|Highlights From 50 Years - Front Cover||Highlights From 50 Years - The C.D.|
|Catalogue No.||375 4862 (Barcode: 0946 3 75486 2 2)|
|Release date||6th November 2006|
|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.
|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
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.
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".
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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