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"The Mario Lanza Collection"
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Year of Release: 199
Be My Love
I'll Never Love You
Because You're Mine
The Song Angels Sing
Drink Drink Drink
The Loveliest NightOf The Year
La donna é mobile
For You Alone
Deep In My Heart Dear
If I Loved You
Yours Is My HeartAlone
One Night Of Love
With A SongIn My Heart
You Are My Love
Call Me Fool
All The Things
My Song My Love
Love Is TheSweetest Thing
Will You Remember
Lady Of Spain
The Bayou Lullaby
The Lord's Prayer
And Here You Are
Song Of Songs
Somewhere A VoiceIs Calling
I Never Knew
Come Dance With Me
O sole mio
For The First Time
Never Till Now
If You Were Mine
A Night To Remember
Love In A Home
Do You Wonder
Softly As In AMorning Sunrise
Aida: Celeste Aida
Carmen: Flower Song
La Traviata: Brindisi
Rigoletto:Questa o quella
Pagliacci:Vesti la giubba
Cavalleria Rusticana:Addio alla madre
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"The Mario Lanza Collection"
Before there was Luciano Pavoratti and The Three Tenors, there was only one
person who truly defined the pure opera tenor: Mario Lanza. And truthfully,
Lanza still is the ultimate best opera
As a child, I was given a 45 rpm record featuring two of Lanza's most
memorable songs. The A-side was "Drink, Drink, Drink" and the flip
side was a very emotional song, a personal favorite of mine, "Serenade."
Both of these songs are here on a three-disc set, The Mario Lanza Collection,
a set that captures the heart and soul of Lanza's career.
The bottom line of this CD, is that it is ultimately spectacular. Even if
you are not a fan of opera, we all know that this kind of music exists, and for
a break away from the common "rock and roll" styles that exists from the past
and present, Mario Lanza's music is relaxing, enjoyable, and most of all,
The first 12 songs on disc one contains the Legendary Hits; the songs most
memorable of Lanza's glorious career. Covering the years 1950-1953, it features
his #1 hit, "Be My Love," "Drink, Drink, Drink," "Serenade," "The Loveliest
Night Of The Year." and "La donna é mobile".
Tracks 13-20 on disc one and tracks 1-4 on disc two (1952-1956) is from the
section titled "You Are My Love;" these songs were an assortment of
Coca-Cola radio broadcast material and Hollywood studio records, taken primarily from
LPs, and features another reconstituted single that sold well from 1953 on
Call Me/You Are My Love. Songs from various movies such as Carousel,
The Land of Smiles, One Night of Love, The Student Prince, Spring Is Here,
Very Warm for May, Say It with Music, and Maytime are featured in
Tracks 5-16 on disc two (1949-1956) are titled as "Lanza Erotica,"
displaying more of Lanza's unique talent:
Lanza's international famed rested largely, and appropriately, on his
recordings of Spanish, Metropolitan ander other ethnic light classics. Many
of these had languished in the concert repertoire before the young tenor
breathed new life into them. Songs such as "Granada" are today among his
most sought after reissues. "Granada" and "Lolita," an Enrico Caruso favorite,
are revived here in their original 78-/45-rpm coupling, as are "Temptation"
from the liner notes of The Mario Lanza Collection.
The remaining four songs on disc two are Coca-Cola Rarities and From Italy
With Love, featuring previously unreleased numbers from The Mario Lanza
(TV) Show and the CBS television show, Song of Songs.
From Italy With Love continues, with the first eight songs on disc three,
which includes any opera singer's favorite, "O Sole Mio" and another
popular favorite, "Younger Than Springtime". Finishing the remaining
disc, tracks 9-21 features "A Choice of Opera and Encores, By Request."
The pure Italy sound is heard in "Arrivederci, Roma." Pure romanticism is
heard in songs as "A Night To Remember" and "Love In A Home".
And, another opera favorite, the eerie "Vesti la giubba" is one song
no "best-of" opera set can be without.
Every song on The Mario Lanza Collection are treasures. Being a
3-Disc set, it is hard to review each song, only to say that each and every
one are classics. Mario Lanza lived a short life, he was only 38 years old
when he passed away in 1959 of a blood clot to his heart. As the story goes,
Lanza was huge in appearance, from early childhood to adulthood, and with excessive overeating
and drinking in his last years caused him an untimely early death.
Of all the well-known and popular opera stars, there is no one that compares
to Mario Lanza. His unique voice has always been an influence to many opera
performers would would appear after him. The Mario Lanza Collection
defines this, as a getaway from the common sound of today's popular music,
likewise the popular rock and roll music of the past.
Classical music and/or opera has always been a clean break away from the
common sound in today's popular music. Take an adventure and hear how music
started over 50 plus years ago. Classical and Opera are still popular sources
of music today, it's a shame we don't hear enough of it, as compared to today's
Mario Lanza -- An adventure in opera; his voice you will never forget.
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