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Best Of Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra

Nelson RiddleAudio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 21, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Curb Records
  • ASIN: B000000DH8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lisbon Antiqua
2. Route 66 Theme
3. Charade
4. Mona Lisa
5. Shangri-La
6. Ramblin' Rose
7. Java
8. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
9. I Wish You Love
10. I Want To Hold Your Hand

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They ARE Originals ... Unfortunately It's From Curb July 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the reviewer who points out that the selections presented here are Riddle originals. Where I disagree is with the Curb contention that these represent the "best" of Mr. Riddle.

Anyone who is a serious student of the music of that era knows that the Nelson Riddle orchestra was behind some of the biggest singers who toiled for Capitol in the 1950s and early 1960s. Such as Ella Mae Morse, Frank Sinatra, and Nat "King" Cole. But he also registered seven hit singles of his own, and if this was what Curb intended to present they fell way short.

Oh, his biggest hit, Lisbon Antigua [# 1 Billboard Top 100 in early 1957 b/w Robin Hood] is here. They could hardly try and sell a CD so labeled without that one. So too is Route 66 Theme from the TV series [# 30 Billboard Hot 100 in 1962 b/w Lolita Ya Ya, and his third-best hit]. But where is his second-best hit, Port Au Prince [# 20 Top 100 in May 1956 b/w Midnight Blues], and Theme From "The Proud Ones" which reached # 39 that August b/w The Love Of Genevieve?

Instead Curb tries to tell us that Charade, Shangri-La, Java, and I Wish You Love were among his "best" when, in reality, the hits belonged to Sammy Kaye and Henry Mancini on Charade, and to Robert Maxwell, Al Hirt, and Gloria Lynne on the other three in that order.

Even taking into account that he was the backing orchestra behind many of Nat Cole's hits, the fact remains that on Mona Lisa, Walkin' My Baby Back Home, and Ramblin' Rose the backing bands were Les Baxter, Billy May, and Belford Hendricks. I won't even go into the last track.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening January 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Nice rendition of classic 'pop' favorites. Good for brunch and parties where the people and food are more important than the background music.
Other Nelson Riddle 'Best of...' albums are a better 'listen'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore review from stapleton, NE July 10, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
These are original versions of Nelson Riddle recordings from the 1950's and 60's. I was around then and we had a 45 rpm record of Lisbon Antigua. Yes, they are old recordings, sorry that reviewer didn't like them, but they ARE definitely Nelson Riddle.
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1.0 out of 5 stars don't be fooled August 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Please don't base your opinion of Nelson Riddle on this cheaply orchestrated cd. I could be wrong, but I highly doubt that Nelson Riddle had anything to do with the arranging/conducting of this cd. If you want a great Riddle cd then check out "The Wonder of You".
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting! September 2, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great music of an even greater generation! It Makes me think of my Grandparents. Another great addition to my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD November 8, 2013
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I bought this CD for my mom she really enjoyed it. Now I have it and it is in my record collection. It is great to hear easy listening music once in a while.
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