British Military Marches. Besides Germany, Britain has the largest and most impressive collection of military band marches, refined over the centuries into a vast catalogue of worthy compositions befitting almost any official occasion or ceremony. Unfortunately, many of the most interesting pieces are hardly ever performed today. We have rescued many of the older and best traditional marches from rare 78 rpm discs, and present them on this newly re-mastered CD. All were originally recorded from the mid-1930’s to approximately 1947 by several military and civilian bands. This CD includes: 1. Punjab March (Payne); 2. Middy March (Alford); 3. Old Panama (Alford); 4. Sons of the Brave (Bidgood); 5. Prairie Flower (Hume); 6. Turkish Patrol (Michaells); 7. Colonel Bogey (Alford); 8. Great Little Army (Alford); 9. Bond of Friendship (Rogan); 10. Standard of St. George (Alford); 11. Linwood March (Hume); 12. The Wee MacGregor (H.G. Amers).
Oakleaf Records, founded in 1971, was the first to make these rare and often suppressed recordings available to American collectors. Over the years others have attempted, without success, to imitate our pioneering efforts. Note: These Oakleaf CDs were all made from the original audio cassettes. Apparently, the studio sometimes treated each “side” – as opposed to each “song” – as a “track”, resulting in only two tracks, even though all the songs are present.