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1962 was the year Raymond Scott composed and recorded "Portofino" in many different arrangements. However, no recordings were released until Basta did include two versions on Manhattan Research, Inc. The track became one of Scott's most popular electronic compositions and was recently featured in the Netflix hit-series Narcos, opened the documentary Best Of Enemies and underscored a recent Gucci ad campaign. So like with many of Scott's compositions featured in countless WB's cartoons, chances are one has heard this tune without realizing it was his music.
On the album Portofino Variations, "Portofino" is interpreted by 20 artists, each version uniquely arranged, recorded and produced in an array of styles: surf guitar, whistling, electronica, chamber ensemble, minimalism, pop, rock guitar, and scat vocals. There are even two song versions with original lyrics, as well as two Scott original recordings that are only present on this vinyl version. Portofino Variations features contributions from none other than Fay Lovsky, Jacco Gardner, JB Meijers (Common Linnets), Aim, Arling & Cameron, Metropole Orchestra and Davide Rossi, who worked with Goldfrapp, Coldplay, The Verve and many more. A couple of other artists also make their recording debut on the album.
The result is a nice blend of recordings, with so much variation; it's easy to forget sometimes one is listening to the same composition. The album cover art was adapted from a 1962 unpublished painting entitled "Portofino" by noted artist/illustrator James (Jim) Flora. The original Flora painting is reproduced in the LP's gatefold.
• Colored 180g 2LP-set
• Contains unreleased versions by Raymond Scott Raymond Scott's "Portofino" as performed by Fay Lovsky, Jacco Gardner, JB Meijers (Common Linnets), Aim, Metropole Orchestra, Davide Rossi (Goldfrapp, Coldplay, The Verve) & many more
• Gatefold sleeve
• Jim Flora artwork
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