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Fly Me to the Moon & the Bossa Nova Pops

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice Music
  • ASIN: 5558903724
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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By S. Walker on January 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful CD. Joe Harnell, through several songs on this very CD/recording, actually came to my attention many years ago back in the late 1970's. It wasn't until recently when I was listening to one of my favorite radio stations that they played an arrangement of "My One and Only Love" that I loved, but had forgotten. After purchasing the CD I have had many hours of listening pleasure to all of the arrangements on the CD. I wish more of the studio work that the late Mr. Harnell and his Orchestra did was available for purchase. I easily rate this effort 5 stars focusing particular attention on the genre and style of bossa nova arrangement which was very popular back in the 1960's. I period in music that I remember quiet fondly.
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In the summer of 1964 I was 7 years old. 3M/Revere had manufactured a machine that was something between an 8-Track and a cassette forerunner--it weighed a ton and played cartridges that were about 5 inches square and a half inch thick in which magnetic tape was kept on a single disk. You'd stack these cartridges up in the player's loader, and they would play through, being wound onto a disk inside the machine, and then they would be automatically rewound back to the cartridge, which would drop on an incline in the loader while the next cartridge lowered to be unspooled. This was the greatest thing since sliced bread. My dad would bring new cartridges up to our lake place just about every weekend--everything from the "Gypsy" Original Cast Recording to Horowitz to Paul Revere and the Raiders (that last one for my older brothers). "Fly Me to the Moon" by the Bossa Nova Pops was in our collection with its golden Kapp label, and I played it so often, first thing every morning and at least once more during the day--or simply repeated it (there was a slide-lever for that function) that my dad finally ordered me to QUIT PLAYING THAT MUSIC!!!! I still have the player AND the cartridge somewhere around here--and it still played OK 15 or so years ago, though I had to jam a kitchen knife in to keep the play button held down and functional--but the chance to finally get this on CD will make a very Merry Christmas for yours truly. Just listening to the sample of the title track had me brimming with joy. That arrangement is so cool, just one of the greatest recordings EVER!
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I bought this album from Sam Goody's in NYC when it was first released by Kapp Records. WNEW, in New York, played the heck out of the entire lp.The song "Fly Me To The Moon" being one of the most played and used in several commercials, even being used in an episode of "Mad Men." Interesting note: Try to find The Love Theme from "Flight of the Phoenix" here re-titled "Senza Fine", and beautifully given the swinging Joe Harnell bossa nova touch. I now have the cherished cd Collectors Choice edition once offered. "Midnight Sun" with its very appropriate slow bossa nova beat, is another gem here. "My One & Only Love" is a personal favorite for the simple reason I have never heard it put to the tempo Harnell did here. "Loads of Love" is one I had never heard before, yet it is unique in the album for its small quintet sound minus the strings. "One Note Samba" is a classic Antonio Jobim melody that lingers, and Harnell makes it a melody that haunts you long after it is over. "My one and Only Love" is wonderful in the manner Harnell has arranged the string to Pizzicato the strings into a bossa nova beat. I skipped "Cry Me A River" because it is truly the finest effort here with its quick tempo piano rhythm throughout, and the "dialogue" between strings and piano is fun to listen to.

Consider this a dream of a catch if you can buy it on vinyl or disc, but go for it, otherwise Harnell's "Greatest Hits" is the only chance at a couple of these superb selections.
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This is the music that was the Big New Thing in the early Sixties, and would have been played at every cool swinging party to be sure. The Bossa-Nova enchanted everyone from Quincy Jones to Frank Sinatra, who even ended up making his own album with Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Joe Harnell's arrangements of many standards here were vibrant and sophisticated with very transparent orchestral textures and soaring strings. This music is still a delight to listen to whether as a nostalgic trip back to that time or just to enjoy today.
It may surprise some that Harnell's version of Fly Me To the Moon was the only version that was actually a hit single - Top 20 in early '63. We know it now mostly in Sinatra's swinging brassy version, but that was never released as a single.Also, until Sinatra and Harnell jazzed it up in their different ways, the song was always sung (or played) slowly in what was then called a "semi-classical" style, most often accompanied by a grand piano.Two notable performances in this style being Kaye Ballard's introduction of the song in 1954 and a later recording by Peggy Lee.
Joe Harnell, who as a noted arranger had worked with both Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee, seems to have known just what songs would take to the bossa nova rhythm because every track here works and the album is total bliss from beginning to end.
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This cd has something for everyone. Its puts you into a total dancing mood, with your love one. Its great Amazon carries these great and beautiful cds of the 60's, and 70's. This type of music can be played throughtout life. Thank you Amazon
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