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The Best Vol. 2 / Plays Contemporary


CD: Sony Records SRCS 5658 (Japan)

About This Album

In 1991 Sony Japan released three CDs: Ray Conniff Plays Standards, Vol 1 (SRCS 5658), Ray Conniff Plays Contemporary, Vol 2 (SRCS 5659) and Ray Conniff Plays Broadway (SRCS 5660). These were released just prior to his arrival for his December 1991 concert tour.

This disc contains mostly "big band" instrumental tracks from Ray's early albums. The exceptions are "My Favorite Things" with the singers and "In The Mood" which has a more contemporary sound.

Liner notes

The disc features liner notes and track notes in Japanese.

Doug's comments

As with Volume 1, this disc was a bit of a disappointment. It relied heavily on two previous Japanese issues: ten tracks from All About Ray Conniff And The Singers plus three from Say You Say Me. In the early days of compact discs, there was far too much reuse of the same recordings on compilations.