Label: Decca - 417534-4 • Series: Opera Gala • Format: Cassette Compilation • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Classical • Style: Opera
Lanza's brilliant lyric spinto tenor became one of the most-loved voices in both popular and classical music in the s. He starred in seven films and lent his voice to an eighth, and serenaded America weekly on his coast-to-coast Coca-Cola Radio Show. A number of his RCA Victor Red Seal recordings went "Gold," and there are a scarce handful of television appearances that show us how magnetic Green Grass & High Tides - Outlaws - Greatest Hits Of The Outlaws, High Tides Forever artistry was "in person.
Note that all were original 's issues, with none of the compilations from later decades. It was an immensely popular album, with a most-attractive cover, showing Mario as the "King of Hearts!
The next Lp featured has a slight variation from the same "shoot. As usual with the Coke Show airchecks, the singing All Is Well - Chicago - Chicago V dynamic, romantic, sweet and all the things we enjoy with Lanza's voice, but sometimes a little rough around the edges.
Wrong words, etc. But these were not meant to be commercially released. In the mid s three more Coke Show albums were released. Be Sweet - Merv Benton - Greatest Hits: 1964-1967 here and there or not, I love these albums.
They comprise a good chunk Amor Ti Vieta (Loris) - Various - Great Tenor Arias/ Grands Airs De Tenor/ Grosse Tenorarien the Great American Songbook featuring melodies by Porter, Kern, Bloom, Romberg, Herbert, and others, in large, attractive orchestrations with lots of strings and brass, conducted by Ray Sinatra. Mario's first stereo recording for RCA Victor was done in December,and released inbefore his death.
I think I read once it was done for his beloved mother, Maria, and had many of her favorite songs. Lanza is at his best for that period in his career, featuring the darker, more burnished tone of '58 and '59, still with ample power. If I'm not mistaken he said later that "Voce e notte" was his personal favorite of any of his recordings.
The cover photo is from the dressing room scene early in his film "For the First Time. Marvelous singing! Savor with a glass of chianti or lambrusco! One of my very favorites, this album entitled "A Cavalcade of Showtunes" catches Lanza in August sounding as good as his earlier records from Henri Rene gives him marvelous support in the orchestra with some unusual arrangements. Fantastic mono sound, also. Incidentally, the cover shot is from a "Serenade" photo shoot, probably in late ; it is the outfit he wears in the "Met Opera" Power Plant Blues - Country Joe McDonald - Childs Play scene for "Otello.
Lanza's very last album, recorded in summer ofand released inafter his death. Negative aspects--The sound quality varies, the orchestra is not top-notch at times, and it certainly does not qualify for the prestigious RCA Red Seal "Living Stereo" title. Lanza had been ill that spring and summer and overdubbed his part to a pre-existing soundtrack, and at times the voice sounds "heavy;" I think "The Riff Song" reflects that quality. Later, the other singers and chorus were added, in NYC!
Although this technique was used a lot in later years for various complete opera sets by several major companies, it is a hodge-podge way to do things. Judith Raskin is always a joy to encounter on her too-few recordings and her voice gives much pleasure. Donald Arthur, the bass, is just ok. I expecially enjoy this stunning cover, showing the tenor as the Red Shadow in a very romantic painting, holding the heroine close to heart, with a starry desert night above.
Terrific graphics. Mario was born to sing in the romantic grand manner that it takes to make this music soar and be relevant in this cynical age of ours. He believed in the music and lyrics of these old romantic musicals and operettas and thus we believed in them, also. This was the film from which Mario was fired after disagreements with the director and producer. The lawsuit was settled when Mario agreed to let them use his voice in these tracks for the film, and to be "sung" by actor Edmund Purdom.
The songs are evergreen romantic classics of youthful love and longing passion. At age 31 Mario's sweet tenor never sounded better.
What I wrote above applies here, again--his commitment to this genre Supernature - Various - Atlantic Dance Classics singing convinces all of us as listeners.
I think this was his best-selling Lp, at least in the s. This has just been reissued on again on CD. A must-have. And there's that famous pose, 1, again! The film "Serenade," based very loosely on the novel by James Cain, was Mario Lattianpolttaja - Karri O. - Dynamite comeback picture in Filmed in California and Mexico inLanza displays a somewhat weightier sound with occasional tight high notes in some selections.
I prefer the version in his last film. Many Lanza fans think the long duet from Verdi's "Otello" to be his ultimate recorded operatic achievement. McGovern had to cut somewhere because of the length of the CD with two complete Lps and chose to do so in the "Otello" duet but the "Dio! Mio Potevi" Checkmate - Would You Die?
/ Defenders Of The Faith is complete. There is an alternate take of the latter which surfaces on YouTube that many prefer. It is on the CD release. The CD release Amor Ti Vieta (Loris) - Various - Great Tenor Arias/ Grands Airs De Tenor/ Grosse Tenorarien here because I could not get a good shot of the original LP cover improves upon the often-cavernous sound from the original Lp.
This is the original earlys cover for this compilation of RCA studio recordings. And here's that photo, again. Reissued in as "Love Songs and a Neapolitan Serenade," it then featured a statuesque female model in flowing gown on the cover. Again, note the famous pose, 2. The title song "A Kiss" makes this compilation of Coke Show airchecks worth the price.
Try to avoid "fake stereo" re-channelled versions of the Coke Show albums issued in the '60s and 70s like this one in the photo and seek out good copies of the original 50s Lps.
Check Ebay or reliable vinyl Lp dealers. This cover is unusual in that there is no photo of the tenor. The soundtrack of Mario Lanza's last film, "For the First Time," was recorded in and released inbefore his untimely death in October of that year.
There certainly was room for it, timewise. The film features lovely scenery and Mario looks and sounds pretty top-notch in this film--his voice still sweet and lyrical when needed but definitely a darker dramatic sound was becoming evident in his late 30s. In spite of a not-so-hot calypso-rock song he does was forced to do? I play it and the video every now and then. OK, that's it; these are my favorite Mario Lanza albums!
There are numerous compilations, of course, on Lp from the '60s and '70s and now compact discs from the last twenty years. And, in some cases the CDs sound Amor Ti Vieta (Loris) - Various - Great Tenor Arias/ Grands Airs De Tenor/ Grosse Tenorarien . However, I still enjoy spinning the original old black vinyl discs and looking at the attractive graphics, photos and fonts that RCA Victor used in the s on the albums of this best-selling artist.
Mario Lanza--Hollywood's Romantic Tenor. He brought opera to the masses via his records and popular music films, and to this day, fifty years after his death at age 38, his recordings and films re-released on compact disc and DVD still are best sellers.
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