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Best Of Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 21, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Curb Records
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000DH8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By George O'Leary TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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By A Customer on January 29, 2001
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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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By jeun on February 27, 2012
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Nelson sounds even better than he used to. These songs
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.
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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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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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Great music of an even greater generation! It Makes me think of my Grandparents. Another great addition to my collection.
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Biggest disappointment is the lack of charted singles in his name. I took only one tune from this CD: "Route 66 Theme". "Lisbon Antigua" was a huge hit and can be found on several CD compilations.

I thought the quality to be excellent for Route 66.
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