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A Splash of Pops

A Splash of Pops

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 13, 1999
  • Release Date: July 13, 1999
  • Label: RCA Victor
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  • Total Length: 1:03:51
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  • ASIN: B00138H6L4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,310 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CWC on June 15, 2003
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Keith Lockhart has continued behind the heels of John Williams at the helm of the Boston Pops Orchestra in extraordinary fashion since 1995. Anyone who has been privileged to see him conduct the Boston Pops can feel the enthusiasm he has for the orchestra's traditions and legacy- and for classical music. This theme certainly holds true for this CD. I have been collecting a set of good CDs for my 4th of July outdoor parties for the past few years and this one delivers in grand style.
I purchased this CD shortly after its release. The jewel cover alone will put a smile on your face and set the tone for summer's light-hearted, relaxed attitude. The front cover picture is of Mr. Lockhart, complete in tuxedo, splashing into a pool of water and the back cover picture of him in a BPO t-shirt and Hawaiian shirt being kissed by a stuffed clown fish he's holding with a pair of barbecue tongs. Fun, fun, fun! Bravo, Mr. Lockhart! <smile>
All the "classics" one would expect to hear for the patriotic holiday are here: "The Star Spangled Banner and "America The Beautiful (The Tanglewood Festival Chorus singing these two songs will give you the chills), "The 1812 Overture" (I can almost "see" the fireworks as BPO plays the finale), and "The Stars And Stripes Forever" (One cannot pass through the 4th of July without hearing at least one John Phillip Sousa song!).
The rest of the album is equally as entertaining with goodies like "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy." Others will also rouse your patriotic fevor such as: "Doodletown Fifers" (Fifes on the 4th? Of course!) and "America" (Paul Simon's wonderful song.) One of my favorites is "With Voices Raised.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 18, 2000
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This is truly a Boston Pops recording at its best. Keith Lockhart and the Pops are definetly my favorite Orchestra, and with this CD I am reminded of exactly why. This Orchestra brings to life the power and passion that was ment in the writing of this music. I especially like "Lift Every Voice and Sing." The Pops and the Chorus truly bring out the joy and pain felt by African Americans throughout the years. And I also very much enjoy "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Few Orchestras can swing like the Pops.
All in all if you love the power and emotion of Orchestras, than you will love hearing America's Orchestra earn its name. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra out do themselves this time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CWC on June 7, 2003
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Keith Lockhart has continued behind the heels of John Williams at the helm of the Boston Pops Symphony in extraordinary fashion since 1995. Anyone who has been privileged to see him conduct the orchestra can feel the enthusiasm he has for the orchestras's traditions and legacy- and for classical music. This theme certainly holds true for this CD. I always wanted a good set of songs for my 4th of July outdoor parties to help set the mood and this one delivers in grand style.
All the "classics" one would expect to hear for the patriotic holiday are here: "The Star Spangled Banner" and "America The Beautiful" (the Tanglewood Festival Chorus singing the words to these two songs will give you chills), "The Overture of 1812" (I can almost "see" fireworks as BPO plays the finale), and "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (One cannot pass through the 4th of July without hearing one John Phillip Sousa song!!).
The rest of the album is equally as entertaining with goodies such as "Boogie-Woggie Bugle Boy." Others will also rouse your patriotic fevor such as "Doodletown Fifers" (Fifes on the 4th? Of course!), and "America," (Paul Simon's wonderful song). One of my favorites is "With Voices Raised." The Boston Pops plays background as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, The Boston Pops Choir, and the Boston Gay Men's Chorus sing and speak eloquent quotes from famous Americans as Abigal Adams, Martin Luther King, Walt Whitman, President John F. Kennedy, Fredrick Douglas, and Shirley Chisholm.
I have collected five CD's that get playtime over Independence Day through the day and evening. Ever since I purchased "Splash of Pops," though, it seems to get a bit more airing each year. You'll be dazzled and feel proud, happy, and content everytime you listen to it.
My only complaint with the import version of this CD is the price. The playlist is identical to the good ol' American RCA Victor CD, which is available at a substantially lower price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on June 30, 1999
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Yes, this is a rouser! <A Splash of Pops> on RCA Victor (09026-63516-2) is clearly derived from the old Arthur Fiedler Boston Pops recordings that were sure to include a Sousa march, a patriotic song or two, any selection that would rouse fervent applause from the audience. This newer release contains 12 tracks of exactly that sort of thing under the baton of Keith Lockhart. So we have the traditional "Star-Spangled Banner," "America," "America the Beautiful," "Doodletown Fifers"; the popular "State Fair Overture," "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy"; the contemporary "Liberty Fanfare," "With Voices Raised"--and so on. What we do not need is yet another "1812 Overture," but here it is. All corny and obvious, but nevertheless very well done, especially the vocal selections, one of which is by the team that brought us "Ragtime" (not that is any particular recommendation but it is good Madison Avenue). The spoken portions are supposed to be inspiring but they ring hollow because they are not very imaginatively integrated into the whole, which I feel is far too long to sustain interest. Still in all,how can you not recommend this one, especially when writing this so close to July 4th, with which event this release of this album was carefully timed? I must reprimand RCA for not giving the track timings on the cover or in the booklet. They used to be so user-friendly.
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