I remember the first time that I heard this album and was mesmerized by the fact that strings could really swing, and that I knew the man who wrote the music. As a student at Virgina Union University in Richmond, VA, I was a member of the marching band that Joe Kennedy conducted. He was also head of the music department at Maggie Walker High School. We (my clamorous band members and I) really didn't know how great a musician this patient and soft-spoken gentleman was until we heard "Strings by Candlelight." It sounded like a hundred strings with one soul (Mantovani never sounded this good.)! This album was way ahead of its time and is a "must" item for every serious music collector (jazz, pop, classical or otherwise). Joe plays the violin with real taste and feeling and his technique is flawless. His arrangements on this album should be mandatory lessons in conservatories. (I'm still trying to figure out his innovative voicings.) You'd think that he used the entire string section from the New York Philharmonic. (Actually, only a few strings were used.) Also, check out his phrasing and you'll hear how this album influenced a whole generation violinists. And to think that I let my autographed LP get away from me! Joe, thanks for the memories, and please feel free to contact me. I'm the guy who played sax and oboe, and due to your influences I appreciate good music - this album is a great example! The album deserves 6 stars! Buy it while it's still available.