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The Music Lives On Now: The Mines Have Gone

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Genre: Rock / Artist: Best of the Colliery Bands / Various Artists / Audio CD released 2010-03-01 at Island

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      27.08.2010 15:20
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      A piece of industrial heritage captured forever


      As it says on the cover 'The Music Lives on Now the Mines Have Gone'

      Who could forget the miner's strike of the 1980s (OK so you wouldn't have to be much younger than me to not remember). Countless pits up and down the UK closed in the 1980s and 90s although some are still open or have reopened. Many of the collieries had a brass band which kept going after the pit had closed. This CD was released 25 years after the end of the 1980s industrial dispute and features the best of the surviving bands.


      1 The Champions - Desford Colliery
      2 William Tell - Grimethorpe Colliery
      3 Russian Dance - Point of Ayr
      4 Concerto de Aranjuez - Betteshanger Brass
      5 Songs of the Tyne - Bearpark and Esh - Durham
      6 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - Hatfield (Powerfuel)
      7 New World Symphony - Grimethorpe Colliery
      8 The Day thou Gavest - Newbridge
      9 La Danza - Ellington
      10 Bayview - Buckhaven
      11 Jerusalem - Grimethorpe Colliery
      12 You Needed Me - Thoresby Colliery
      13 Lightwalk - Carlton Main (Frickley)
      14 Songs Of The Quay - Thoresby Colliery
      15 McArthur Park - Grimethorpe Colliery
      All the music is of good quality with my favourite being the William Tell Gallop

      Further information

      A photo of each band is supplied on the inlay card together with the dates established and of pit closure. A website to commemorate the music of the mines has been set up at http://www.themusicliveson.co.uk/

      I think it is wonderful that these bands which were once such a key part of mining communities are still thriving and that people wish to listen to their music.


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      24.03.2010 22:50



      Excellently enjoyable and well put together, sheer brass band beauty

      Although the coal mines may have gone they have left us with a wonderful music legacy through the colliery bands that bear their names today and live on. The Best of Colliery Bands CD proves it and ensures that the music from th emines will live on to be played and enjoyed by generations to come, wherever they are and whatever they are doing. It is a must for any brass band music collector whether just starting or been at it along time, and a wonderful introduction to the beauty of brass band music. With a variety of music in both style and content to suit every mood. each track being as individual as the band that plays it, yet coming together so wonderfully, it proves that never before has so much musical talent been brought together in a veritable music feast.
      Trevor Wainwright
      Classical Music Presenter
      Pontefract Hosppital, MY (Mid Yorkshire) Radio


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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 The Champions - Desford Colliery Band
    2 Gallop from William Tell - Grimethorpe Colliery Band
    3 Russian Dance - Point Of Ayr Colliery Band
    4 Concierto de Aranjuez - Betteshanger Brass Band
    5 Songs Of The Tyne - Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band
    6 He Ain't Heavy - He's My Brother - Hatfield Powerfuel Colliery Band
    7 New World Symphony - Grimethorpe Colliery Band
    8 The Day Thou Gavest - Newbridge Celynen Brass Band
    9 La Danza - Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band
    10 Bayview - Buckhaven & Methil Brass Band
    11 Jerusalem - Grimethorpe Colliery Band
    12 You Needed Me - Thorseby Colliery Band
    13 Lightwalk - Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band
    14 Songs Of The Quay - Thorseby Colliery Band
    15 MacArthur Park - Grimethorpe Colliery Band

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