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Three Hit Albums from the U.S. Military Bands
American Traditional, John Philip Sousa, Leroy Anderson
Three Hit Albums from the U.S. Military Bands
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Classical
 
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Take a look at the 1963 'Billboard' album charts, and right there alongside the hit releases by Andy Williams, Peter, Paul & Mary and Allan Sherman are not one, not two, but 'three' charting albums from U.S. military bands...  more »

      
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Take a look at the 1963 'Billboard' album charts, and right there alongside the hit releases by Andy Williams, Peter, Paul & Mary and Allan Sherman are not one, not two, but 'three' charting albums from U.S. military bands, all of which peaked during the month of June! Can you imagine the same thing happening today? Not even in our most patriotic moments would a military band crack the charts these days! But with this release, we harken back to a time when the strains and swells of our boys set chests-a-puffing and hearts-a-pumping, as we present three albums and 33 tracks of America's finest and their marching bands. Originally presented by the National Cultural Center (now the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), this one ranks as perhaps our proudest 'Collectors' Choice Music' exclusive!
 

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Classic US Service Band Recordings!
Roger Kennedy | 08/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Its nice to see these old RCA recordings brought out on CD. These were originally released on LP back in the early 1960s to help finance the Kennedy Center in DC. They were popular recordings then. Unfortunatley only three out of the original four are offered here. Missing is the US Army Band which also recorded as part of this series. The sound qaulity has been left largely as it was, which wes pretty good for early 1960s. The only problem with the original recordings was that they tended to sound poor on the inner tracks of the LP. Fortunately that problem no longer exists on CD. Due to the format there tends to be some repeat material here. How many times do we have to hear the national anthem played by each band! Still, there are some good selections played when these bands were in their prime and larger than they are today. Its good to see recordings being re-issued on US service bands other than Altissimo! which tends to use just in-the-can material from band libraries. Here we have the original stuff played in a manner which is no longer done today. For those seeking vintage recordings of US service bands you can't go wrong here."
Disappointed listener
Tealover | 05/12/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I have been listening to military band music for years, and am rarely disappointed. However, this compendium of music by the U.S. Navy, Army, and Marine bands and associated choral groups is not to my taste. Many of the arrangements are strange, and there is much too much vocal music when what I want to hear is the bands play. I would not have bought this album hhad I known beforehand what I know now."
Bicentennial Military Music
Barry D. Willard | Lexington, KY United States | 03/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The music from these three US Military Bands was originally released in 1977 as single Long Playing Records to celebrate the Nation's Bicentennial Celebration. It is missing the US ARMY BAND (which I regret) but otherwise the music is GREAT and the Bands are FIRST CLASS as you might expect. Except for the different services renderings of THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, no marches are duplicated. If you enjoy good foot tapping Martial Music...this 2-CD set is worth the price."