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ARTIST
TITLE
Marching Song Vol. 2
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
ACL 045LP ACL 045LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/10/2021

Vinyl reissue of The Mike Westbrook Concert Band's Marching Song Vol. 2, recorded and released in 1969 on Decca's Deram label. It's hardly surprising that Mike Westbrook reigned supreme in the latter quarter of the 1960s and early '70s. His big band was voted top of that category in the late-lamented Melody Maker British jazz polls for 1970 (and the two years either side of that). In the same year, his third album, Marching Song, recorded a year earlier came third in the category "LP Of The Year" (the number one album that year was John McLaughlin's seminal Extrapolation, so there was exceptionally strong competition). This album, recorded and released in 1969 on Decca's Deram label, was a double LP (also sold as two separate records), and therefore quite unusual for the time, especially for jazz. It comprised a suite of compositions by Westbrook, with three tracks on Vol. 2 written by John Surman, and based on the concept of the vainglorious futility of war.