Ports of Paradise (Remastered)
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||The Enchanted Sea||Alfred Newman & Ken Darby||4:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Blue Tahitian Moon||Alfred Newman & Ken Darby||2:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Farewell for Just Awhile||Alfred Newman & Ken Darby||1:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Now is the Hour||Alfred Newman & Ken Darby||4:48||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Isa Lei||Alfred Newman & Ken Darby||3:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Whispering Wind||Alfred Newman & Ken Darby||3:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||My Little Grass Shack||Alfred Newman & Ken Darby||2:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Forever More||Alfred Newman & Ken Darby||3:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Madonna of the Flowers||Alfred Newman & Ken Darby||5:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||To You Sweetheart, Aloha||Alfred Newman & Ken Darby||4:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Ports of Paradise was originally issued by Capitol in 1960 as an exotica orchestral and vocal album centered on the various parts of the South Pacific — Hawaii in particular (which makes it no mistake that Mountain Apple decided to reissue it on CD). Essentially, it is a misguided theme recording with the voices of Alfred Newman, Ken Darby, and Mavis Rivers along with wildly overblown orchestration, unhinged dynamics, and a sense of otherness that was common for the space age pop and mood music of the era. While one can hear elements of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony in here, and even bits of Debussy's La Mer, what is heard most is something like Mantovani meeting Lawrence Welk, Guy Lombardo, and Eugene Ormandy with the Boston Pops fronted by vocalists imagining the South Pacific after having only read books about it. The reading of "My Little Grass Shack" is particularly hilarious.
This music takes you from island to island by cruise ship in the South Pacific. Enjoy beautiful harmonies and a taste of the topics that is memorable and splendid. You will love "Ports of Paradise" and cherish it as I have for many years.
David Lees, NYC
Ports of Paradise
The itunes review is a hatchet job written by someone who simply doesn't get it.
Born: March 17, 1901 in New Haven, CT
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s