Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra - The Silver Collection (1972/1989)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 357.25 Mb + 18.95 Mb (Scans) | 1:02:51
Pop Jazz, Big Band | Country: USA | Label: MPS (Records 823 760-2)
After a steller career of coloborations with some of the greatest vocalists of the 20th Century(longest with Sinatra), Nelson Riddle was invited to cut a couple of albums for MPS, in Vegas, in 1971. The easy listening orchestras and conductors were begining to be replaced by Soft Rock. The 20 selections on this disc are the result of the combined("Communication" and "Changing Colors")albums. The orchestrations and sound quality are first rate. Nice arragements of "My Sweet Lord" and "Close to You" and Jobims "Corcovado", are the only songs familar to me. The unfamilar material is what attracted me. A few songs are penned by Riddle himself. The general feel throughout is upbeat. I've listened several times and lamented the discs' conclusion. Riddles orchestral canvas of just the right instrumentation is sensational. For a collector wanting to add a later Riddle sound to their earlier Capital hits(Route 66, etc.), needs to have a look at this set.