The latest addition for ACE’s hard-to-find music series ‘Hit with Strings and Things’ really lives up to its name. All of 28 tracks in the album here are the orchestral compositions that left their mark on Billboard Hot 100 chart during the golden years of rock ‘n’ rolls. The most interesting thing is that, you could not easily find many of them in the market these days - despite how popular these songs were (in their time).
Among them are the big hits such as Paul Mauriat’s “Love Is Blue”, Mr Acker Bilk’s “Stranger On the Shore”, Percy Faith’s “Theme From A Summer Place”, Henry Mancini’s “Moon River”, and Hugo Winterhalter’s “Canadian Sunset”. (The first 3 were actually no.1 hits) There are many rare one-shots, such as Village Stompers’ “Washington Square”, Bill Pursell’s “Our Winter Love”, the Islanders’ “The Enchanted Sea”, Horst Jankowski’s “A Walk In the Black Forest”, Joe Hornell’s “Fly Me to the Moon” and Bob Crewe Generation's "Music to Watch Girl By" . A couple songs are available on CD for the first time, such as H.B. Barnum’s “Lost Love”, Miniature Men’s “Baby Elephant Walk”, and Frank Slay’s “Flying Circle”. You also get a chance to hear the sound of ondioline, the ancestor of synthesizers, in Kai Winding’s “More”. This is a highly recommended album that brilliantly collects both highlights and gems of orchestral music during the rock ‘n’ roll era in one single package.