JOSEF LOCKE _ THE VERY BEST OF
When BBC Radio 2 was known as the Light Programme, its repertoire was comprised of what was universally recognised as Light Music, and the music of Josef Locke, as heard on this Very Best of Josef Locke, would have been accepted with rapturous admiration by the radio stations hugely significant audience base _ but alas 'those days are gone'. Josef Locke's canon of material is representative of a popular form of music which occupied a place in the parlours (best rooms) 0f millions of homes in Britain and indeed beyond, in the first part of the twentieth century, because it reflected the values of a spiritually and politically motivated society moulded by a sense of complacent moral superiority inherited by the offspring of the British Empire. But, what makes Josef Locke such a legendary and enduring source of pleasure is his tone of voice and genuine feeling of sentiment for his material. Locke's tenor voice is one of rhythmic purity comparable to the finest purveyors of literary verse, by which the listener to his lyrics experiences something so spiritually beautiful as to place them beyond any cultural anachronisms, thereby retaining only their 'timeless' ability to give pleasure to those who are prepared to listen by means of their senses rather than by means of their intellectual instincts, which Light Music was always intended to do. For anyone whose 'sense of history' extends to social domesticity and the lifestyle of their grandparents, and indeed, great grandparent's, the music of Josef Locke should be an essential part of their music collection.