16 Most Requested Songs
Culled from three other CDs, this compilation has a mix of live and studio recordings, with 10 of the 16 from the "2 in 1" CD "Live in Concert/All of Me", 3 from ""Don't You Love Me Anymore ?" and 3 from "You and Your Lover", all from the 1980s.
Live audience recordings are an up-tempo "Release Me" along with the wonderful Lionel Richie "Still", and a rousing "After the Lovin'", and I really like the '50s sounding "Don't You Love Me Anymore ?", but my favorites perhaps are the very touching "Beautiful Baby", and the gentle "Maybe This Time".
Some of the re-recordings of Engelbert's hits have fresh interpretations, and are fabulous; his voice is superb, and each song has beauty, emotion and artistry, and if you're not expecting the lush arrangements of the originals, but like to hear the more mature Engelbert singing them, you will love this album...which is perhaps to be enjoyed more by his fans than those not so familiar with his music, who maybe will prefer the polish of an all-studio recorded CD.
The booklet insert has liner notes and recording info, and I find the cover art fascinating. Painted by Paul Micich, who is an excellent illustrator of children's books (as well as a musician), it is a terrific portrait, with its very '70s outfit, and many details, like the horse buckle...what I wouldn't give for the original !
Total playing time is 52'44.