The Best of the RCA Victor Recordings

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
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: 9/16/2003
  • Label: Taragon
  • UPC: 783785110125
  • Catalog Number: 21101
  • Sales rank: 113,646

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angelina - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:04)
  2. 2 Jealous of You (Tango Della Gelosia) - Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra (2:34)
  3. 3 A Baby Cried - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:30)
  4. 4 One Moment More - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:45)
  5. 5 At the Darktown Strutters' Ball - Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra (2:43)
  6. 6 I Know How You Feel - Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra (2:43)
  7. 7 Won't You Forgive Me - Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra (2:49)
  8. 8 Vera's Veranda - Henri René & His Orchestra and Chorus (2:49)
  9. 9 Chain Reaction - Henri René & His Orchestra (2:32)
  10. 10 Just Like Before - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:53)
  11. 11 In My Dreams - Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra (2:42)
  12. 12 Roulette - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:32)
  13. 13 Cat's Whiskers - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:57)
  14. 14 The Italian Wallflower (I'll Dance With Her, Henry) - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:07)
  15. 15 Dreamboat - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:10)
  16. 16 Bella Notte - Joe Reisman's Orchestra (2:44)
  17. 17 With You Beside Me - Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra (2:14)
  18. 18 King of the River - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (1:50)
  19. 19 Yaller Yaller Gold - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:19)
  20. 20 Rosina! (The Menu Song) - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:07)
  21. 21 Tombolee Tombola - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:13)
  22. 22 Italian Jingle Bells - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:12)
  23. 23 Santo Natale - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:09)
  24. 24 Pony Tail - Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra (2:19)
  25. 25 Nina, The Queen of the Teeners - Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra (1:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake - Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra (2:01)
  2. 2 Ask Your Heart - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:29)
  3. 3 If I Was a Millionaire - Joe Reisman's Orchestra (2:04)
  4. 4 Roman Guitar (Chitarra Romana) - Joe Reisman's Orchestra (2:49)
  5. 5 Some Cloud Above - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:34)
  6. 6 Someone Else Is Taking You Home - Joe Reisman's Orchestra (1:56)
  7. 7 The Wife (La Mogliera) - Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra (1:50)
  8. 8 Musica Bella (The Beautiful Music of Love) - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:08)
  9. 9 Ha! Ha! Ha! (Che Lla La!) - Joe Reisman & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:34)
  10. 10 Round and Round My Heart - Joe Reisman & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:11)
  11. 11 Lazy Mary (Luna Mezzo Mare) - Joe Reisman's Orchestra (2:41)
  12. 12 Angelique - Joe Reisman & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:24)
  13. 13 Strada Nfosa - Joe Reisman's Orchestra (2:45)
  14. 14 Marianna - Joe Reisman & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:29)
  15. 15 Where Do You Work Marie (Where Do You Work-A John) - Joe Reisman & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:17)
  16. 16 The Italian Cowboy Song - Joe Reisman & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:14)
  17. 17 Pizza Boy U.S.A. - Joe Reisman's Orchestra (2:16)
  18. 18 The Angel in the Fountain - Joe Reisman's Orchestra (2:35)
  19. 19 Solo Per Te (Only for You) - Joe Reisman & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:42)
  20. 20 Pistol Packin' Mama (1:59)
  21. 21 Have Another (2:19)
  22. 22 All Because It's Christmas (2:41)
  23. 23 Santa Nicola (2:27)
  24. 24 Guarda Che Luna - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:30)
  25. 25 Remember This Gumba - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:02)
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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
Al Dexter Composer
Lou Monte Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
George "Funky" Brown Composer
Sonny Burke Composer
Hal David Composer
Eliot Goshman Mastering
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
Al 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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