Matt Sings Nelson Swings

Audio CD                    10 December 2007
Label                          
Nostalgia Direct
Exclusive Christmas Release
Discs                           1
Catalogue No.            50999 517579 2 2

Audio CD                    February 2008
Label                           EMI – General Release
Discs                           1
Catalogue No.            50999 517579 2 2

 

Tracks

BROTHER JOHN
COME BACK TO ME
WHAT TO DO?
LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE
IN THE ARMS OF LOVE
WALK AWAY
IT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME
BORN FREE
WHEN YOU BECOME A MAN
SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE
THE JOHN F KENNEDY MARCH
SOFTLY AS I LEAVE YOU
STRIKE UP THE BAND

Matt Monro and Nelson Riddle were born within nine years of each other on opposite sides of the world and their contributions towards the advancement of popular music, especially in the 60’s was as significant as anyone in that epoch. Both of their musical achievements were immense and each has left a noteworthy footprint on musical history.

By the early 60’s Nelson was established as an outstanding arranger of popular music and Matt as an outstanding singer. Both were signed to Capitol Records and worked with some of the best assemblage of musicians in the business. Both artists had a string of hits to their credit and were no strangers to the pop charts.

Nelson was perhaps best known for his work for Capitol Records, providing jazzy big-band arrangements to accompany such vocalists as – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Louis Prima and Keely Smith. Later Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey and Linda Ronstadt also used his arranging talents. His arrangements are characterized by groundbreaking orchestrations with counter melodies and instrumentation that express the emotion of each verse of a song.

Matt first became noticed when his recording of ‘Portrait Of My Love’ entered the New Musical Express charts in the early 60’s, reaching number three. This was followed through with ‘My Kind of Girl’ ‘Softly As I Leave You’ ‘Walk Away’ ‘From Russia With Love’ and ‘Yesterday’. For the most part Johnnie Spence provided such majestic support for Matt in these early years claiming his fame with outstanding inventive arrangements that have stood the test of time.

Matt’s fame spread and led him to other shores including America taking the place left by the sad demise of Nat King Cole. Working on albums with Capitol Records gave him the opportunity of working with two of the all time greats, Billy May and Syd Feller.

With a string of exceptional recording achievements both artists were drawn into the area of movies. One of Nelson’s greatest joys was scoring for the big screen and his works included ‘Johnny Concho’, ‘Robin and the Seven Hoods’, ‘Can Can’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’. Matt on the other hand had huge hits with ‘Born Free’, ‘From Russia With Love, ‘The Wilby Conspiracy’ and ‘The Italian Job’ to name but a few.

Both performers had a great passion and love for their art, especially that area including concert touring and personal appearances, which gave them the chance to engage with their audiences and cross the footlight barriers. Their worldwide recognition allowed them both to travel the world gaining them each a new fan base and greater audience appreciation.

As well as a love for their music they also had a great respect and admiration for each other and were able to understand some of the immense challenges that each other’s work could throw at them and each harboured a quiet respect for the solutions offered in any given situation.

Unfortunately, although considered two of the finest performers of popular music by their peers, they only ever worked together on one occasion, as more often was the case that they were always in different countries to the other and their touring schedules around the world never saw them appearing in the same place at the same time.

The one time that they came together was a landmark musical highlight for them both. The date was the 14th July 1967 and the venue was at the Television Centre, Wood Lane, London. The British Broadcasting Corporation had brought them together for a BBC televised concert which would allow both artists to show off their excellence to a select invited audience. Matt said of the evening ‘It was spectacular’ and he meant it.

The event was the original brainchild of Vic Lewis, an exceptional bandleader in his own right, who had been Nelson Riddle’s European manager since 1960.  Within that capacity he had already organised several successful television and radio shows for Nelson as well as a highly lucrative and well publicized concert tour with Shirley Bassey.  Therefore it seemed a natural progression that Nelson Riddle, regarded at the time as one of the finest arrangers in the world, should meet up with Matt Monro, regarded at the time as one of Britain’s most outstanding singers.  Two majestic talents merged together for one spectacular performance

The 12th July saw Riddle’s three boxes of music parts arrive from Hollywood courtesy of TWA and the production crew were in charge of ensuring everything was in place for the following day’s rehearsal. The programme budget estimate was a luxurious £7538.00, which allowed a free reign to meet the artist and musician’s needs.

