'S Wonderful! (album)

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'S Wonderful!
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Studio album by Ray Conniff
Released October 8, 1956 (1956-10-08)
Recorded November 11, 1955 – June 18, 1956
Genre Pop, easy listening
Length 30:21
Label Columbia
Producer Mitch Miller
Ray Conniff chronology
'S Wonderful!
(1956)
Dance the Bop!
(1957)Dance the Bop!1957

'S Wonderful! is a 1956 album by Ray Conniff, his orchestra and (wordless) chorus. It was his first album released under his name, the album was produced completely in Mono by Mitch Miller at Columbia Records' 30th Street Studios in New York City.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Allmusic review by William Ruhlmann gave the album 4.5 stars stating "Conniff updated the big band sound to the '50s, retaining its danceable tempos and building upon the unison section innovations of Glenn Miller...Employing standards with familiar melodies, the imaginativeness of his work became all the more noticeable."[1]

Track listing[edit]

International edition [2][3]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "'S Wonderful" George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin 2:29
2. "Dancing in the Dark" Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz 2:46
3. "Speak Low" Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash 3:55
4. "Wagon Wheels" Billy Hill, Peter de Rose 3:15
5. "Sentimental Journey" Les Brown, Ben Homer, Bud Green 2:42
6. "Begin the Beguine" Cole Porter 2:42
7. "September Song" Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson 2:46
8. "I Get a Kick out of You" Cole Porter 3:14
9. "Stardust" Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish 2:18
10. "I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)" Johnny Mercer 2:55
11. "Sometimes I'm Happy" Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar 3:02
12. "That Old Black Magic" Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer 2:47

Recording dates[edit]

Recording dates based on Ray Conniff's diaries:

  • November 11, 1955: Stardust/Begin the Beguine (to be released as a single first)
  • March 26, 1956: Dancing in the Dark/That Old Black Magic
  • June 15, 1956: September Song/Speak Low/I Get a Kick Out of You/Sometimes I'm Happy
  • June 18, 1956: 'S Wonderful/Wagon Wheels/I'm an Old Cowhand/Sentimental Journey

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "'S Wonderfull! Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "'S Wonderfull! Information". Amazon.com. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "'S Wonderfull! Information". iTunes. Retrieved 1 May 2011.