Ray Conniff was nothing if not prolific, releasing three albums per year during many years of his successful career. This album from 1958 was one of his best selling gaining a gold record status which in 1958 was something to shout about. Today you need only your mum, your mum’s boyfriend and a couple of neighbours to download your album and you’ve bagged yourself a Brit award. This one’s worth a listen as it features innovative use of voices as instruments which lends the production of each track a warm and enveloping aural pleasure. You can hear samples from this album over at YouTube.
Wonderful, marvelous and awful nice as his first three Columbia collections have been, Ray Conniff strikes out toward new horizons in this latest addition to his splendidly danceable and listenable offerings. This time he looks away from popular classics into the field of serious music, taking favorite and familiar themes and setting them in new voicings for orchestra and chorus. This is a process that has been going on for some time I’m Always Chasing Rainbows was borrowed from Chopin some thirty-odd years ago but it has rarely been accomplished with the lilt and freshness that Ray brings to this program. And as always, he has made sure that this particular collection is different both in approach and content from his others.
Label: Columbia CL1163