Where's the magic?
Lt Col E. Dawson | San Antonio, TX USA | 07/22/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"To have heard Emma at the Halekulani Hotel on a balmy evening in a room open to the sea as a full moon rose over Waikiki was a magical experience. I was hoping for that magic here. Unfortunately, these selections do not capture that magic. Emma has a rich, glorious voice which is not presented as well here as in her albums when Jack De Mello was the producer and conductor. The title of the album is misleading in that six of the twelve selections are not recorded live at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel but are, in fact, studio recordings. Any true fan of Emma will want this album for their collection but should be aware that the album titled "Jack De Mello presents The Best of Emma" is far superior to this one. The producer here did not do justice to the artist and that is sad. Emma deserves better."