Best Of The Rca Recordings

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Review Text A 50-track, two-disc anthology of Lou Monte's RCA Victor recordings might seem like overkill considering that he scored only one Top Ten hit for the label. However, the success of Taragon's first Lou Monte collection, The Very Best of Lou Monte -- not to mention the enduring popularity of Monte himself -- justified the effort, and the result is a comprehensive collection of A-sides and B-sides from singles he recorded for RCA Victor during his first stint with the label. Monte wore many hats as an Italian crooner, a purveyor of ethnic novelties, and even a rock & roller on occasion. "Nina, the Queen of the Teeners" and "Pizza Boy U.S.A." fall into the latter category and show that Monte was as versatile as Guy Mitchell, another novelty-oriented (but not Italian) singer with whom he shares a number of similarities. Covers of two songs from Walt Disney's Davy Crockett television series depart from the Italian formula, but those are anomalies. Although The Best of the RCA Victor Recordings contains a couple of hits that overlap with The Very Best of Lou Monte, it is clearly intended to supplement the previous anthology as it rounds up non-hits and the B-sides of Monte's charting singles. Taken together, the two collections compile all but one of Monte's RCA Victor singles from 1953-1960. ~ Greg Adams

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Angelina - 3:04
  2. 2. Jealous of You (Tango Della Gelosia) - 3:34
  3. 3. Baby Cried - 3:30
  4. 4. One Moment More - 3:45
  5. 5. Darktown Strutters Ball, (At the) - 3:43
  6. 6. I Know How You Feel - 3:43
  7. 7. Won't You Forgive Me - 3:49
  8. 8. Vera's Veranda - 3:49
  9. 9. Chain Reaction - 3:32
  10. 10. Just Like Before - 3:53
  11. 11. In My Dreams - 3:42
  12. 12. Roulette - 3:32
  13. 13. Cat's Whiskers - 3:57
  14. 14. Italian Wallflower (I'll Dance With Her Henry) - 2:07
  15. 15. Dreamboat - 2:10
  16. 16. Bella Notte - 3:44
  17. 17. With You Beside Me - 2:14
  18. 18. King of the River - 2:50
  19. 19. Yaller Yaller Gold - 2:19
  20. 20. Rosina! (The Menu Song) - 2:07
  21. 21. Tombolee Tombola - 2:13
  22. 22. Italian Jingle Bells - 2:12
  23. 23. Santa Nicola - 2:09
  24. 24. Pony Tail - 2:19
  25. 25. Nina the Queen of the Teeners - 2:47

CD: 2

  1. 26. If I Knew You Were Comin' I'D've Baked a Cake (Italian Style) - 2:01
  2. 27. Ask Your Heart - 2:29
  3. 28. If I Was a Millionaire - 2:04
  4. 29. Roman Guitar - 3:49
  5. 30. Some Cloud Above - 3:34
  6. 31. Someone Else Is Taking You Home - 2:56
  7. 32. Wife - 2:50
  8. 33. Musica Bella (The Beautiful Music of Love) - 2:08
  9. 34. Ha! Ha! Ha! (Che la la!) - 3:34
  10. 35. Round and Round My Heart - 2:11
  11. 36. Lazy Mary (Luna Mezz 'O Mare) - 3:41
  12. 37. Angelique - 2:24
  13. 38. Strada Nfosa - 3:45
  14. 39. Marianna - 2:29
  15. 40. Where Do You Work Marie (Where Do You Work-a John) - 2:17
  16. 41. Italian Cowboy Song - 2:14
  17. 42. Pizza Boy U.S.A. - 2:16
  18. 43. Angel in the Fountain - 3:35
  19. 44. Solo Per Te (Only For You) - 3:42
  20. 45. Pistol Packin' Mama - 2:59
  21. 46. Have Another - 2:19
  22. 47. All Because It's Christmas - 3:41
  23. 48. Santa Nicola - 2:27
  24. 49. Guarda Che Luna - 3:30
  25. 50. Remember This Gumba - 2:02

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9/16/03 

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