail : This very nice album features highlights from George Martin's incredible 50 year career in the form of 24 tracks.
It includes several Beatles cover versions, plus a Beatles original and a Paul McCartney classic.

All the tracks are taken from the 2001 six c.d. box set "Produced by George Martin".

The C.D. label recreates the traditional black and yellow Parlophone label and comes with a 12 page booklet featuring some of the artists that George has worked with over the years.

I also have with this set a copy of the ORIGINAL UK EMI 2 page PRE-SELL ADVERTISING notes issued in ADVANCE of the release featuring the entire tracklisting and other media notes.

Side 1

No. Artist Title Comments Time
1 George Martin & his Orchestra Theme One 1967
The result of a commission from the BBC for the opening of Radio 1 in 1967
2 The Beatles I Want To Hold Your hand 1963
Special for George and The Beatles as it was their first U.S. no.1
3 Cilla Black Anyone Who Had A Heart 1964
Cilla's first no.1
4 Gerry and The Pacemakers Ferry Cross The Mersey 1964
The title track from Gerry's movie for which George was musical director
5 Billy J.Kramer and The Dakotas Do You Want To Know A Secret 1963
A Lennon/McCartney song giving them their first hit
6 Paul McCartney and Wings Live And Let Die 1973
George's third Bond theme and the only time in the 70's he worked with a Beatle
7 Shirley Bassey Goldfinger 1964
George's second Bond theme and as much a part of the Bond legend as the action
8 David and Jonathan She's Leaving Home 1967
A Lennon/McCartney cover for a pseudonym pair hiding Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway
9 Matt Monro Portrait Of My Love 1960
Released November 1960 and first of five top ten hits for Matt
10 Ron Goodwin and his Concert Orchestra Elizabethan Serenade
(Where The Gentle Avon Flows)
A major 1957 release.
11 Peter Sellers A Hard Day's Night 1965
An example of George's wide range. A Beatles song as a monologue in the style of Laurence Olivier as Richard III
12 Tommy Reilly Melody On The Move 1952
A 1952 production showing George's position at the front of new technology with the first use of tape echo
13 Spike Milligan The Wormwood Scrubs Tango 1962
A recording by his close friend Spike where the singer is caught in the act of escaping jail.
14 Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren Goodness Gracious Me 1960
A number 4 hit in November 1960.
15 Flanders and Swann A Transport Of Delight 1960
Recorded live at London's Fortune Theatre
16 George Martin The Pepperland Suite 1998
A re-working of the piece composed for the 1968 Yellow Submarine film.
17 Matt Monro From Russia With Love 1963
George's first Bond theme.
18 Cilla Black Alfie 1966
Another hit for Cilla written, though not used, for the film soundtrack.
19 Billy Preston Get Back 1978
From the musical "Sgt. Peppers" on which George was musical director.
Of course, Billy was also involved in the original version !
20 Tom Jones Mr. Waldo - Come And Sweep My Chimbly 1988
A track from George's adaptation of Dylan Thomas's "Under Milk Wood".
21 America Tin Man 1974
One of many producing hits from George's post-Beatles career.
22 Jeff Beck Diamond Dust 1975
From the album "Wired", this was George's second production for the guitar virtuoso.
23 Celine Dion Here, There and Everywhere 1998
A fresh interpretation from George's covers album, "In My Life".
24 George Martin Friends And Lovers 1998
An orchestral piece first recorded for "Under Milk Wood", but re-made and re-titled for "In My Life".

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