Just for a Thrill

Ronnie Milsap

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Just for a Thrill Review

by Al Campbell

Just for a Thrill was first put into motion in 2000 when producer Jerry F. Sharell approached Ronnie Milsap about recording a standards project. Sharell proposed over 150 songs to Milsap, which were then whittled down to 40 and finally the 14 included on this Image release. Milsap's voice is in great shape. His vocals and piano complement the arrangements of Jimmie Haskell, Charles Calello, Sammy Nestico, and Doc Mulligan on such standards as "Bewitched," "Haunted Heart," "Every Time We Say Goodbye," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," and "Since I Fell for You." While not as radio friendly as some of the chart-topping covers Milsap recorded in the '80s like "Snap Your Fingers," "Any Day Now," and "He Got You," the string-laden Just for a Thrill works in same the manner as similar undertakings by Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon, and Rod Stewart, in that Milsap has an obvious love of these tunes that shines through all 14 tracks.

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