This is a marvellous album from the early 1980s which briefly made Bertie Higgins an overnight star - rightly, too, as this is a great collection of beautifully-performed classics with a pirate/Carribbean/Bogart twist running throughout. Composition, vocals, muscianship and production are all on the top line. Bertie Higgins' vocals always combine the melodious with the gutsy - he's a truly great singer.
Whilst the hits - such as 'Key Largo' - are understandably the best known tracks on the album, there is some great stuff amongst the lesser-known songs - a particular stand-out here is the long finale, 'The Tropics', a really gutsy rock song which is straight AOR. A brilliant album.
A couple of other thoughts. First, anyone considering buying this excellent album might instead consider 'Golden Classics' - essentially, it's this album plus two very good additional tracks ('Tokyo Joe' and 'Beneath the Island Light'). These are taken from the follow-up album 'Pirates & Poets'. Though necessarily overshadowed by Higgins' almost impossible-to-follow debut, 'Pirates & Poets' is in fact extremely good.
A second point is that, contrary to what I've read elsewhere, I now understand that 'Pirates & Poets' IS currently available on CD, albeit very hard to track down.