JOSE FELICIANO – FANTASTIC FELICIANO

JOSE FELICIANO – “Fantastic Feliciano” (RCA International INTS 1058) 1970 – Oh dear, poor young Jose has fallen foul of the record industry on this release and the ultimate need to have hit records. He’s turned into a lounge singer with old-timeers square backing of brass and strings. This big band sound means that his acoustic guitar is buried deeper than a squirrel’s hazelnuts.

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JOSE FELICIANO – SOULED

JOSE FELICIANO – “Souled” (RCA Victor RD 8008) November 1968 – The album title “Souled” is relevant because Jose Feliciano appears to have deliberately changed his vocal delivery, attempting to add a deeper sense of feeling to the songs he’s covering. I’m not so sure this works on a full album’s worth of material. I got a bit lost-off and bored.

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JOSE FELICIANO – FELICIANO!

JOSE FELICIANO – “Feliciano!” (RCA Victor SF 7946) August 1968 – “California Dreamin'” and “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying” are transformed with Jose’s expressive singing voice. Both numbers are well chosen, the orchestrations are wonderful. “Light My Fire” was his big hit single in 1968 and previously the only track I’d ever heard from him. The Beatles covers are also inspired.

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CHARITY SHOP EXCURSIONS – PART 9

CHARITY SHOP EXCURSIONS – PART 9 – Digging in a box of Charity Shop records: Here we go again – This morning was a pleasant bright one, cloud free, no wind and there was a certain late Autumn chill in the air. I decided to combine a brisk walk to Chester-le-Street (roughly four miles away) with a hunt in their charity shops for records.

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