In the course of composing film and television soundtracks, as well as operas and incidental music for historical outdoor dramas, Frank Lewin has freely used folk melodies and traditional patriotic airs to establish moods and colorful background settings. This 2005 Albany collection consists largely of uncredited studio recordings for, among many of Lewin's projects, two television series, The Defenders and The Nurses, and several movies, including The Plot Against Harry, Nine Miles to Noon, and J.T.; only two tracks here list performers, Walter Trampler on viola d'amore in The Snowy-Breasted Pearl, and fiddler Johnny Cunningham in the closing piece, High Road to Linton. Since this CD is drawn from a variety of sources, in both ADD and DDD mixes, the sound quality is unpredictable and often deficient. Yet Lewin's quaint music seems to suffer little from this, and even seems to acquire a patina of nostalgia whenever the tape hiss or shallow sound suggest an old record. Yet these are not field recordings, so if some sound grainy or indistinct, it's only because the old tapes have not been preserved well. On the whole, though, Lewin's renditions of these old tunes work, though the album is a lot less exotic or adventurous than Ethnic Kaleidoscope might suggest.