- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Columbia Records CL 640 (1955)
- Original Album #2: Columbia Records CL 1010 (1957)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Percy Faith set the standard for colorful instrumentals - Harold Arlen (remember "Stormy Weather" or "Over The Rainbow?)" penned a beautiful score for Truman Capote's exotic Broadway play "House Of Flowers." Percy Faith brings humor and beauty to his orchestral treatment of these joyous tunes; in "Adventures In The Sun," Percy Faith, who came to us from the cold and snow of Canada, brings a sunny, up-tempo sound to a dozen stunning melodies, several of them his own compositions. (Bill Halvorsen)
- 1.House Of Flowers
- 2.I'm Gonna Leave Off Wearing My Shoes
- 4.Slide "Boy" Slide
- 5.Don't Like Goodbyes
- 6.Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree
- 7.One Man Ain't Quite Enough
- 8.I Never Has Seen Snow
- 9.What Is A Friend For?
- 10.A Sleepin' Bee
- 11.Mardi Gras Waltz
- 12.Smellin'of Vanilla (Bamboo Cage)
- 13.Tropical Merengue
- 16.The Fiddling Bulfighter
- 18.Tambura (Merengue)
- 19.Hey Jose!
- 20.Bahama Lullaby
- 21.Bubbling Over (Gardebylaten)
- 23.Tropic Holiday
- 24.The Bandit (Theme from "O Cangaceiro")
Full title: Plays Music From The Broadway Production House Of Flowers/ Adventure In The Sun.
2 LPs on 1 CD: PLAYS MUSIC FROM THE BROADWAY PRODUCTION HOUSE OF FLOWERS (1955)/ADVENTURE IN THE SUN (1957).
Originally released on Columbia.
Recording information: 01/22/1953-03/18/1957.
This Collectables reissue combines two similar Percy Faith dates originally released on Columbia Records in the early '60s, House of Flowers and Adventure in the Sun. The big-band leader provides 24 elegant renditions of classic Broadway show tunes, including "House of Flowers," "What Is a Friend For?," "Tropical Merengue," "Carmellita," and "Tropic Holiday." Although not essential, this is a respectable two-fer that traditional pop fans should be aware of. ~ Al Campbell