Mojo (Publisher) - p.1334 stars out of 5
-- "A '60s compilation featuring unsurpassable songs by film's greatest writers..."
Personnel: Nancy Wilson (vocals); Nancy Wilson; Herb Ellis, Howard Roberts , Al Hendrickson, John Collins (guitar); Ann Mason Stockton (harp); Justin Gordon (reeds, saxophone); Bob Richards, Jules Jacob, Jack Nimitz, Abe Most, Plas Johnson , Bill Perkins, Skeets Herfurt, Buddy Collette (reeds); Harry Klee, Wilbur Schwartz (saxophone); Don Fagerquist, Harry "Sweets" Edison , Ray Triscari, John Audino, Tony Terran, Bud Brisbois (trumpet); Dick Noel, Lew McReary, Bill Schaefer, Vern Friley, Tommy Pederson (trombone); Donn Trenner (piano, harpsichord); Ronnell Bright (piano); Mike Melvoin (organ); Buster Williams (bass instrument); Larry Bunker (percussion); Pete Candoli (trumpet); Earl Palmer (drums, percussion, bells).
Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, New York, NY (06/11/1963-04/01/1968).
Author: Richard Seidel.
Arrangers: Oliver Nelson; Sid Feller; Billy May.
Like one of her biggest selling CDs Yesterdays Love Songs/Tomorrow's Blues, Hollywood My Way is filled with strong material, fine arrangements, and more than enough evidence of Wilson's considerable and elegant vocal talents. One thing the Hollywood My Way doesn't have, though, is a big hit like Yesterday's Love Song's "Guess Who I Saw Today" and that goes a long way in explaining Capitol's reticence about releasing it. Regardless, this collection of movie songs ranging from 1931's "When Did You Leave Heaven" to 1962's "Days of Wine and Roses" with stellar Jimmy Jones' arrangements is one of Wilson's best. As usual she deftly works through a variety of tempi with aplomb. "My Shining Hours"' breakneck speed arrangement is kept in check by her behind-the-beat, elongated phrasing, while the ballad tempo in "Days of Wine of Roses" is ignited with an assured and dramatic vocal buildup. Wilson's supple voice seems especially fit for the bossa nova treatment of "Moonriver"; she easily shifts from a whisper to full-throated dynamics over the lilting, yet steady beat. Equally impressive is her urbane blues delivery on "When Did You Leave Heaven." [The 2006 CD reissue added five bonus tracks.] ~ Stephen Cook