The 13 July saw Matt and Nelson at the television centre rehearsing for the following day’s concert and with an eight-hour time constraint it was a long gruelling day but both artists enjoyed the challenge in garnering the handpicked orchestra to produce the music to the best of their ability. With a line up of 12 violins, 4 trumpets, 2 percussionists, 4 violas, 4 trombones, 4 cellos, 5 saxophones, 1 guitar, 1 bass, 2 horns, 1 harp, a xylophone, vibraphone, a C3 Hammond organ, a pair of pedal tymps and a Steinway 6’ 11 inch piano this was music at its best with a theatrically produced ensemble and high end opulent lighting creating the perfect of atmospheres.

The evening kicked off with Nelson performing ‘Brother John’ and Vic Lewis’ name crops up again on the recording of ‘When You Become a Man’, which he composed with lyricist Don Black. The evening culminates with Matt singing a version of ‘Strike Up the Band’, which Riddle especially arranged for him. The high swing number culminated in a double encore and saw the 500 strong audience on their feet demanding more.

Unfortunately as with most of the early BBC footage, the televised highly sought after concert was wiped over to save money and achieve stringent budget restraints. The show simply does not exist anymore. 

Dick Turpin, a Sinatra Music Society Member, who passed on the tape to former committee member Bryan Officer, made the reel to reel of this concert. Thirty years on Bryan stumbled across the tape in his attic and considered that such a gem should be made available to a wider audience. The CD was re-mastered and re-engineered by Alan Bunting, a recognized name in his field for resurrecting missing and mutilated recordings from long-gone years and so the first print of this compact disc was pressed and made available to the Nelson Riddle Appreciation Society.

In 2006 I had the opportunity of buying the rights to these masters and with the backing of EMI jointly decided to release this exceptional concert to the mass market. Richard Moore had the arduous task of re-mastering the album from scratch. The source for this recording was a 3-¾ inches per second, quarter track, reel to reel tape which had been recorded directly from a TV line source. Professional standard mono recordings are made at the very least on 15 inches per second full track tape. As you decrease the speed of the tape the quality and frequency response of the recording drastically reduces.  On quarter track tape the sound is squashed into a smaller area and any defects on the tape become more pronounced causing what is known as ‘dropouts’, where the sound disappears for a fraction of a second.

The original restoration by Alan Bunting had removed some of the hiss and tape noise but had left behind some smaller defects that still needed to be addressed which meant removing them so as to bring the recording, as close to it’s original sound as possible. The first problem was a hum (caused by the mains electricity supply) that ran throughout the tape but was most pronounced during the spoken sections. The recording also has had a considerable amount of high frequency distortion removed and had then been re ‘EQ’ed’ to compensate for the slow recording speed.  After more hiss removal there was still two more faults that needed attention which was altogether much more time consuming. The microphone that Matt used during this broadcast had a minor flaw, which caused some strange ‘clunking’ noises to appear on the soundtrack whenever the microphone was jolted. On this high-class edition, as many of these noises have been digitally removed as possible, but only where the removal of the noise would not harm or interfere with the original recording. Lastly, as many of the large ‘dropouts’ as possible were repaired although once again immeasurable care was taken not to harm the original recording. One thing that could not be achieved was to restore the bass frequencies; there was nothing there to boost. As these frequencies are not usually lost on lower speed recordings, it can only be assumed that it was broadcast in this way.

Whilst it still has it’s imperfections, which you would expect from a 40 year old home recording, we hope it now sounds much closer to how it was originally broadcast and it is presented here in all its brilliance for your listening pleasure.

 

Michele Monro
Copyright 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

Previous Titles

Matt At The Movies

Matt at the Movies – Disc 1

 

WEDNESDAY’S CHILD                                                    THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM (1966)

COME BACK TO ME                                                          ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (1970)

EXODUS                                                                                EXODUS (1960)

AROUND THE WORLD                                                  MIKE TODD’S AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956)

ALFIE                                                                                     ALFIE (1966)

DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES                                          DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962)

SPRING IS HERE                                
I MARRIED AN ANGEL (1942)

I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE       
MY FAIR LADY (1964)

GONNA BUILD A MOUNTAIN                                          STOP THE WORLD I WANT TO GET OFF (1966)

