Test Card Music Vol. 1

A 20 track jazz instrumental pop album (1h 2m 23s) — released February 1st 1999 on APOLLO SOUND
From the Apollo Sound archives, these 20 digitally remastered pieces feature well loved tracks from the heyday of BBC test card transmissions, including the works of English, German, Polish, Hungarian and Slovenian composers, written for orchestra, big band and smaller ensemble. (Total time 63.11) (If you want more......) The amazing resurgence of interest in 'Test Card' music is, on reflection, not surprising as the music remains a benchmark of musical quality. It is therefore ironic in some ways that the restrictions imposed by the Musician's Union in England should prompt such a remarkable period of music production. At the time (1955-1985), it was not practicable for the BBC to play popular, commercially available recordings during test card transmissions. However, a great deal of music was required for playing during these long hours. The only criterion was the pieces were submitted for use, was quality. The variety of style and content that fell under the umbrella of 'Test Card Music' was enormous with a multitude of composers from various countries and cultures contributing to this repertoire. On this CD, the artists include Simon Gale and his Music, John Fox and his Orchestra, The Polish Radio Orchestra, Joze Privsek and his Music, The Budapest Radio Orchestra, The Franz Thon Big Band.'
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