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Percy Faith Plays The Academy Award Winner & Other Themes


Lp (mono): Columbia CL 2650 (USA)
Lp (stereo): Columbia CS 9450 (USA)
CD: Collectables COL-CD-7428 (2-on-1 with Windmills Of Your Mind) (USA)

About This Album

Recorded in New York City, February 13-15, 1967; "Song From 'The Oscar'" recorded January 13, 1966; "The Wishing Doll" and "A Time For Love" recorded February 27, 1967.

The album cover was prepared before the Academy Awards. The first pressing simply included the orange title "Percy Faith Plays The Academy Award Winner" without the list of songs. Columbia then added a "Born Free And Other Great Movie Themes" sticker with the track list before making the permanent change to the cover as shown above.

Produced by Jack Gold. "Song From 'The Oscar'" produced by Allen Stanton.
Cover photo: Columbia Records Photo Studio—Don Hunstein-Sandy Speiser

Liner notes

For over thirty years, the movies have been a fertile source of some of the world’s greatest song hits. There was a time—before the seventh annual Academy Awards presentation in 1935, the year an Oscar for Best Song made its debut—when a song success originated either in a Broadway show, or from that musically productive area in mid-Manhattan known affectionately as Tin Pan Alley. When sound came to the “flicks” in the late Twenties, however, many songwriters moved West to lend their talents to the spectacular musicals that issued in profusion from the film capital.

Since then, motion-picture producers have called upon the service of the best composers and lyricists on both sides of the Atlantic to provide songs and theme music for their films, whether musical or dramatic. Today, over thirty Academy Award-winning songs have lingered on to embellish American’s—and the world’s—musical landscape.

This year, the thirty-ninth gala Oscar-awarding ceremony was more exciting than ever. To all those present at Santa Monica’s Civic Auditorium (as either spectators or as hopeful winners) and to the millions witnessing the event on television, on of the most eagerly awaited announcements was that for Best Song. And here to perform the winner and the four other distinguished Oscar nominees is Percy Faith. Percy’s arrangements for his orchestra are, as you might expect, superb demonstrations of how great popular music can be made to sound greater still. As an added bonus, Percy conducts many more fine movie songs and themes, both new and recent.

Renew the pleasure you experienced when you saw these outstanding films, and rediscover the Academy Award-caliber music that helped make them memorable. Listen, and relive all the excitement of the movies themselves, and the breathtaking Academy Award presentations that honored them!