The Exciting Voice of Sergio Franchi/Live at the Cocoanut Groove

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All Music Guide - John Bush
This Collectables two-fer packages two of Sergio Franchi's best LPs from the mid-'60s: 1964's The Exciting Voice of Sergio Franchi with 1965's Live at the Cocoanut Groove. He of the powerful, majestic Italian tenor certainly wasn't a '60s-style swinger to match Frank Sinatra or even Dean Martin, but Franchi was among the best then practicing the old-world style of classic songs given overwhelming performances. Neither of the two LPs here are studio dates; The Exciting Voice was recorded at Webster Hall, but apparently in a closed session, while Live at the Cocoanut Groove ostensibly recorded for posterity the Franchi floor show at Los ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
This Collectables two-fer packages two of Sergio Franchi's best LPs from the mid-'60s: 1964's The Exciting Voice of Sergio Franchi with 1965's Live at the Cocoanut Groove. He of the powerful, majestic Italian tenor certainly wasn't a '60s-style swinger to match Frank Sinatra or even Dean Martin, but Franchi was among the best then practicing the old-world style of classic songs given overwhelming performances. Neither of the two LPs here are studio dates; The Exciting Voice was recorded at Webster Hall, but apparently in a closed session, while Live at the Cocoanut Groove ostensibly recorded for posterity the Franchi floor show at Los Angeles' most opulent club of the '60s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/2003
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431285121
  • Catalog Number: 2851
  • Sales rank: 6,119

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sergio Franchi Primary Artist
Stan Applebaum Conductor
Technical Credits
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Gordon Jenkins Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Robert Maxwell Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Stan Applebaum Arranger
Jim Foglesong Producer
Walter Gross Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer, Composer
Frank Hunter Arranger
Gus Kahn Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Norman Newell Composer
Riz Ortolani Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Bob Simpson Engineer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
John Norman Engineer
Nino Oliviero Composer
Wally Stott Arranger
Jimmy Dale Composer
Enrico Tagliaferri Composer
Tony Renis Composer
Sam Ward Composer
Neil Warner Arranger, Orchestra Director
George Forrest Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Alberto Testa Composer
Albert Beach Composer
Libero Bovio Composer
Riccardo Cordiferro Composer
George Cory Composer
Art Crafer Composer
Douglass Cross Composer
Rodolfo Falvo Composer
Michele Galdieri Composer
Jack Val Composer
Nicola Valente Composer
Totò Composer
Traditional Composer
Martin Kalmanoff Composer
Jimmy Nebb Composer
Salvatore Cardillo Composer
Robert Wright Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally Sergio Franchi at his best!

    Finally, the famous live recording of Sergio at the Los Angeles' Cocoanut Grove is available on CD. This is, arguably, the finest recording made by this wonderfully gifted singer. It was October of 1964 and Sergio was appearing at the Grove with the Freddy Martin Orchestra. Franchi and his musical director Neil Warner weave a magical musical evening with beautifully arranged standards, Italian canzone and an opera aria ("E lucevan le stelle" TOSCA). The TOSCA aria dissembles any doubt that Sergio's was a brilliant operatic voice, and it was due solely his own desire to establish a closer relationship with his audience that moved him from the opera stage. It indeed seems odd that it is only thanks to Collectibles records, and not RCA that we finally have this recording available at all. RCA possesses a treasure of great vocal recordings by artists such as Franchi, Mario Lanza, Anna Moffo, Cesare Valletti and many others. Would that they could see the wisdom of re-releasing these gems, especially when one considers the relatively sorry state that currently exists in contemporary classical vocal artistry. Finally, the inclusion of the 1963 recording, THE EXCITING VOICE OF SERGIO FRANCHI is a wonderful addendum to what is a long overdue realease.

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