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BRAVO, WAYNE NEWTON !!!
on December 28, 2007
This fine collection of hits by the great Wayne Newton really caters to a more serious fan who wants a lot of Wayne's hits on a single CD. Wayne's voice never sounded better; and these are tracks recorded from his early years at Capitol Records. Awesome!
"Heart (I Hear You Beating)" starts the album with a comparatively somber, melancholy song as Wayne laments that his one true love doesn't love him in return. Wayne's strong voice handles the subtle tempo changes well and I really like this opening number. "Danke Schoen" certainly takes the cake as one of Wayne's greatest hits ever; his rendition of "Danke Schoen" is definitely the standard for all artists to emulate. Moreover, listen for "Someone's Ahead Of You;" Wayne delivers this like the pro that he still is today!
"Dream Baby" is great teen pop from the early and mid 1960s; and "Bill Bailey (Won't You Please Come Home)" gets a rather jazzy, peppy version as Wayne delivers this to perfection. Wow, "Bill Bailey (Won't You Please Come Home)" sure does get a fast tempo; but Wayne never falters one bit.
"Red Roses For A Blue Lady" is easily another highlight of this album; Wayne croons this as only a pro could ever do. The musical arrangement makes great use of the brass, strings and percussion. In addition, "I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time" gives us Wayne performing a tune made famous by The Andrews Sisters; and Wayne sings this beautifully.
"Summer Wind" has Wayne singing a very romantic number about romance; and the album closes with "Games That Lovers Play." "Games That Lovers Play" has a stunning musical arrangement and Wayne's voice emotes all the subtle nuances of the lyrics.
Overall, Wayne Newton made and continues to make brilliant contributions to the arts; and we are all better off for it. I highly recommend this CD especially for people who want many great early hits by Wayne on a single CD.