Thoroughbred Thunder
CIRCUS BAND Thoroughbred Thunder TROY294 - Price: $16.99
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A different kind of band record!

For many years, here at Albany Records, we have had the idea of doing a recording of American music that would tie in to horse racing - specifically the August season at Saratoga. Thoroughbred Thunder is the result and it has an appeal and charm well beyond its initial idea. Obviously, all of the selections have something to do with horses and racing, so any place that has a race track, or a racing audience will find this disc most entertaining. It should be a best seller, not only at Saratoga, but at Churchill Downs, Belmont and any other place there is a track. What about the music? It does sound like what you would hear at a circus. It has a jolly, albeit, repetitive nature to it, but this will only make the disc appeal to a wide variety of listeners: the listener for whom the composers on this disc they have only read about, never having heard a note of their music to the listener who is looking for something just as entertaining and charming as the title suggests.
Contents:
Russell Alexander, composer
Shoot The Chutes Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Russell Alexander, composer
Steeplechase
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Russell Alexander, composer
Bastinado Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Russell Alexander, composer
Round-Up
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

James Brockenshire, composer
Cavalry Soldier March
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

William Paris Chambers, composer
Equestrian (Buffalo Bill) March
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Guy Holmes, composer
The Challenge March
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Guy Holmes, composer
Winter Sports Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Fred Huffer, composer
Thunderbolt Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Frederick Jewell, composer
They're Off, Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Frederick Jewell, composer
In The Lead March
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Karl King, composer
Home Stretch Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Karl King, composer
Emporia Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Karl King, composer
Excelsior Group
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Karl King, composer
Prestissimo Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Karl King, composer
Majestic Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Karl King, composer
Walsenburg Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Gordon Newham, composer
White Horse March
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Joseph Richards, composer
Con Celerita Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Joseph Richards, composer
Seppdway Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Joseph Richards, composer
American Ranger March
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Joseph Richards, composer
Show World March
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Joseph Richards, composer
March "To The Frontier"
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Joseph Richards, composer
Geneva Galop
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Joseph Richards, composer
Ozark Trails March
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

John Philip Sousa, composer
Black Horse Troop March
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

John Philip Sousa, composer
Riders For The Flag March
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

John Taylor, composer
Contest Winners March
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

John Taylor, composer
Victory Parade March
Matthew Phillips Circus Band, Matthew Phillips, conductor

Review:
"Any recording of American marches by composers other than Sousa is unusual. Most of these are by Karl King, Joseph Richards, and Russell Alexander...Each has something to do with horses. They were heard at racetracks, holiday parades, cavalry maneuvers, county fairs, circuses, Wild West shows, and so on. Half are galops, easily recognized by their quick tempos. It sounds like a nice idea for a recording but most of these marches are nondescript. The ones that aren't are by (surprise!) Sousa...The Philadelphia-based band tries hard, though, playing with spirit and taste." (American Record Guide)
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