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  • Conductor: Leroy Anderson
  • Audio CD (November 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000003N4R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Tango
2. The Syncopated Clock
3. Jazz Pizzicato
4. Jazz Legato
5. Plink, Plank, Plunck
6. Fiddle-Faddle
7. A Trumpeter's Lullaby
8. The Typewriter
9. The First Day Of Spring
10. Song Of The Bells
11. Summer Skies
12. Forgotten Dreams
13. The Waltzing Cat
14. Bugler's Holiday
15. Sandpaper Ballet
16. Serenata
17. Sleigh Ride
18. Arietta
19. The Golden Years
20. Clarinet Candy

Editorial Reviews

Includes Blue Tango; The Syncopated Clock; The Typewriter; Fiddle Faddle; Clarinet Candy; Plink, Plank, Plunk!; The Waltzing Cat; Jazz Pizzicato; Sandpaper Ballet; Song of the Bells , and more.

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I have been a fan of Leroy Anderson ever since I played his music in middle school band in the 1950's.
F. David Petke
THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING always makes me think of the first day of Spring ("Shut them dawgs up, April!"), and FORGOTTEN DREAMS always reminds me of... hmmm... I forget.
STEPHEN T. McCARTHY
While his music was light-classical or Boston-Popsish in style, Mr Anderson's melodies remain catchy, clever, and memorable.
John M. Gilbert

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Awesome! My mother and father were fans of Leroy Anderson so I grew up listening to his music. Listening to this CD now I realize how much I've missed hearing Mr. Anderson's songs. I especially like "Blue Tango", "Sleigh Ride", and "The Waltzing Cat" (one of my cats is helping me write this review as we listen to the music on my computer). There is not a single song on this CD that I do not like. Who else but Leroy Anderson can take the sound of sandpaper and make a song of it ("Sandpaper Ballet"). The changes in tempo in some of the songs are perfect for the piece. Almost forgot, "Bugler's Holiday" is a must-listen-to song, as is "Song of the Bells", "Fiddle Faddle", and... Oh! just buy the CD and ENJOY!!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By David Kenner on July 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This 20 track disc of original Decca singles is the definitive retrospective of composer/arranger/conductor Leroy Anderson. All the classics are represented in their original hit Decca versions. No matter how many orchestral versions have been recorded, no one has managed to touch this recording of "Sleigh Ride". It's the little differences. Example: the horseclops, the sleigh bells, the sound effect of the horse. And the sound quality on this disc is nothing short of perfect. Lovers of easy listening, classical and orchestral pop will all find this disc a treasure trove of classic Americana.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This features the first time CD release of many Leroy Anderson favorites in the original composer conducted recordings. Some of these pieces, like The Typewriter, were given their world premiere performances when they were recorded by the composer. Anderson was an teriffic conductor of his own works and these mono recordings have a little more snap than his later stereo sessions, which are now out of print, except through a mail order label.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. David Petke on January 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Leroy Anderson ever since I played his music in middle school band in the 1950's. His classics were very inventive: imitating a typewriter (remember those?), a cat on a piano, a sleigh ride with bells and whips cracking, bugle calls, and so much more, most of it composed for highlighting specific instruments: trumpet, wood block, sandpaper block, pizzicato violin. Anderson is truly an accomplished, American composer. In this CD he conducts his own compositions. And the CD insert also taught me more about Anderson, the man, and his involvement with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Buy it, read it, and listen to it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By STEPHEN T. McCARTHY on December 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Every year about this time, I like to add some new Christmas related item to my collection of Ammyland Reviews, Lists, or Guides. This year it was between reviewing The Jingle Dogs album, where they bark holiday favorites, or THE BEST OF LEROY ANDERSON, where the composer conducts his own miniature orchestral compositions, including the classic version of his original instrumental, SLEIGH RIDE. If you're reading this, then you already know that the annoying canines got the boot. And they ran all the way to the Spring of 2007 with their tails between their legs. "And don't come back! Shut them dawgs up, April!"

OK, where were we? Oh, yeah: It was in December of 1996 when I kept hearing this particular instrumental version of Sleigh Ride played on the radio station I listened to every day while delivering fresh squeezed organic juice to a grocery store or health food store near you. This was the most imaginative, briskly paced, and snowy version of Sleigh Ride I'd ever heard: the horses were clip-clopping, the whip was cracking, and I was bundled up warmly with a lovely lady friend at my side in this imaginary Santa suit-red sleigh polished to a high sheen after twelve coats of wax and a Laurie Partridge in a pear tree. (Yeah, I know I get a little carried away, but what are ya gonna do?)

Soon I was obsessed with that musical piece. "Who does THAT version, Mr. DJ Man? Who does it?" Finally, on the thirteenth day of Christmas, my DJ said to me, "That was Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson." I was about to yell at the radio, "I know it was Sleigh Ride, and my name's not Leroy Anderson!" when all of a sudden, the light bulb lit up above my head... in the same moment that the light bar on the police car behind me lit up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doug - Haydn Fan VINE VOICE on January 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The unforgettable tunes of Leroy Anderson are here done in crisp exacting performances. Most of the composer's best short pieces can be found on this CD, and some of them are as good as any since recorded - Anderson's skill as a conductor is quite remarkable.
The orchestra used consists of 55 top New York musicians, working during the summer to earn much needed extra cash in a time when musicians' pay had barely nudged in decades. (To give an idea of how bad things went in the early days of the fifties: The top prima donnas at the Met such as Tebaldi or Callas were payed a flat 1,000 dollars a performance, most of it taken in federal, state, and city taxes, and infinitely less than the top stars such as Melba or Farrar received in the tax free days fifty years before, when a dollar went ever so much further.)

What this means for today's listener is that Anderson enjoyed superb top drawer players and took full advantage of their skills. As the notes explain; "Anderson had string players from the New York Philharmonic, Toscanini's French horn section and some of the best trumpeters and percussionists in New York. Anderson once said with a smile, "recording really isn't fair because you could never get an orchestra like that together in a concert hall. It's only the record industry that can make a miracle like that."" You can hear this quality in each recording: small fine rythmic touches are displayed everywhere - much to the advantage of the music. Has there ever been a better rendition of his famous "Sleigh Ride" or "The Typewriter"? Instead of sloppy sentimental music, Anderson's lead gives his compositions a commendable tautness rarely encountered in concert performances today.
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