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Various Artists: Rare Pop Instrumentals of the Fifties

Track List

>Third Man Theme, The - Anton Karas (mono)
>Melody Of Love [CD Debut] - Leo Diamond (mono)
>Love Me Tender - Henri René (mono)
>Poor People of Paris [Stereo Debut], The - Les Baxter
>When the White Lilacs Bloom Again [CD Debut] - Florian Zabach (mono)
>Canadian Sunset [Stereo Debut] - Eddie Heywood/Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra & Eddie Heywood/Hugo Winterhalter
>Sail Along Silvery Moon [Stereo Debut] - Billy Vaughn
>Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White [Stereo Debut] - Pérez Prado
>Main Title From "Man With The Golden Arm" [Stereo Debut] - Elmer Bernstein
>Two for Two Cha Cha - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
>Typewriter [1959 Stereo LP Version], The - Leroy Anderson & His "Pops" Concert Orchestra
>Chinatown, My Chinatown [CD Debut] - Bobby Maxwell (mono)
>Marimba Charleston [CD Debut] - Marimba Chiapas (mono)
>Song Of The Nairobi Trio [CD Debut] - The Fortune Tellers
>Got A Match [CD Debut] - Frank Gallop (mono)
>Heart And Soul [Stereo Debut] - Johnny Maddox
>Alabama Jubilee [CD Debut] - Ferko String Band (mono)
>Look Sharp, Be Sharp [CD Debut] - Boston Pops Orchestra (mono)
>Plantation Boogie - Lenny Dee (mono)
>Tequila [Stereo Debut] - The Champs
>Night Train - Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra (mono)
>(But As They Say) That's Life [CD Debut] - Jack Pleis & His Orchestra/Jack Pleis (mono)
>Bewitched [Stereo LP Version] [CD Debut] - The Betty Smith Group
>Melacholy Serenade - Jackie Gleason (mono)
>I'll Always Be In Love With You [CD Debut] - Jack Pleis & His Orchestra/Jack Pleis (mono)
>Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo [CD Debut]] - Dick Hyman Trio (mono)
>Woodchopper's Ball [CD Debut] - Hutch Davie (mono)
>Faithful Hussar, The - Ted Heath (mono)
>Tequila [CD Debut] - Eddie Platt (mono)
>Fried Onions - Lord Rockingham's XI (mono)
>Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu - Dicky Doo & the Don'ts (mono)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Greg Adams .

Once upon a time, it was a melody that truly sold a song, along with a clever way of bringing it across. This collection is devoted to that concept; Rare Pop Instrumentals of the Fifties, as the title suggests, gathers together 31 songs without vocals that for the most part enjoyed a run on the hit parade before rock & roll became the staple of the singles charts. Dominated by talented instrumentalists and pop orchestras, Rare Pop Instrumentals of the Fifties is full of jaunty tunes ("The Poor People of Paris"), charming novelty pieces ("The Typewriter"), themes from hit movies ("Main Title from 'The Man with the Golden Arm'"), evocative mood music ("Canadian Sunset"), period exotica ("Chinatown, My Chinatown"), and much more. Well sequenced and mastered with care, Rare Pop Instrumentals of the Fifties should please fans of pre-rock pop tunes and those who fondly remember mid-century melodies. ~ Mark Deming


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