The companion volume of Jelani Eddington's two-disc collection of the works of postwar American composer Leroy Anderson arranged for theater organ offers different content but essentially the same music. On the mighty and magnificent Sanfilippo Wurlitzer Unit Orchestra organ, Eddington performs transcriptions of such light-classic masterpieces as Bugler's Holiday; Fiddle-Faddle; Plink, Plank, Plunk!; and the celebrated seasonal favorite Sleigh Ride with an eye-popping technique to achieve jaw-dropping results. Also included is Anderson's three-movement Piano Concerto in C major with Eddington on piano and the world-premiere recording of his Cambridge Centennial March of Industry. Listeners whose idea of postwar American music leans more toward the severely dodecaphonic may shy away from Anderson's high-spirited music, with its instantly memorable melodies, its infectious rhythms, and its sometimes rambunctious sound effects, but those who revere the postwar works of Rodgers and Hammerstein may find this disc and Eddington's other Anderson disc utterly delightful. RJE Productions' reproduction of the sound of the Sanfilippo Wurlitzer Unit Orchestra organ going full tilt will, on the right system, shake the earth and split the sky.
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AllMusic Review by James Leonard