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 Posted:   Apr 20, 2017 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Great additions, thanks for the contributions - I'll update the master list this weekend. (Or someday, he adds two months later and still doesn't have time to do it.)

Very sad that so far Robert Goulet's album is the only one I can't find on CD - unless I'm missing it somehow?

And you all convinced me on Matt Monro, who I've loved ever since I listened repeatedly to From Russia with Love and Born Free in the '60s and '70s. Had to pick up his album used (part of an out-of-print Collectibles 2-fer) sound unheard.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2017 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Just a note that I didn't like the Spiteri collection at all -- but it was the most recent "movie song" album that I could think of. It is very quirky and uneven to say the least.

 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2017 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

And you all convinced me on Matt Monro, who I've loved ever since I listened repeatedly to From Russia with Love and Born Free in the '60s and '70s. Had to pick up his album used (part of an out-of-print Collectibles 2-fer) sound unheard.

Sean, I have that 2-fer you're talking about, it sounds fine.

There is also this 3 disc set 'Matt At The Movies' released a few years ago now, which should be relatively cheap to get hold of. It contains all the tracks on the above CD, and many more movie tracks Matt recorded throughout his career...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Matt-At-Movies-Monro-x/dp/B000VLIXZ2/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1492714131&sr=1-1&keywords=matt+monro+matt+at+the+movies

Oh and do yourself a favour and get the Andy Williams one too, really good albumwink

 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2017 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Sean, I have that 2-fer you're talking about, it sounds fine.

There is also this 3 disc set 'Matt At The Movies' released a few years ago now, which should be relatively cheap to get hold of....


NOW you tell me! wink That's the ticket - I switched the two-fer version for this - like this idea better.

And I'll tell you all frankly, I've got my eye on all of these - I like the idea of a collection of movie song albums. But it's the kind of thing I can only take so much of at a time, so it will probably take a while to build up. Never have bought an Andy Williams album - but this may be the one.

 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2017 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Cleverly-titled, and still in print:

http://www.steveandeydie.com/sl_academyawardlosers.html

 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2017 - 5:49 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Ike Cole performing the movie hits circa 1969 (only on LP, but you can hear it free if you visit my place smile ):

https://www.discogs.com/Ike-Cole-Picture-This/release/4813544

 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2017 - 5:55 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I believe Sue Raney's Johnny Mandel*

http://sueraneysro.com/quietlythere.html


and Henry Mancini cd's were both all-film-songs:

http://sueraneysro.com/dreamsville.html




*Her performance of "Emily" would rival Tony Bennett's, I'll bet!

 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2017 - 6:04 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Jeepers, Onya, I meant a covers album, not a cover-your-ears album!



Cover vocals, only? If you open the can of "instrumental" worms, it's pretty big, Sean.

 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2017 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Sue Raney has 3 vocals on these film songs of Ralph Rainger (Chuck Berghofer Trio):

https://www.amazon.com/Film-Music-Ralph-Rainger-Thanks/dp/B0040Q1T4Q/ref=tmm_msc_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2017 - 9:14 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

Here's a Mancini tribute album (highly recommended... by me) performed by various rock artists (mostly instrumentals): Shots in the Dark: Del-Fi Does Mancini. One of the customer reviews says, "Henry Mancini's songs remain theoretically intact but are presented in such a different context, mostly a hard edged, surf rock reverb-guitar meets late 50's space-age, bachelor-pad swing sound, that it instantly became one of the most ambitious tribute albums ever contemplated. There are plenty of musical quirks that would seem absurd but work to perfection: a laughing clown (don't ask) in the midst of "The Pink Panther Theme", a "space phone" (again, don't ask) on "Lonesome", and best of all, actual vintage NASA transmissions floating through the mesmerizing "Dreamsville". Each group went out on a limb with their interpretations and somehow it pulled together to form a cohesive and deviously entertaining whole."



Track list:
1. Banzai Pipeline - The Boardwalkers
2. Baby Elephant Walk - The Jigsaw Seen
3. Peter Gunn Theme - Poison Ivy (of The Cramps)
4. Charade - The Blue Hawaiians
5. Something For Cat - Four Piece Suit
6. Mr. Lucky - Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods
7. The Pink Panther Theme - Oranj Symphonette
8. Lonesome - Friends Of Dean Martinez
9. The Party - The Wondermints
10. Monkey Farm - The Tiki Tones
11. A Shot In The Dark - Whiskey Biscuit
12. Touch Of Evil - Man or Astroman?
13. Days Of Wine And Roses (Vocal) - Wonderful World Of Joey
14. Dreamsville - Br. Cleve & His Lush Orchestra
15. Push The Button, Max! - Del Noah & The Mt. Ararat Finks
16. Charade (Vocal) - Farina
17. Mr. Yunioshi - Insect Surfers
18. Arabesque - The Huntington Cads
19. Experiment In Terror - Davie Allan & The Arrows
20. Moon River (Vocal) - Nan Vernon

 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2017 - 7:23 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Cover vocals, only? If you open the can of "instrumental" worms, it's pretty big, Sean.

