Victor Wood

Victor Wood Sings Old Time Favorites

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AllMusic Review by David Gonzales

Philippine singer Victor Wood released Victor Wood Sings Old Time Favorites. The year of release isn't available, but Wood recorded albums for Vicor Records between 1970 and 1975. Most songs here are remakes of mellow international songs, such as "Que Sera Sera," the Lettermen's "Sealed With a Kiss," Freddy Fender's "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," and John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Several other mellow songs, "Mr. Blue," "Pretend," and "Lies," sound like songs that Bobby Vinton, the early-'60s American teen idol, would be comfortable singing. These songs are well-suited to karaoke singing, a popular pastime in the Philippines. Wood has a smooth, enjoyable voice, and handles the songs well. While most songs are ballads, "Happy Song" is sprightly and upbeat, while "Una Paloma Blanca," another international remake, is spirited and congenial. On other albums, Wood has shown his ability to adapt his voice to whatever mood the song requires, and the songs on Victor Wood Sings Old Time Favorites requires a smooth and mellow delivery. For example, Wood's rendition of Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood," which isn't included here, had him singing in a funky, raspy voice. The arrangement to Wood's version of "Que Sera Sera" is distinctive, and features a polka-like backbeat, and sounds almost like a Mexican conjunto. Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" uses lyrics in both English and Tagalog, the Philippines' national language. Usually, Wood sings only the original English lyrics on remakes of American tunes.

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