Morris Albert

Morris Albert

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Morris Albert Kaisermann should have been a huge middle-of-the-road star after "Feelings" brought him world recognition in 1975. This self-titled follow-up produced by the singer and Antonio Carlos de Oliveira at Estudios Reunidos, San Paulo, Brazil, is a sterling collection of smooth ballads and pleasant easy listening music. Albert's voice is not as powerful and pronounced as Tom Jones or Engelbert Humperdinck, making him a real lounge singer type. He delivers the English language better than ABBA, and "Summer in Paris" is simply delightful, even if it doesn't have the drama of "Feelings." There are only two songs clocking in over four minutes, most of the material in that wonderful two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half minute range that makes for great radio pop. The downside of the recording is that, after a few songs, it becomes redundant and doesn't lend itself to repeated spins. Putting a cover of Dean Martin's signature tune "Everybody Loves Somebody" would have been a smart move if it had been sung with the total emotion of "Feelings." Unfortunately, it sounds like a disco act performing for patrons at a casino. The final track, "La Puerta/Down To Mexico(medley)," is a strong ending. A couple more songs sung in Spanish, and with the sincerity he delivers on this combo, would have been advisable. There is also no one song like "Sweet Loving Man" or "Feelings" from the previous year, and for an artist without a TV show dependent upon the hit single, the lack of a potential chart climber was what banished this record to oblivion in America. Morris Albert needed to raid the Albert Hammond songbook, or, perhaps, performed as a duo with that famous songwriter. They both sing in fluent Spanish, and that pairing would have not only been welcome, it may have helped them both regain chart supremacy.

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