Jackie Gleason Presents Music To Change Her Mind

Jackie Gleason Presents Music To Change Her Mind

by Jackie Gleason & His Orchestra
     
 
Yes, it's that Jackie Gleason credited as "presenting" the 15 lushly orchestrated pop melodies on the suggestively titled (if not directly intentioned) Music to Change Her Mind (1956). However, to what extent "The Great One" was actually involved with the creation and/or creative processes remains up for debate. By the time this long player began

Overview

Yes, it's that Jackie Gleason credited as "presenting" the 15 lushly orchestrated pop melodies on the suggestively titled (if not directly intentioned) Music to Change Her Mind (1956). However, to what extent "The Great One" was actually involved with the creation and/or creative processes remains up for debate. By the time this long player began ascending the charts in early 1956 -- where it eventually landed in the Top Ten -- Gleason had already issued four consecutive long players that had been met with comparable popular acclaim. Although their names don't grace the original LP jacket, the efforts of top arrangers such as Pete King and George Williams, as well as the unmistakable smooth tones of lead instrumentalist Bobby Hackett (trumpet), are aurally evident. The latter's relationship with Gleason can be traced back to the 1942 film Orchestra Wives, where the pair became castmates. While comparatively anonymous, the success of the recordings resulted in Hackett being signed to an exclusivity deal by Gleason, thus preventing him from taking his talents elsewhere. The majority of this LP's material comes from a wide spectrum of standards that would most likely have been familiar to concurrent listeners. Conversely, "You're My Greatest Love" is a Gleason original carrying an additional mantle as the theme song to the landmark television series The Honeymooners, starring Gleason in the lead role of Ralph Kramden. This cozy and liberally orchestrated version is developed into a much more languid tune with Hackett's solo wafting atop the syrupy string section. The rest of the album is similarly scored with decelerated tempos and dramatically accentuated melodies. "It's the Talk of the Town," "All By Myself," and "Dancing in the Dark" stand out as strikingly different from more common renderings, as Gleason's "mood" is decidedly and overtly amorous. The 2004 CD boasts a whopping nine supplementary sides, seven of which have never been issued before. The other pair, "Autumn Leaves" and "Oo! What You Do to Me," were first available on a 1955 45 rpm single, credited to Jackie Gleason & His Orchestra.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742043723
catalogNumber:
437

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Tracks

  1. You've Changed
  2. Coquette
  3. Did I Remember
  4. Guilty
  5. It's the Talk of the Town
  6. My Sin
  7. It Was So Beautiful
  8. You're My Greatest Love
  9. She's Funny That Way
  10. All by Myself
  11. I'm Glad There Is You
  12. You and the Night and the Music
  13. Dancing in the Dark
  14. You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)
  15. Take Me in Your Arms
  16. Autumn Leaves
  17. Oo! What You Do to Me
  18. Lullaby of the Leaves
  19. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  20. The Third Man Theme
  21. Sweet Georgia Brown
  22. Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has Already Seen My Girl)
  23. September Song
  24. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackie Gleason & His Orchestra   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Green   Composer
Jackie Gleason   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Anton Karas   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Bill Carey   Composer
Russ Columbo   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Donald Kahn   Composer
Paul Madeira   Composer
Alfred Markus   Composer
Fritz Rotter   Composer
Gladys Dubois   Composer
Paul Gregory   Composer

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