Before he was coaxed out of retirement to front the slick confections produced by Dawn, Tony Orlando had already had a previous career as a soloist. Ranging from smooth balladeer to "white soul" in the more uptempo numbers, he had already established himself as a fine interpreter of a number of high-quality songs. This CD focusses on his output at Epic between 1961 and 1964 and is a clear testimony to his qualities as a solo aritst. With a poor record in terms of chart success, made worse in the UK by the covers made by Billy Fury, Orlando packed in the music business as a performer during the mid-Sixties, before his re-emergence with Dawn. For those people who were unaware of what he had done before, this well-annotated CD will come as something of a revelation. Whether it's slower numbers such as "Bless You" and "Halfway To Paradise" or the rather more funky "Talkin' About You" and (especially) "Chills", you will only be disappointed by a few duds (mainly B sides) that were thrown in to give a fuller account of his career at Epic. That's the only reason I lopped off one star. For the rest, it's very enjoyable and great value for money.