Capitol From the Vaults, Vol. 6: The Best of '56

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This sixth installment of Capitol records' label retrospective -- Capitol From the Vaults -- concentrates on the transitional and influential music released in 1956, as rock & roll began to show continual staying power on the pop music charts. However, as the 25 tracks on this volume illustrate, adults and even young people were still buying and listening to traditional popular music, and that is exactly what "the tower" was releasing. The set kicks off with a chart-topping entry from Tennessee Ernie Ford singing "Sixteen Tons" -- which had also been recorded by Merle Travis, who not only wrote the song, but was also a fellow Capitol recording artist. Although it had...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This sixth installment of Capitol records' label retrospective -- Capitol From the Vaults -- concentrates on the transitional and influential music released in 1956, as rock & roll began to show continual staying power on the pop music charts. However, as the 25 tracks on this volume illustrate, adults and even young people were still buying and listening to traditional popular music, and that is exactly what "the tower" was releasing. The set kicks off with a chart-topping entry from Tennessee Ernie Ford singing "Sixteen Tons" -- which had also been recorded by Merle Travis, who not only wrote the song, but was also a fellow Capitol recording artist. Although it had been a regional hit for Travis, it is Ford's version that became most memorable. There were several other notable male vocalists who also climbed the charts for Capitol in 1956. As Dean Martin's popularity continued to soar, "Memories Are Made of This" -- featuring the Terry Gilkyson-led Easy Riders -- was not only his first Top 40, but also first number-one hit. The disc ushered in 1956 firmly atop most pop-music and jukebox charts. Although not a number one, the show tune "Standing on the Corner" was another hit for Martin during March of that year, and is likewise featured on this collection. Another male vocalist who dominated the upper echelons of the pop singles chart during 1956 was newcomer Sonny James. The catchy "Young Love" -- James' entrée into pop music -- became one of his signature tunes and racked up hit singles on Capitol's country charts well into the 1970s. Jazz vocal fans continued as huge proponents of the label. Nat "King" Cole -- whose "Too Young to Go Steady," "Never Let Me Go," and "That's All There Is to That" are featured here -- was one reason. Another are Stan Kenton alumni the Four Freshmen -- heard here on their Top 20 hit "Graduation Day." Other notable inclusions on Capitol From the Vaults, Vol. 6: The Best of '56 are the novelty "The Happy Whistler" -- a Top Ten hit for one-hit wonder Don Robertson. Also worth noting is the biting, satirical view of Stan Freberg as he disassembles Elvis on his decidedly derogatory rendition of "Heartbreak Hotel." Recording engineer Bob Norberg lovingly remastered this entire series from the best possible source materials, and the results are uniformly spectacular. Music historian and musician Billy Vera produced Capitol From the Vaults and likewise penned some highly informative and entertaining liner notes for each volume.
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  • Release Date: 1/23/2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724352829422
  • Catalog Number: 28294

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford (2:54)
  2. 2 Lisbon Antigua - Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra (3:00)
  3. 3 Memories Are Made of This - The Easy Riders (3:09)
  4. 4 Band of Gold - Kit Carson (3:15)
  5. 5 Moritat - Les Paul (2:35)
  6. 6 The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter (3:00)
  7. 7 Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots (L'Homme a la Moto) - Edith Piaf (2:59)
  8. 8 Main Title from "The Man With the Golden Arm" - Billy May (3:13)
  9. 9 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face - Gordon MacRae (3:04)
  10. 10 Too Young to Go Steady - Nat King Cole (2:55)
  11. 11 Never Let Me Go - Nat King Cole (3:06)
  12. 12 The Happy Whistler - Don Robertson (3:04)
  13. 13 Graduation Day - The Four Freshmen (2:56)
  14. 14 Standing on the Corner - Dean Martin (3:12)
  15. 15 The Wayward Wind - Tex Ritter (3:04)
  16. 16 That's All There Is to That - The Four Knights (3:11)
  17. 17 True Love - Margaret Whiting (3:01)
  18. 18 Heartbreak Hotel - Stan Freberg (2:42)
  19. 19 I Don't Want Nobody (To Have My Love But You) - Woody Herman (3:07)
  20. 20 Out of Sight, Out of Mind - The Five Keys (3:15)
  21. 21 Two Different Worlds - Dick Haymes (3:04)
  22. 22 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days - The Witnesses (3:06)
  23. 23 Dreamy Eyes - The Four Preps (2:49)
  24. 24 Wisdom of a Fool - The Five Keys (2:36)
  25. 25 Young Love - Sonny James (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stan Freberg Track Performer
Tennessee Ernie Ford Track Performer
Tex Ritter Track Performer
The Four Freshmen Track Performer
The Four Preps Track Performer
Dean Martin Track Performer
Louis Prima Track Performer
Les Baxter Conductor
The Five Keys Track Performer
Les Paul Track Performer
Woody Herman Conductor, Vocals
Dick Hyman Conductor
Billy May Conductor
Margaret Whiting Track Performer
Buddy Bregman Conductor
Sam Butera Track Performer
Van Alexander Conductor
The Easy Riders Track Performer
Dick Haymes Track Performer
Edith Piaf Track Performer
Gordon MacRae Track Performer
Jack Fascinato Conductor
Don Robertson Track Performer
Robert Chauvigny Conductor
Nat King Cole Track Performer
Harry Geller Conductor
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Kit Carson Track Performer
The Four Knights Track Performer
Dick Stabile Conductor
Ian Bernard Conductor
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra Track Performer
The Witnesses Track Performer
Dave Cavanaugh Conductor
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Rick Cartey Composer
Carol Joyner Composer
Robert Musenbichler Composer
Herb Newman Composer
Clyde Otis Composer
Billy Vera Producer, Liner Notes
Kelly Owens Composer
Jack Taylor Composer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Stanley Lebowsky Composer
Alan Warner Concept
Don Donaldson Composer
Bryan Kelley Producer
Debbie Morris Composer
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