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Jeremy Nicholas
International Record Review, January 2002

"Boult offers the full score, through Coates, with his brisk tempos and crisp direction, confirms that there is no place for sentimentality or sententiousness in his music with an exhilarating account of the "Knightsbridge" march.



Andrew Lamb
Gramophone, October 2001

"The collection gets the new series off to an excellent start, and it augurs wonderfully well for what is to come."



Peter Worsley
The Light Music Society, January 2001

"In the latest of what promises to be a splendid budget price series, we now have the 'Uncrowned King of Light Music' himself, conducting his own classic recordings between 1926-1940. Among them is the one which changed the face of both British broadcasting and light music generally. In March 1933 the first run through of the Knightsbridge march was halted when someone blew a wrong note. The second attempt was also halted when the wax broke, by which time it was approaching 1pm. Not only was it lunchtime but the orchestra was out of contract and did not get paid overtime. Coates was desperate and pleaded with them for just one more try, the other two movements already being 'in the bag'. Out of 'third time lucky' came the piece which, six months later, the BBC chose as the introduction for In Town Tonight. Thousands of listeners wrote in to ask the name of the new tune and overnight success was later followed by another surprise when By the Sleepy Lagoon became firstly a hit in America and then synonymous with Desert Island Discs, although the noisy BBC seagulls were added later and have nothing whatever to do with coral atolls where no self-respecting seagull would be seen dead! These recordings are as fresh as the day they were made and the disc represents a real bargain at only ›G4.99. If you don't recognise the other titles then don't worry because you're sure to recognise the tunes when you hear them."






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