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September 2019

Well as you know I set off on Celebrity Silhouette on 11 August, having spent a night in London the night before. As well as the safety aspect of making sure the car would get me to my destination I also had a radio interview at Radio Harrow on the 10th. This was the first of the promotional interviews for the new album and although it isn’t out for a few months, Pierre Petro wanted to do a face-to-face so it was the perfect opportunity to do it on my way to the cruise port. Because of my lack of mobility most of the others that have been set up are phoners and although not broadcast quality it is the only way of me doing them now.

The last time I’d spoken to most of them was when I’d brought out the book “The Singer’s Singer- The Life and Music of Matt Monro” and as you know the last few years have been crazy. Winner of two awards, sales exceeded everyone’s expectations including mine, and it’s now on its fifth reprint.
 
For anyone that doesn’t know, I’ve been working on the luxury cruise lines for the past few years talking about dad’s legacy. It always astounds me at the sheer volumes that come cruise after cruise. There is also a younger fan base and I’ve had a ball meeting so many music lovers. The only negative is that I’ve hardly spent any time in England and I suddenly realised that it has been a few years since I did a radio special so this seemed the perfect opportunity of taping another one.
 
This time I’ve picked Broadway as my focus. You could fill hours playing some of the iconic moments of what has come out of New York. I got the idea when putting together dad’s new album “A Stranger in Paradise: The Lost New York Sessions”. This is a project I’ve wanted to bring out for several years and Universal has now given me the opportunity and it’s coming out on 1st November together with a second bonus 'Best Of' disc.
 
For the sessions in New York instead of an orchestra or ready-made arrangements accompanying dad, they chose the songs and did all the arrangements as they went along. The band was made up of just five musicians. The majority of the recordings made over the week were from relatively new musicals, many running in Broadway theatres at the time.
 
However, unbeknown to dad, producer Dave Cavanaugh decided that he preferred him with a bigger sound. He took the tapes back to Hollywood and engaged Sid Feller and Billy May to write brass and string scores for 14 of the songs.

When dad heard the results, he was not impressed and felt that the tracks had been butchered. He made his feelings clear to producer Cavanaugh and the whole project was shelved. This new album sees the first release of all the songs from the sessions in their original undubbed form, just dad and some great musicians having a blast in the studio.
 
This album is a journey, from the opening bars of the unmistakable “Stranger in Paradise” to the haunting melody of Jerry Brock’s “Sunrise, Sunset”. The journey is delicious in its voyage of discovery.  Dad has that genius of making each song his own.
 
There are so many highlights in evidence here, brimming with distinguished arrangements and superb production values that conjure up exquisite memories of a polished performer, one with feathery velvet tones and unsurpassed excellence.  Here is superb talent with no use of vocal gimmicks or corny catchphrases.  Dad relies only on his solid music ability and brings to life every song in this repertoire with the ease of a born professional.  Of course, I am biased.
 

Stranger in Paradise: The Lost New York Sessions - CD1

1. The Impossible Dream
2. Stranger In Paradise
3. Put On A Happy Face
4. Hello Dolly
5. The Apple Tree
6. If She Walked Into My Life
7. The Sweetest Sounds
8. Sunrise Sunset
9. Walking Happy
10. I’ll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her
11. Come Back To Me
12. Look For Small Pleasures
13. The Lady Smiles
14. Lover’s Caravan
15. Beautiful Beautiful World
16. What Makes It Happen
17. The Apple Tree (Alternate Vocal/Take 7)
18. The Lady Smiles (Take 5)
19. Lover’s Caravan (Take 2)
20. What Makes It Happen (Take 5)

The Best Of – CD2

1. Portrait Of My Love
2. My Kind Of Girl
3. Gonna Build A Mountain
4. Softly As I Leave You
5. From Russia With Love
6. Walk Away
7. Yesterday
8. Born Free
9. This Is The Life
10. On A Clear Day
11. Don't Answer Me
12. Honey On The Vine
13. Wednesday’s Child
14. I Will Wait For You
15. Georgy Girl
16. Spanish Eyes
17. When I Look In Your Eyes
18. Pretty Polly (New stereo mix)
19. Maria
20. The Music Played (First time stereo mix)
21. All of A Sudden
22. On Days Like These
23. Two People
24. Everybody's Talkin' (New stereo mix)
25. We’re Gonna Change The World
26. And You Smiled
27. If I Never Sing Another Song

