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Music on CD
Here is a list
of commercially available CDs of test card and test card-friendly music, compiled
by the Test Card Circle. All these were available at the time of compilation
and more titles may have been added since. See also the background on test card music.
your local record shop.
- THE GIRL,
THE DOLL, THE MUSIC. Test Card Classics from Flyback (Chandos). 22 splendid
test card tracks originally programmed in the 60s and 70s.
- BIG BANDWIDTH.
Also from Chandos, no fewer than 30 titles from BBCl and BBC2 trade.
- THE GREAT
BRITISH EXPERIENCE from EMI. Double CD of TV and Radio themes as well
as a veritable feast of orchestral light music. Consult your record shop.
- OO LA LA
from Naxos International. Richard Hayman & his Orchestra play 18 test
card friendly arrangements induding some tunes used on trade. (8.990035)
UNFORGETTABLE WALTZES (EPM Musique 995062) features the Raphaele Concert
Orchestra with some pieces from trade.
- CAFE DE PARIS
(MCCD 096) is a wonderful collection of accordion music from the past. Includes
- THE QUEEN'S
HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA (Vocalion CDEA 6021). Bargain CD with a superb selection
of 29 tracks encapsulates oh so many signature tunes and background music
pieces that were familiar on radio, television and cinema newsreels back in
Apollo Sound, 32 Ellerdale Rd, LONDON NW3 6BB.
- FROM THE
ARCHIVES Vols 1,2 & 3. 20+ titles on each CD from the libraries of
Apollo Sound and Anglo-Continental (the UK umbrella for many German publishers).
- TEST CARD
MUSIC Volume 4 and HAPPY HOUR-CLASSIC COCKTAIL MUSIC! are both
made up of 'library music' tracks of which some were chosen for BBC test card
transmissions in the 1960s and 70s. Each CD costs £12.75 post-paid, cheques
payable to Apollo Sound.
Steven Wills, 48 Fairfield Road, Winchester, SO22 6SG.
SWING, featuring test card music as well as TV and Radio themes.
Recur Records, P0 Box 600, Glasgow G41 45H.
- MISS UNIVERSE.
The classic BBC2 trade test tape in full from RECUR RECORDS.
- DEVIL MAY
CARE. Trade test tape from BBCI again from RECUR Features the barking
dog LA GAVROCHE.
BEI DAY is a wonderful compilation of test card and non-test card music.
- CARNABY STREET.
Keith Mansfields classic 1969 arrangements.
Tango-Charley Music, 4 Glenfield Road, Ealing, London W13 9JZ.
- BETWEEN DAY
AND DREAM, Bliss Records (BRA 10 001). Orchestras of Addy Flor, Heinz
Kiessling and Hans Hammerschmid.
- FLYING PLACES.
Bliss Records (BRA 10 002) Heinz Kiessling Orchestra.
ON A RAINBOW. Bliss Records (BRA 10 003). Addy Flor Orchestra.
- MEET THE
BANDS. Bliss Records (BRA 10 004) Heinz Kiessling, Erwin Lehn and his
Sudfunk-Orchestra, Robert Opratko.
- TARTE MAISON.
Bliss Records (BRA 10 005) Heinz Kiessling, Rudiger Piesker, Addy Flor, HR
- SUNNY TIMES.
Bliss Records (BRA 10 006) Heinz Kiessling, Hubert Deuringer, HR and SWF Orchestras.
- CLOSE YOUR
EYES. Bliss Records (BRA 10 007) Hans Georg Alt, Heinz Kiessling, Cohn
Frechter, Andy Flor, RIAS, NDR, WDR Orchestras.
- CATCH MY
HAT. Bliss Records (BRA 10 008) Charlie Steinmaun, Heinz Hotter, Cohn
Frechter, Benny Gebauer, Rudi Piesker, Roif-Hans Muller, Willy Hoffmann, Ralph
Manning, SWE Orchestras, Georges Dixie Band, Firehouse Jazzmen.
- Werner Tautz
- LOOKING INTO THE PAST. Bliss Records (BRA 10 009) NDR,
HR. SWF, Nurnberg, SFB, Heinz Kiessling. Erwin Lehn, Andy Flor, Willy Hoffmann,
Hans Hammerschmid, Helmuth Brandenburg Orchestras, Perry Singers
PANORAMA Volume 1, Phon und Ton (PTCD 010); Volume 2, Phon und
Ton (PTCD 011); Volume 3, Phon und Ton (PTCD 014); Volume 4, Phon
und Ton (PTCD 019). This series includes various artists, including Ray Wyngate,
Gabor Kristof, Andy Khinkerstone, Conny Wolf, Ed Sperber, Maurice Pop, Denny
Motion, Hajo Weimarer, Billy Gorlt.
- FLYING AT
SUNRISE, Phon und Ton (PTCD 018) The Pan Atlantic Sound Orchestra.
- GOLDEN HEARTS,
Firebird (FB-CD 1008) David Ordinis Golden Sound.
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