Some great new arrivals in popular music, film soundtracks, musical theatre, jazz, rock, classical and marching music feature the following. They include gems in various audio and video formats such as CD, DVD and online database.Hetty Kate, performing vintage songs of music legends Peggy Lee, June Christy and Julie London on her latest album Dim all the lights. Included are terrific favourites such as In The Still Of The Night, Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered , Cry Me A River and Wives And Lovers. American jazz legend Lena Horne performs all her greatest hits and more live on Broadway in the 1981 release, Lena Horne : the lady and her music.
For something completely different, For Auld Lang Syne! Australia will be there, is a recently digitised recording of one of the Library’s 78s featuring English baritone, Stanley Kirkby, and orchestra performing a marching song used by Australian military forces in 1914. It is the B side of a record that has a documentary account of The Landing of the Australian Troops in Egypt as the A side.
All of these CDs currently feature on the Listening Posts in Arts. The online catalogue indicates which Listening Post the CD is available on. There are eight jukebox listening posts in the Arts Reading Room, where you can listen to CDs from the audiovisual collection.
Popular music arrivals include a double album set celebrating the 40th anniversary of 1970s-80s ABC pop-rock music program, Countdown. Tracks include the famous Countdown Theme that opened every program, songs like Yesterday’s Hero by John Paul Young, Mamma Mia by Abba, and performances by other show regulars such as Culture Club, Elton John and Blondie. A great selection for nostalgia buffs and those who switched-on at 6 o’clock every Sunday night to watch Countdown.
There is also a remastered and expanded edition of The Wanderer by iconic disco/pop/rock singer, Donna Summer. This 1980 Gold album was her first on the Geffen label, produced by her long-standing collaborator the legendary Giorgio Moroder, and contained a mixture of rock, disco, gospel and new wave styles. Highlights include The Wanderer, the spectacular Grand Illusion, Breakdown and Nightlife. This re-release is part of a 10-CD box set called Donna, containing seven remastered albums from the singers post-disco period.
Greatest hits compilations include The Definitive Collection by Diana Ross and the Supremes featuring many great songs from the 1960s supergroup such as Baby love, Stop! In the name of love, You keep me hangin’ on, I hear a symphony and The happening.
The best of…the great American songbook includes pop and jazz standards performed by Rod Stewart, featuring highlights from five hit albums he released of such material between 2002-2010.
For the moving image, the following DVDs will appeal. These can be viewed on equipment in the AV Centre – Arts Reading Room during normal opening hours.
Ladies and gentlemen : the Rolling Stones is a 1972 film of the ‘Exile On Main Street’ US concert tour by the Stones, regarded as their finest performance ever captured on film. Company is a live concert version of the Stephen Sondheim musical performed by a stellar cast and the New York Philharmonic.
On Alexander Street Press Music Online: Jazz Music Library database is this selection of historic recordings by Jazz supremo, Louis Armstrong. Song highlights include When the Saints Go Marchin’ In, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Basin Street Blues and many more featuring the great gravelly vocals and trumpet playing of “Satchmo”. It is available free online in the Library, or from home if you are one of our Victorian registered users.
More new CD arrivals currently available on the Listening Posts in Arts include –
Ballet music by Adolphe Adam from the recent production of the classic Giselle for The Australian Ballet is the subject of a new release from ABC Classics, performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Film soundtracks featuring the music of Dimitri Tiomkin and Miklos Rozsa are covered on two releases, High Noon, the Fred Zinnemann western that starred Grace Kelly and Gary Cooper, and the adventure classic The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.
On Naxos Video Library online is the following live performance of Beethoven’s nine symphonies. It is available free online in the Library, or from home if you are one of our Victorian registered users.