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  • Vinyl
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00455XP4O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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A must have for any music lover.
Bryan
I had this album on vinyl a long time ago, when I saw Chuck at the Schaeffer Music Festival in Central Park, which was a great show.
R. Vincent
The other songs on this album are great and can be played over again and put you in a nice relaxed mood.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on December 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Grammy winning title cut "Feels so Good" is what turned me on to Chuck Mangione's music. But this CD goes much further than that. ALL of the recordings here are excellent. And they are arranged alternating the fast and slow pieces in a pleasing way. "Maui Waui" and "Last Dance" are nice and relaxing. "Theme from Side Street" is short but meaningful. "Hide and Seek" is a catchy piece that will have you tapping to it. And "The XIth Commandment" is a brilliant end to this great CD.
This is by far Chuck's best recording. If you're in a qundary about which Chuck Mangione CD to buy, THIS IS THE ONE!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Covais on October 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is the most famous Chuck Mangione album, and one of his best. His beautiful flugelhorn playing, his magnificent leadership, and his brilliant song writing skills all make this album a true masterpiece. Everything in this album flows! Mangione clearly knew how to write music with feeling, and boy could he play! His band, sure had something to do with the magic of this album.

Chris Vadala:

On tenor and soprano saxophones, alto, and c flutes, and piccolo. He is without a doubt, one of the best reedists Mangione ever had in his band lineup. Gerry Neiwood was the other master! Chris Vadala's playing is so unique and his sound is extraudinary, and soulful. His magic adds so much more to the music of this album. His solo on Feels So Good is magnificent. I still find myself humming it over and over, hours after I've played it.

Grant Geissman:

On acoustic, electric, classical, and 12 string guitars, Grant Geissman, just might of played one of the greatest guitar solos in jazz history. Yes, you guessed it; the solo on Feels So Good. It's a wonder, he didn't spend hours and hours working it out, since it's so melodic.

Charles Meeks:

Funky, "Meet Man" Meeks. One of the grooviest bass players ever! He adds some hippness to the album.

James Bradley Jr:

Every drummer should learn from this master. Although some might not call him a master at this time, because he was only 18 years old. Well accomplished, who had a role in Cool Hand Luke when he was 7, was a child prodigy on the drums. He cools it down a little bit, on this album, but makes up for it, in color. Some nice conga playing on 11th Commandment.

The first song, Feels So Good, is Mangione's classic!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album made Chuck Mangione a celebrity. Although Chuck made albums just as good as this one since about 1972, the hit single, Feel So Good introduced him to the public. Chuck did have hits before this like Bellevia, but Feel So Good was a winner! This cd starts off with the the long version of Feel So Good. On the edited version and radio version, the trumpet intro was cut, Chris Vadala's tenor sax solo was cut, and guitarist Grant Geissman's first solo was used half way through, followed by the other half of his second solo. Also, one of the melody phrases was taken and doubled in length while they faded the song out. The second song here is the underrated, Maui Waui which was never preformed by Mangione at concerts and on records ever again. Don't know why, it's a great song! It sounds like some love story commercial or something. Mangione always had a way of writing his music and making you feel like you were somewhere or something. The third tune, Theme From Side Street, was also never preformed by the Mangione band ever again. It's a cute little tune with a great hook and spots for Grant and Chris to solo. Hide And Seek, is a funny little tune. My dad was always humming this song, after I would blast it downstairs where my stereo was. It's got wild solos by Grant and Chris. During the solos, you'd think you were listening to Led Zeplin! That's how outrageous it is! Last Dance is a ten minute song, you kind of want to end, but do enjoy hearing. It has nothing to do with that disco song of the same name. The last tune is the song that made drummer James Bradley Jr. a legend around drumming circles. Although his drum solo in this particular version was kind of tame, he would take it at a more lightning speed on live preformances. Bassist Charles Meeks also gets a little jazz bass solo here.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bruce A. Hoskins on May 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Mangione finally achieved large-scale popular and commercial success with this album. However, his previous fans all knew that "Feels So Good" was just a continuing development in his already impressive music career. This album would still get a 5 star rating even without the title track. Unfortunately, the title track was so overplayed by pop radio in 1978, that casual Mangione fans got sick and tired of hearing it. But 25 years later, this music is still as wonderful as it was back then. Alas for us true Mangione fans, this album was as good as it was to get from Mangione for the next 20 years. But we have never grown tired of his mid-1970s cool jazz. This album and "Chase The Clouds Away" are absolute must haves. Now only if they would reissue "Bellavia" and "Main Squeeze" on cd.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hal Creten on April 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
My Uncle Dave played "Feels So Good" for me when it was released in 1977 (I was 11). Ever since then, it has reminded me of good times and has inspired me to look for comfort in good music. If your spirits need lifting, this album is sure to lift you from the doldrums.
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