Track 20 originally released as Columbia single 4-40100 in 1953
Track 21 originally released as Columbia single 3-38971 in 1950
Track 22 originally released as Columbia single 4-39901 in 1952
Released: March 14, 2006
Originally Released: 2003
Label: Collectables Records
Original Album #1: Columbia Records CL 779 (1956)
Original Album #2: Columbia Records CL 2586 (1956)
Description by OLDIES.com:
"It's So Peaceful In The Country" features the deep tonal colorings of Percy Faith and his orchestra paired with the provacative tones of Mitch Miller's oboe and English horn in their tribute to the American composers Alec Wilder and Jimmy Van Heusen. In "European Holiday," a travel dream is set to words and music, a romantic story of two young travellers (Jill Corey and Jerry Vale) abroad, coupled with three superb French songs splendidly played by Mitch Miller, who conducts the music for the whole record.
20.Under Paris Skies (Sous Le Ciel De Paris) (Bonus Track)
21.Autumn Leaves (Bonus Track)
22.Without My Lover (Bolero Gaucho) (Bonus Track)
2 LPs on 1 CD: IT'S SO PEACEFUL IN THE COUNTRY (w/Percy Faith) (1956)
Recording information: 08/15/1950-07/20/1955.
In 2003 Collectables doubled up two mid-'50s Mitch Miller albums on one CD. It's So Peaceful in the Country was released in 1956 and features Miller teaming up with fellow smoothie Percy Faith on a selection of standards like "Darn That Dream" and "Moonlight Becomes You," as well as some that never quite reached standardhood, like "I'll Be Around" and "Love Among the Young." All the songs are bathed in strings and have pretty standard elevator-lite arrangements -- very pretty and very boring. The second album collected here, 1956's European Holiday, is of more interest as it features vocals, less treacly arrangements, and a fun theme: a European holiday, believe it or not. The first side of the album has Jerry Vale, Jill Corey, and the Michael Stewart Chorus on vocals, and while none of them will give Ella or Carmen any pause, they still are fun and tuneful vocalists. The songs are feather light and silly, especially "Traveling Through Europe," which takes a musical trip through Europe complete with bad accents and corny attempts at local musics. The rest of the disc is comprised of three Mitch Miller Orchestra tracks with a French flair and some wonderfully cheesy vocal choruses. Fans of easy listening weirdness will dig the European Holiday portion of the set; too bad it had to be paired with an album of no interest at all. ~ Tim Sendra