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Collectables has released four more vintage Percy Faith albums on two "2-fer" compact discs. Although one of the albums was previously released on CD in Japan, it's been out-of-print for years. The other three make their first world-wide appearance in digital form as far as we know. These are welcome additions to everybody's collections!
Clair/New Thing -- Collectables 7561
Tracks:Clair; Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight; Ben; Sweet Surrender; I Can See Clearly Now; Also Sprach Zarathustra (from The Motion Picture "2001"); Nights In White Satin; Summer Breeze; Super Fly; Happy (from The Lady Sings The Blues); We Were Havin' Some Fun At The Conservatory, When...; Dueling Banjos; The Hill Where The Lord Hides; Washington Square; Theme From Serpico (Beyond Tomorrow); Stranger On The Shore; Land Of A Thousand Dances; Euterpe; The Way We Were; Pelican Dance; Eres Tu; Skybird; Angelica.
Bon Voyage/Carefree -- Collectables 7563
Track list:Guaglione; Morgen; L'Eau Vive; Piccolissima Serenata; Anema E Core; Souvenir; Ciao, Ciao, Bambina; Mon Oncle; Petite Fleur; La Vie En Rose; Under Paris Skies; Arrivederci Roma; Goin' Home Train; Quia Quia; Pizzicato Polka; Go-Go-Po-Go; Brazilian Sleigh Bells; Carefree; Lisa; No One But You; Caress; Blue Is The Night; Bouquet; Souvenir.
A new 2-CD compilation of the music of Ron Goodwin, That Magnificent Man and His Music Machine, has been released in the UK. Disc 1 features many of Ron's most popular singles while disc 2 is devoted to Ron's original compositions. This set should be available from your favorite UK supplier.
Tracks: Jet Journey; Blue Star [Theme From The TV Series Medic]; Skiffling Strings (Swinging Sweethearts); Lingering Lovers; Colonel Bogey And The River Kwai March; Summertime In Venice; Red Cloak; The Melba Waltz; The Messenger Boy; The Girl From Corsica; Swedish Polka; Under The Linden Tree; Concetta; On The Waterfront; The Headless Horseman; Midnight Blue; The Song Of The High Seas; The Laughing Sailor; Tropical Mirage; Handyman; Three Galleons; Guadalcanal March; The Little Laplander; Wagon Train; When I Fall In Love; Bluebell Polka; Song From The Moulin Rouge; Josita; Elizabethan Serenade; 633 Squadron (Main Film Theme); LoveTheme From Film 633 Squadron; The Trap [London Marathon Theme]; Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines [Suite From The Film]; Lancelot & Guinevere; London Serenade; Return My Love; Where Eagles Dare [Film Theme]; Mercury Gets The Message; Cafe Royal Waltz [From The Film The Trials Of Oscar Wilde]; Decline And Fall [Film Theme]; Frenzy [Film Theme]; El Morocco Tea Rooms [As Featured On The Best Of Peter Sellers]; Operation Crossbow [Film Theme]; Jumping Jupiter; Monte Carlo Or Bust; India; Miss Marple's Theme; The Milky Way; Battle Of Britain [Film Theme]; Kill Or Cure [Film Theme]; The Girl With Misty Eyes; Departure; Aces High [From The Film Battle Of Britain]
The music of Tony Hatch is the subject of a new 3-CD release in the UK: The Essential Tony Hatch. Disc 1 focuses on orchestral performances from several of Tony's popular albums, Disc 3 features Tony's TV themes and Disc 2 is a compendium of various Tony Hatch compositions performed by others including a sprinkling of Petula Clark vocals. This set is available now from your favorite UK supplier.
