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This review is from: Percy Faith's Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
When I was around 13-14 I babysat for a couple who embodied glamor and charm. They had a stack of 'easy listening' records--Herb Alpert, Montovani, Bert Kaemphert, and Percy Faith. These records were a distinct counterpoint to the gritty blues and edgier rock of the mid 60's, which reflected the turbulent social shift of the era. This orchestral music was a reflection on what we wanted the world to be--beautiful, ordered, no notes out of place. Alas, it was not meant to be and romance was thrown out with other outmoded ideas like respect, civility, and action rather than protest. I discovered this cd on amazon.com and bought it on a whim---more to see if it really was as beautiful and romantic as I remembered. Sometimes, my memories embellish the memory far more than it originally was! This recording has been on my stereo (oops! computer cd player) for the last 4 hours and it is as lush and perfect as I remembered. This is music for the background of a dinner party, true. But even more, on closer, adult-ears listening, it is music for a grand, sweeping romance. It reminds me that a woman looks ever so much more seductive in a form-fitting black dress and elbow-length white gloves than she does in a midriff shirt, jeans with a 3" rise, and be-jewelled flipflops. It is music that never scored a divorce, break-up of family, hate or dissent. It scored looking into someone's eyes and feeling that spark of chemistry, that jolt of sexual energy, all while having the grace and style to wait until the time and mood was just right. This music might move you to tears if you're of a certain age (Ebb Tide) or it might move you to dance with your darling. It will move you nonetheless, with its deceptively lush strings and horns that belie musicianship far deeper than cotillion dresses and white dinner jackets. If you love romantic and elegant, superbly crafted orchestral music, you will love this Percy Faith cd.
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Initial post: Aug 14, 2009 11:03:01 AM PDT
Mark Blackburn says:
One of the most beautifully-written (so evocative) reviews that I have ever read.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2013 12:56:30 PM PDT
C. Wimberly says:
Mark, I totally agree! Thanks for putting into words what I was feeling about Denise's fantastic and on-target review.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2016 7:42:55 PM PDT
Joseph Dinunzio says:
I feel the same way: a truly amazing review so complex and accurate.
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