This record is utterly superb. Scott, a songwriter and arranger by trade is a better than average vocalist who has the rare ability (as does Frank Sinatra) to translate well to rock fans.
One aspect of this record that rock and rollers will find appealing is the big beefy sound which literally surrounds you in an aural sound scape. But most important, Scott belts it out from deep within the soul and anyone who has ever experienced a thrill listening to Paul Rodgers or Mick Jagger will appreciate this. Simply put, like Sinatra's "September of My Years" this is a classic that should appeal to anyone.
Autumn in Manhattan comes into view for me with this album as I gaze out of my virtual penthouse window overlooking virtual Central Park....you get the idea.
This album demonstrates what can be done with the old “Male vocal” format. Bobby Scott was an arranger, song-writer and solid musician that made a series of vocal albums in the sixties and early seventies. The early ones were big band swing with a lot of soul and his own arrangements backing him up. This album is more reflective. Some of the songs, especially his version of “A taste of Honey”, have that “3 am, nobody else around” feel.
He does a great version of the Hollies hit “He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother” that he co-wrote as well as “That's Where my Brother Sleeps” a tribute to veterans of all ages. He even uses the dreaded voice over interlude but it all works producing a seamless album from start to finish.