Back to Romance

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Following the success of Return to Romance and the Matt Catingub Orchestra's prominence in the realm of lush orchestral pop in Hawaii, Back to Romance provides something similar, but with a key addition. Here, the male stars of Hawaiian music are given a platform to sing love songs of their choosing, with the orchestra backing them up. The stars range across the spectrum from Robert Cazimero's classic vocals to the interplay of vocals and guitar of Hapa to the current breed -- serious R&B crooning from Fiji, out-of-this-world ukulele from Jake Shimabukuro. The results are consistently strong. The orchestral backing, along with the songbook-style choices, can be a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Following the success of Return to Romance and the Matt Catingub Orchestra's prominence in the realm of lush orchestral pop in Hawaii, Back to Romance provides something similar, but with a key addition. Here, the male stars of Hawaiian music are given a platform to sing love songs of their choosing, with the orchestra backing them up. The stars range across the spectrum from Robert Cazimero's classic vocals to the interplay of vocals and guitar of Hapa to the current breed -- serious R&B crooning from Fiji, out-of-this-world ukulele from Jake Shimabukuro. The results are consistently strong. The orchestral backing, along with the songbook-style choices, can be a little over the top and almost corny in places, but the music is consistently top-notch nonetheless, and it's interesting to put the singers of Hawaii in a new environment -- away from their traditional influences, they still shine with sheer musical ability. If you enjoyed the previous Catingub album, this one is a surefire win. Nonstandard in Hawaiian terms, overly standard in American pop terms, it holds itself with an unassuming grace, uncaring about the retro baggage and enamored with the simple sounds of the classic love song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • Label: Mountain Apple
  • UPC: 761268860620
  • Catalog Number: 8606

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh, Pretty Woman (4:04)
  2. 2 Something (3:50)
  3. 3 My Love (4:35)
  4. 4 Spanish Romance (3:48)
  5. 5 Tenderly (4:07)
  6. 6 Oh Babe, What Would You Say? (4:46)
  7. 7 The More I See You (3:25)
  8. 8 Wave (3:50)
  9. 9 We're All Alone - Cecilio (4:25)
  10. 10 This Boy (Ringo's Theme) (3:08)
  11. 11 Dream a Little Dream of Me - Walt Keale (3:19)
  12. 12 Last Call (3:53)
  13. 13 I Only Have Eyes for You (3:41)
  14. 14 Moonglow (3:25)
  15. 15 Till There Was You (3:58)
  16. 16 My Special Angel (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii Primary Artist
Matt Catingub Indexed Contributor, Piano, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals, Soloist
Les Benedict Trombone
Barry Flanagan Guitar, Soloist
Jeff Peterson Guitar, Ukulele, Soloist
Karen Bechtel Cello
Sandra Wong Violin
Hung Wu Violin
Dorothy Hutchinson Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Mark Butin Viola
Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele
Judy Barrett Violin, Concert Master
George Warnock French Horn
Steve Flanter Viola
Arlene Koh Violin
Eric Kop French Horn
Timothy Leong Violin
Jonathan Parrish French Horn
Maile Reeves Violin
Larry Cook Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Nathan Aweau Vocals
Technical Credits
George Harrison Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Roy Orbison Composer
Boz Scaggs Composer
Matt Catingub Arranger, Composer, Author
Irving Mills Composer
Fabian André Composer
Milan Bertosa Engineer, Digital Editing
Mack Gordon Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Leslie Ann Jones Engineer
Gus Kahn Composer
Linda McCartney Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Jeff Peterson Arranger
Wilbur Schwandt Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Meredith Willson Composer
Allen Sviridoff Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Esham A. Smith Composer
William Dees Composer
Jimmy Duncan Composer
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