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 Posted:   Jul 30, 2015 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

I always liked the Gordon MacRae version, with Jay Alexander at the baton......

https://youtu.be/2HxvCkaUn68


Ooo, Gordon MacRae! I squeal like a bobbysoxer at some of his stuff.

Gordon MacRae, before a certain point in his career, has the voice that Guy Madison would have if Guy's looks were turned into vocal talent. smile

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2015 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Mitch - even though I've come to expect it, I still haven't ceased to be amazed by your organisational skills!

C


You made me notice that his entries were in alphabetical order. That's a well-ordered mind! smile


Sorry to disillusion you ... I simply accessed the recordings I own from one of my music databases (Windows Media Player) so they, of course, appeared alphabetically, albeit I pulled Sinatra's name out of the list of vocalists.

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2015 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

I'm glad we don't have to have a definitive version. This was the version that raised my awareness of the song (and Raksin generally) - years before I saw the movie.

Carly Simon - Laura (albeit poorly balanced live recording)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2015 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

Spike Jones' version is pretty definitive.
eek
Sorry, but it really was the first version I heard as a child, and it still rattles around in my head at the mention of the name "Laura".


I knew someone would have to mention this one. One of my old college professors told me he once asked Raksin about this version and Raksin said he was disappointed that Jones didn't do more damage to it!

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2015 - 12:23 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)


Matt Monro's 1966 album Here's to My Lady with Sid Feller (11 tracks) was released on CD here in the UK as a double-header with This Is The Life! ... also with Sid Feller / 1966 - see:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Life-Heres-My-Lady/dp/B000005RRV/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1438151539&sr=1-1&keywords=matt+monro+here%27s+to+the+ladies



It's in mono. Crud.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2015 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   Stefan Huber   (Member)


Matt Monro's 1966 album Here's to My Lady with Sid Feller (11 tracks) was released on CD here in the UK as a double-header with This Is The Life! ... also with Sid Feller / 1966 - see:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Life-Heres-My-Lady/dp/B000005RRV/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1438151539&sr=1-1&keywords=matt+monro+here%27s+to+the+ladies



It's in mono. Crud.


It's a true shame that Matt's Capitol recordings have never been re-issued properly. All the British stuff has been expertly remastered during the last few years. Unfortunately, the British part of the catalog is now with Warner - the US part with UMG. UMG seems to have no interest in new archival releases these days - all they seem to be interested in is re-packaging extant masters again and again frown

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2015 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Spotify to the rescue!

I'm listening to the version released on the disc below, and am assuming it's the same as what's being talked about. It's definitely in stereo not mono, with percussion and piano in the left channel. (other songs sound to be stereo as well.)

Great Gentlemen of Song - Spotlight on Matt Monro


Not available new except digitally, but plenty of cheap used and third-party CD copies on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Spotlight-Matt-Monro-Great-Gentlemen/dp/B000006X4Z/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438373227&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=great+gentleman+of+song+matt+monro

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2015 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)


Great Gentlemen of Song - Spotlight on Matt Monro




This might serve, except that it doesn't give me my Sid Feller fix! smile

But I know I'm likely to see it in the record stores, so I'll give it a try.

Thanks, Sean.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2015 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)


It's a true shame that Matt's Capitol recordings have never been re-issued properly.


And yet I know better than to go tearing around trying to find the stereo LP, because everything I ever do that to gets reissued in stereo about 12 minutes after I've encoded it.

Exception: the Sue Raney I want

http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/complete_capitol_years_1956-1960_2-cd_set-cd-6018.html

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2015 - 10:44 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Who can forget George Webber musing with Don the bartender while Laura emanates via pianist:

"They don't write music like that anymore...each of us is the product of an era...that music is my era...beautiful melody, great lyric..."

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2015 - 10:47 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

(Ya know, this thread would have been perfectly acceptable on the General Discussion Board...)

Yes. frown

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 5:33 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Who can forget George Webber musing with Don the bartender while Laura emanates via pianist:

"They don't write music like that anymore...each of us is the product of an era...that music is my era...beautiful melody, great lyric..."


What's that from?

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 6:51 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Who can forget George Webber musing with Don the bartender while Laura emanates via pianist:

"They don't write music like that anymore...each of us is the product of an era...that music is my era...beautiful melody, great lyric..."


What's that from?


10 guesses ... smile

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

Who can forget George Webber musing with Don the bartender while Laura emanates via pianist:

"They don't write music like that anymore...each of us is the product of an era...that music is my era...beautiful melody, great lyric..."


What's that from?


Music (partly) by Maurice Ravel. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

What's that from?

It's easy to say...wink

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2016 - 3:06 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

This is my favorite, for the moment.

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2022 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

Gordon Jenkins counted the introduction he arranged for this song as among the finest things he ever did, musically.





 
 Posted:   Jun 25, 2022 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Gordon Jenkins counted the introduction he arranged for this song as among the finest things he ever did, musically...

And truly fabulous it is, too ...
On this superb album the song starts a run of four which could almost be the pinnacle of Sinatra's vocal works ... music, lyrics, arrangements, performances ...

In the seven years since I listed my recordings of this lovely melody, I've added no vocals but a few more instrumentals to my collection:

- Ray Anthony (1961)
- Frank Chacksfield (1959)
- Franck Pourcel (1961)
- David Rose (1952)
- Paul Weston (1959)
- Itzhak Perlman / John Williams / Boston Pops (1998)

You can't have too many recordings of this masterpiece smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2022 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Crap that Gordon Jenkins was incredible whether for Sinatra, Cole, Durante...or Nilsson!

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2022 - 4:41 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

ooops. wrong thread.

 
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