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The Best of the RCA Victor Recordings

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Lou Monte 8/26/2003

Review

A 50-track, two-disc anthology of Lou Monte's RCA Victor recordings might seem like overkill considering that he scored only one Top Ten hit for the label. However, the success of Taragon's first Lou Monte collection, The Very Best of Lou Monte -- not to mention the enduring popularity of Monte himself -- justified the effort, and the result is a comprehensive collection of A-sides and B-sides from singles he recorded for RCA Victor during his first stint with the label. Monte wore many hats as an Italian crooner, a purveyor of ethnic novelties, and even a rock & roller on occasion. "Nina, the Queen of the Teeners" and "Pizza Boy U.S.A." fall into the latter category and show that Monte was as versatile as Guy Mitchell, another novelty-oriented (but not Italian) singer with whom he shares a number of similarities. Covers of two songs from Walt Disney's Davy Crockett television series depart from the Italian formula, but those are anomalies. Although The Best of the RCA Victor Recordings contains a couple of hits that overlap with The Very Best of Lou Monte, it is clearly intended to supplement the previous anthology as it rounds up non-hits and the B-sides of Monte's charting singles. Taken together, the two collections compile all but one of Monte's RCA Victor singles from 1953-1960. ~ Greg Adams
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Angelina Lou Monte 3:3
  3. 2 Jealous of You (Tango Della Gelosia) Lou Monte 2:33
  4. 3 A Baby Cried Lou Monte 2:28
  5. 4 One Moment More Lou Monte 2:44
  6. 5 At the Darktown Strutters' Ball Lou Monte 2:42
  7. 6 I Know How You Feel Lou Monte 2:42
  8. 7 Won't You Forgive Me Lou Monte 2:48
  9. 8 Vera's Veranda Lou Monte 2:48
  10. 9 Chain Reaction Lou Monte 2:31
  11. 10 Just Like Before Lou Monte 2:52
  12. 11 In My Dreams Lou Monte 2:41
  13. 12 Roulette Lou Monte 2:31
  14. 13 Cat's Whiskers Lou Monte 2:56
  15. 14 The Italian Wallflower (I'll Dance with Her, Henry) Lou Monte 2:6
  16. 15 Dreamboat Lou Monte 2:9
  17. 16 Bella Notte [From Lady and the Tramp] Lou Monte 2:43
  18. 17 With You Beside Me Lou Monte 2:13
  19. 18 King of the River Lou Monte 1:47
  20. 19 Yaller Yaller Gold Lou Monte 2:18
  21. 20 Rosina! (The Menu Song) Lou Monte 2:6
  22. 21 Tombolee Tombola Lou Monte 2:12
  23. 22 Italian Jingle Bells Lou Monte 2:11
  24. 23 Santo Natale Lou Monte 2:8
  25. 24 Pony Tail Lou Monte 2:18
  26. 25 Nina, The Queen of the Teeners Lou Monte 1:48
  27. 1 If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake Lou Monte 2:0
  28. 2 Ask Your Heart Lou Monte 2:28
  29. 3 If I Was a Millionaire Lou Monte 2:3
  30. 4 Roman Guitar (Chitarra Romana) Lou Monte 2:47
  31. 5 Some Cloud Above Lou Monte 2:33
  32. 6 Someone Else Is Taking You Home Lou Monte 1:55
  33. 7 The Wife (La Mogliera) Lou Monte 1:49
  34. 8 Musica Bella (The Beautiful Music of Love) Lou Monte 2:7
  35. 9 Ha! Ha! Ha! (Che Lla La!) Lou Monte 2:33
  36. 10 Round and Round My Heart Lou Monte 2:10
  37. 11 Lazy Mary (Luna Mezzo Mare) Lou Monte 2:39
  38. 12 Angelique Lou Monte 2:23
  39. 13 Strada Nfosa Lou Monte 2:44
  40. 14 Marianna Lou Monte 2:28
  41. 15 Where Do You Work Marie (Where Do You Work-A John) Lou Monte 2:16
  42. 16 The Italian Cowboy Song Lou Monte 2:13
  43. 17 Pizza Boy U.S.A. Lou Monte 2:13
  44. 18 The Angel in the Fountain Lou Monte 2:34
  45. 19 Solo Per Te (Only for You) Lou Monte 2:41
  46. 20 Pistol Packin' Mama Lou Monte 1:58
  47. 21 Have Another Lou Monte 2:18
  48. 22 All Because It's Christmas Lou Monte 2:40
  49. 23 Santa Nicola Lou Monte 2:26
  50. 24 Guarda Che Luna Lou Monte 2:29
  51. 25 Remember This Gumba Lou Monte 2:2

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