SPEAK TO ME OF LOVE" has always been one of my favorite Ray Conniff albums. I have all his albums (more than 100!) and this is specially delightfull because the choice of songs is excellent and, in my oppinion, the Singers featured in this album are simply the best group that ever worked with him. Listen to "LOVER COME BACK TO ME", "BEYOND THE SEA" and "THE SWEETEST SOUNDS" and you'll agree with me. - Amazon -
From its title, one might reasonably expect that this Australian compilation would contain some of the Ray Conniff Singers' best-known recordings, such as "Invisible Tears" and "Somewhere, My Love." It doesn't, but it what it does contain is even more surprising. Put simply, this 14-track album consists of seven songs each from two of the Conniff Singers' albums of 1968: the first half from Honey and the second half from Turn Around Look at Me. Versions of many of the big hits of the era – "Love Is Blue," "This Guy's in Love with You," "Mrs. Robinson," etc. – are included and performed with the choral group's usual earnestness as Conniff recreates the arrangements used on the original hit recordings.
Ray Conniff was at his very best in the early 60s. His style of orchestral pop produced dozens of charting albums. This collection features two original LPs from that era plus bonus tracks. The fabulous trumpet of Billy Butterfield is also showcased on the popular recordings Beyond The Blue Horizon, South Of The Border Down Mexico Way and A Love Is Born.
Album released in Spain, reissuing the original of 1959, by the famous American musician, arranger, trombonist and bandleader Joseph Raymond Conniff (Massachusetts, 1916-2002), aka 'Ray' Conniff. In 1954 he began as an arranger for the Columbia label and in 1956 debuted with his own band, "The Ray Conniff Orchestra and Singers', which incorporated additional choral voices as orchestra instrumental element. Its success grew and fired his musical career. He recorded more than 100 works and sold over 70 million albums internationally, with over 10 gold albums, 2 platinum and one Grammy. This studio album, inevitable on these holidays, is the tenth of his career.
In 1957, the bop was a "Hot teen-age dance". Ray Conniff had been making waves with his new style of music for a couple of years. It's too bad that "DANCE TO THE BOP" didn't make it big when it was first released by COLUMBIA RECORDS, but this re-issue is better than I remember. This swingin' collection is still very danceable and it's obvious that Conniff got his inspiration from Country, Rock'n Roll and Rhythm and blues of the era. Ray's trombone is heard throughout the arrangements and he can be heard (on a couple of cuts) singing with his own playing. This effect produced a new and fascinating tonal color for the era that is still very vivid today. This CD also included Conniff "En Espanol". This album was recorded in Mexico in 1966. It's fun to hear "Days Of Wine And Roses" in Spanish. What sells this CD are the first 12 cuts. I recommend this CD highly to anyone that loved the early Conniff sound.
- By Ken Rogers-
This is Ray conniff playing classical masterpieces like Tchaikovski's FIRST PIANO CONCERTO, SWAN LAKE BALLET and ROMEO AND JULIET, the great Debussy's REVERIE, the gracious ON THE TRAIL (from Grand Canyon Suite), the incredible RHAPSODY IN BLUE (this is the best), and what a surprise!! a one Ray Conniff's composition, the precious EARLY EVENING (what a wonderful song); including Rachmaninoff's SECOND PIANO CONCERTO (simply excellent)…this cd is the fusion of classical and swing music in the unique Ray Conniff Style!!!
-By C. Bellegarrigue-
One of the best albums of the great arranger Ray Conniff!!! very nice collection of great songs like the great tune NEVER ON SUNDAY (my favourite), the beautiful songs I'LL WALK ALONE and GIGI, the precious CHANSON DE AMOUR, the powerful rhythms of VOLARE, YELLOW ROSE and MACK THE KNIFE, nice songs like MOULING ROUGE and BLUEBERRY HILL and the Platters classic MY PRAYER… THIS IS THE HAPPY BEAT!!!