Happy Sound Of Ray Conniff
- I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time
- You Made Me Love You
- Don't Be That Way
- When Mabel Comes In The Room
- White Silver Sands
- The Entertainer
- Chattanooga Choo Choo
- In The Mood
- Half As Much
- It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
Arranged and conducted by Ray Conniff
Produced by Jack Gold
Photographs of the Conniff family (Ray, Tamara, and Vera) by Albert Watson
Designed by Nancy Donald.
Original LP liner notes:
I have been a Ray Conniff fan from the early days. In the beginning, I knew
Ray as a brilliant young arranger who wrote hit arrangements for many artists.
Then, of course, came the time when Ray Conniff created the happy hit sound
of his own.
For the past several years I have been privileged
to produce the albums Ray Conniff records so I have had a great vantage point
from which to see how they really happen.
This album combines strong elements past
and current which serve to illustrate both the timeless and timely quality that
make the Conniff sound instantly recognizable but ever new. For example, first
there is "Apple Blossom Time" with the familiar instruments and voices
doing the sounds instead of words, then there is "In The Mood" which
uses the new "wa wa" guitar sound that adds a new excitement to the
In this album Ray has written his arrangements
and positioned the musicians and voices with particular attention to how it
will sound in quadraphonic as well as stereo. Quadraphonic, which involves four
channels of audio instead of two as in stereo, makes possible new dimensions
of pleasurable listening.
Ray Conniff ever the innovator, is in the
forefront of those creating a product which will take advantage of new techniques
and technology. It was with that in mind that Ray composed an original piece
of music entitled "Ecstasy" especially for this album.
Incidentally, in the interest of getting
a better "quad" sound, Ray returned to the style of recording the
musicians and singers at one time instead of recording tracks with different
sections at different times. Thus to get the newest in sound, he reverted to
an old technique. Making records with forty people live at once brought back
an excitement to the recording sessions that was enjoyed by everyone. I'm sure
everyone will enjoy the listening too. That's what "The Happy Sound Of
Ray Conniff" is all about. Jack Gold
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