I suppose the beauty of music is embracing as many different styles as possible and appreciating them for what they are and not what the "Media Musos" suggest they represent. I have CDs ranging from The Who to Neil Diamond and Andrea Bocelli to The Marmalade. One day you're fashionable, the next "so dated and sad". Who says so? Those of us who are more concerned with "Street Cred. Image", the very people who probably listen to "Easy Listening" behind closed doors.
I grew up listening to the charts in the 60s, a time when there was such a variety of songs available, but the common thread was melody. The reason why so many lasted and became classics was because you never tired of them and you could instantly remember the tune and lyrics years later.
Engelbert always vied with Tom Jones during his career, and to many he was second best. However, if you look at the collection of songs he had a hit with and how many they sold; you'll be surprised to see he outsold Tom Jones many a time.
I only have one CD by Engelbert, and this is it. I couldn't wish for a better batch of songs, all delivered in that wonderful voice and some great arrangements. A key here is, they are the original recordings and all genuine quality offerings.
This CD is one I constantly re-discover and play it to death until I file it away again. Only to return to it time and time again. It never fails to put me in a great mood. As for the songs.........where do you start? "Am I that Easy to Forget", "Les Bicyclettes De Belsize", "Man Without Love" or "Way It Used To Be". There is so much on offer. Dramatic, uplifting and unashamed sentimentality.
I love this album, a joy to listen to...........and I don't care who knows!