20 years since the release of our debut album – how do we celebrate it? With a tour and a special release, ofcourse! The touring part went down well (thank you very much) so now it's time for a release: 3 CDs and a DVD in a great looking digipack: “20th Anniversary: Special Edition” contains 25 songs carefully picked by the band from all of our 11 studio albums, 1 new song (written/recorded this summer for this special occasion), 3 newly recorded "unplugged" versions of previously released tracks and a DVD including all the promotional videoclips from our past.
"The Waltz King," violinist André Rieu, headlines this performance film from 2007, that is oriented more heavily toward pop than classical music. Selections include: "Auld Lang Syne," "Lara's Theme," "Tea for Two," "Wiener Blut," "Hava Nagila" and many more.
The Best Of King Curtis 1952-1961 - Saxophone titan King Curtis gets the stellar showcase he deserves on Dave Penny’s latest career-defining set for Fantastic Voyage, continuing the roll which has seen the label raise the benchmark for knowledgeable, expertly-annotated compilations. Over three discs and nearly 100 tracks, Wail Man Wail! traverses the unmistakable tones of the late Curtis Ousley after he arrived from Texas in New York City in 1952, winning amateur night at Harlem’s Apollo before embarking on a recording career which took him to several seminal independent labels and bands with the likes of Lester Young and Lionel Hampton. He settled in New York for 17 years, declaring himself King Curtis and quickly making a name for roaring instrumentals and enhancing countless sessions.
Of course, the heart of this hour-long, 20-track compilation is the series of Snoopy novelty hits enjoyed by the Royal Guardsmen in the mid-'60s, starting with the million-selling "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron." The group had a few other singles chart entries, all of which are here, sometimes making reference to aerial themes ("Airplane Song [My Airplane]"). Though cute and catchy with their martial drumming and banjo picking, the Snoopy songs have a trash-rock quality in the tradition of "Louie Louie" and "Hang On Sloopy."
Composer: Sir Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, Frederick Delius, Oliver Knussen, Michael Tippett, Richard Rodney Bennett, Sir William Walton
Performer: Paul Watkins, Leila Josefowicz, Christian Poltera, Philip Dukes, Daniel Hope
Conductor: Jiri Belohlávek, Oliver Knussen, Sir Andrew Davis, Stephen Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus