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2015 three disc anthology by legendary classical rock band Sky. Formed in 1979, Sky brought together the worlds of rock and classical music in a highly successful and inspiring way. Featuring the gifted talents of guitarist John Williams, percussionist Tristan Fry, legendary bass player Herbie Flowers, former Curved Air keyboard player Francis Monkman and guitarist Kevin Peek, The band’s self-titled debut reached the UK Top Ten in May 1979 and went on to achieve platinum status in the UK and was also a major hit in Europe and Australia. Also a huge live attraction, Sky released their second album in April 1980. Sky 2 was a fine achievement, featuring the hit single ‘Toccata’, and topped the UK album charts upon its release. For the band’s third album, Steve Gray replaced Francis Monkman on keyboards, but the band continued their run of success as Sky 3 reached the UK Top Ten upon its release in March 1981. The albums Sky 4, Sky Five Live and Cadmium continued the run of best-selling albums, following which John Williams departed the band in December 1983. In March 1985, the album The Great Balloon Race was recorded in Australia and the UK, becoming another hit album. In 1987 they recorded their final album, which saw Sky arrange pieces composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart featured the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner and earned the group their highest ever US chart placing upon release. This limited edition of Toccata – An Anthology compiles some of the highlights of Sky’s recording career, with a track listing approved by the band, including the single version of ‘KP II’ (previously unreleased on CD). Importantly, the release features a bonus DVD of SKY’s entire performance for the German TV show Musikladen in 1980, including five tracks not aired on the original TV broadcast and previously unreleased on DVD.

CD 1:

  1. Westway
  2. Cannonball
  3. Carillon
  4. Danza
  5. Dies Irae
  6. Toccata
  7. Fifo
  8. Hotta
  9. Dance of the Little Fairies
  10. Vivaldi
  11. The Grace
  12. Chiropodie No. 1
  13. Sarabande
  14. Connecting Rooms

CD 2:

  1. My Giselle
  2. Masquerade
  3. Ride of the Valkyries
  4. Fantasia
  5. The Animals (Live)
  6. A Girl in Winter
  7. Fayre
  8. Troika
  9. The Boy from Dundee
  10. Fol on the Hill
  11. The Great Balloon Race
  12. Desperate for Your Love
  13. Peter’s Wedding
  14. Night Sky
  15. KP II (Single Version)
  16. Come Sweet May
  17. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: Romanza

DVD: Sky – Musikladen The Bremen Broadcast May

  1. Westway
  2. Danza
  3. Cavatina
  4. Cannonball
  5. Gymnopedia No. 1
  6. Dance of the Little Fairies *
  7. Sahara *
  8. El Cielo *
  9. Carillon
  10. Toccata *
  11. Tuba Smarties *
  12. Where Opposites Meet Parts 1 – 5

* un-broadcas track – previously unreleased on DVD