Hugo Mario Montenegro (September 2, 1925 – February 6, 1981) was an American orchestra leader and composer of film soundtracks. His best known work is derived from interpretations of the music from Spaghetti Westerns, especially his cover version of Ennio Morricone’s main theme from the 1966 film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He composed the musical score for the 1969 Western Charro! which starred Elvis Presley.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Montenegro
This LP is a collection of his interpretations of some popular hits and is officially part of his discography.
This is yet another one of those crazy LPs I pick up now and again. I am familiar with Hugo Montenegro from an LP of his Dylan interpretations I picked up years ago, which is actually quite good. I’ll get around to reviewing it later. On this LP though, there seems to be an overuse of echo on the flute for some reason.
1 Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles) – Yes, starting off with this rendition of a Beatles tune. This version does not have the same impact as the original, which I prefer.
2 Didn’t We (Jim Webb) – This is not an original by Hugo Montenegro, but was written by Jimmy Webb and first released by James Darrin. This is a ballad and sounds like one expects.
3 Undun (The Guess Who) – “Undun” is a popular song by Canadian rock band The Guess Who. It was written by Randy Bachman after hearing Bob Dylan’s “Ballad in Plain D”, which included the phrase “she was easily undone”. The song takes its structure from new jazz guitar chords Bachman had learned from his friend and neighbor Lenny Breau. This rendition fits, but I like the original better. There is an interesting flute solo in the bridge though.
4 Something (The Beatles) – While this is certainly a different take, I still prefer the original.
5 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head (BJ Thomas) – This was also part of the soundtrack to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid done by Burt Bachrach. This version almost doesn’t change anything from the original.
1 When It Was Done (Jim Webb) – I have not heard the original to compare this to.
2 Holly Holy (Neil Diamond) – This is one of those songs where the original can not be bested. Hugo and orchestra rock this one a little bit though, but not like Neil Diamond himself.
3 Just Like A Woman (Bob Dylan). – Hugo Montenegro did a whole LP of Dylan songs called Dawn Of Dylan, which I do have and will review at a later time. However, this song is not on that LP. This sounds just as cool as the rest from his Dawn of Dylan LP.
4 Good Morning Starshine (song from the second act of the musical, Hair). – We don’t know who wrote this song. Strangely, they chose to fade this song in instead of a true start. This version is ok.
5 Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (Steam) – This song by the one-hit-wonder, Steam appears here in an interesting version, but I like the original better.