- Audio CD (17 Oct. 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Bmg
- ASIN: B000B8TOTE
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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In 1987, the world was greeted by a new vocal talent. Shocked by the powerful, mature soulful voice of a 21 year old, the UK obliged by sending his debut single "Never Gonna Give You Up" to the top of the charts within 2 weeks of its release. The rest of the world soon followed suit with "Never Gonna Give You Up" reaching Number 1 in 16 other countries including most of Europe, Japan, United States and Australia. The following 2 years saw Rick continue to dominate the charts around the globe. In the UK, Rick was in the Top 40 every week for the first 6 months of his career. Christmas 1987 bought Ricks torch song rendition of Nat King Coles "When I Fall In Love" to the charts and, just as importantly, sowed a creative seed in the artist. "It did make me think," says an older, worldly-wise Astley, "that one day, I wouldnt mind having another bash at that sort of song".
Its only taken him 18 years to do it!
Top Customer Reviews
On listening to the first track, Don McLean's Vincent, one is instantly reminded of Astley's incredibly rich, powerful and emotive voice. If Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra were the benchmark for American male singers then Rick Astley's voice is surely the British equivalent. From the emotional Vincent on to moody renditions of songs as Cry Me A River and Nature Boy, and ending with an unconventional yet effective pop version of Bacharach and David's What The World Needs Now, Astley proves how great and versatile a singer he is. In our era of disposal celebrity culture and reality shows such as X Factor and Pop Idol, Rick Astley's Portrait is a timely reminder how the most gifted singers don't need television talent shows to showcase their talent. Their talent, quite literally, 'sings' for itself.
Portrait proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Rick Astley is one of the greatest male singers to ever grace a song. An essential purchase for anyone that loves music.
I've always felt that Rick had the voice to explore the standard songs of the 40's and 50's. Now it's happened.
My particular favorites on this CD are "Portrait of My Love","And I Love You So", "Nature Boy" and "Cry Me a River".
What impresses me most about Rick Astley is that he really doesn't have to record at all. He's already made it. His love of music shows and his appreciation of others artists is apparent.
I love it when every word can be understood, whether it be in Rock, Soul, Jazz or contemporary styles.
Thank you Rick for making music beautiful and not just so much noise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic Singer. Love his voice. Wish Rick Astley would make more albumsPublished 15 months ago by MissLP
Oh dear, this was such a disappointment. Rick Astley has such a lovely voice, but the backing just is not there on this album and it spoils the whole thing. Such a shame.Published 16 months ago by Sarah
I am very disappointed with this CD, i don't even recognise his voice. I wonder what happened to Rick? I have all his previous cd's but this is one i will never play again, pity...Published on 27 April 2015 by Koen Daenen
reminds me of the good old days (GOD am i getting that old that i sound like my dad? Oh spit)Published on 13 Jan. 2014 by EFTHIMIOS LABRIANIDIS
Bought with greatest hits, not really what I expected but still good. Definitely worth a listen on a lazy SundayPublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by Nicola