DONNY OSMOND - THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE
Donny Osmond is about to make music history: this year he celebrates 50 years in show business. To mark the occasion, Verve is delighted to announce the release of Donny s 60th album. Soundtrack Of My Life, is just that: a summary of Donny s extraordinary life so far. Each track tells a story, tracing the high and low points of both his professional and personal life from becoming a child star to achieving multiple No.1s, selling over 100 million records, and becoming a worldwide heartthrob. The album opens with the first record Donny ever bought, at the age of 11: My Cherie Amour, the 1969 soul classic by Stevie Wonder, with that famous harmonica line once more played by Stevie himself! This is followed by the No.1 hit single, Ben, originally written for Donny by Don Black and Walter Scharf. in the early 1970s. As Donny was away on tour at the time and unavailable for recording, the song was offered instead to his peer and good friend, Michael Jackson. The track went on to win a Golden Globe for Best Song. Here, for the first time, Donny finally records what was meant to be his song. Other significant tracks to Donny include Peter Gabriel s Don t Give Up poignant in that it was the song Donny s wife would play him as encouragement and Elton John s Your Song, which Elton was singing at a concert the moment Donny realized he would marry his wife (even though she was his brother s girlfriend at the time!). Here, as with all the tracks on this brand new album, Donny has been respectful of the original versions, yet brings his own magic touch to some of the best pop songs of all time. Together with three original numbers, we have nothing less than Donny s autobiography in music. ~ Amazon
HENRY MANCINI - THE CLASSIC SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION
In a career that spanned nearly half a century, Henry Mancini (1924-1994) became synonymous with catchy, jazzy, romantic music for film and television soundtracks. The Classic Soundtrack Collection, showcases all of Mancini s soundtrack albums for the RCA, Epic and Columbia labels, including several of his most iconic and beloved scores. The collection features 18 original Mancini soundtrack albums on nine discs plus rare bonus tracks, including a never-before-heard version of Nothing To Lose from writer-director Blake Edwards 1968 comedy The Party performed by Julie Andrews. Taken together, the albums in this collection underline the enduring popularity of Henry Mancini and his unique ability to create movie music that pop audiences could also embrace. Albums listing: The Pink Panther (1964); The Return Of The Pink Panther (1975); Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961); Charade (1963); Hatari! (1962); Oklahoma Crude (1973); What Did You Do In The War, Daddy? (1966)l High Time (1960); Experiment In Terror (1962); Darling Lili (1970); Gunn (1967); Who Is Killing The Great Chefs Of Europe? (1978); Two For The Road (1967); Arabesque (1966); The Great Race (1965); Me, Natalie (1969); The Party (1968); Visions Of Eight (1973). ~ Amazon
LOURDES DUQUE BARON - TABLE FOR TWO
Lourdes Duque Baron’s exquisite vocals, coupled with the composing eloquence of multi-platinum music producer, Andrew Lane create a playful sophistication akin to those revered by 50s and 60s jazz standards. Teaming up again with Lane, who also produced Baron’s last album and who also frequently collaborates with jazz music royalty Ron Ellington Shy, Baron winds up with a whimsical yet chic single that recalls the passionate late-night European sophistication of traditional jazz mixed with a contemporary sound. “Table For Two” is an original song Lane wrote specifically for Baron. He chose this song for Baron because of “her worldliness and her deep vocal sound.” Lane also composed the arrangement. The song is playful and paints a picture of warm intimacy and romance. Seldom has music seen a more versatile, talented, and dynamic performer than Lourdes Duque Baron as she proves with her vocal range here. Baron’s look and sound has been referred to as ‘timeless.’ Her music transports the audience back to those days of smoky, dim lounges where men in debonair suits would hover around women in glistening evening attire, and the clinging of martini glasses was endless. Without a doubt, the Rat Pack era is responsible for some very fine jazz standards.