12 track collection features 'Too Young', 'Secret Love', 'Unchained Melody', 'Sittin' On The Dock Of A Bay', 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes' and 'Love Is Many Splendored Thing'. EMI Gold. 2005.
- Too Young
- Secret Love
- Unchained Melody
- Answer Me
- (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay
- No Other Love
- Stranger in Paradise
- I Apologize
- Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
- Such a Night
- Love Me Tender
- Love is a Many Splendored Thing
I've always enjoyed Engelbert when I heard him on the radio, but for some reason I never even thought about buying any of his recordings. Then I saw the incredible PBS special "Love Unchained," and went out and bought this CD. I think the reason it's so good is that the artist himself is in his prime. I know, they all say that, but just listen to him sing any one of these songs or just the first WORD of "Love is a Many Splendored Thing." The best part though is that this CD isn't just a display of Engelbert's talent, it's a showcase for beautiful arrangements that you never get to hear anymore and it's produced with attention to detail. Also, the order of the songs is seamless, you won't be hitting the skip button on your remote when you listen to this CD.
This is a fantastic collaboration between Engelbert and Bebu Silvetti, whose lush, gorgeous arrangements and musical direction complement Engelbert's voice so well. Silvetti, a familiar name to Latin music fans because of his work with superstars like Luis Miguel and Rocio Durcal, creates his magic with these melodious songs, most of them classics, which are tailor made for Engelbert's romantic style, and beautiful baritone voice.
Recorded in 1995, nearly three decades after Engelbert hit the big time with "Release Me" in 1967, his voice is as smooth and rich as ever, and his interpretations nothing short of wonderful, with perhaps more depth than back in the days when he was, along with Tom Jones, one of the biggest headliners in show bussiness; favorites for me are his phenomenal take on "Unchained Melody", and a lovely film theme song not heard enough these days, "Love is a Many Splendored Thing".
There's a great rendition of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay", and the one up-tempo song is "Such a Night", which has a good old rock & roll feel to it.
Bravo Engelbert and Bebu, for this terrific endeavor; it's a recording that gets better with each hearing, and makes a worthy addition to the Engelbert Collection.
Total playing time is 43'41.