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Summon the Heroes

The Band of H.M. Royal Marines

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Over a century after their first incarnation, the Band of H.M. Royal Marines released their first album with a major label (Decca), with this 17-track collection, Summon the Heroes. Recorded at BBC's Maida Vale Studios under the guidance of musical director Lt. Col. Nick Grace, the Portsmouth-based group of musicians performs an array of traditional sea shanties and naval songs ("A Life on the Ocean Wave," "Hands Across the Sea") in addition to covers of pop songs originally recorded by Rod Stewart ("Sailing") and Faith Hill ("There You'll Be"), a collaboration with Blackpool tenor Alfie Boe ("Over the Hills and Far Away"), and a unique musical adaptation of the 1939 original "The King's Speech." ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

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Genre: Easy Listening

Years Active: '00s, '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Consisting of five bands from across various U.K. bases, the Band of H.M. Royal Marines is the musical arm of the Royal Navy. Originally formed in 1903, and now based at the Royal Marines School of Music at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth, the bands consist of musicians who are required to master both a string and a wind instrument. The various band entities have released dozens of independent albums in conjunction with their operational military duties since the 1980s. But it wasn't until 2011, when the...
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music, Rock
  • Released: 11 November 2011

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