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The Best Of 'The Definitive Eric Coates'




A selection of his commercially released recordings

This very full 2 CD compilation of Coates most popular works is drawn from a 7 CD set ‘The Definitive Eric Coates’ (NI 6231) containing all of Eric Coates commercially released recordings. In addition to a full discography the booklet has a 1000 word article on Coates relationship with the Gramophone by Michael Payne.

The Best Of 'The Definitive Eric Coates'


"A most delightful souvenir of the most catchy light music of the 1920's to the 1950's by a master of the genre. It could be said that there is a little too much sameness in the orchestration of Eric Coates' compositions but it fits very well and is consistently enjoyable with the flow of melodies and bustling rhythms. Seven of the 15 tracks on CD1 and nine if the 19 on CD2 would be familiar to the majority of people who listened to the wireless in those years and several of these would stll be remembered by many of later generations as the signature tunes of a number of radio and television programmes, The opening track of CD1 "The Merrymakers" sets the tone for the following series of immensely satisfying compositions. The absolute appropriateness of so many of these pieces is particularly exemplified by "The Three Bears" with its motif of "Whose been sitting in MY chair?" and the never to be forgotten "By the Sleepy Lagoon", laid back signature tune of "Desert Island Discs" and "The Dam Busters - March"; say no more! The crisp conducting by the composer enhances the rhythmic immediacy of the flow of music in each item. It is easy to understand why Elgar had a standing order with his gramophone record supplier to send him this composer's compositions as soon as thy became available. Indeed, some of these recordings were made in the studio before they were heard in the concert hall. The accompanying booklet is a thoughtfully produced summary of both Eric Coates, the man and his music."- Jack L. Honigman