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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B0007SMERC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mendelssohn
2. Hall Of The Mountain King
3. Danse Macabre
4. Joy
5. Reach For The Sky
6. Air On A G String
7. Libido
8. Tamara
9. Exercise In A Minor
10. Classical Wind
11. Beethoven 9
12. Telstar
13. Nut Rocker
14. Listening To Mozart
15. William Tell
16. Amazing Grace
17. Custer's Last Stand
18. Valleys
19. Besame Mucho
20. I Will Return
See all 30 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

An English studio group, Apollo 100 was assembled by arranger Tom Parker and consisted of musicians Clem Cattini formerly of the Tornados, Vic Flick, Z. Jenkins, Jim Lawless and Brian Odgers. Parker, a multi-instrumentalist, had built a career as a session musician when he decided to form Apollo 100 in 1972. This Best of Collection features the Hit's 'Danse Macabre', 'Reach For The Sky' and the group's first single 'Joy'. Repertoire. 2005.

Customer Reviews

Excellent cd and excellent service.
H. Derksen
They recorded such different types of songs and each one is done so well.
L. Sills
It's both a lot of fun to listen to as well as sentimental.
Wendy Mielke

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Rykre on January 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A couple of years back, I have made up my mind, that I finally have every album that I grew up with, finally available on CD. I made this decision after I finally got Rick Wakeman's "White Rock" and "No Earthly Connection" on expensive Japanese imports.

But no. The one album that I had yet to see on CD, was the album "Joy" by Apollo 100. I've been holding on to my vinyl copy forever even though I haven't owned a record player since 1984.

When Rhino Records started to release the "Have a Nice Day" Super Hits of the 70's" CD's back in 1990. That was the first time we all got the hit song "Joy" on CD (Volume Seven). Plus Time-Life and various other Record companies have released "Joy" in their collections over the passed few years.

My favorite (other) songs on this expensive import CD are "Hall of the Mountain King" and "Exercise in A Minor". These are the two songs that I truly loved on my vinyl copy (that I put on Reel to Reel tape more than 20 years ago). "Hall of the Mountain King" was actually called "Mad Mountain King" on the "Joy" album. This CD does have some unknown tracks that are pretty good. Only the one track "Jazz Pizzicato", from the "Joy" album, is not on this CD (unless they renamed it, but I don't really remember it).

Now, the hard disappointing truth: This CD is not mastered very well. It sounds very muddy. My 22 year old vinyl to Reel-to-Reel taped version still sounds alot better than this CD version. And one other disappointment. The song "Joy" is the probable 45 RPM version. It's about 20 seconds shorter (edited just past the middle of the song), and it sounds horribly muddy. If you have Rhino's version, you'll definately know the difference.

I don't know who has the original master tapes of Apollo 100.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bill Powers on February 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
After years of searching to find the JOY album on CD, I found this compilation and thought I'd finally have everything nice and clean on CD. Well, when I got the CD I was in for a real shocker. Most of the songs from the Joy LP have been redone, not just re-equalized. Yes they did a good job trying to come close to the original, but all too many of the cuts are in fact redos and they lack the acoustics of the originals, lacking the spatial ambience that the original songs had in their stereo imaging. The very first song on the CD was an obvious redo, with a very different lead keyboard. The copy of Joy was very muddy to me, as were several other cuts. Missing from the selection was Jazz Piccato, for reasons unknown to me. Although this CD is OK for casual listening, it is not a good replacement for our original vinyl because the songs are not the same. I'm an old radio broadcaster who played all their Joy tracks for years and I know the real thing from the remake. It is my hope that one day someone will come forth with the original masters and have the albums reissued with the correct version, but I may be wishing for too much. Just as I keep wishing Richard Carpenter would come out and say he's sorry for mucking up most of the Carpenters material with remastering and re-remastering to the point he probably doesn't even know the original versions anymore. This said, if you're just a casual listener and you don't care if it's truly original then the CD is OK for you. If you truly want the original real deal, this is not it. I cannot recommend it. At best, I could say close, but no cigar.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Tomkinson on February 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I originally purchased the LP version of this record way back when. With the coming of CD's I wanted to upgrade this record to cd but could not find it anywhere. With the help of some computer literate people we found it on Amazon.com. I am thrlled to add this to my collection. I will definitely use Amazon.com when looking to upgrade future records. The CD has every song on the LP with the addition of several more which I have been looking for. A real treat to find them all in the same place. As this was a Christmas present from James to me, his father Al, I must say it has been a pleasure dealing with you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Marr on December 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Outstanding instrumentals from the early 1970s. My only criticism is that the songs weren't remastered; therefore, the audio isn't very crisp and clean. But since "Joy" and "Masterpieces" -- the two Apollo 100 LP releases from 1972 and 1973 respectively -- are long out of print, you'll be happy with the purchase.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MDL on January 28, 2006
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This is a charming set of music from a powerfully influential but not overly well known group from the early 1970s. There is real musicianship here by taking classics from the masters and putting them to a pop/rock format. I searched for and purchased this Apollo 100 CD because I heard a segment of their pop version of Ode to Joy (Beethoven)in the movie "The 40 Year Old Virgin". It's good music, has a bouncy happy feelings, has tracks that you don't mind blasting in your enclosed car, and transports you back to a time of musical experimentaion. And by the way, I wouldn't be surprised if Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) didn't get some of their ideas from this influential group. Go out and get this CD; you'll be glad you did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Hoffman on April 24, 2006
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I remember buying the original Apollo 100 album in the early 70s, thinking that 'Joy' was worth having the album by itself.

It turned out the entire album was incredibly well crafted and all the instrumentals were breathtaking. So, I'm very glad to be able to get the original tracks and more from Amazon.

I have to admit that watching 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' had something to do with my looking for this item. It was well placed in the movie and is such a great source of inspiration.

Get it before it becomes obscure and OOP...
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