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The Best of Walter Murphy
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Album: The Best of Walter Murphy: A Fifth of Beethoven
# Song Title   Time
1)    Fifth of Beethoven, A
2)    California Strut
3)    Flight '76
4)    Russian Dressing
5)    Suite Love Symphony
6)    Love Eyes
7)    Could It Be the Music
8)    Only Two People in the World, The
9)    Dance Your Face Off
10)    Toccata and Funk
11)    Disco Bells
12)    Rhapsody in Blue
13)    Just a Love Song
14)    Keep Dancin'
15)    Rescue Me
16)    Gentle Explosion
17)    Fifth of Beethoven, A - (previously unreleased)
 

Album: The Best of Walter Murphy: A Fifth of Beethoven
# Song Title   Time
1)    Fifth of Beethoven, A
2)    California Strut
3)    Flight '76
4)    Russian Dressing
5)    Suite Love Symphony
6)    Love Eyes
7)    Could It Be the Music
8)    Only Two People in the World, The
9)    Dance Your Face Off
10)    Toccata and Funk
11)    Disco Bells
12)    Rhapsody in Blue
13)    Just a Love Song
14)    Keep Dancin'
15)    Rescue Me
16)    Gentle Explosion
17)    Fifth of Beethoven, A - (previously unreleased)
 
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  • Personnel includes: Walter Murphy (arranger, conductor, keyboards); Lani Groves, Maxine Waters, Myra Matthhews (vocals); Lee Ritenour, Dennis Budimer (guitar); Irving Spice Section (strings); Israel Baker Horn Section (horns); Harvie Swartz (bass); Eddie Green (drums); Greg Westhoff (percussion).
  • Producers include: Thomas J. Valentino, Walter Murphy, Eddie Leonetti.
  • Engineers include: Ron Johnson, Jay Borden, Rick Rowe.
  • Principally recorded at Sound Ideas Studios, New York, New York.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • This is part of Hot Records "Best Of" series.
  • Personnel: Walter Murphy (keyboards); Pat Henderson, Gene Pistilli, Lani Groves, Maxine Willard Waters (vocals); Michael Caruso, Dennis Budimer, Carmine d'Amico (guitar); Ed Greene (drums); Greg Westhoff (percussion).
  • Recording information: Sound Ideas, New York, NY.
  • Arranger: Walter Murphy.
  • You have to give credit to Walter Murphy for being enterprising enough to put the type of classical spin on disco that he did with "A Fifth of Beethoven," but unfortunately the trick was carried just a little too far. It's people like Murphy and records like "Disco Duck" that give disco a bad name and provide ammo for the haters of the often thrilling -- and unsurprisingly enduring -- style of dance music. The Best of Walter Murphy: A Fifth of Beethoven includes titles such as "Toccata and Funk," "Dance Your Face Off," and "Flight '76," which, naturally, gives the dancefloor treatment to "Flight of the Bumble Bee." The titles tell you all you need to know. Songs like these can be filed with Rick Dees' "Disco Duck" and Meco's "Star Wars Theme" under novelty. The remainder of these selections fall into ballad and fluffy pop territory. It's all lightweight goo. ~ Andy Kellman
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