Chris Montez on itunes

AM Matt

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I just got all 4 Chris Montez A&M albums downloaded on itunes. Problem is is that "Time After Time" is SUPER LOUD & I had to turned it down to 44.0 decibels instead of 38.5 decibels on all the songs. The songs "The Girl From Ipanema" & "Lil' Red Riding Hood" have tape hissing on both songs if you hear it on headphones!! Did anyone else had that problem?? The other 3 sound great which are "The More I See You", "Foolin' Around" & "Watch What Happens". Too bad that Chris Montez call it quits in early 1969 probably because of poor record sales. By the way, the cover girl of "Time After Time" is former actress Erin Gray ("Buck Rodgers In The 25th Century" & "Silver Spoons") who lives in Hawaii doing yoga exercising. Is Chris still on tour or did he retired?? Matt Clark Sanford, MI
 

TjbBmb

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I’ve had the same problem. Although I listen to them on Spotify, the volume is so loud that it distorts.
 

Harry

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My Chris Montez collection is a hodge-podge of formats.

SP-4115 THE MORE I SEE YOU / CALL ME - I've had this one on LP for ages. Hardly played, it made a great needle-drop.

SP-4120 TIME AFTER TIME - Another that had been in my collection as an LP for years, and again made a great needle-drop.

SP-4128 FOOLIN' AROUND - This I have as a Japanese CD, POCM-1953. Sounds great.

SP-4157 WATCH WHAT HAPPENS - Another Japanese CD, this time from Vivid Sounds VSCD-735

And recently I spotted a Chris Montez GOLD SERIES disc on either eBay or Discogs for not much money, so I ordered it. Someone here had already made my a digital copy of it years ago, but I thought for a few bucks, I could get a real copy. When it arrived, I realized right away that it was a counterfeit, and not as good as the one I got of Herb Alpert's BEYOND. This one doesn't have any logos other than the Compact Disc logo. The fonts are all wrong. It just screams "fake." Fortunately the seller apologized and refunded my money.

I'm not even sure why I wanted it. Probably just because it's a relic of early-year A&M-ness. And I like the Gold Series comps.
 

AM Matt

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I was checking on EBay & found out that Chris made 2 more 45 singles for Paramount Records back in 1971. None of those did not charted in Billboard & Chris Montez call it quits until around 1988 or 1989 that I think I saw Chris on TV during the late Wolfman Jack on TNN (The Nashville Network) made an appearance on the oldies show on Saturday nights. Matt Clark Sanford, MI
 

Harry

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If memory serves, Chris also did a fairly rare 80s album for A&M's Latin division, AyM Discos. I've never seen one.
 

GDB2LV

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Was it “Cartes De Amor” ?
You can download it on Amazon if so. Latin album from 1983.
 

Mr Bill

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I believe he is currently touring with several other late 50s/ early 60s acts... or was in the last year.

--Mr. Bill
 

Bobberman

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At least his music survived the fire and thankfully I have everything Except the Spanish one from the 80s I checked the samples and it's a very contemporary for it's time sound I should buy the download being it's an A&M Spanish album
 

Mr Bill

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Cartes de Amor is not a bad album at all. It clearly sounds like Chris, albeit, he's lost some of the high end of his vocal range.

--Mr Bill
 

TjbBmb

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I wonder if it was Chris’s decision to leave A&M, or he was dropped from the label..? Also wondered the same thing about Julius.
 

TjbBmb

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I spoke too soon. Here’s an excerpt of an interview I found with Chris.

“I thought I was getting lost in the shuffle with A&M. So I decided to leave. I thought, I can get a contract right away. I'll just go in another company and they'll appreciate it. But it didn't work out that way. Not at all.”
 

Harry

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Doing some more investigating on the AyM Discos album by Chris Montez, it appears that it's officially called CARTAS DE AMOR. Note the two 'a's in the first word. It appears all over the web as "Cartes". I think this is the real artwork, not what Amazon displays.

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As our friend Bobberman noted, this sounds just like it belongs right in with all of the other AyM product that I've heard, and I like what I've heard. The album is available for download from Amazon. The problem with the download there (other than it's an mp3) is that the track indexing isn't quite right. Most tracks end with a tiny micro-second of the next track. So as a result, each track after the first starts just a hair upcut.

Undaunted, I placed each track in Audacity, placed the "next" track behind it, carefully located the join points, smoothed the join if necessary, and then separated them properly and wrote them back out. This all seemed familiar from my days with a CD Recorder that had "automatic track indexing". The machine would wait through silence and when it detected sound, it would index to the next track. But as a result, when you listened to an individual track, you'd hear that slight sound from the next track at the end, and the starts would be upcut a bit.

Apparently, the files on Amazon were in fact recorded from an LP themselves. There are some telltale signs, like sibilance distortion in a few spots, but until a real LP shows up somewhere, this will do.
 

Harry

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Chris Montez Cartas de Amor

Songs
:
• Amor (Montez, Gamini, Anahi)
• Pensando (Montez, Gamini, Anahi)
• Depende de Ti (Montez, Gamini, Anahi)
• Nunca Pense (Montez, Gamini, Anahi)
• Cartas de Amor (Heyman, Young, Anahi)
• Lo Nuestro (Montez, Gamini, Anahi)
• Necesito Saber (Montez, Gamini, Anahi)
• Mi Gran Amor (Montez, Gamini, Anahi)
• Todo es Mejor (Montez, Anahi)
• Sube a Mi Barco (Montez, Anahi)
• Sin Ti (Montez, Gamini, Anahi)

© 1983 AYM Records, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Under Lyrics Attach: All Selection © 1983 Zoraida Music (ASCAP) except “Cartas de Amor” ©1972 Famous Music (ASCAP)
(AYM SP-30003)
 

TallPaulInKy

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Too bad Chris was probably not that successful on the Latin imprint. I'm not latin, but honestly the cover art just doesn't look like much to me.

From what I've read....Other AyM Discos albums included Herb Alpert himself released three on the imprint, though two were just his instrumental albums with Spanish titles. His NOCHE DE AMOR was a special case of his BLOW YOUR OWN HORN album with two tracks different from the standard album. Wife Lani Hall released three of these AyM Discos albums in Spanish and were quite well-received in the Latin community. Other artists in the series were Maria Conchita Alonso and Lunna.

I believe Vicki Carr was successful in recording Spanish language albums for the Latin market on Columbia.
 

Harry

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Well, the title is CARTAS DE AMOR, which translates to LOVE LETTERS, so I can kind-of see what they were going for, but you're right, it's not really very appealing to me as cover art.
 

Harry

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Too bad Chris was probably not that successful on the Latin imprint. I'm not latin, but honestly the cover art just doesn't look like much to me.

From what I've read....Other AyM Discos albums included Herb Alpert himself released three on the imprint, though two were just his instrumental albums with Spanish titles. His NOCHE DE AMOR was a special case of his BLOW YOUR OWN HORN album with two tracks different from the standard album. Wife Lani Hall released three of these AyM Discos albums in Spanish and were quite well-received in the Latin community. Other artists in the series were Maria Conchita Alonso and Lunna.

I believe Vicki Carr was successful in recording Spanish language albums for the Latin market on Columbia.
Oh, and don't forget probably among the earliest recordings for the Latin market on A&M, The Sandpipers with their SPANISH ALBUM, and later, SECOND SPANISH ALBUM.
 
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