Various Artists: The Portofino Variations

Raymond Scott’s 1962 tune “Portofino” has become a belated “hit.” It’s been licensed for the TV show Narcos, the film Best of Enemies, used in a Gucci commercial, and garnered more single-track downloads than any track on Manhattan Research Inc., the Y2K anthology of vintage Scott electronica on which it was first released. Basta commissioned 20 contemporary versions of the composition and collected them on The Portofino Variations. The album features “Portofino” recorded by Fay Lovsky, Arling & Cameron, the Metropole Orchestra, Ocobar, Davide Rossi (Goldfrapp, Coldplay, The Verve), Jacco Gardner, Eva Auad, and others. The tune is interpreted in a wide array of styles: surf guitar, whistling, electronica, chamber ensemble, minimalism, pop, rock guitar, and scat vocals. Below are samples of ten tracks on the album.  The album is available on CD and digitally on Basta, and on LP by Music on Vinyl (a limited edition of 1,000 numbered LPs on gold vinyl, featuring two previously unreleased 1962 takes by Scott). Two previously unreleased 1962 vocal versions are also included on the anthology Three Willow Park: Electronic Music from Inner Space, 1961-71 (Basta, 2017).

  1. Portofino #1 (1962, excerpt) Raymond Scott 1:16
  2. Portofino (excerpt) Arling & Cameron 1:19
  3. Portofino (orchestral version, excerpt) Metropole Orchestra 1:33
  4. Portofino (excerpt) Ocobar 1:24
  5. Portofino (excerpt) Michael Antony Whelan 1:20
  6. Portofino (Pleasure Paradise, excerpt) Lane Steinberg 1:10
  7. Portofino (excerpt) Schnauzer Radio Orchestra 1:07
  8. Portofino (whistling version, excerpt) Geert Chatrou 1:12
  9. Portofino Italiano (excerpt) Fay Lovsky 1:20
  10. Portofino (for violin, excerpt) Davide Rossi 1:13

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