Test Card Music Vol. 2

A 25 track jazz instrumental pop album (1h 10m 53s) — released February 1st 1999 on APOLLO SOUND
Also from the Apollo Sound archives, this second compilation features some of the very best Test Card music. These 25 digitally remastered pieces feature the contribution to this wonderfully varied musical genre of German Orchestras, Big Bands and smaller ensembles inlcuding those lead by Jeff Hasky, Ralph Boston, Frank Valdor, Georges Delagaye and Gus Brendel. The second compilation from Apollo Sound features some of the best Test Card Music. These recordings, like many others, were originally prompted by the need for quality music to be used during the long hours of Test Card transmissions. The resurgence of interest in Test Card Music is in large part due to the efforts of the Test Card Circle, a network of enthusiasts who appreciate and love this music for its intrinsic worth. Its founder Paul Sawtell writes 'I have listened to BBC test card transmissions since the age of 4 and without doubt it was and continues to be a source of music which is not only very pleasant to listen to, but is a musical education in itself. Indeed I am privileged to have been a professional Musical Director and performer/composer since leaving college and without doubt I owe many of my own personal successes to listening to Test Card Music. And this CD, my friends, contains some of this wide ranging repertoire. Of course, there is always room for those who disagree about what is or is not 'good music'. I would respectfully suggest the difference lies in our perception of what makes 'good' as opposed to what makes a sound which 'we like personally'. Highly contentious stuff maybe, but food for though!' The 25 tracks feature the contribution to this wonderfully varies music by German orchestras and bands including orchestras lead by Jeff Hasky, Ralph Boston, Georges Delagayes, Gus Brendel, amongst others.'
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