CD Duration: 54.21 / Year: 2014
Definite contender for CD of the year! Classic pop songs by female artists played on Wersi Helios W2S and Wersi Spectra CD700 Golden Gate (with bass and drums from a Yamaha Tyros 2).
Get This Party Started (Shirley Bassey / P!nk)
All By My Self (Celine Dion)
Babooshka (Kate Bush)
I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten (Dusty Springfield)
Firework (Katy Perry)
My Baby Just Cares for Me (Nina Simone)
Baby Love (Diana Ross)
Someone Like You (Adele)
Move Over Darling (Doris Day)
Monsieur DuPont (Sandy Shaw)
River Deep Mountain High (Tina Turner)
Sugartime (Alma Cogan)
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) (Beyoncé)
Close to You (Karen Carpenter/The Carpenters)
You’re My World (Cilla Black)
Barbra Streisand Medley: I’m Still Here / Everybody Says Don’t / Don’t Rain On My Parade (Barbra Streisand)
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Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Review by Ian King
I received this CD at the same time as John’s “Amigo” release, but space was tight last issue so the review didn’t make it in the magazine. As it was produced alongside “Amigo” you would think it would have a similar sound, but you could not be more wrong. Even though this one still features the Wersi’s Helios W2S & Spectra CD700 Golden Gate and the Yamaha Tyros 2, the whole feel of the CD is completely different, which is some achievement. This one has the definite ‘Wersi Sound’ featured on many of John’s previous releases, while still keeping the flavour of the original tracks which, as the title suggests, are all classic pop songs recorded by the worlds top female artistes, from Shirley Bassey to Adele and Alma Cogan to Katy Perry and Beyoncé. Just a point, but these two new releases take Mr. Kyffin’s output to seventeen CDs in just over three years and if you think that means a lack of originality or effort, then think again (or buy these two releases).
Now the CD kicks off with the Shirley Bassey / Pink track “Get This Party Started”, which has now become my favourite track from any keyboard CD of 2014. In fact, I think this whole release is a definite contender for my CD of the year (if such a prestigious award actually existed outside of my own head).
The sound of the Wersi’s do really lift some of the (already impressive) tracks. Celine Dion’s “All By Myself” is a good case in point. It’s a five minute track which gradually builds from piano and strings to a full-on arrangement, but just when you think it has nowhere left to go, the Wersi comes in forty-five seconds from the end to give it some serious “Oompf”. This one is the song that keeps on giving.
Other tracks have more of the Wersi sound, including Kate Bush’s “Babooshka” and Cilla Black’s “You’re My World” which have the Wersi treatment in the choruses and “River Deep Mountain High”, which is fully Wersi-fied throughout.
This is another great release from John and I would like to see a volume two of this one, although I suppose an obvious choice would be “Golden Boys”.
Highlights include, “Get This Party Started”, “Babooshka”, “Baby Love”, “Move Over Darling”, “River Deep Mountain High”, “Close to You” and the Barbra Streisand medley.
Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.