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The Best Of Leroy Anderson

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Conductor: Leroy Anderson
  • Audio CD (November 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000003N4R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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I'm old enough to remember and love the music of Leroy Anderson. Most of you are not - except for a Christmas song or two. More's the pity! He was the greatest composer of semi-classical (by today's standards) music whom I have ever heard in my lifetime, which stretches back a considerable way! I have purchased a few of his compilations on disc over the years, but this is absolutely the best!! It includes almost all of his favorite tunes - although, I have to admit that one disc would never be enough to hold them all. On this disc, all the cuts are conducted by the composer himself, and most are original recordings.

Not only is this disc absolutely essential for old geezers like me who remember Anderson when he was still cranking 'em out in his prime, but it is a must buy for youngsters (GenX and Y, etc.) who believe that music began and ended with Three Days Grace (whoever they are). Those youngsters might learn something about real music before it was reduced to noise!

If you are lucky enough to find this for sale these days, treat yourself to some of the best of music when it was real music! You'll never be sorry, and if you live to be an old geezer like me, you will have long since thrown your Three Days Grace discs into the garbage, but the music of Leroy Anderson will always seem new and exciting!
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