CD Duration: 65.48 / Year: 2013
2013 release at the Wurlitzer Organ in Saltaire Village, Shipley West Yorkshire.
Put On Your Sunday Clothes / Tap Your Troubles Away / Hello Dolly
I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables
St Louis Blues
Singin’ in the Rain (Selection): Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare / Make ‘Em Laugh / Good Morning / Singin’ in the Rain / Would You / Your Were Meant for Me / Broadway Rhythm / Broadway Melody / You Are My Lucky Star
Sweet and Lovely / Cuban Love Song
Honky Tonk Train
Bermuda Triangle / Copacabana
Chicago (Selection): All I Care About is Love / And All That Jazz
The Song is You / The Way You Look Tonight
Song of India
Heather on the Hill / Folks Who Live on the Hill
Orange Coloured Sky
When I Fall In Love.
Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Review by Ian King
We’ve stocked around twenty-six CDs of Howard Beaumont over the years, his last release being “That’s Amoré” from 2012. That one was played on a Kawai SR6 and Yamaha electronic keyboards, but this one seems to be only his second CD to feature a theatre organ during all that time (the other one being “The Melody Lingers On” in 1999). That recording featured the Wurlitzer Organ of Ossett Town Hall but also had John Taylor on Piano on five tracks, so this release may be his only COMPLETE theatre organ CD.
The organ featured here is the Wurlitzer Organ at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Shipley, West Yorkshire. This is the second CD we’ve stocked which was recorded there as we also have a few copies left of Jelani Eddington’s “Wurlitzer Fanfare” from 2010. The Wurlitzer (Opus 2208) is a three-manual, eleven rank model, which was originally installed in the Gaumont Cinema, Oldham in 1937. After the cinema closed in 1961 it was moved to the Dale Hall, Hampsthwaite in North Yorkshire and it was here where Howard first became aware of it. It was then installed in the Ritz Ballroom, Brighouse where it stayed from 1988 to around 1999 when it was moved to its current location in Saltaire.
Both organist and organ are on top form on this recording. Howard mentions on the back of the booklet that the organ sounds bigger on the recording than its eleven ranks (which is indeed true). The CD contains a great mix of tunes, which roughly seem to span the 1930s to the 1970s (with a Les Miz track from the 1980s).
It’s nice to have another CD from Howard and if you want it, I would get it while you can as his last couple didn’t stay around for very long (although “That’s Amoré” was repressed in the summer and we have a few left).
Highlights include, “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Singin’ in the Rain (Selection)”, “Honky Tonk Train”, “Shenandoah”, “Orange Coloured Sky” and “When I Fall In Love”.
Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.