We've already got some instrumentals talked about here, mostly of the Jazz variety so far. I'm all for everything - provided it's an album of movie songs (not just individual tracks) - from one composer or many. I'm looking mostly for covers that say something new, bring something distinctive and different to the originals, which is why big name singers and jazz artists may be most often represented.

Let's go big!

 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2017 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I'm all for everything - provided it's an album of movie songs (not just individual tracks) - from one composer or many. I'm looking mostly for covers that say something new, bring something distinctive and different to the originals, which is why big name singers and jazz artists may be most often represented.

Let's go big!


Then I'll look in my LP stack to see what comes up from the era of the early sixties, when sexy women wearing big eyelashes were selling instrumental albums. I think Previn and Newman did at least one all-film-scores with new arrangements.

By the by, what does "movie songs (not just individual tracks)" mean? Are "tracks" ones that have no lyrics? Or music that is lifted from the original performances?

 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2017 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

I just meant individual songs (tracks) that are movie covers on albums that have a mix of other songs like standards not written for a particular movie. For example, I love k.d. lang's album Drag, but even though she's got a cover of Theme from the Valley of the Dolls, it doesn't count here cause it's not a whole album of covers, just one track.

Arbitrary? Heck, yeah!

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2017 - 3:07 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I just meant individual songs (tracks) that are movie covers on albums that have a mix of other songs like standards not written for a particular movie. For example, I love k.d. lang's album Drag, but even though she's got a cover of Theme from the Valley of the Dolls, it doesn't count here cause it's not a whole album of covers, just one track.

Arbitrary? Heck, yeah!


But should this listing (to be) include instrumental covers of film themes which were never songs? As an example, I'd throw in one of my earliest vinyl LP purchases, Geoff Love's Big Love Movie Themes (not available on CD frown, although many of the tracks are) as it's a wonderful collection but I'm not sure Nino Rota's marvellous theme to La Strada ever had a lyric (a fellow poster may correct me here ...)

We've often discussed Geoff Love's series of recordings with Western & War being many film score fans' introduction to this music genre ... but the majority of those 24 tracks have not had lyrics.

If you do include such covers then I think the listings will go on for ever ... smile

Back to song covers, I could include Henry Mancini's double album The Academy Award Songs (1966) - 31 songs which use his chorus throughout ... not my favourite album from this great man.

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2017 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Maybe we need a separate thread on instrumentals, but either way, I'd love for this to go on forever. It does help to focus mostly on actual songs, though, just to keep this manageable. But I don't think we have to worry if every track is an actual song, as long as it's mostly that.

It would also be nice to have a thread on themes and other covers for non song albums, I don't believe I've ever seen one here. Though I have been turned on to many such albums mentioned here and there over the years.

I just stumbled on the Mancini album you mention, musicmad, while doing a search on Amazon. Will be adding these to the master list when I get more time (if I ever do!).

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2017 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Just found this one:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Sinatra_Conducts_Music_from_Pictures_and_Plays

 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2017 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

paul weston did "Love music from Hollywood", which I just found for 4 bits.

http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/paul_weston/love_music_from_hollywood__background_themes_from_the_screens_greatest_romances/

It has the nicest version of "Laura" I've ever heard, and a surprisingly Steiner-ish KINGS ROW.

I've never been impressed with anyone's version of this theme, but maybe it's just the theme itself:

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2017 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Just checked on Spotify, and this Weston album is part of a 2 /12 hour collection called Relaxing Moods & Sounds - available on the various digital sites.

https://open.spotify.com/album/2a65i9xUTNt3fE7uMj6rh0

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2017 - 3:35 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Paul Weston: my father spoke fondly of his arrangements but did not love* long enough to hear my collection of his recordings, apart from sundry backings to several of the song stylists such as Doris Day.

I now have 10 albums from this master, most of the tracks being superb arrangements of standards, albeit not all emanate from the world of the silver screen.

Mitch

Edit * live
Too much potent liquid prior to typing => silly mistakes

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2017 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Yes, I think you should follow your instinct and start a separate thread for instrumental versions.

Apples & oranges, don'tcha know...

 
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