Bon Voyage! (Continental Souvenirs)
Lp (mono): Columbia CL 1417 (USA)
Lp (stereo): Columbia CS 8214 (USA)
CD: CBS/Sony 32DP 752 (Japan)
CD: Collectables COL-CD-7563 (2-on-1 with Carefree) (USA)
About This Album
Recorded in New York City, April 12-13, 1959.
Coming home from Europe, the American traveler brings a good many things, as much as the weight-allowance or the stateroom will handle. French perfume, Italian leather, British brushes, Swedish glass, Belgian lace, German carvings—all these, and many, many more find their way back to the States. And a lot of it winds up in the attic.
Not so the lovely, lively melodies that have lately poured forth from the Continent, however. These linger on, as good songs do, to become unforgettable and fragrantly evocative souvenirs of the Grand Tour. In this enchanting collection, Percy Faith applies his suave touch to a dozen Continental songs, largely from France and Italy, giving them such glowing colors that they take on a nostalgic patina even for those who have never been abroad.
As in his superb orchestrations of songs from The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and Kismet, or such memorable programs as Bouquet and Viva!, the Faith magic is as potent as ever, and in these souvenirs—echoing in one’s memory across the Atlantic—he presents another treasurable collection of delightful songs.