"I first caught on to this band in the early '80's when I heard the songs "Dance With Me" and "Still The One" on adult contemporary radio. While that radio format couldn't be more tired, those two classic songs certainly are not. "Still The One" is in fact one of the most semtimental and yet rocking songs of this genre of music--clearly the best song on this collection. However, there is plenty else to listen to here. Such songs as "Reach", "Let There Be Music", and "Fresh Wind" remind me a little of the pre-Michael McDonald Doobie Brothers. Other tracks, such as "What I Need" are a bit on the funky side. A few of the tracks are a bit slow and not that memorable. Overall, a very enjoyable listen. The two big hits alone--which as others have mentioned are the album versions--make this collection worth buying."
Great music from 2 albums
Brad | 01/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great compilation of 2 Orleans releases (their 2nd and 3rd albums). Powerful songwriting, incredible vocal harmonies, dynamic guitar work-very melodic, includes double soloing. Orleans was a dazzling live bar band in Ithaca NY at the Salty Dog in the early 70's."
Nice Light Rock
Music Lover | Annapolis, MD | 11/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes, I supplement my CD/Tape Collection of Smooth Jazz, R&B & Quiet Storm sounds with some good quality light rock. Music like this often gets overlooked.
The tracks on this CD are most (but not all) of the songs which made up 2 of Orleans' albums. The music is a very pleasant blend of rock, pop, light country with some mild R&B sounds included in the mix. The music is very easy on the ears & may be just a little too smooth for some people.
The 2 big hits are "Still The One" & "Dance With Me" which are 2 of the 70's better songs that still sound nice today. "Reach" has a bit of a country feel to it & though I am not a country fan it is also an appealing song.
The jazzy "Spring Fever" is a treat. It was an FM radio staple in the 70's. "Waking & Dreaming" is an interestingly arranged number which goes through several tempo changes & has nice harmonies.
"If I Don't Have You", "Give One Heart" & "Sails" are all nice ballads.
Some of the lyrics sound a little stilted like "Your Life My Friend" or "What I Need" but are basically harmless.
This music holds a definite place in my heart ( & probably the hearts of others) along with such artists as Gerry Rafferty, Little River Band, Kenny Loggins, Paul Davis & a few other Light Rock artists of the 70s.
My one criticism is of the awful cover photo of "Waking & Dreaming"! The guys should have left their shirts on! What were they thinking? Oh yeah, it was the 70's!
robert kelly | 01/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The band is great and so are the songs. John Hall plays lots of guitar and that for me is the mark of this band. Of course the vocals are top notch. But... one must realize that this package is not the 2 full albums, "Waking and Dream" and "Let There Be Music". The 16 songs are a selection and a re-order of the original 20 songs from both records. I think showing both album cover photos on the cover implies that you get both records. Beware!"