CD Duration: 65.54 / Year: 2015
July 2015 release with Ronnie playing all keyboards (Ketron), instruments, lead and backing vocals (other backing vocals Helen Barron on seven tracks). All but two tracks are vocals.
All Tracks In Sequence and suitable for Ballroom Dancing.
[Quickstep] What A Beautiful Day
[Quickstep] Top Of The World
[Foxtrot] I Love You Because
[Foxtrot] Careless Hands / You Need Hands
[Waltz] The Furrows End
[Salsa] Dance The Night Away
[Salsa] All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down
[Rhumba] Yesterday Once More
[Rhumba] Before The Next Teardrop Falls
[Jive] Heartaches By The Number
[Jive] Come On Over To My Place
[Cha Cha] There’s A Kind Of Hush
[Cha Cha] Love Grows
[Mambo] I’m A Believer
[Mambo] Oh Julie
[Waltz] I Won’t Forget You / You’re The Only Good Thing
[Waltz] The Dark Island
[Tango] A Love Worth Waiting For
[Tango] I Need You
[Swing] Friday At The Dance
[Swing] Going Out The Same Way You Came In.
What A Beautiful Day
Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Review by Ian King
This is Ronnie’s seventh CD in five years, although I’m not sure this one should be included in my reviews as all but two tracks are vocals (with backing vocals being shared by Helen Barron). All the tracks are a mixture of accordion, slide-guitar, other ‘real’ instruments and a Ketron keyboard doing all the other bits. Incidentally, the two instrumental tracks “The Furrows End” and “The Dark Island” are very beautiful celtic air style waltzes, played with solo violin and accordion.
If I were to pigeonhole this CD for the uninitiated, then I would say it harks back to the easy-listening country sound of Jim Reeves. While Ronnie does record songs of a Scottish nature, this one is more Nashville based, with the odd exception of the two instrumentals and a few others which doff their Tam o’Shanters to Scottish music.
There are some extremely good arrangements and playing on this CD (not to mention some really nice vocals) and if you don’t mind a vocal CD in your keyboard album library, then you may like this one. I’m sure it will have ‘legs’ outside of the organ and sequence-dance scenes too. It’s one of those dance CDs that you can play till the end without realising that it was played in-sequence.
Highlights include, “What A Beautiful Day”, “Top Of The World”, “Greenwaves”, “The Furrows End”, “Dance The Night Away”, “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down”, “I’m A Believer”, “The Dark Island” and “Friday At The Dance”.
Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.