Best of the RCA Victor Recordings

The Best of the RCA Victor Recordings

by Lou Monte
     
 

A 50-track, two-disc anthology of Lou Monte's RCA Victor recordings might seem like overkill considering that he scored only one Top Ten hit for the label. However, the success of Taragon's first Lou Monte collection, The Very Best of Lou Monte -- not to mention the enduring popularity of Monte himself -- justified the effort, and the result is a comprehensive…  See more details below

Overview

A 50-track, two-disc anthology of Lou Monte's RCA Victor recordings might seem like overkill considering that he scored only one Top Ten hit for the label. However, the success of Taragon's first Lou Monte collection, The Very Best of Lou Monte -- not to mention the enduring popularity of Monte himself -- justified the effort, and the result is a comprehensive collection of A-sides and B-sides from singles he recorded for RCA Victor during his first stint with the label. Monte wore many hats as an Italian crooner, a purveyor of ethnic novelties, and even a rock & roller on occasion. "Nina, the Queen of the Teeners" and "Pizza Boy U.S.A." fall into the latter category and show that Monte was as versatile as Guy Mitchell, another novelty-oriented (but not Italian) singer with whom he shares a number of similarities. Covers of two songs from Walt Disney's Davy Crockett television series depart from the Italian formula, but those are anomalies. Although The Best of the RCA Victor Recordings contains a couple of hits that overlap with The Very Best of Lou Monte, it is clearly intended to supplement the previous anthology as it rounds up non-hits and the B-sides of Monte's charting singles. Taken together, the two collections compile all but one of Monte's RCA Victor singles from 1953-1960.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
Label:
Taragon
UPC:
0783785110125
catalogNumber:
21101
Rank:
257017

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Angelina
  2. Jealous of You (Tango Della Gelosia)
  3. A Baby Cried
  4. One Moment More
  5. At the Darktown Strutters' Ball
  6. I Know How You Feel
  7. Won't You Forgive Me
  8. Vera's Veranda
  9. Chain Reaction
  10. Just Like Before
  11. In My Dreams
  12. Roulette
  13. Cat's Whiskers
  14. The Italian Wallflower (I'll Dance With Her, Henry)
  15. Dreamboat
  16. Bella Notte
  17. With You Beside Me
  18. King of the River
  19. Yaller Yaller Gold
  20. Rosina! (The Menu Song)
  21. Tombolee Tombola
  22. Italian Jingle Bells
  23. Santo Natale
  24. Pony Tail
  25. Nina, The Queen of the Teeners

Disc 2

  1. If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake
  2. Ask Your Heart
  3. If I Was a Millionaire
  4. Roman Guitar (Chitarra Romana)
  5. Some Cloud Above
  6. Someone Else Is Taking You Home
  7. The Wife (La Mogliera)
  8. Musica Bella (The Beautiful Music of Love)
  9. Ha! Ha! Ha! (Che Lla La!)
  10. Round and Round My Heart
  11. Lazy Mary (Luna Mezzo Mare)
  12. Angelique
  13. Strada Nfosa
  14. Marianna
  15. Where Do You Work Marie (Where Do You Work-A John)
  16. The Italian Cowboy Song
  17. Pizza Boy U.S.A.
  18. The Angel in the Fountain
  19. Solo Per Te (Only for You)
  20. Pistol Packin' Mama
  21. Have Another
  22. All Because It's Christmas
  23. Santa Nicola
  24. Guarda Che Luna
  25. Remember This Gumba

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lou Monte   Primary Artist
Walter E. Hammett   Choir Director
Joe Reisman & His Orchestra & Chorus   Track Performer
Joe Reisman's Orchestra   Track Performer
Henri René & His Orchestra and Chorus   Track Performer
Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
Etta James   Composer
Peggy Lee   Composer
Jack Wilson   Composer
Domenico Modugno   Composer
Dexter   Composer
Lou Monte   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Sonny Burke   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Charles Randolph Grean   Producer
Jack Hoffman   Composer
Stanley Kahan   Composer
Joe Reisman   Producer
Abner Spector   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Paul Zinman   Engineer
Steve Kolanjian   Liner Notes,Annotation
George Bruns   Composer
Lee Schapiro   Producer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Mitchell Torok   Composer
William Engvick   Composer
Hoffman   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Edward Lisbona   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
Hector Marchese   Composer
Attilio Mineo   Composer
David Saxon   Composer
Harry Stride   Composer
Tom Blackburn   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Chester Conn   Composer
Andre DeBadet   Composer
Gus Edwards   Composer
Ticker Freeman   Composer
Rhoda Roberts   Composer
Will D. Cobb   Composer
John Sellards   Artwork
Walter E. Hammett   Orchestra Director
Kenny Jacobson   Composer
Cherubin Bruno   Composer
Marjorie Harper   Composer
Umberto Bertini   Composer
Belle Nardone   Composer

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