19 of Mario's Operatic Recordings
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LANZA 2 CD
RELEASED BY SONY/TCM
MARIO LANZA - THE TOAST OF HOLLYWOOD
Release Date - 27 August 2013 on the TCM label
From Derek Mannering
The above CD set has been compiled by Derek and contains six previously unreleased recordings and three new to Sony CD selections:
Disc 1: A TENOR AT THE MOVIES
· BE MY LOVE (RCA)
· BECAUSE (RCA)
· Rigoletto: LA DONNA E MOBILE (RCA)
· THE LOVELIEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR (RCA): The 1957 version (yet to appear on CD) was briefly considered for this release, but in the end we went with the definitive RCA recording from 1951).
· GRANADA (RCA)
· THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE ME (RCA)
· BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE (RCA)
· AVE MARIA (RCA)( with Eudice Shapiro, violin solo)
· LA TRAVIATA: BRINDISI (RCA) with Elaine Malbin, soprano)
(Elaine has been a steadfast supporter of Lanza's legacy over the years and it's fitting that her delightful recording with Mario be included in this new collection).
· SERENADE: (MGM "Student Prince" soundtrack)
· LOLITA (previously unreleased)
· Coke show version and a paint stripper of a performance with fearless high notes and thrills galore.
· LA BOHEME: Che Gelida Manina (RCA)
· DRINK, DRINK, DRINK: (MGM "Student Prince" soundtrack)
· ARRIVERDERCI ROMA: (RCA) 1957 Italian-English version)
· TOSCA; E Lucevan Le Stelle (RCA)
Disc one was to have been closed with a previously unreleased recording from the RCA archives but that will have to wait for a future collection. However, this version is one of Lanza's most powerful and moving recordings.
Disc 2: A TENOR IN LOVE
· ROMANCE: includes spoken introduction by Lanza)
This new collection is worth buying for this track alone. Lanza's spoken voice introduction sets the perfect tone for this collection of romantic Coke show favourites.
· DAY IN, DAY OUT: (previously unreleased):
This is the broadcast version of the song, a different take to the track on the "Touch of Your Hand" album.
· WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?:
A perfect example of Lanza's flawless diction and intuitive phrasing. Even Sinatra can't better him here; a standout recording and great to have it on wide release at last.
· THE NIGHT IS YOUNG AND YOU'RE SO BEAUTIFUL
· THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
· A VUCCHELLA: (previously unreleased)
Gorgeous. We often talk about the 'smile' in Mario's voice. Well, he's positively beaming here.
· IF I LOVED YOU
· FOR YOU ALONE: (previously unreleased and includes spoken introduction by Lanza)
· MAKE BELIEVE
Mario sang two great songs from Showboat on his radio programme: "You are Love" and this charmer; finally getting a wide release on a Sony product.
· I'LL NEVER LOVE YOU: (previously unreleased)
· YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE
· AMONG MY SOUVENIERS
· I LOVE THREE (previously unreleased)
· MY ROMANCE
· ALONE TOGETHER: (includes spoken intro by Lanza)
GRATEFUL THANKS TO THE FOLKS AT SONY WHO WENT THE EXTRA MILE TO SOURCE THE RARE MATERIAL
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