- 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)
Fly Me to the Moon & the Bossa Nova Pops
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My parents had this record and listened to it a lot when I was a kid in the 60's. My 80-year old mother was getting nostalgic for it, and I bought two: one for her and one for... Read morePublished 20 months ago by SEA
Mint condition! One of my favorite albums from 50 years ago and now on a CD. I absolutely love it!!!Published on November 24, 2013 by sam dodsworth
Took me down memory lane. My mother had this album and I was in sixth grade. My assignment was to do a dance routine and I chose the song Fly... Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Kyle Wilhelm
I love the beat and rhythm of Bossa Nova. The genre was popular in the early sixties thanks to the likes of Joe Harnell. This is one of my all time favorite recordings. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Other than this Collectors' Choice CD re-issue of his 1963 Kapp KL-1318 LP, the only other CDs covering the music of conductor/arranger Joe Harnell (born Joseph Harnell in the... Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by George O'Leary
I have this as a 33rpm record but it has lost its playabillity,i can now use it in my car stereo,,I love this artist ,he is easy to listen too,catchy driving music for the over... Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by Paul A. Carcas
I have this recording on vinyl and I could never stand the ticks and worn out sound of the record. It just took the enjoyment out of the music. Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by JIMMYZ
I too grew up listening to this in the early 70's thanks to my wonderful aunt who taught me to love bossa nova - she had all the classics from Doris Day to Frank Sinatra to this... Read morePublished on May 17, 2008 by cinnamon & sugar