Billy Vaughn

Theme from a Summer Place/Theme from the Sundowners

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This reissue set by Collectables places two Billy Vaughn movie theme recordings from 1960 on the same disc. "Theme from The Sundowners" and "Theme from A Summer Place" are just two of the film cues and theme songs on this 24-cut collection, the third issued by the label in 2006. To say these two offerings are drenched in strings would be a vast understatement -- everything here is so utterly sweet as to be saccharine. But there are some weird and wonderful moments, like Vaughn's boogie-woogie take on "O Solo Mio," the big band with guitars and strings loaded for stun on "Walk, Don't Run," and even the autoharp in the front on "The Three Penny Opera (Moritat)." If you are a Vaughn fan, you already know he was capable of some of the strangest arrangements around. This will no doubt be of great interest to those wishing to collect his catalog on CD, but to the casual listener or hipster who wants space age bachelor pad music, there are plenty of other places to look.

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