- Audio Cassette (May 23 1995)
- Format: Import
- Label: Polygram Records
- ASIN: B00000ERMX
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
|1. Walter Whitman Where Are You|
|2. Fallen in Love|
|3. You Owe It to Yourself|
|4. Little Bit of Judas|
|5. Unbearably Blue|
|6. Jehovah and All That Jazz|
|7. None So Beautiful|
|8. I Die a Little More Each Day|
|9. Come to the Well|
|10. Moon over Madness|
On first hearing it, I must say, it was a complete suprise. The album seemed so unlike anything Gino had ever done before and it was magical. The album grabs your attention from the very first song and never lets go..even when the music stops playing.
Walter Whitman is not one of my favorite poets, but gino obviously likes him very much to write such a beautiful song about him. That Gino admires poets is not suprising given his talents as a lyricist. The orchestration is lush and romantic and as always Gino's vocals are "superliscious".
My very favorite song on the album is "You Owe it To Yourself". I love the orchestration, the vocals, the lyrics, and the poetic message in the song. The lyrics encourage givng a beloved one the freedom to choose, soar, and explore, and Gino's vocal talents make you "feel" the emotional commitmment of that offering. Actually, the message in the title is applicable to a lot of situations in one's life. I can never hear this song enough.
"A Little Bit of Judas", and "Jehovah and All That Jazz" are my other favorites. I very much appreciate their witty commentary on humanity, religion, and the life journey we all travel. The songs lyrics are thoughtful, the orchestration superb, and they are just so much fun to listen to.
The song "None so Beautiful", always reminds me of the fact that many have bravely sacrificed for the life of priviledge that we enjoy in this country. Even though a decade has passed since the release of the album, something always seems to be happening in the world that makes the song forever relevant.Read more ›
This is the kind of work that all song writers, musicians, orchestrators and engineers should aspire to. I only wish I could give it six stars.
The CD begins with "Walter Whitman Where Are You", a slow, bluesy type of song with Tollek Ollestad playing some great harmonica. One can definetly see Gino singing this in a smokey bar. "Fallen In Love" begins with Gregory Hines tapping his feet, and the Portland Rhythm Section falls right in. Gino first words are: "Pardon me, what a rare mood I'm in". That feeling is all over "Yonder Tree". Those vibes are particular on "Unbearably Blue", "None So Beautiful" and "I Die A Little More Each Day". I got the feeling that Gino had done some serious soul searching, it definetly comes across on the CD.
I was doing some serious soul searching of my own that day. Looking at the various 5,000 ft peaks over both West & North Vancouver, I had realized how special this moment actually was. Beautiful music and spectacular scenery. Naturally, I prayed for more of this in my life. I'm proud to say that British Columbia is my home away from home now.
This (for me) is definetly a Desert Island Disc. The next time you go to Vancouver, take "Yonder Tree" and go to Stanley Park, you won't be disappointed. On second thought, you can save a lot of money and just "click" to buy this great CD!
Roots in jazz, R&B and rock, style has vintaged to a smooth and yet stimulating listening... Read more