RCA producer Ethel Gabriel worked on the Melachrino Strings 'Moods in Music' series and in the late 1950s developed the Living Strings as a package for RCAs budget label, Camden, using various orchestras, mainly from Europe. The albums were all centred on a theme: the sea, the West, Broadway, night music.
The recordings made by The Living Strings became a mainstay of easy-listening radio and commercial venues.
Johnny Douglas, one of Englands masters of string arranging, was the primary arranger and conductor for the series recorded in England. He brought great songs to a new life with his arrangements of a mass of pure velvety strings, mellow brass and superb solos played by the cream of the British musicians of that era.
This release brings together two of the albums he recorded in the 1960s.
Original RCA Camden albums:-
'In the Still of the Night' no. CAS 795 published 1964
An album of ageless melodies given the easy listening treatment in the modern style of the sixties.
'Where Did the Night Go' no. CAS 738 published 1963
An album of ten compositions by Harold Rome given a lush string and mellow brass treatment for easy listening.
1. In the Still of the Night (from 'Rosalie', 1937)
2. Deep Purple
3. Whispers in the Dark ('from Artists and Models', 1937)
4. I Wished on the Moon (from 'The Big Broadcast of 1936', 1936)
5. Unchained Melody (from 'Unchained', 1955)
6. Wonderland by Night
7. Blue Velvet
8. Moon Over Miami
9. Under a Blanket of Blue
10. Serenade in the Night
11. Where Did the Night Go? (from 'Wish You Were Here', 1952)
12. Fanny (from 'Fanny', 1954)
13. Anyone Would Love You (from 'Destiny Rides Again' 1959)
14. F. D. R. Jones (from 'Sing Out the News', 1938)
15. Wish You Were Here (from 'Wish You Were Here', 1952)
16. Have I Told You Lately? (from 'I Can Get It for You Wholesale', 1962)
17. Restless Heart (from 'Fanny', 1954)
18. Who Knows? (from 'I Can Get It for You Wholesale', 1962)
19. One of These Fine Days (from 'Sing Out the News', 1938)
20. I Have to Tell You (from 'Fanny', 1954)