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Some Enchanted Evening

2 Ratings: 4.0
2007 compact disc by Art Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel is set to release his 12th solo album, Some Enchanted Evening, out January 30, 2007, on Atco Records. For the album, recorded in Los Angeles and New York over the last year, Garfunkel rejoined forces with producer Richard Perry (Barbra … see full wiki

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Soothe your frazzled nerves and ease your troubled mind.

  • Dec 2, 2008
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+4
Sometimes after a particularly difficult day at work all you want to do when you get home is kick back, relax and enjoy some great music.  For many years, whenever I have found myself in this mode I would turn to Linda Ronstadt's landmark album "What's New" which she recorded back in the eighties with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.   Since that time any number of rock n' rollers have tried this idea with varying degrees of success. Most simply don't have the pipes to do justice to tunes from the Great American songbook. Exhibit A would be Rod Stewart.  One of my very favorite male vocalists of all time is Art Garfunkel.  When I heard that he was about to release an album of this music I was pretty confident that he could pull it off.  And I was not disappointed.  In the tradition of "What's New", Art Garfunkel's new disc "Some Enchanted Evening" offers a baker's dozen of some of the greatest American pop tunes ever written.  It is really a joy to listen to.

It is probably no coincidence that "Some Enchanted Evening" includes a pair of numbers from that "What's New" album.  It seems that George and Ira Gershwin's "Someone To Watch Over Me" becomes more popular with each passing year.  In 1924, legendary bandleader Paul Whiteman had a #1 hit with the classic Irving Berlin tune "What'll I Do". Art Garfunkel pulls off both of these songs with ease and makes them all his own.  The upbeat arrangement of Harold Arlen's "Let's Fall In Love" would remind you quite a bit of Garfunkel's 1988 hit single "So Much In Love".  One of my favorite songs on this CD would have to be the great Rogers and Hammerstein favorite "If I Loved You" from the musical "Carousel".  The arrangement is superb!  Fans of Art Garfunkel know that he really enjoys doo-wop music and that he always seems to include at least one such tune in his albums. "Life Is But A Dream" was a major hit for the Harptones in the mid fifties.  Art Garfunkel's updated version features a marvelous bass vocal by none other than the album's producer Richard Perry.  Very nice!!   I also enjoyed hearing a number of other familiar favorites like Johnny Mercer's "I Remember You", Lerner and Loewe's "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and of course the title track "Some Enchanted Evening".  While I certainly enjoyed Garfunkel's rendition of "Some Enchanted Evening" for my money the best version of that tune remains Jay and the Americans 1965 hit single.  For me the sleeper on this disc would have to be "I'm Glad There Is You".  I had never heard this tune before but I enjoyed it immensely.  See if you agree.

From now on, "Some Enchanted Evening" will occupy a spot in my music library right next to "What's New".  And while this disc is not quite up to the lofty standards of "What's New" it is nonetheless a solid four star offering that you will certainly enjoy.     Highly recommended!

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