Vocal

Las Vegas entertainer Dennis Bono cuts his recording teeth on a play list of well-known standards backed by large orchestras of studio musicians conducted by James Steffen, Gordon Goodwin, and Count Basie alumnus, Sammy Nestico. The play list and the singing style immediately betray who was Bono'...

The Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 is a single-disc, 15-track overview of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme's pop hits, both duets and solo material, recorded in the '60s and '70s. Among the stand-out tracks are "More," "A Room Without Windows," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Hallelujah," and the chart toppers "Go Away...

This edition of Dutton Vocalion's two-fer series features a pair of LPs by Engelbert Humperdinck: We Made It Happen and Sweetheart, originally issued on Decca in 1970 and 1971. Highlights among the 23 tracks include cover versions of "'My Cherie Amour," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," and "F...

Well regarded in the Boston area for years, vocalist Rebecca Parris, like some of the great singers, is 90 percent style, which she exudes gracefully. This is her first recorded collection of ballads, and she demonstrates an ability to capture the essence of well-known tunes such as "The Shadow o...

This 18-song compilation emphasizes the lyrically happy and positive side of love songs as delivered by Nat King Cole. Songs From the Heart is part of the Capitol songbook series that yet again repackages classic recordings from their vaults. The majority of these late-'50s and early-'60s recordi...

This 16-track companion to It's All So New is less interesting but just as entertaining, focusing on Sinatra and Dorsey's live broadcast covers of pop standards of the period. As annotator Will Friedwald points out, Dorsey and Sinatra were unusual (though not unique) as top-flight, cutting-edge e...

Coleccion, Vol. 5: Hollywood -- Mejor del Cine is the fifth installment of Polygram's comprehensive multi-volume Nana Mouskouri set. This disc contains her Latin interpretations of several well-known movie songs, and happens to be among her finest singing.

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