The Road to Hong Kong (soundtrack)

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The Road to Hong Kong
The Road to Hong Kong (soundtrack).jpg
Soundtrack album by Bing Crosby
Released 1962
Recorded 1962
Genre Soundtrack, vocal
Length 31:54
Label Liberty
Bing Crosby chronology
Bing's Hollywood vols.1-15
(1962)Bing's Hollywood vols.1-151962
The Road to Hong Kong
(1962)
On the Happy Side
(1962)On the Happy Side1962

The Road to Hong Kong is a soundtrack album issued by Liberty Records (No. LOM 16002)[1] from the film of the same name. The film starred Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Joan Collins and Robert Morley with cameos from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Sellers and David Niven. Robert Farnon conducted the music for the film. All the songs were written by Jimmy Van Heusen (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics). Robert Farnon wrote four orchestral pieces for the soundtrack and these are annotated in the listing.[2]

Bing’s love ballad – “Let’s Not Be Sensible” includes a few lines from Joan Collins and in the film there is an abrupt interruption which curtails the song as Bing is about to sing “love”, the tracks for the film would probably have been recorded in September 1961 and one assumes a full version would have been laid down of “Let’s Not Be Sensible” prior to its subsequent editing. However, it seems that the original track was mislaid or erased and unfortunately Bing had already returned to the USA by the time the LP was being prepared, the producer of the LP and the complementary single had no choice but to try to use the version employed in the film even though the ending was missing. The solution was to bring in Mike Sammes, a well known vocal arranger and backing singer, to sing the word “love”. When you know this, it is obvious but it was probably missed by many who heard the recording.[3]

The entire album was included in the Sepia Records CD "The Road to Hong Kong / Say One for Me" (Sepia 1216) issued in 2013.[4]

Reception[edit]

The film itself was well received and so was the album. Variety said:

Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, a couple of pic pros, have whipped up a serviceable score for the latest Bing Crosby-Bob Hope-Dorothy Lamour “Road” film. It comes over as highly pleasing soundtrack set that should get a good sales ruboff with the pic’s playing dates, the set was done in England with Robert Farnon conducting the orch but the values are pegged primarily for the US market. In the song spotlight are the Crosby-Hope duet on “Team Work”, Crosby’s balladearing on “Let’s Not Be Sensible” and Miss Lamour’s “Warmer than a Whisper”; in all, the package is loaded with a marquee pull and a bright spirit that’s hard to beat.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLyricsMusicPerformer(s)Length
1."Overture"Sammy CahnJimmy Van HeusenRobert Farnon & Orchestra2:44
2."Team Work"CahnVan HeusenBing Crosby & Bob Hope2:12
3."Reluctant Astronauts"̶FarnonRobert Farnon & Orchestra3:10
4."Warmer Than a Whisper"CahnVan HeusenDorothy Lamour3:04
5."The Only Way to Travel"CahnVan HeusenRobert Farnon & Orchestra2:28
6."Let's Not Be Sensible Blues"CahnVan HeusenRobert Farnon & Orchestra2:33
Side two
No.TitleLyricsMusicPerformer(s)Length
1."The Road to Hong Kong"CahnVan HeusenBing Crosby & Bob Hope3:06
2."Let's Not Be Sensible"CahnVan HeusenBing Crosby & Joan Collins2:35
3."Lamasery Chant"̶FarnonRobert Farnon & Orchestra3:56
4."Moon over Hong Kong"̶FarnonRobert Farnon & Orchestra3:35
5."The Chase"̶FarnonRobert Farnon & Orchestra2:31

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Road to Bing Crosby. The British Crosby Society. 1963. p. 292. 
  2. ^ "Sepia Records". Retrieved July 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ The Road to Bing Crosby. The British Crosby Society. 1963. p. 293. 
  4. ^ "Sepia Records". Retrieved July 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Variety". Variety. June 27, 1962.