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Album Review

With 'S Continental, Ray Conniff returned to a familiar title (evoking his first three hit albums with their "'S" names) and a familiar approach. Once again the songs were secular standards, in this case many with a European origin (though "The Continental," of course, came from the continent of Hollywood), and the voices were back to "da-das" and "doot-doots." The result was another Top Ten hit and a lengthy stay in the charts, but Conniff's return to the form of his first albums accurately suggested that he was repeating himself, and this album marked the end of his most popular period.

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Old but timeless music

I used to listen to this music when I was a child and my dad played this album over and over. I enjoyed listening to the great harmony between the chorus and the orchestra and I could imagine how much fun it would have been to dance with some of this songs as they were played by a live orchestra. My four favorite songs in this album are The Continental (You Kiss While You're Dancing), Beyond the Sea (La Mer), Lisbon Antigua, and Green Eyes. One song that is missing from this listing is African Safari, which is also another one of my favorites.

Biography

Born: November 6, 1916 in Attleboro, MA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The man who popularized wordless vocal choruses and light orchestral accompaniment on a mix of popular standards and contemporary hits of the 1960s, Ray Conniff was a trombone player for Bunny Berigan's Orchestra and Bob Crosby's Bobcats before being hired as an arranger by Mitch Miller for Columbia Records in 1954. After he wrote the charts for several sizeable Columbia hits during the mid-'50s, Conniff became a solo artist as well, applying his arranging techniques to instrumental easy listening...
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