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Brilliant introduction to Matt's music
on 28 October 2004
Considering that Matt is largely forgotten these days, and is not around to remind people of his brilliance, quite a lot of his music is available on CD (at least in the UK) including a bewildering array of compilations. This one contains all the essentials.
Matt was Britain's best balladeer of the sixties. He had five UK top ten hits, these being Portrait of my love, My kind of girl, Softly as I leave you, Walk away and Yesterday. The Beatles' own version of Yesterday was not released as a UK single at the time although it was released in the USA (where it topped the charts) and eventually got a UK release in the mid-seventies. So Matt's version competed with several others but the only other one to chart was by Marianne Faithfull. Matt recorded several other Beatles songs, of which Michelle is included in this set.
Although it was only a comparatively modest hit (just making the UK top twenty), Matt's most famous recording is probably From Russia with love, a James Bond theme song. He recorded plenty of stage and screen songs during his career and on this collection you will find Matt's versions of Born free (from Born free), On days like these (from The Italian job), Speak softly love (from The Godfather), Somewhere (from West side story) and Gonna build a mountain (from Stop the world and let me off), the last-named providing another minor UK hit for Matt.
Several minor hits are missing although two others are included, these being For Mama and My love and devotion. So this is not a definitive collection but it contains all his big hits and everything else that casual buyers need.
If you enjoy the music of Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, it is likely that you will also enjoy listening to Matt Monro. This CD provides a good sampling of his music. Do not be surprised if, once you've played it a few times, you end up buying more of his music.