The best Chinatown EVER!!
Brian H. Williams | Manteca, CA United States | 04/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After waiting almost 20 years for this album to be reissued, it's finally here. Never Can Say Goodbye is one of Kostelanetz's best albums of the early 70's. The title song is a wonderfully spirited with a pulsating disco beat. In an arrangement by Homer Dennison, this makes label mate Percy Faith's version sound dull by comparison. Another terrific arrangement is "At Long Last Love." This song is arranged by the great Eddie Sauter and Kosty pulls it off beautifully! But the absolute highlight this album is "The Theme from Chinatown." This is without question the finest arrangement of this song EVER! Abosolutely no other arranger can ever hope to top this lush and colorful arrangement. Arranged by Jack Pleis (who arranged for the vocal group The Four Aces,) Kostelanetz conducts in what is the best version of this song ever recorded. It is worth buying this album for this cut alone. Compare this Chinatown to label mate Percy Faith. Yes, Percy did write his own arrangement, but it is lacking in spirit, energy and drive. It is surprisingly dull for Percy Faith considering what a fine arranger he is. The album as a whole is excellent. One of Kosty's best efforts. The first half of the cd is good, but not as satisfying. The Godfather theme is much too slow. No comparison against the splendid Franck Pourcel version. There is a nice unreleased version of "All the Things You Are" and the rest of the album is nice, if not on the same level as the second album."
Andre Kostelanetz Murder On The Orient Express/Never Can Say
Jeff Carter | Perry, Ga United States | 04/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is 2 of Kostelanetz's best albums.The first album Murder On The Orient Express is based mostley on movie themes and also songs that were in movies i.e. Tenderly.The second album Never Can Say Goodbye is based on the then Today's Movies,Broadway Shows and Hits of 1975.Both albums are very lush and relaxing and are 2 of Kosty's best.When your listening to this cd you will think your listening to a b/ez station.Here is the info on the album.
Murder On The Orient Express 1975 Original Liner Notes Yes
1)Theme From The Godfather Part 2 Lush
2)We May Never Love Like This Again Lush
3)Root Beer Rag Brass/Ragtime
4)Love Theme From Earthquake Lush
5)Theme From Airport 1975 Lush
6)Theme From Murder On The Orient Lush
8)Front Page Rag Brass/Ragtime
9)Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Brass
10)Love's Theme Lush
11)All The Things You Are(Bonus Track)Lush
12)Stardust(Bonus Track) Lush
Never Can Say Goodbye 1975 Liner Notes Yes
13)Never Can Say Goodbye Lush with a touch of Disco
14)My Own Best Friend Lush
15)Theme From Chinatown Lush
This is ther prettiest version of Chinatown that ever come out and no one else in my opinion was able to top Kosty on this song.There were others that did it but no one could come close to Kosty's version.Kosty's version of this song got played a lot on b/ez stations all over america in the 70s and 80s.This song is the reason I ordered this cd.I had been looking for it for years.
16)One Day In Your Life Lush
17)Violets And Silverbells Lush
19)At Long Last Love Lush
This is a very beautiful song by Kosty.You use to hear it played in supermarkets and on the radio.
20)Smile Smile Smile Lush
21)Richard's Window Lush
22)Theme From Prisoner Of Second Ave Lush
23)It's Only A Paper Moon(Bonus Track)Uptempo
24)Isn't This Better(Bonus Track) Lush
If you love elevator music this cd is a must have.I also recommend Percy Faith Chinatown/Summer Place 76 for Faith's beautiful version of Chinatown."