Best Of Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra
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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.Read more ›
Other Nelson Riddle 'Best of...' albums are a better 'listen'.
are all beautiful, and I enjoy my day when I start out with
this orchestral masterpiece. I bought it for Route 66, since
I love the violin, and found that all of the music lifts my spirits.
I thought the quality to be excellent for Route 66.
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This is a good cd. There was only one piece on the album I didn't really care for, but in all, it is good.Published 9 months ago by Joanne K. Campbell
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.Published on November 8, 2013 by Richard D. Blanchard
"(Get Your Kicks on)Route 66" was the the first instrumental that I played in my recently purchased Corvette, driving from Las Vegas to San Antonio. Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by Nightwind_4
I had to listen to this record every day for 2 weeks for hours. Let's say that it doesn't age well. Read morePublished on April 18, 2005 by Daniel Gaynor
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