2019 digital release of his 1986 Audicord cassette (AC167) playing the Wurlitzer organ in The State Theatre, Kilburn during an organ club concert in 1966. Running time 41:13.
Digitally remastered from the original master tapes. This is the first time this recording has been available in a digital format.
This is one of the Theatre Organ Echoes ‘Archive Series’ of recordings which are not up to the audio standards of studio recordings, as they were recorded live in concert. Please read the information at the foot of this page regarding audio quality and audience noise.
The download “.zip” file is 213Mb and includes 5 tracks in Apple Lossless “.m4a” format, plus a 1200dpi JPG of the cover. Just copy the files into your iTunes (or similar) library.
Favourites from the Operas (arr. Shaw) (8:47)
All The Things You Are / The Very Thought Of You (5:35)
Selections from Whiskey Galore (arr. Fred Hartley): Adios Mexico / The Irish Washerwoman (6:56)
Selections from Espana (arr. Shaw) (11:17)
Richard Rodgers Selection: The Sound Of Music / Blue Room / I’m In Love With A Wonderful Guy / The Surrey With The Fringe On Top / Falling In Love With Love / Climb Ev’ry Mountain (8:40)
ORIGINAL SLEEVE NOTES (1986)
Gerald Shaw was born in Scotland being the son of Captain Frank Shaw, author of stirring sea stories. It was teaching and not music that he began to make his career and it was five years before the lure of music took him to his first professional appointment at the Regal, St. Leonards. From there he became resident at the Paramount, Glasgow until military duties intervened. When peace returned he settled in Manchester playing the Wurlitzer at the Odeon and this was followed by somewhat more exotic posts in Lisbon and Cairo. Gerald eventually became resident at the Odeon, Marble Arch and then moved to Rank’s flagship, the Odeon, Leicester Square. This post lasted many years and involved Royal Film performances and frequent broadcasts. Despite this busy period in the sixties, he still found time to play for his many fans and is here featured at the Wurlitzer organ of the State Theatre, Kilburn, recorded at a club meeting in 1966.
Location recording by Les Brumpton.
Photo and sleeve notes by Noreen and John Foskett.
© 1986 Audicord Records.
Digital remastering and new sleeve design by MSS Studios 2019. ORGANS.uk.