This album appeared two years before Jack's quintessential "Jack Jones Paints a Tribute to Tony Bennett." No doubt its up-tempo, fully-orchestrated arrangements will appeal to many listeners more than the later album. At the very least, however, it should be seen as a complement to its essential successor.
The liner notes claim Jack is the only singer whose "musical intelligence and vocal chops" qualify him to pick up the Sinatra mantel (Jack himself dedicates the album to Sinatra). No argument from me. Even apart from some significant differences, Jack's voice now has a Sinatra "edge" to it, permitting him to grab on to notes in a manner that, say, Tony Bennett or Bobby Caldwell cannot. The man clearly can swing. (Recently a musical acquaintance challenged me to support that claim. Admittedly, there's discouragingly little recorded evidence, but I simply played the following two juxtapositions: "All or Nothing at All"--1st Barry Manilow's version from a mid-90s...
This album consists of great songs, sung by the very stylish Jack Jones. My only complaint, is that the album doesn't have more on it. "Dangerous Mood" is terrific, a la Joe Williams, and Jones gives it his trademark pow! "Color of the Wind" is a beautiful song, that will make any parent cry. The arrangements and mixdown are top-notch. You can't go wrong with this!
Jack Jones still sounds as fresh as ever. His new rendition of "The Love Boat Theme" is cool,peppy! This album is somthing we 4o+ can continue to enjoy..
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