Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Charles Mann is a SWAMP POP LEGEND!
Melony LeMay | Lake Charles, LA | 08/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"CHARLES MANN The Essential Collection is a GREAT Cd!
If you love Louisiana SWAMP POP music this is a good one!!!!It has all of Charles Mann's hits on it. It will take you back to the day! His BIG HIT "RED RED WINE" (1969) is a classic Swamp Pop tune. Every song on this Cd is a LOUISIANA hit. My favorites include:
Keep Your Arms Around Me, Red Red Wine, Walk of Life, She's Walking Towards Me, Tomorrow Never Comes, From a Jack to a King, Mama Mama,
I've Got Dreams to Remember. Everyone I know has this Cd. It is a big favorite on jukeboxes too. I LOVE THIS CD!
Check out his new Cd "Pushing Your Luck" (2007)
Charles Mann is a true LOUISIANA SWAMP POP LEGEND! Charles Mann has still got it!
A little disappointed at first, but a decent collection of s
E. R. Markus | 01/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I must admit that I purchased this expecting to find a heavily "cajunified" cover of Dire Straits "Walk of Life". Instead, it sounds like Mann is being backed by a single accordion player and a karaoke machine. I found this to be disappointing so I put the CD away for awhile.
Recently I played the entire CD and found it to contain a number of hidden gems. He actually makes "Red Red Wine" his own (although I'm more familiar with the UB40 cover than the original). "Keep Your Arms Around Me" is a classic. Also, "Borderline" is a great up-tempo number to break up what are a number of slower tunes.
Overall, I'd say that this is a good, but not great CD. Mann has a great voice, but he needs a better backup band (or a band period) for the recordings. If you are a big fan of Charles Mann himself, you will probably have a higher opinion, but for general fans of swamp pop and blue-eyed soul it will probably rate just average."