Tony Hatch

The Essential Tony Hatch & His Orchestra: Grooves, Hits and Themes

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This bargain-priced triple-CD set shows off most of composer/arranger/producer Tony Hatch's strengths -- which include a lot of great records cut with the Searchers, Petula Clark, Jackie Trent, et al. -- and some of his weaknesses as well. The first disc, "The Tony Hatch Orchestra and Sound," is neither better nor worse than any of those better-known instrumental records conducted and arranged by George Martin, though "TV Themes" has its inventive moments. The best part of this set is "The Songs of Tony Hatch," which has to work hard to avoid being a Petula Clark best-of and does succeed at that, with good sides by Mark Wynter, the Montanas, et al. for diversity. Both it and the soundtrack volume are a lot of fun, and this is an interesting assembly of performing talent.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:52
2 2:37
3 2:55
4 3:20
5 2:31
6
3:45
7 2:18
8 2:44
9 2:15
10 3:23
11 2:47
12 3:10
13 3:18
14 2:56
15 3:08
16 2:33
17 3:54
18 2:49 Amazon
19 2:48 Amazon
20 2:57

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Petula Clark
3:06
2 2:17
3
feat: The Cookies
2:24
4
feat: Petula Clark
2:48
5
feat: Jackie Trent
2:44
6
feat: The Settlers
2:59
7
feat: Petula Clark
2:56
8
feat: The Montanas
2:52
9 2:22
10
feat: Petula Clark
2:55
11
feat: Jackie Trent
2:47
12
2:05
13
feat: Julie Grant
2:21
14
feat: Petula Clark
4:14
15
feat: Jackie Trent
3:09
16
feat: Mark Wynter
2:36
17
feat: Jackie Trent
3:50
18
feat: Josh MacRae
2:50
19
feat: Two of Each
2:46
20
feat: Petula Clark
2:50

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:02
2 2:09
3 2:03
4 2:52
5 2:04
6 1:37
7 2:54
8 2:19
9 1:44
10
2:12
11 2:00
12 3:10
13 2:13
14 3:11
15 2:17
16 1:52
17 3:09
18 2:48
19
2:53
20
2:35
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