These were the first two albums that launched his comeback in the 1970s...and excellent albums they are. Such a wonderful writer and also an excellent and underrated vocalist too. Emergence is well orchestrated and includes the excellent ' I'm a song' plus other gems including super bird, cardboard Califoria, Rosemary Blue etc...The second album is mostly a rhythm set featuring 10cc on backing tracks, musically & vocally...but once again good material including 'Thats when the music takes me', Leba's song etc... Great value 2 on 1 cd.
Emergence/Solitaire Had these two albums when they were first released on vinyl and now I can re-live all the much loved but never forgotten music. All the tracks here never age and can relate to everyone. Perfection in every note. I can recommend this collection 100%.
Bought as a gift and well received. Two older albums released by Neil - a number of recordings were new to us, other we recognised immediately. Some of the musical arrangements also different but this makes it all the more interesting.
I first heard Emergence on vinyl back when it was first released. I'd been a fan of Sedaka's from the beginning and here was a modern album from the hit songwriter. I wish I could say that it was a balanced effort but it felt patchy even back then and hasn't aged well. Sedaka's voice and the production is sublime and it is a shame that the songs don't really stand the test of time. The album wasn't a success and it's not hard to see why. Songs like Cardboard California, a highly negative rant about the US state and its lifestyle surely wasn't going to make him any friends amongst the West Coast population not to mention the record company executives of the vast music industry California was already home to. A lot of the ballad lyrics are also terribly cheesy by today's standards. Not a classic.
Solitaire, his first collaboration with 10CC, definitely shifted Sedaka to a more serious plane. Songs like That's Where The Muisc Takes Me and Solitaire became defining moments from the project. But........and here is the great disappointment for me the recording quality that emerged at the time from Strawberry Studios, 10CC's own studio here in the UK is poor. The CD reveals audible distortion, moments where the drums are distinctly over-recorded and a rather minimalist approach to the arrangements that place it a world away from the audio quality and sophisticatd arrangements Emergence achieved. The digital transfer of Solitaire is flat and dull, a great shame. Nevertheless this double CD is an interesting curio even if these two albums don't sit comfortably alongside one another.