New Vintage: The Best of Simon May
|New Vintage: The Best of Simon May|
|Compilation album by Simon May|
|Label||Artist Record Company|
|Simon May chronology|
The album was accompanied by a UK tour, named "A Night Away From the TV". May used several school choirs for the show, which also included performers Kate Robbins and 1990 Opportunity Knocks winner Mark Rattray. Some performances had to be cancelled because of low ticket sales.
A BBC television Pebble Mill special was broadcast on BBC1 on 20 December 1994. It featured aspects of the planning, rehearsals and performances of the tour, including comments by Cliff Richard about the failure of some projects. May discussed the writing process, especially for the theme to Jobs for the Girls. It included interviews with Tony Holland, Gerard Glaister and Verity Lambert, who discussed his work for EastEnders, Howards' Way and Eldorado respectively.
Orchestral tracks are performed by the Simon May Orchestra.
|Track No.||Title||Associated show||Notes|
|1||"EastEnders"||EastEnders||Co-written with Leslie Osbourne. This track is similar to the unpopular jazzy revamp of the theme heard in the programme around the time of this album's release.|
Vocals: Marti Webb
|Howards' Way||Co-written with Leslie Osbourne with lyrics by Don Black. Vocal version of the theme tune, used over the end credits in the second series.|
|3||"Barracuda"||Howards' Way||Extended version of the closing theme.|
|4||"When You Go Away"
Vocals: Johnny Griggs
|Eldorado||Vocal version of the theme, used over the end credits of the show's final episode. It was released as a single.|
|5||"Every Loser Wins"
Vocals: Nick Berry
|EastEnders||Featured in a 1980s EastEnders storyline with Simon Wicks (Berry), and was a UK number one single in 1986.|
|7||"More Than in Love"
Vocals: Kate Robbins
|Crossroads||Co-written with Barry Leng; reached no. 2 in the UK singles chart|
|8||"Summer of My Life"
Vocals: Simon May
|Crossroads||Reached no. 7 in the UK singles chart.|
|9||"Holiday Suite"||Holiday||Co-written with Barry Leng; reached no. 2 in the UK singles chart|
|10||"More to Life"
Vocals: Cliff Richard
|Trainer||Lyrics by Don Black. Vocal version of the Trainer theme|
|11||"We'll Find Our Day"
Vocals: Mark Rattray and Emma Robbins
|Smike||Re-recorded version with one of the performers on the 1994 tour.|
|12||"Jobs for the Girls/Food and Drink/TV Weekly/Morning on BBC1"||Jobs for the Girls/Food and Drink/TV Weekly/Morning on BBC1||Compilation of several themes.|
|13||"The Dawning"||The Dawning|
Vocals: Simon May
|Inspired by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.|
- The Simon May Collection — a 2010 compilation album.