Stereo Wonderland of Golden Hits/I Wish You Love

Stereo Wonderland of Golden Hits/I Wish You Love

by André Kostelanetz
     
 

This Collectables two-fer spotlights a pair of mid-'60s recordings by André Kostelanetz, produced at the peak of the conductor's infatuation with stereo technology and contemporary pop fare. The common knock against Kostelanetz is that his myriad recordings are virtually interchangeable, yet ask most music buffs to recommend or even name one of his LPs, and the answer…  See more details below

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This Collectables two-fer spotlights a pair of mid-'60s recordings by André Kostelanetz, produced at the peak of the conductor's infatuation with stereo technology and contemporary pop fare. The common knock against Kostelanetz is that his myriad recordings are virtually interchangeable, yet ask most music buffs to recommend or even name one of his LPs, and the answer is likely to be Stereo Wonderland of Golden Hits. Which begs a question: why? What makes this particular album the go-to release in a catalog teeming with dozens of titles? It could be its digital-era longevity: It's one of the few Kostelanetz titles reissued as a standalone CD. It could also be its cover: with her flowing strawberry-blonde mane, piercing blue eyes and canary-yellow sweater, the model seems to capture a kind of innocence lost in the immediate wake of the album's 1963 release and the subsequent assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Or most likely, it's the album's sound -- Kostelanetz's mastery of stereo recording was by this point absolute, and his renditions of favorites like "The Days of Wine and Roses," "Desafinado," and "Moon River" pour from the speakers with the thickness, richness, and sweetness of cake batter. I Wish You Love completes Kostelanetz's transition from the classical canon to mainstream pop -- cherrypicking material from the Top 40, Hollywood, and Broadway, the album is at best a grab bag of twinkling melodies and gossamer string arrangements, less a coherent listening experience than a seemingly random collection of familiar songs rendered in the same lush style. While Kostelanetz's low-impact approach to ballads like "Ebb Tide," "Blue Velvet," and "Deep Purple" results in an often sleepy, even moribund release, the music occasionally comes to life via uptempo flourishes including "Hello, Dolly" and "I Will Follow Him." As always, the arrangements are richly appointed, but the attention to detail ends there.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431787526
catalogNumber:
7875
Rank:
102958

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

André Kostelanetz   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Elmer Bernstein   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Robert Maxwell   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Teo Macero   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Joe Sherman   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Roy Stolle   Composer
Lee Morris   Composer
Arthur Altman   Composer
Lorenzo Barcelata   Composer
Newton Mendonça   Composer
S.K. Russell   Composer
Ric Marlow   Composer
Del Roma   Composer
Noel Sherman   Composer
Albert Beach   Composer
Freddy Friday   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer

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