Dick Boyell

Music to Move Families By

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If you relocated to the other side of town or the other side of the world in 1960, you might have been a lucky recipient of the Allied Van Corp.'s promotional release Music to Move Families By, a surprisingly engaging and far-ranging exotica collection conducted by Dick Boyell. The central conceit is simple: Boyell translates his Allied commercial theme song into a variety of musical contexts ranging from Latin pop to Dixieland to bossa nova, and while the basic melody wears thin over repeated listenings, the arrangements are wonderful, succinctly capturing the flavor and appeal of the many international musical styles on parade. As corporate LPs go, it's first-class.