CD Duration: 76.28 / Year: 2014
2014 release played on the Technics FA-1. Also uses a Roland Fantom XR module and “Theatre Organ In A Box” software on four tracks.
The Best of Times
Richard Rodgers Selection: Falling in Love with Love / This Nearly Was Mine / A Wonderful Guy
1492: Conquest of Paradise
Glenn Miller Selection: Pennsylvania 65000 / Moonlight Serenade / Little Brown Jug
ABBA Selection: S.O.S./ Waterloo / Hasta Mañana
Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
Frank Sinatra Selection: New York, New York / Young at Heart / Fly Me to the Moon
Folies Bergere March
Tower Ballroom Selection: I’ll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time / As Time Goes By / Boo-Hoo
Piano Concerto in C (Mozart)
Latin American Selection: A Man Without Love / Sway / I Love You and Don’t You Forget It!
Nights of Gladness
Come Back to Sorrento
Swing the Mood Medley: In the Mood / Rock Around the Clock / Rock-a-Beatin’ Boogie / Wake Up Little Susie / C’mon Everybody / Hound Dog / Shake Rattle ‘n’ Roll / All Shook Up / Jailhouse Rock / At the Hop (Reprise)
Goodbye to Love
Finale: Side Saddle / Twelfth Street Rag.
The Best Of Times
Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Review by Ian King
This was the last CD release of 2014 and comes from Nicholas Martin, BEM. The ‘BEM’ refers to the British Empire Medal he received in the 2015 New Years Honours (for his charity work with “Miracles To Believe In”), so congratulations to him.
This is the follow-up to his 2013 release “No Matter What” and features the same setup, namely his trusty Technics FA-1, with the Roland Fantom XR module and “Theatre Organ In A Box” software on four of the tracks*. It’s around his seventeenth CD played solely or partly on the FA-1, with the last three of these including the TOiaB addition.
As with his previous Technics offerings, it contains a mixed selection of show tunes, pop, big-band, theatre organ and novelty numbers. Highlights include, the Glenn Miller Selection, “Buffoon”, “Carillon”, “Folies Bergere March”, the Tower Ballroom Selection, “Nights of Gladness” and “Goodbye to Love”.
Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.