- Reissue Producer: Jeff James
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Columbia Records CS 9409 (1967)
- Original Album #2: Columbia Records CS 9556 (1967)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Originally released in 1967, "The Kostelanetz Sound Of Today" features this world-acclaimed conductor performing some of the day's finest hit tunes in interpretations that exemplify all of Kostelanetz' accustomed flair and originality. Released the same year, "Today's Greatest Movie Hits" features Kostelanetz interpretations of themes from motion pictures where the music is not just an accompaniment to the action - it is an intrinsic part of the action.
- 1.Born Free (from "Born Free")
- 2.Dommage, Dommage (Too Bad, Too Bad)
- 3.Games That Lovers Play
- 4.In The Arms Of Love (from "What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?")
- 5.Summer Wind
- 6.A Man And A Woman (from "A Man And A Woman")
- 7.The Sounds Of Silence
- 8.Cabaret (from "Cabaret")
- 9.Alfie (from "Alfie")
- 10.Strangers In The Night
- 12.Two For The Road (from "Two For The Road")
- 13.Barefoot In The Park (from "Barefoot In The Park")
- 14.Tara's Theme (from "Gone With The Wind")
- 15.Thoroughly Modern Millie (from "Thoroughly Modern Millie")
- 16.What To Do? (Theme from "Woman Times Seven")
- 17.(Carol's Theme) The Eyes Of Love (from "Banning")
- 18.Doctor Dolittle (from "Doctor Dolittle")
- 19.This Is My Song (from "A Countess From Hong Kong")
- 20.Fabulous Places (from "Doctor Dolittle")
- 21.Dreamsville (from "Gunn")
- 22.Happy Barefoot Boy (from "Two For The Road")
2 LPs on 1 CD: THE KOSTELANETZ SOUND OF TODAY (1967)/TODAY'S GREATEST MOVIE HITS (1967).
Liner Note Author: Gillian McKean.
Recording information: 10/31/1966-06/30/1967.
If you venture past the collections of Andr‚ Kostelanetz and get into his "Plays the Music Of..." and "The Sounds Of..." albums, you soon realize how uneven his work can be. When inspired, he brings a smile to your face through warm and clever orchestration. When he's not, it's tiresome and recalls every clich‚ about easy listening you can remember. It's about fifty-fifty on this collection from Collectables, which is no surprise considering the nature of the rushed recordings included here. For Sounds of Today, the "Today" is 1967. Too many arrangements are overly decorated -- Kostelanetz always covers his lack of ideas with harmonicas and cooing choirs -- but the collection's highlight comes when an elegant pizzicato dance switches off with a Chicago barrelhouse rave-up in "Cabaret." Today's Greatest Movie Hits -- "Today" once again being 1967 -- gives Kostelanetz much more ambitious tunes and a lot more to work with. "Barefoot in the Park" skips along with a cosmopolitan attitude rarely heard from the arranger, and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" recalls the playfulness of "Cabaret." Considering these weren't the only two albums Kostelanetz released in 1967, you've got to at least admire his ability to overcome totally going through the motions. Buy a best-of or greatest-hits collection for a better winner-to-filler ratio. ~ David Jeffries