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Friday, November 29, 2019

Dance To South Pacific - Les Brown

Bali Ha'i
Dance To South Pacific
Les Brown and His Band of Renown
Frank Comstock through courtesy of Columbia Records
Sonny Burke through courtesy of Decca Records
Capitol Records ST 1060

From the back cover: The result is one of the most danceable albums of all time. It's one which is filled with not only satisfaction buy also surprise. Here is Billy May's arrangement of Bali Ha'i played as a bright cha-cha-cha. Here is Frank Comstock's tongue-in-cheek treatment of Bloody Mary, a swinging thing that brings back memories of Lunceford. Here, in fact, is the score of South Pacific in unique, varied, but always designed-for-dancing arrangements.

From Billboard - November 3, 1958: Les Brown's swingy, dance tempo treatments of the memorable "South Pacific" score are a stereo delight. Standouts are Billy May's cha-cha arrangement of Bali Ha'i" and an exciting Lunceford-styled treatment of "Bloody Mary." A solid buy.

Honey Bun
Happy Talk
The Loneliness Of Evening
A Wonderful Guy
Bloody Mary
Bali Ha'i
Younger Than Springtime
The Nearly Was Mine
There Is Nothing Like A Dame
I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair

1 comment:

  1. Look at all the cool arrangers on this one.
    I love the Billy May arrangement of Bali Ha'i album sample.


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