I'm thrilled to announce yet another Sepia Records Lanza CD compilation: Mario Lanza: One Alone.
A follow-up to Sepia's 2016 release Never Till Now, this compilation features more of Lanza's finest English-language recordings, and, not surprisingly, it's a stunner. Aside from the consistently great singing on display here, many of the commercial recordings (such as "Sylvia," "I'll See You Again," and the 1958 "I Love Thee") have never sounded richer or more vibrant, despite their vinyl origin. (Even jaded aficionados will be surprised!) In short, Sepia Records have once again done Lanza proud, and that extends to the accompanying booklet, which is a work of art in itself.
One Alone will be available from all the usual online outlets on 10 February 2017.
UPDATE (10 January 2017): One Alone is available now from Sepia Records for between £7.99 and £8.99 (postage included) for PayPal users. For those wishing to purchase the CD from other online sellers, such as Amazon, the release date is still 10 February.
MARIO LANZA: ONE ALONE
1 They Didn’t Believe Me (Kern-Reynolds) Recorded (day/month/year) 23/8/49
2 The World Is Mine Tonight (Posford-Marvell) 10/7/51
3 Wanting You (Romberg-Hammerstein-Mandel-Schwab) 20/7/51
4 I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Porter) 24/7/51 [with previously unreleased spoken introduction]
5 Night and Day (Porter) 14/8/51 [with previously unreleased spoken introduction]
6 Roses of Picardy (Wood-Weatherley) 29/11/51
7 One Night of Love (Schertzinger-Kahn) 5/12/51
8 Your Eyes Have Told Me So (Blaufuss-Kahn-Van Alstyn) Early December 1951
9 Sylvia (Speaks-Scollard) Early December 1951
10 I’ll See You Again (Coward) 29/1/52
11 Romance (Leslie-Donaldson) 1/2/52 [with spoken introduction]
12 The Trembling of a Leaf (Green-Lawrence) 4/3/52
13 Yesterdays (Kern-Harbach) 6/3/52
14 The Moon Was Yellow (Ahlert-Leslie) 20/3/52 [with previously unreleased spoken introduction]
15 Golden Days (Romberg-Donnelly) 31/7/52
16 Will You Remember? (Romberg-Young) 27/8/56
17 Behold! (Moore-Reed) 15/4/57
18 Arrivederci Roma (Rascel-Sigman) 7/11/57 [English-language version]
19 I Love Thee (Grieg) September 1958
20 One Alone (Romberg-Harbach-Hammerstein-Mandel) September 1959 [remastered "raw" acetate]
21 The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte) Performed live on 19/12/48 (NBC radio broadcast)
22 Tell Me, Oh Blue, Blue Sky (Giannini-Flaster) Recorded sometime in 1952 [private home recording]
23 Love Me Tonight (Friml-Hooker) July 1959
24 Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life (Herbert-Young) 27/7/51 [with spoken introduction]