Tony Christie – With Loving Feeling (1972): Review

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Label – MCA

I’m not sure if this is an original recording or a compilation collection, but the singles pulled from “With Loving Feeling” fit in the timeline of successes during 1972 & ’73. Christie was one of a dying breed of cabaret/casino styled crooners that had dominated the charts during the 50’s & 60’s. To form some identification with similar artists, consider peers such as Sacha Distel, Engelbert Humperdinck and Tom Jones. Requirements for a successful career were relatively simple; an ability to passionate and smooth vocal delivery, picking the right songs to highlight said vocal, and a look that was easy on the eye, bordering on lounge lizard style.

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Christie undoubtedly has the necessary vocal prowess, and the singles are outstanding. “Is This The Way To Amarillo?” and “Avenues & Alleyways” jolt the listener with powerful melodramatics and magical melodies. The remainder is skilfully performed and professionally produced. There’s a possibility that Christie is a man out of time, as this album deserves a lot of credit, but given the dying embers of this style he never appeared to receive the same admiration many from his ilk gained.

He could have been a contender.

7/10

A1 You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling 3:26
A2 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast 3:04
A3 Is This The Way To Amarillo? 3:12
A4 Life Without You 3:41
A5 Solitaire 4:04
A6 On Broadway 2:53
B1 A House Is Not A Home 2:59
B2 Avenues And Alleyways 3:19
B3 God Bless Joanna 3:05
B4 My Love Song 4:34
B5 Don’t Go Down To Reno 3:20
B6 So Deep Is The Night 3:34
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