FOR ALL WE KNOW                                                    LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS (1970)

IMPOSSIBLE DREAM                                                   MAN OF LA MANCHA (1972)

LOVE STORY                                        
LOVE STORY (1970)

MARIA                                                                                   WEST SIDE STORY (1961)

HAPPY                                                                                    LADY SINGS THE BLUES (1972)

MY KIND OF GIRL                                                       SCANDAL (1988)

PRECIOUS MOMENTS                                           
THE SEA WOLVES (1980) NEW

A MAN AND A WOMAN                                               
A MAN AND A WOMAN (1966)

SECOND TIME AROUND                                                HIGH TIME (1960)

SEPTEMBER SONG                                                     KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY (1944)

THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE         
THE SANDPIPER (1965)

ON A CLEAR DAY (YOU CAN SEE FOREVER)              ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (1970)

JEAN                                                                                      THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE (1969) NEW

WHEN I LOOK INTO YOUR EYES                          
DR DOOLITTLE (1967)

ALL MY LOVING
HARD DAY'S NIGHT 1964

THE WRONG TIME (IT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME)
CAN CAN (1960) – FULL ORCHESTRA

 

Matt at the Movies – Disc 2

HELLO DOLLY                                                  
HELLO DOLLY (1969)

A PLACE IN PARIS                                
TIME FOR LOVING (1971)

OVER THE RAINBOW                                               
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

ALONE AM I                                
TOMORROW NEVER COMES (1977)

LET ME SING AND I’M HAPPY                               
MAMMY (1930)

HELLO YOUNG LOVERS                                
THE KING AND I (1956)

MORE                                    
MONDO CANE (1962)

CHATANOOGA CHOO CHOO                                  
THE GLENN MILLER STORY (1953)

SUNRISE SUNSET                                               
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971)

EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’                                   
MIDNIGHT COWBOY 1969)

CHARADE                                                                
CHARADE (1963)

UNCHAINED MELODY                                               
GHOST (1990)

LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE
FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936)

SOMEWHERE                                                               
WEST SIDE STORY (1961)

BE MY LOVE                                   
TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS (1950)

LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDOURED THING
LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDOURED THING (1955)

WHAT TO DO                                  
WOMAN TIMES SEVEN (1967)

YOU’RE SENSATIONAL                                                
HIGH SOCIETY (1956)

LAURA                               
LAURA (1944)

AS LONG AS SHE NEEDS ME                                
OLIVER (1968)     

BORN FREE                                                               
BORN FREE (1966)

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT                                  
A MAN COULD GET KILLED (1966)

PEOPLE                                                                
FUNNY GIRL (1968)

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR
PINOCCHIO (1940)

 

Matt at the Movies – Disc 3

 

ON DAYS LIKE THESE
THE ITALIAN JOB (1969)

A TIME FOR LOVE
AN AMERICAN DREAM (1966)

NEARNESS OF YOU, THE
ROMANCE IN THE DARK (1938)

STARDUST
THE EDDY DUCHIN STORY (1956)

MOMENT TO MOMENT
MOMENT TO MOMENT (1966)

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)

STRANGER IN PARADISE
KISMET (1944)

I WILL WAIT FOR YOU
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964)

MEMORY              
CATS  (1998)

PUT ON A HAPPY FACE
13 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING (2001)

SPEAK SOFTLY LOVE
THE GODFATHER (1972)

I HAVE DREAMED
THE KING AND I (1956)

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE
ISTANBUL (1957)

RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD
BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)

NOTHING TO LOSE
THE PARTY (1968)

IN THE ARMS OF LOVE
WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR DADDY? (1966)

LOVE WALKED IN          
RHAPSODY IN BLUE (1945)

AND WE WERE LOVERS
THE SANDPEBBLES (1966)

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
GOOD MORNING VIETNAM (1987)

GEORGIA ON MY MIND
RAY (2004)
 
SOUTHERN STAR (THE)
THE SOUTHERN STAR (1969)

CHEEK TO CHEEK
TOP HAT (1935)

GREEN LEAVES OF SUMMER
THE ALAMO (1960)

TILL THE END OF TIME
TILL THE END OF TIME (1946)

