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Sousa: Marches, Polkas & Americana

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This collection of works by John Philip Sousa and others, originally recorded for the old Vox Music Group in 1988, has had a long life in reissues, and it's easy to see the appeal. Despite a few quirks, it remains a strong choice for basic libraries of musical Americana and even for a starter Sousa album. This is true despite the omission of several major Sousa march hits, or perhaps even because of this omission, for the album offers variety that makes it more listenable than competitors that offer 75 minutes of marches. There is a selection of non-march works by Sousa (who would have been glad to see it), including pieces that show how he tried, with some success, to keep up with trends. The Gliding Girl Tango, written in 1912, is more an impression of the tango than an actual dance, but Sousa's popular instincts extended even into the era of jazz dance; hear the rather unfamiliar Peaches & Cream foxtrot (track 7) from 1923. Works by other composers similiarly mix evergreen hits (Julius Fucik's Entry... Hide synopsis

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