Engelbert Humperdinck

A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening [Silver Eagle]

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After long affiliations with Decca (Parrot in the U.S.) and Epic Records which lasted from the 1960s to the early 1980s, Engelbert Humperdinck found himself without a label berth by 1985. Instead of retreating, however, he cut this ambitious double album for Network (distributed by Silver Eagle in North America), on which he finally turned away from contemporary material in favor of evergreens. You might as well call this 24-track release Engelbert Humperdinck Sings Standards, because that's what he does. Alan (Weaver) Copeland has provided sympathetic string arrangements, and he conducts the United Kingdom Symphony Orchestra. Taking off from the title song, a Harold Adamson/Jimmy McHugh composition written for Frank Sinatra in 1944, Humperdinck picks romantic ballads of the 1930s and '40s, favoring such classic pop songwriters as Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Johnny Burke and James Van Heusen. Freed of the onerous necessity to find good new, non-rock material in the rock era, under which he had labored for 20 years, Humperdinck could address quality songs in his usual warm, romantic style. The album was a long time coming, and deserved a broader distribution than it received.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:32
2 3:29
3 3:39
4 2:51
5 3:44
6 3:44
7 3:04
8 2:47
9 3:57
10 2:48
11 3:02
12 3:24
13 4:15
14 3:19
15 3:21
16 3:29
17 3:34
18 4:05
19 2:45
20 4:14
21 4:27
22 4:02
23 3:43
24 3:34
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