New Mixes on Disc 2.
Three songs have received new mixes on this disc for different reasons. The original mix of ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ suffered from a badly set compressor, so the new mix from the original session reel has rectified this. ‘Pretty Polly’ in its 1960’s stereo mix (first issued on The Complete Singles Collection) had a stereo delay added to the strings and everything else panned to the centre. For this set it was remixed from the original 3-track tape to a more traditional stereo mix. The final new mix is only possible due to new technology. The four-track session tape for ‘The Music Played’ no longer exists, however a true stereo mix of the backing track was made for use on the Spanish language version of the song. New software has allowed the separation of Matt’s vocal from the mono mix, which has now been mixed with the backing to create the first stereo mix of the song. Richard Moore.

 

The radio special ‘Broadway melody” (runs 58 minutes) is in broadcast quality and was sent out to a selection of Hospital Radio and Community Radio stations.
Pre-releases were sent out in September so you might be able to catch a couple of the new tracks before release if you listen in.

I am back in the country on 29 October after an extended trip of nearly three months on the cruise lines so if anyone would like to do a telephone interview in November please contact me so we can set something up. I’m aiming between 29 October – 7 November. If you are interested just let me know the date and time you would prefer. I know it seems a long way off but once I’m at sea it isn’t so easy to arrange things.
 
10 August – Radio Harrow @ 2pm with Pierre Petro (pre-record)

29 October – Radio Redhill @ 10am with Nigel Gray

29 October – Birmingham Broadcasting Network @ 12pm with Brian Henderson (pre-record)

30 October – Siren 107.3FM @ 6pm with Alex Lewczuk (Live)

30 October – Hospital Radio Norwich @ tba (evening) with David Furse

30 October – STA-FM Community Radio, NSW, Australia @ midnight (9am Aussie time) with Lynn Hunt (Live)

31 October – Hospital Radio Basingstoke @ 7pm with Neil Ogden (Pre-record)

1 November – Rookwood Sound Hospital Radio @ 4.30pm with Stephen Allen

1 November – Radio North Angus @ 8pm with Malcolm Finlayson

3 November – Nottingham Hospital Radio @ 10.30am with Kev Castle

3 November – Choice Radio @ 11.30am with Pete Philips

3 November – Harborough FM @ 12pm with Chris Jones (Live)

3 November – Southern Sound Hospital Radio @ 2pm with Alan Taylor

3 November – Radio Frimley Park @ 3pm with Malcolm Treen – playing 4 songs from the new album

3 November – Time 107.5fm @ 4pm with Eric Hall (Live)

4 November – Pure FM, ALL FM, WFM @ 9.15am with Mike George

4 November – Siren 107.3Fm @ 4pm with Tom Stevens (Live)

4 November – Sunshine Hospital Radio @ 8.30pm with Laura Tremelling

5 November – BBC Radio Cumbria @ 2pm with Harry King

5 November – Vinyl Frontier @ 12pm with Mike McLean

5 November – Gateway 97.8FM @ 5pm with Dan Lawrence

7 November – Radio West Middlesex @ 7pm with James Hoff  (pre-record)

Here’s my schedule.

Cruise/ Work Dates 2019

1 September – 8 September - Celebrity Silhouette
8 September – 22 September - Celebrity Silhouette
22 September – 3 October - Celebrity Silhouette
3 October – 13 October - Celebrity Silhouette
13 October – 24 October - Celebrity Silhouette

Cruise/ Work Dates 2020

6 January – 24 March – Cruise & Maritime
16 May -30 May – Celebrity Silhouette
30 May – 13 June – Celebrity Silhouette
13 June – 27 June – Celebrity Silhouette
4 July – 18 July – Celebrity Silhouette
18 July – 1 August – Celebrity Silhouette
1 August – 15 August – Celebrity Silhouette
15 August – 28 August – Celebrity Silhouette

 

Don’t forget to check out our Spotlight feature this month, I know so many of you enjoy them. This month we look in on the ever-popular James Brown.

Here’s hoping that your month is an eventful one, for the right reasons, and that the rest of the year brings you joy.

Much love to one and all. See you next month.

Michele xxxx

 

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