Tracks:Disc One (Orchestral Performances) -- Music To Watch Girls By; Call Me; Wives And Lovers; Joanna; Light My Fire; Theme From Bedazzled; Up, Up And Away; Birds; Love Is Blue; Forget Him; I Know A Place; A Man And A Woman; While The City Sleeps; Crosstown Commuter; Beautiful In The Rain; Soul Coaxing; Sounds Of The Seventies; An Occasional Man; Where Are You Now; Finito. Disc Two (The Songs Of Tony Hatch) -- Downtown - Petula Clark; Sugar And Spice - The Searchers; You're The One - The Cookies; Call Me - Petula Clark; 7:10 From Suburbia - Jackie Trent; Major To Minor - The Settlers; Don't Sleep In The Subway - Petula Clark; You've Gotta Be Loved - The Montanas; The Weaver - The Pendulums; I Couldn't Live Without Your Love - Petula Clark; Where Are You Now - Jackie Trent; Look For A Star - The Brook Brothers; Lonely Without You - Julie Grant; Goodbye Mr Chips - Petula Clark; The Two Of Us - Tony Hatch And Jackie Trent; You Made Me What I Am - Mark Wynter; My Love - Jackie Trent; Messing About On The River - Josh MacRae; Trinity Street - Two Of Each; The Other Man's Grass (Is Always Greener) - Petula Clark. Disc Three (TV Themes) -- Crossroads Theme; The Champions; Man Alive; Sportsnight; Ben Casey; The Doctors; Hadleigh; Emmerdale Farm; Perry Mason Theme; Ghost Squad; Theme From Who-Dun-It; Memories Of Summer (Love Story Theme); Out Of This World; Mr And Mrs (Be Nice To Each Other); Eye Level (Van Der Valk Theme); The Naked City; Theme From M*A*S*H; The Odd Couple; You're A Star (New Faces); Theme From The Dick Powell Show.
Hard To Find Orchestral Instrumentals, Volume 2 (ERIC 11518)
This CD is a spectacular follow-up to Volume One in this instrumental series...featuring 15 songs that have never been on a legitimate U.S. CD before. It's a great collection of often-requested songs that are an important part of America's Pop Cultural Heritage. All recordings have been digitally mastered from the original master tapes and are in true stereo wherever possible. Includes a full 8-page booklet with detailed liner notes on each song.
Tracks: Bill Conti -- Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky); George Cates -- Moonglow and Theme from Picnic (mono); Barry DeVorzon & Perry Botkin, Jr. -- Nadia's Theme (The Young & The Restless); Ferrante & Teicher -- The Theme from The Apartment; Valjean -- Theme from Ben Casey; Raymond Lefevre -- The Day the Rains Came (mono); Nelson Riddle -- Theme from Route 66; Ron Goodwin -- Swinging Sweethearts (mono); George Martin -- Ringo's Theme (This Boy); Sil Austin -- Danny Boy; Peter Soffici -- That's the Way with Love (mono); Felix Slatkin -- Theme from The Sundowners; Sir Chauncey (Ernie Freeman) -- Beautiful Obsession; Percy Faith -- Theme from The Dark at the Top of the Stairs; Ohta-San (Herb Ohta) -- Song for Anna; Charles Albertine -- The Long Ships (Part 1) (mono); Francis Lai -- Theme from A Man and A Woman; Franck Pourcel -- Chariot (I Will Follow Him); Camarata -- Trumpeter's Prayer; Vienna Symphonic Orchestra (VSOP) -- One Moment In Time
Hard To Find Pop Instrumentals, Volume 2 (ERIC 11519)
This CD is a follow-up to Volume One in the instrumental series. This new collection features 14 songs that made the Top 20 pop charts. It's a must-have item for collectors as well as casual listeners of charted popular and instrumental music of the 50s & 60s. All recordings on the CD have been digitally mastered from the original master tapes and are in true stereo wherever possible. Includes a full 8-page booklet with detailed liner notes about each song.
Tracks: Jorgen Ingmann -- Apache (DES "Stereo"); Ray Anthony -- Dragnet (mono); The T-Bones -- No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In); Del Wood -- Down Yonder (mono); Don Robertson -- The Happy Whistler (mono); Eddie Calvert -- Oh, Mein Papa (mono); Bent Fabric -- Alley Cat; Bob Moore -- Mexico; Kokomo -- Asia Minor; Horst Jankowski -- A Walk in the Black Forest; Charles Randolph Grean Sounde -- Quentin's Theme (Dark Shadows); Bob Crewe Generation -- Music to Watch Girls By; Al Caiola -- Bonanza; Whistling Jack Smith -- I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman; Boots Randolph -- Yakety Sax; Baja Marimba Band -- Comin' in the Back Door; David Seville -- Armen's Theme (mono); Enoch Light -- I Want to Be Happy Cha Cha; Bob Sharples -- Sadie's Shawl (mono); Ernie Freeman -- (Theme from) The Dark At the Top of the Stairs; Les Elgart -- Bandstand Boogie (mono).
