Ray Conniff

Ultimate Collection

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From Australia comes this inexpensive three-disc anthology of Ray Conniff's recordings, spanning the late '50s through the '70s. Perhaps because it originated Down Under, Ultimate Collection omits many of Conniff's U.S. hits (particularly his adult contemporary hits), but two of his biggest U.S. pop singles are here, "Somewhere My Love" and "Invisible Tears." Many uncommon album tracks are presented, and five Christmas songs are appended to the third disc as a bonus. These 65 performances are unfailingly pleasant renderings of popular songs that should be of particular interest to lovers of vocal groups, since most of the tracks feature full choral vocal performances rather than the wordless vocal accompaniment for which Conniff is known. Conniff himself takes a rare solo vocal turn on "Honey Come Back." The singalong quality makes this collection a thoroughly enjoyable survey of favorite songs: easy listening in the most literal sense. Collectables is reissuing Conniff's albums as a series of two-fers, but for those who want an expanded anthology without the investment of acquiring his complete recordings, Ultimate Collection is more than adequate.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:30 Spotify
2 2:59 Spotify
3 2:52 Spotify
4 2:58 Spotify
5 3:12 Spotify
6 2:45 Spotify
7 2:39 Spotify
8 2:19 Spotify
9
2:35 Spotify
10 3:25 Spotify
11 3:06 Spotify
12 2:32 Spotify
13 2:25 Spotify
14 2:25 Spotify
15 2:28 Spotify
16 4:50 Spotify
17 4:11 Spotify
18 2:48
19 2:50 Spotify
20 2:44 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:47 Spotify
2 2:51 Spotify
3 3:01 Spotify
4 2:33 Spotify
5 2:32 Spotify
6 2:07 Spotify
7 2:53 Spotify
8 2:19 Spotify
9 2:40 Spotify
10 2:49 Spotify
11 2:32
12 2:25 Spotify
13 2:32 Spotify
14 2:24 Spotify
15 2:40 Spotify
16 2:43 Spotify
17 2:25 Spotify
18 3:28 Spotify
19 2:31 Spotify
20 3:11 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:30 Spotify
2 3:00 Spotify
3 3:32 Spotify
4 2:09 Spotify
5 2:40 Spotify
6 2:48 Spotify
7 2:59 Spotify
8 3:08 Spotify
9 4:14 Spotify
10 2:41 Spotify
11 2:49 Spotify
12 2:51 Spotify
13 2:05 Spotify
14 2:01 Spotify
15 2:33 Spotify
16 3:31 Spotify
17 2:55 Spotify
18 2:30 Spotify
19 3:01 Spotify
20 2:35 Spotify
21 2:13 Spotify
22 2:25 Spotify
23 2:30 Spotify
24 2:46 Spotify
25 2:46 Spotify
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