Byrd Song

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
"Charlie Byrd With Voices" is an odd subtitle for this mid-'60s album, considering that vocals are only heard sporadically; that voices aren't even heard on some of the tracks; and that, when the vocals are heard, they're wordless background choral bits, not a vocalist or vocalists actually singing lyrics. In truth, it seems like a gimmick or an attempt to sell the album to a crossover audience, the vocal component of the record feeling like an afterthought. And not an especially inspired one, either; the white-bread soothing choruses sound like refugees from straight easy listening records. The album's actually for the most part a typical, if low-key, Byrd session, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
"Charlie Byrd With Voices" is an odd subtitle for this mid-'60s album, considering that vocals are only heard sporadically; that voices aren't even heard on some of the tracks; and that, when the vocals are heard, they're wordless background choral bits, not a vocalist or vocalists actually singing lyrics. In truth, it seems like a gimmick or an attempt to sell the album to a crossover audience, the vocal component of the record feeling like an afterthought. And not an especially inspired one, either; the white-bread soothing choruses sound like refugees from straight easy listening records. The album's actually for the most part a typical, if low-key, Byrd session, on which his only instrumental accompaniment consists of Keter Betts on bass and Bill Reichenbach on drums. Just a couple of Byrd originals, "Action Painting" and "Swing 59," are on a collection slanted toward covers of popular standards, including "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," Lionel Bart's "Who Will Buy?," Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Felicidade," Rodgers & Hart's "This Can't Be Love," Cole Porter's "Let's Do It," Rodgers & Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things," and Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." When played just by the trio, it's fine, with sterling Byrd guitar, though the less sappy and more forceful material like "Wildcat" overshadows the more conventional romantic standards. When those voices enter, though, it treads on the annoyingly saccharine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 025218709224
  • Catalog Number: 1092
  • Sales rank: 241,428

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Byrd Primary Artist, Guitar
Keter Betts Bass
Bill Reichenbach Drums
Technical Credits
Charlie Byrd Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Lionel Bart Composer
Sam Alexander Cover Design
Billie Holiday Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Bob Reisner Liner Notes
Tom Adair Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
George Cory Composer
Douglass Cross Composer
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