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Yonder Tree (Audio Cassette)

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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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Very Best Gift ! May 25 2006
By Deinara
Format:Audio CD
"Yonder Tree" is an exquisite, elegant, showcase of Gino's marvelous musical talents, and his very best gift to his fans.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential - Gino's best! April 16 2000
Format:Audio CD
My introduction to "Yonder Tree" was unusual and spectacular. On a summer day in August, I went on a 8+ mile walk around Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC. Not only was I listening to this CD for the first time, but I was taking in the awesome breathtaking natual splendor of North America's most beautiful city! I listened to the CD twice, everytime since then I feel like I've remembered every step.
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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Jazz Feb. 19 2000
By "cihr"
Format:Audio CD
This is unlike any Gino V. album past or present. Here, Gino uses his voice as a jazz instrument along with a fine collection of jazz artists to accompany him. I read the "Slow Love" review below and must say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum. I did not like "Slow Love" and thought it was on that disc that the confidence in Gino's vocals was waning, not on "Yonder". This is not a synth pop album like every other album Gino and Joe have put out. This is a jazz album with real jazz instruments making real jazz music, which explains some of the musical juxtapositions the other reviewer complained about. Its not perfect, but its a solid 4 and probably my favorite and it contains what I believe will become a Memorial Day, July 4th, & Veterans Day classic, "None So Beautiful As The Brave".
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5.0 out of 5 stars YONDER TREE an IMPRESSIVE MUSICAL MASTERPIECE! Jan. 17 2000
Format:Audio CD
This timeless, amazing Musical work of art hit us in our hearts the first time we heard it. A real GINO VANNELLI musical adventure with lyrics from real life, lyrics nobody dares to say or sing. This YONDER TREE album is pure MUSIC and GINO VANNELLI's voice is impressive and rich! Trees's favorite songs are : FALLEN IN LOVE, JEHOVAH AND ALL THAT JAZZ, A LITTLE BIT OF JUDAS and WALTHER WHITMAN WHERE ARE YOU. Barend's favorite songs are : MOON OVER MADNESS, I DIE A LITTLE MORE EACH DAY, COME TO THE WELL, JEHOVAH AND ALL THAT JAZZ, YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF. SUPERB ALBUM, SUPERB VOICE,SUPERB MUSIC! Real Gino Vannelli QUALITY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Feb. 22 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my all-time favorite CD's. It's truly an example of sophisticated song writing. The performances, orchestrations, and mixes are breathtaking. I also liked Slow Love, but I think I prefer Yonder Tree. I definitely like pop that pushes the boundaries.
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.
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