This is music from simpler times, the 1960s, when much of the popular music was calmer and spoke of romance, love, and hope. One of the major movers on the pop scene during those times was singer/composer Paul Evans. Evans' music spent more than just a fair amount of time on the pop charts. He wrote songs for several of the stars of the times, including Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, LaVerne Baker, and Bobby Vinton. Evans also made a name for himself as a singer, recording for such labels as Guaranteed, Carlton, and Kapp. On this 2002 release, Evans reprises some of those recordings he was known for, as well as introduces new material. Ironically, this album is the first time Evans has recorded one of his most famous songs, "Roses Are Red (My Love)," which reached number one on the charts for Bobby Vinton in 1962. His first big hit, "When," written for the Kalin Twins, gets a rap chorus added, which hurts not a whit. Evans is reunited with another hero from that time, Jimmy "Wiz" Wisner, who, with Evans, produced this album, wrote the charts, and "Dot-Com Blues" for the session. Many of the songs tug hard on the heartstrings. "Weekend Daddy," sung with a country inflection, tells of the anguish of being separated from his daughter because of divorce. Evans also wrote two new verses for one of the all-time Christian hymns, " Amazing Grace," an appropriate coda for the album. This CD mixes pleasant recollections from the past with later compositions for an entertaining and highly listenable effort by one of the pop icons of the 1960s, and beyond. Recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Nathan