Both of these wonderful CDs can be ordered directly from ERIC Records.
Collectables Records has licensed and released four more Percy Faith albums on two CDs. The first pairing is a reissue of the Chinatown album (originally The Entertainer) coupled with Summer Place '76. Both the track deleted from The Entertainer (Bend Me, Shape Me) and the track added on Chinatown (Theme from Chinatown) are included on the CD.
The second compilation is Joy, paired with Day By Day. Both were originally released in 1972. Four of the songs on Day by Day featured the Percy Faith Chorus.
Both albums can be purchased from Collectables.
Tracks -- Chinatown/Summer Place '76: The Entertainer; I'm Gonna Go Fishin'; What'll I Do; Deep In The Morning; Theme From "Chinatown"; Tubular Bells (Theme from the Exorcist); Moody; I Got Rhythm; Midnight At The Oasis; 1, 2, 3, 4; Bend Me, Shape Me; Summer Place '76; Feelings; Ding Dong; Maybe September; Soleado (When a Child Is Born); Dream Your Dream; Sha Bumpin'; Saddest Thing Of All (sung by Leslie Kendall); La Balanga; Send In The Clowns.
Tracks -- Joy/Day By Day: Joy; Brian's Song; Love Theme From Mary Queen Of Scots (This Way Mary); Theme From Shaft; Without You; An Old Fashioned Love Song; Diamonds Are Forever; Theme From Summer Of '42; Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves; Sunrise Sunset/Fiddler On The Roof (medley); Hurting Each Other; Song Sung Blue; The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face; Conquistador; I Need You; Amazing Grace; Day By Day; Love Theme From The Godfather (Speak Softly Love); How Can I Be Sure; Bach's Lunch; Candy Man; Too Young.
Avid collectors of easy listening know that BMG in Spain has released some wonderful albums that have never seen the light of day here in the United States. Their commitment to this ongoing program continues with three new releases. These releases can be purchased though any retail source that sells imports. We were able to get them quickly from CD Connection.com.
Love Story by Henry Mancini (1970) was one of Hank's best selling albums. Although many of the cuts have appeared in compilations, only now can fans purchase the album in it's original form. (74321-96074-2)
Tracks: Theme from Love Story; Song from M.A.S.H.; Theme from the Hawaiians; Tomorrow Is My Friend (from Gaily, Gaily); The Harmonica Man (from Once a Upon a Time In the West); Whistling Away the Dark (from Darling Lili); Theme from Borsalino; Theme for Three (from Wait In the Dark); Loss of Love (from Sunflowers); Thank You Very Much (from Scrooge).
In 1965, Hugo Montenegro released Candy's Theme and Other Delights, an album of original compositions about women and girls who he had read about in fiction. The result was a delightful album that was largely ignored by retailers, as Hugo had not yet reached the peak of his popularity. The album went out of print much too quickly but many of the tunes will be familiar, as you've heard them on the radio. If you've got a good speaker system, be prepared to crank 'em up and make 'em talk on "Darlin' Jill"! (74321-96070-2)
Tracks: Candy's Theme; Kitten; Theme for Irma; Jean; Little Lo'; Fanny's Theme; Polly; Lady's Theme; Amber; Suzie; Darlin' Jill.
"Expect the unexpected" is what the liner notes say about Hugo Montenegro's Neil's Diamonds. Some of the songs are truly beautiful and some were cutting-edge avant-garde at the time of the album's release in 1973. All of the tracks were written by Neil Diamond but we'll wager that Neil never thought that "Porcupine Pie" would be performed like Hugo did it! This is an enjoyable album that should have been out on CD a long time ago. (74321-96072-2)
Tracks: Cracklin' Rosie; I'm a Believer; Song Sung Blue; Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show; Sweet Caroline; Porcupine Pie; Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon; Two-Bit Man Child; Walk on Water; Hurtin' You Don't Come Easy.
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