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Audio CD, Audiobook, Box set, 12 August 2014
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Nelson Riddle was one of great arranger/conductors of the post-war era, who also excelled as a musician and composer. He was legendarily associated with Frank Sinatra during his golden period when he created his concept albums of the late 50s, but his extensive encompassed an extraordinary roll call of top flight male and female vocalists of the era, his classic arrangements contributing to their creative and commercial success witness his landmark arrangement for Peggy Lees The Folks Who Live On The Hill, including here. This great-value 106-track 4-CD set brings together examples of Nelson Riddles work from recordings as a trombonist in Charlie Spivaks Orchestra in 1941 through two decades of memorable recordings with major artists and with his own orchestra, with contributions from Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Billy Eckstine, Mel Torme, Dinah Shore, Al Martino, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Keely Smith, Louis Jordan and many more. Following on from our highly successful collections devoted to Billy May, Percy Faith and Hugo Winterhalter and with compilation and notes once again provided by former top journalist and showbiz photographer Geoff Wilding, this will undoubtedly strike a chord with collectors and enthusiasts.
- Product dimensions : 12.7 x 14.61 x 2.03 cm; 204.12 Grams
- Manufacturer : Acrobat
- Item Model Number : 29086527
- Original Release Date : 2014
- Label : Acrobat
- ASIN : B00JZZWJJ6
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: 27,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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So many people are represented in this collection and whilst there are many well remembered pieces there are also many items that are not so well known.
The items that took my fancy as I listened first time around were the 4 Louis Jordan songs dating from 1953 as they were ballads and not uptempo things I would normally associate with him. Famously known Peggy Lee's rendition of The Folks Who Live on the Hill & the Mavis Rivers songs from 1958. Not many to highlight but then I think you will find it difficult to select highlights from such an outstanding compilation.
The 16 page booklet is well illustrated and has plenty of discographical information. Geoff Wilding supplies the storyline and a very informative one too. Price wise a good deal and the sound transfers are good with an improving dynamics as you go through the 1950s and beyond.