quarta-feira, 4 de setembro de 2013

Mantovani - More Mantovani Film Encores

  1. The High and the Mighty
  2. A Certain Smile
  3. Friendly Persuasion
  4. Whatever Will Be, Will Be
  5. Tammy
  6. Be My Love
  7. April Love
  8. When You Wish Upon A Star
  9. Separate Tables
  10. Around the World
  11. Fascination
  12. Secret Love
Film Encores

More Mantovani Film Encores from 1959 gathers up some of the great film hits of the decade, which were not included in the million-selling 'Film Encores' collection. The hits of great Hollywood songwriters such as Dimitri Tiomkin, Paul Francis Webster, Sammy Fain, Ray Evans & Jay Livingston, Sammy Cahn & Victor Young adorn this album, starting with The High and the Mighty, which provided chart success for Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra back in 1954. It won Tiomkin an Academy Award for his successful film score, and Mantovani gives the theme the respect it deserves. Illuminating the charts in 1958, thanks to the vocal recording by Johnny Mathis (No. 19 in the USA, No. 4 in the UK), A Certain Smile has remained a great favourite ever since. The sumptuous arrangement is certainly one of Mantovani's best of that era, displaying the massed strings - and a delicious trombone solo - at their very best. Tiomkin's Friendly Persuasion, a fourth million-seller for Pat Boone in 1956, illustrated a Civil War era film involving a family of Quakers, whereas the Milner arranged Whatever Will Be, Will Be originated in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' involving James Stewart and Doris Day, who took the Evans & Livingston song to the top of the British and American charts. Mantovani pays tribute here with his lively version, showing off a delightful accordion and mandolin duet before the strings and brass intercede.

'Tammy and the Bachelor' offered up a lovely ballad sung sweetly by the wholesome Debbie Reynolds, who went to the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The Ames Brothers, singing over the film credits, reached the No. 5 spot in America, too, with their version of this tender, haunting song that attracts the full Mantovani string treatment. A first million-seller record by the great Alfredo Arnold Cocozza from Philadelphia, better know to us as Mario Lanza, was Be My Love, written for the film 'The Toast of New Orleans' in which he appeared with Katherine Grayson and David Niven. It became his signature tune and was arranged here by Cecil Milner, who captures the grandeur of the song. Milner also scored April Love, the Pat Boone million-seller from 1957, a highlight of the movie of the same name in which he appeared with Shirley Jones. One of the best introductions to any Mantovani recording now appears on When You Wish Upon a Star, in the guise of a superb descending run from the high strings to the low basses, imitating a falling star. It shows just how Mantovani was in complete control of his musicians. The song itself first appeared in the Walt Disney cartoon feature 'Pinocchio', winning an Academy Award for the best movie song of 1940.

The Terence Rattigan play brought from London's West End to the big screen, Separate Tables, detailed the goings-on between an eclectic assortment of individuals at a British seaside guest house. Monty made a lovely recording of the theme with himself playing piano, but the alternative 45-rpm single, featuring actor Anthony Oliver intoning gravely over the background theme, is best forgotten! Even the maestro could make the occasional bad recording... One of his biggest hits in the late 1950s was Around the World, written shortly before his death in November 1956 by Victor Young.

Sadly, Young was not around to see the film extravaganza produced by Mike Todd featuring David Niven. Its beautiful theme as heard here reveals Mantovani's mainstay trumpeter, Stan Newsome, in outstanding form. Recently revived in the 2007 movie production 'La Vie en Rose', Fascination goes back a very long way, to 1904, where it was first known as Valse Tzigane.

First recorded by him in 1942, featuring Alan Kane as his vocalist, Monty revived it again after it was used in the 1957 film 'Love in the Afternoon' starring Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn and Maurice Chevalier. Around the same time it was also a million-seller for vocalist Jane Morgan with The Troubadors. Bringing the collection to fruition is yet another Doris Day success, written for 'Calamity Jane' in which she starred. Secret Love won the Academy Award for best film song of 1953, with Dori's recording topping both the British and American charts, and was also a million-seller for Slim Whitman in 1954.

(Colin MacKenzie from hallowquest.com)

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