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Flying High

Flying High

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Songs of flight from the 40s & 50s

Let your imagination 'fly you to the sky' with this atmospheric collection of songs and music with a flying theme. Nostalgic reminders of the glory days of the RAF and its finest aircraft, including the immortal Spitfire, combine with some of the most famous songs and tunes of the twentieth century.

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Flying High
Songs of flight from the 40s & 50s

Let your imagination 'fly you to the sky' with this atmospheric collection of songs and music with a flying theme. Nostalgic reminders of the glory days of the RAF and its finest aircraft, including the immortal Spitfire, combine with some of the most famous songs and tunes of the twentieth century.

1 Royal Air Force March Past Band of H.M. Royal Air Force
conducted by Flight-Lieutenant J.H. Amers Walford Davies
2 Airman, airman Jack Payne & his Orchestra. Vocal: Jack Payne
Hargreaves, Damerell, Tilsley
3 It's in the air George Formby Parr-Davies
4 I fell in love with an airman Tessie O'Shea
5 We'll all go riding on a rainbow Roy Fox & his Band.
Vocal: Peggy Dell/Woods
6 It's a pair of wings for me Nat Gonella & His Georgians.
Gonella, Hood
7 He wants to be a pilot Oscar Rabin & His Band.
Vocal: Diane Watson, Denby, Gay
8 A pair of silver wings Carroll Gibbons & The Savoy Orpheans.
Vocal: Anne Lenner Maschwitz, Carr
9 If I only had wings Oscar Rabin & His Band.
Vocal: Ken Beaumont Colin, Aldrich
10 The way to the stars - film theme Charles Williams & His Orchestra.
Brodsky
11 Silver wings in the moonlight Joe Loss & His Orchestra.
Vocal: Elizabeth Batey Charles,Towers,Miller
12 The spitfire song Joe Loss & His Band.
Vocal: Sam Browne King
13 There's something in the air The Squadronaires Adamson McHugh
14 Skyliner Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra. Barnet
15 Flying home The Squadronaires Goodman, Hampton
16 If I had wings David Hughes Klenner/Fiedel
17 'Spitfire' Prelude & Fugue Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir William Walton/Walton

CCL CDG1262
Cover image: Flying with the RAF The Advertising Archives
This compilation p & c 2003 Classical Communications Ltd
Made in Great Britain

Flying High
Songs of flight from the 40s & 50s

Man must rise above the Earth - to the top of the atmosphere and beyond - for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives

Some two and a half thousand years ago, Socrates foresaw the need for man to fly and it is in the colourful mythology of his native country, Greece, that we find the first, account of an attempt at flight. Daedalus and Icarus, imprisoned in the Labyrinth by King Minos, escape by fixing wings to their bodies with wax. Daedalus safely reaches Sicily but Icarus, exulting in his newfound abilities, flies too close to the sun; the wax melts and he falls to his death in the sea. This magical ability to fly was often attributed to the Gods in Greek mythology and legends and, indeed, oriental and western folklore are also full of fantastic stories of magic carpets, witches astride broomsticks and other wondrous forms of flight.

Man's passion to fly probably originates in prehistoric times. The beauty and freedom of birds has attracted both admiration and envy. Their unlimited freedom is a facility that all of us would love to enjoy. Early attempts to defy gravity include such weird and wonderful machines as the Ornithopter, a bird-like device with flapping wings, and the Eole, a steam powered bat-like machine. Leonardo da Vinci was fascinated and intrigued by flight. He was, arguably, the first to study the subject, scientifically and he has left us many sketches that indicate and anticipate the parachute and helicopter of today. In November 1783, some three hundred years later, Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier became the first man to make a journey by balloon. It was made successfully over Paris, when de Rozier was aided by a friend who stoked the brazier which produced the hot air to keep the balloon aloft.

The distinction in being the first to power, sustain and control an airplane flight belongs to Orville and Wilbur Wright. On December 17, 1903 they made four flights on the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In the years following this momentous event, the airplane was used, essentially, for pleasure and recreation. However, aviation truly came of age after World War 1 with the twenty years that followed seeing the birth of modern flight together with a number of aeronautical milestones.

Rightly and properly this album takes off with the 'RAF March Past', that inspiring and heroic anthem. Our valiant wartime pilots and their dashing, romantic image are recalled in such affectionate ballads as 'A Pair of Silver Wings', 'He Wants To Be a Pilot', 'The Spitfire Song', 'Airman, Airman', 'It's a Pair of Wings For Me'. There is even humour on hand with Tessie O'Shea and 'I Fell In Love with an Airman' and the irrepressible George Formby with 'It's in the Air'. There are two magnificent pieces written for two equally magnificent films. Nicholas Brodzky's poignant and uplifting music for 'The Way to the Stars', a film which instantly brings back the atmosphere of war in Britain and, to end our programme, the 'Spitfire Prelude and Fugue', written for the film 'The First of the Few' by William Walton. With an all-star line-up that includes such golden names as Joe Loss, Nat Gonella, Roy Fox, The Squadronaires, Jack Payne and David Hughes, we sincerely hope you enjoy this musical tribute to the worlds of aviation and aviators.








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