What an honour to be asked to write a review for this album. I’ve admired Gary’s abilities as a musician, engineer, and a producer for a number of years, having produced numerous backing tracks for me since 2014. My genre is mostly Country Music but I have been around music all my life having produced 20 Studio Albums. I’ve worked in bands, Promoted Tours and worked with EMI NZ to compile a CD for American Entertainer, the late Kenny Dale. who I brought out to NZ in 2005. I’ve been involved with radio for many years and appreciate any style of music that is well put together and full of passion. This album certainly has that in spades.
From the very first song – you just get drawn into this place that is hard to define. The overall warmth of the production makes you feel like you are just in your ‘happy place’. For me, I just wanted to sit in front of a roaring fire with a glass of wine in my hand and listen with my headphones on really loud to catch every note – just totally absorbed in the music. Such wonderful arrangements and a superb selection of songs that take you on a journey.
Who would have thought the Hammond Organ could sound so sexy. It has such a totally unique sound and Gary is certainly in a master class of his own bringing out the best this instrument can achieve. By the time I got to ‘Crazy Love’ and Cathy Dover’s gorgeous vocals I was totally smitten. She reminds me of Australia’s Renee Geyer, who is one of the best female jazz and soul singers.
I have listened to the album more than 20 times and I’m still discovering little nuances in the mixes. That’s what keeps this whole album interesting and one to listen to constantly. For me, it’s hard to choose a stand out track because they are all that good. I’d have to say Baby It’s You and Crazy Love for starters but I just can’t go past Wonderful World and the added bonus of that superb guitar work from Dennis Brown which just lifts things to another whole level if that’s at all possible. The perfect song to end the album. Totally worth a listen. I give it 5 Stars!!
Joy Adams is a Multi-Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist, Tour Guide, Tour Promoter, Radio Host, and DJNZCMA Songwriter of The Year 1990NCMA Female Artist of The Year 2008Tasma – Roll of Honour – Services to Australasian Country Music - 2018NZCMA – Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Country Music - 2019