The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Are Hooked On Classics

Oof, this one was a bit of a doozy to enter. Each side is a medley of different classical artists so there’s a ton to take in despite it being a single.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), based in London, was formed by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946. In its early days the orchestra secured profitable recording contracts and important engagements including the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the concerts of the Royal Philharmonic Society. After Beecham’s death in 1961 the orchestra’s fortunes declined steeply; it battled for survival until the mid-1960s, when its future was secured after an Arts Council report recommended that it should receive public subsidy.

In 2004 the orchestra acquired its first permanent London base, at the new Cadogan Hall in Chelsea. The RPO also gives concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and venues around the UK and other countries. From its earliest days the orchestra has been active in the recording studios, making film soundtracks and numerous gramophone recordings; many of the LP recordings conducted by Beecham and others have been reissued on compact disc.


Hooked on Classics

Side One

Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1

Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the Bumble Bees

Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G Minor

Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

Sibelius – Karella Suite

Mozart – Aria from The Marriage of Figaro

Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet

Clarke – Trumpet Voluntary

Handel – Hallelujah Chorus

Grieg – Piano Concerto in A Minor

Bizet – March of the Toreadors

Side Two

Sibelius – Karella Suite

Beethoven – Symphony No. 5

Bach – Toccata in D Minor

Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9

Rossini – William Tell Overture

Mozart – Aria from The Marriage of Figaro

Bizet – March of the Toreadors

Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Wyclef

Bear with me now. I’m about to lay down a knowledge overload on Wyclef Jean. I mean you could just to Wikipedia, but I trim down all the fluff and lets face it, are you really leaving me? You love me! Anyway, back to the point, I grew up loving the Fugees and later followed Wyclef’s solo career. He’s had some misses along the way but you cannot deny the contribution made to music’s history and culture. He’s had quite the long career and collaborated with numerous other artists and that, I dig, I definitely do.

I’m also pretty obsessed with Haitian culture right now. My roommate’s PCA is actually from Haiti so I get to listen to all of her great childhood stories whenever I’m home to see her. Yes, the island has had their shares of tragedies and troubles but it is a really gorgeous place and the people are fantastic.

Wyclef Jeanelle Jean (born October 17, 1969) is a Haitian hip hop recording artist, musician, actor, and politician. At age nine, Jean moved to the USA with his family and has spent much of his life in the country. He first received fame as a member of the acclaimed New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees. Jean has won three Grammy Awards for his musical work.


On August 5, 2010, Jean filed for candidacy in the 2010 Haitian presidential election, although the Electoral Commission subsequently ruled him ineligible to stand as he had not met the requirement to have been resident in Haiti for five years. Jean’s efforts at earthquake relief, highly publicized throughout Haiti and the U.S., were channeled through his charitable organization, Yéle Haiti. The charity, which performed a variety of charitable works in Haiti between 2005 and 2010, effectively closed in 2012 after much controversy.

Wyclef’s Time With The Fugees:

The Fugees formed in the 1980s but later in the early 1990s they changed their name to what we’ve all come to know them as, The Fugees. The group’s debut album was released in 1994 but achieved limited commercial success. In 1996, the Fugees released their second album, titled The Score. The album achieved significant commercial success in the U.S., topping the US Billboard 200.


Four commercially successful singles were released from The Score; “Fu-Gee-La”, the first single from the album, peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. The other three singles – “Killing Me Softly”, “Ready or Not” and “No Woman, No Cry” – did not appear on the Billboard Hot 100 as they were not released for commercial sale, making them ineligible. “Killing Me Softly” is a cover of the Roberta Flack song and “No Woman, No Cry” is a cover of the Bob Marley & The Wailers song of the same name as well.

The group also collaborated with singer Bounty Killer on the single “Hip-Hopera” and recorded the single “Rumble in the Jungle” for the soundtrack to the film When We Were Kings in 1997. The Fugees have not released any studio albums since The Score, but a compilation album, Greatest Hits, was released in 2003.

Wyclef Rolling Solo

Wyclef announced plans to begin a solo career with 1997′s The Carnival. The album’s guests included Lauryn Hill, Pras, the I Threes and more. The album was a hit, as were two singles: “We Trying to Stay Alive” (adapted from the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive”) and “Gone Till November” (recorded with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra).

Released in 2000, Jean’s second solo album was recorded with guests including Youssou N’Dour, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, Mary J. Blige and more. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Jean participated in the benefit concert, contributing a cover of the Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”. His third album was released in 2002 and fourth in November 2003. In 2004, he released his fifth album, with most of its songs in his native language of Haitian Creole.


During a period between 2004 and 2006 and fueled by a reunion performance in Dave Chappelle’s “Block Party”, it appeared that the Fugees were on track to record a new album, however Fugees member Pras claimed to Billboard, “To put it nicely, it’s dead.”

Jean released his sixth album in September 2007 then after many guest appearances, in November 2009, a track titled “Suicide Love” featuring rapper Eve leaked online prior to the release of his EP. The EP was released on November 10, 2009.

Wyclef Jean’s upcoming self-entitled studio album was due to be released in 2011, but has still yet to be released. “Hold On,” the lead single from the project, will feature Dancehall artist Mavado.


Two Wrongs

Side One

Two Wrongs feat. Claudette Ortiz of City High (Album Version)
Two Wrongs feat. Claudette Ortiz of City High (Instrumental)
Two Wrongs feat. Claudette Ortiz of City High (A Cappella)

Side Two

Masquerade feat. M.O.P., Bumpy Knuckles and Miri (Clean Album Version)
Masquerade feat. M.O.P., Bumpy Knuckles and Miri (Instrumental)

A Night In The Tropics Listening To 101 Strings

One day, my roommate had to walk downtown to a doctor’s appointment and RR Records happened to be open. He stopped in and picked us out a few albums and 101 Strings was one of them. Whenever I’ve tried to go, they’ve been closed but I’ll keep trying!

101 Strings Orchestra was a brand for a highly successful easy listening symphonic music organization, with a discography exceeding a hundred albums and a creative lifetime of roughly thirty years beginning in 1957.

101 Strings had a trademark sound, focusing on melody with a laid-back ambiance, most often featuring strings. The 101 Strings orchestra included 124 string instruments (all male except for the harpist) and was conducted by Wilhelm Stephan.


A Night in the Tropics

Side One

The Lady and the Matador
You My Love

Side Two

Exotic Night
The Magic Island

Count Basie Swings Joe Williams Sings

I’ve posted about the great Count Basie a few times before but Joe Williams is a new name for the blog and collection (so far, who knows though!). You can definitely explore and wander through the blog to learn more about Basie and his other collaborations if you’re interested!

Joe Williams (December 12, 1918 – March 29, 1999) was a well-known jazz vocalist, a baritone singing a mixture of blues, ballads, popular songs, and jazz standards.


Count Basie Swings Joe Williams Sings

Side One

Everyday (I Have the Blues)
The Comeback
Alright, Okay, You Win
In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)

Side Two

Roll ‘Em Pete
Teach Me Tonight
My Baby Upsets Me
Please Send Me Someone to Love
Ev’ry Day