This double-disc, 50-track collection of the Shadows can only be recommended to avid collectors. After breaking off with singer Cliff Richard (they were his backing band), the Shadows chalked up numerous instrumental hits in the early '60s, including "Apache," "Man of Mystery," and "Kon-Tiki." They became the British equivalent of the Ventures. While the first disc is more than satisfying, the second disc takes a quick nosedive and consists mainly of filler along the lines of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Theme from The Deer Hunter," "Nights in White Satin," and "Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto de Aranjuez." With the exception of Shadows fanatics, 50 Golden Greats would have been a much better value cut in half.
This double-disc set is one of the more bountiful compilations gleaned from Mitch Miller's voluminous Columbia Records catalog. Unfortunately, the contents of 50 All-American Favorites (2004) have been confined to the years 1958 to 1962, during which time Miller's unconventional performance style was on its final descent. Mitch Miller & the Gang consisted of Miller fronting a full choral ensemble of vocalists who sang in unison.
Rural life has changed enormously since Country Calendar first went to air in black and white in March 1966. To celebrate Hyundai Country Calendar’s epic milestone of 50 Golden Years, Jim Hickey presents a special hour-long programme, revisiting farming families filmed in the past to see what has changed and what has stayed the same. 50 Golden Years shows people in New Zealand’s rural heartland continue to face challenges, but they have what it takes to overcome them and enjoy the journey along the way.
Album of American organist Leonard George DeStoppelaire (Chicago, 1923-2006), better known as "Lenny Dee'. He was a virtuoso who played keyboards with many different musical styles, preferably easy listening and pop, but also ballads, country, western, jazz or rock. His most successful personal creation was 'Plantation boogie', included on this disc, which was undoubtedly the most recognized of his career.