More Instrumental Gems of the '60s

More Instrumental Gems of the '60s

     
 
The sequel to the two-CD Instrumental Gems of the '60s is just one disc and lower in quality, though it's still a worthy, intelligently assembled compilation of 20 of the more memorable non-rock instrumental hits of the decade. It's perhaps a bit too heavy on the schmaltzy easy-listening component, with entries from Bert Kaempfert

Overview

The sequel to the two-CD Instrumental Gems of the '60s is just one disc and lower in quality, though it's still a worthy, intelligently assembled compilation of 20 of the more memorable non-rock instrumental hits of the decade. It's perhaps a bit too heavy on the schmaltzy easy-listening component, with entries from Bert Kaempfert ("Wonderland By Night"), Acker Bilk ("Stranger on the Shore," in retrospect the last gasp of pre-World War II-type easy-listening music), and Percy Faith. And it's hard to imagine that anyone with a passing interest in the genre hasn't found Martin Denny's "Quiet Village" on numerous other CD reissues. But there are some neat, idiosyncratic selections as well, like Kokomo's zany orchestral-boogie rendition of a Grieg piano concerto ("Asia Minor"), Billy Strange's familiar "Munsters Theme," Boots Randolph's uptempo novelty "Yakety Sax," and Kai Winding's "Telstar"-ish "More," with its creepy keyboards. South America is represented with Walter Wanderley's "Summer Samba" and Sergio Mendes' "Mais Que Nada" (which actually has vocals), jazz great Wes Montgomery pokes his head out with his MOR version of the Association's "Windy," and the Ventures bring things to a rousing conclusion with their famous "Hawaii Five-O" -- which sounds more like rock than easy listening, but who's complaining?

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/1998
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742003529
catalogNumber:
35

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Percy Faith   Track Performer
Sergio Mendes   Track Performer
Ventures   Track Performer
Baja Marimba Band   Track Performer
Acker Bilk   Track Performer
Bert Kaempfert   Track Performer
Wes Montgomery   Track Performer
André Previn   Track Performer
Walter Wanderley   Track Performer
Martin Denny   Track Performer
B. Bumble & the Stingers   Track Performer
Frank Chacksfield   Track Performer
Billy Strange   Track Performer
David Carroll   Track Performer
Boots Randolph   Track Performer
Kai Winding   Track Performer
San Remo Golden Strings   Track Performer
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66   Track Performer
David Carroll & His Orchestra   Track Performer
David Rose & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Percy Faith & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Bobby Moore   Track Performer
Richard Hayman & His Symphony Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

André Previn   Composer
Bob Hyde   Producer,Liner Notes
Norman Newell   Composer
Riz Ortolani   Composer
Boots Randolph   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Nino Oliviero   Composer
James Rich   Composer
Marcello Ciorciolini   Composer
Paulo Sérgio Valle   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer

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