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Stereo Wonderland of Golden Hits/I Wish You Love

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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: ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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: 7/29/2008
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431787526
  • Catalog Number: 7875
  • Sales rank: 126,494

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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