MATT MONRO
EN ESPANA/GRANDES EXITOS EN ESPANOL

            En Espana

  1. Sueno Imposible (The Impossible Dream)
  2. No Me Pesa, Es Mi Hermano (He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother)
  3. Te Esperare (Les Parapluies De Cherbourg)
  4. Jean
  5. Si Yo Fuera Carpintero (If I Were A Carpenter)
  6. La Sombra De Tu Sonrisa (The Shadow of Your Smile)
  7. Donde Hallarse? (Where In The World)
  8. En Dias Como Estos (On Days Like These)
  9. Los Dos (Two People)
  10. Puedo Ser Feliz (You’ve Made Me So Very Happy)
  11. Que Tonto Fui
  12. La Estrella Del Sur (The Southern star)

      Grandes Exitos En Espanol

  1.  Alguien Canto (The Music Played)
  2. Que Tiempo Tan Feliz (Those Were The Days)
  3. Lo Que Quedo (All That Remains)
  4. No Puedo Quitar Mis Ojos de Ti (Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)
  5. Todo Pasara (Everything Will Happen)
  6. Vete Por Favor (Walk Away)
  7. Nacida Libre (Born Free)
  8. La Montana
  9. No Me Dejes (If You Go Away)
  10. Amandote Otra Vez (Lovin’ You Again)
  11. Si Tu Te Vas (If You Go)
  12. La Perla Y El Rubi (The Ruby And The Pearl)

 

 

Audio CD February 5th 2007
Label EMI Gold

  1. When I Fall In Love
  2. On Days Like These
  3. From Russia With Love            
  4. Days Of Wine And Roses
  5. Till Then My Love
  6. Walk Away                        
  7. Portrait Of My Love             
  8. Autumn Leaves
  9. More
  10. Historia de Amour (Love Story)
  11. Born Free                       
  12. Ebb Tide
  13. The Shadow Of Your Smile
  14. Once In Every Long and Lonely While
  15. The Music Played
  16. Be My Lady
  17. I'm Glad There Is You
  18. Softly As I Leave You            
  19. Till The End Of Time
  20. September Song
  21. For Once In My Life              
  22. My Kind of Girl
  23. Music To Watch Girls By

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The Rare Monro

Rare

Audio CD September 4th 2006
Label EMI Gold
Discs 2
Catalogue No.

Side One

Other People                                               
Mirage                                                        
All of a Sudden                                     
Yours Alone                                                
Let Me Choose Life                              
Only The Night Wind Knows                  
No Puedo Quitar Mis Ojos De Ti
(Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)     
Love Song                                                   
Try To Remember
Alone Am I - Soundtrack from “Tomorrow Never Comes”                  
The Lady Smiles                                        
Don’t Answer Me                                      
The Touch Of Your Love                         
How Could I Ever Leave You
I Love You Too                                          
Walk Into The Dawn                                 
Is There Anything I Can Do                    
Love Comes Along                                   
It’s That Time Again                               
During One Night
Only Friends                                               
I’ve So Much To Be Thankful For                  
These Things Happen                             
Cuando Miro En Tus Ojos
(When I Look into Your Eyes)  
Where In The World
New York, New York

Side Two

Taking a Chance on Love
All That Remains                          
Lover’s Caravan
All Of You
Floral Dance
Nothing to Lose
So Little Time
I’m Just Breezing Along with the Breeze
By The Way
Everything is Nothing Without You
Picking Up the Pieces
I Got Love
Sitting on Top of the World
Blue Moon
Making Whoopee
Row, Row, Row
Day In, Day Out
Strike up the Band
Till
Birth of the Blues
In the Still of the Night
Lulu’s Back in Town
Up a Lazy River
The Wrong Time (It’s Alright By Me)

Bonus Extra

Let The Train Take the Strain – British Rail Jingle
Babycham
Pop Gear
Mangers

 

The Heart of The Man


Heart

Audio CD July 17th 2006
Label Rollercoaster Records
Discs 1
Catalogue No. NOMCD 101

The Heart of A Man
Come to My Arms Baby
This is Real, This is Love
Just in Time
Flattery - Duet
French Poodle
Nice & Easy
My Favourite Song
I’m Happy
Say Something Sweet
S’ Wonderful/ I Get a Kick Out of You
Avalon/Chicago
Exodus
Somewhere
In The Still of The Night
Just One of Those Things
Pennies From Heaven
Walk Away
I Remember It Well – Duet

 

 

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