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Classical - Released September 24, 2009 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released May 5, 1995 | Living Stereo

This is not exactly the Mario Lanza "best-of" album its title might imply; it consists of recordings made during the last 18 months of the great crossover tenor's life, when he was beginning to suffer serious effects from the health problems that killed him in the fall of 1959. Still, it's hard to hear much of an effect from those problems -- a diminution of sheer vocal power in the selections from Rudolf Friml's musical The Vagabond King that make up the second half of the disc, perhaps, but no loss of the singer's broad, generous lyric impulse. Lanza was an operatic star who never quite got the chance to be an opera star. He took the lead role in the biopic The Great Caruso and sang Italian songs like those heard on the first half of the disc, but substance abuse brought him down just as he was preparing a sustained effort to reach the operatic stage. It's hard to imagine a career like his flourishing in the present day: there's plenty of crossover music, certainly, but no place in the pop world for a singer with a big Italian voice. After you hear this album, you'll feel that's a shame. The Neapolitan songs that open the disc are period pieces; a few of them have cheesy wordless backing choruses and odd arrangements with extended harmonies, drawn from the language of musical comedy, that don't quite fit. Still, they're nothing less than irresistible. On the Vagabond King selections, a few unreleased tracks from soprano Judith Raskin are added to make a rough outline of the whole show. The opening "Drinking Song" may cause one to wish that Lanza hadn't been so quick to affirm that "a flagon of wine will do." But sample the "Nocturne" and see if you don't agree that it's one of the great love serenades on records. RCA's Living Stereo sound was a major engineering accomplishment in the beginning, and the SACD remastering here is stupendous -- as good as it gets. Every bit of orchestral detail is there in total clarity. Check this album out and learn why an operatic singer was once at the top of the pop charts. © Rovi Staff /TiVo
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Classical - Released April 3, 2007 | RCA Red Seal

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International Pop - Released December 31, 1995 | Living Stereo

The power and majesty of Lanza's voice lends new drama to seasonal classics like "The First Noel," "Come, All Ye Faithful" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem" on Mario Lanza Sings Christmas Carols, a real treat for fans of the music of the postwar era. © Marvin Jolly /TiVo
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Classical - Released November 12, 2010 | RCA Red Seal

The power and majesty of Lanza's voice lends new drama to seasonal classics like "The First Noel," "Come, All Ye Faithful" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem" on Mario Lanza Sings Christmas Carols, a real treat for fans of the music of the postwar era. © Marvin Jolly /TiVo
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Classical - Released February 1, 2010 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released March 10, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Pop - Released August 24, 2018 | Universal Digital Enterprises

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Classical - Released January 9, 2001 | RCA Red Seal

My Romance contains a selection of love songs Mario Lanza sang on The Mario Lanza Show in the early '50s, in addition to two RCA Victor recordings from 1956. The Mario Lanza Show was a Sunday-evening CBS radio program that featured Lanza and guests such as Gisele MacKenzie singing with the Ray Sinatra Orchestra, led by Frank Sinatra's second cousin. Ray Sinatra is the conductor on all of the performances here except for the two 1956 recordings. The songs are studio recordings -- not live audience takes -- so the quality is as high as Lanza's commercial recordings. The anthology isn't exclusively devoted to broadcast recordings, nor does it outwardly emphasize that aspect of the collection. Instead, it is designed to look like nothing more than a collection of love songs, which makes one wonder why Lanza's biggest hit, "Be My Love," was not included. Nonetheless, the songs that are included are romantic, even thrilling, with Lanza's powerful but subtle and well-controlled voice interpreting great songbook selections by Rodgers & Hart, Lerner & Loewe, and Jerome Kern. Despite the noncommercial origin of most of the recordings, only "All the Things You Are" is previously unreleased. © Greg Adams /TiVo
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Classical - Released July 14, 1987 | RCA Victor

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Classical - Released June 8, 1993 | RCA Victor

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World - Released January 28, 2020 | Preludio

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Classical - Released January 29, 2010 | RCA Red Seal

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Opera - Released November 22, 2019 | Editions Audiovisuel Beulah

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Pop - Released April 17, 2020 | Classical Tunes

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Classical - Released January 24, 1992 | RCA Victor

RCA's The Mario Lanza Collection is a terrific, three-disc set that contains 61 highlights from his time at the label. Many of his best-known songs are here, all in their familiar hit versions. While casual listeners may find the sheer bulk of this set somewhat intimidating, its comprehensiveness makes it ideal for the serious fan. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Classical - Released March 14, 1995 | RCA Victor

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Pop - Released October 22, 2018 | Digital Gramophone

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Classical - Released June 18, 2009 | RCA Red Seal