Enoch Light And His Orchestra - The Million Dollar Sound Of The World's Most Precious Violins [Command Records RS 802 SD] (1959)

Released: 1959
Country: US
Label: Command Records
Catalog: RS 802 SD
Genre: Easy Listening

Item# SR-CORS802SD
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 All Or Nothing At All
02 Laura
03 What A Difference A Day Made
04 The Breeze And I
05 The Very Thought Of You
06 I've Got You Under My Skin
07 I'll Be Seeing You
08 More Than You Know
09 Temptation
10 Try A Little Tenderness
11 In The Still Of The Night
12 Easy To Love

The Million Dollar Sound Of The World's Most Precious Violins
Enoch Light And His Orchestra

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Album Review

William Ruhlmann [allmusic.com]

It's not really apparent on The Million Dollar Sound of the World's Most Precious Violins whether Enoch Light's string section is full of Stradivarius instruments, but the bandleader does try to give his listeners their money's worth on this collection of orchestral treatments of pop standards of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. His arrangements as usual are full of ear-catching effects, starting with the bongo drums on many tracks that give an exotic (if not exactly expensive) feel to the proceedings. Light tends to hand the melodies around the orchestra, bouncing them from the strings to the horns and reeds, and adding his own little themes here and there. When the group plays ''I'll Be Seeing You,'' for instance, the massed saxophones provide a bed reminiscent of a Glenn Miller arrangement, with some of the strings picked pizzicato for percussion and flutes adding little note clusters like cascading water. What does any of that have to do with the sentimental tone of ''I'll Be Seeing You''? Who cares? The lyrics aren't being sung, anyway. Similarly, Light gives ''Temptation'' a bolero drum pattern (for part of the track, that is), while the strings emphasize the melodrama, as if the music were intended as the soundtrack for a sword-and-sandal screen epic. All the gimmicks are there to engage the ear, and they do, even if they also give Light's music a novelty aspect.