Gino Vannelli (born June 16, 1952) is a Canadian singer-songwriter.
Artist: Gino Vannelli
Title: Powerful People
Label: A&M Records
Catalog# AMLS 63630
Powerful People is the title of both the second studio album of Italian-Canadian singer Gino Vannelli, and the sixth track on this album. The album was released in 1974, and was produced by Gino, his brother Joe Vannelli and Herb Alpert as associated producer.
The music and singing are pleasant enough on this Montrealer’s second outing. He avoids embarrassments like “Mama Coco” from the following year’s Storm at Sunup, but lyrics are not his strong point. This release includes two of his stronger tunes in “People Gotta Move” and the title track. His heart is in the right place, as in a tribute to Jim Croce. Still, Vannelli should have left social commentary to others, or joined forces with a better lyricist.
The funky “People Gotta Move” was Vannelli’s first hit in the United States, when disco music was gaining popularity. The song reached #22 on Billboard Top 100. The album is characterized by Joe Vannelli’s first experiments with synthesizers. The last track, “Poor Happy Jimmy”, is a tribute to American singer Jim Croce, who died in an airplane accident a year earlier.
1. People Gotta Move (3:21)
2. Lady (3:43)
3. Son of a New York Gun (3:23)
4. Jack Miraculous (2:42)
5. Jo Jo (3:40)
1. Powerful People (6:12)
2. Felicia (3:04)
3. The Work Verse (2:54)
4. Poor Happy Jimmy (3:49)
Gino Vannelli (born June 16, 1952) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Vannelli is one of three sons (Joe, Gino, and Ross) born to Russ and Delia Vannelli. Russ, his father, was a big band musician.
Artist: Gino Vannelli
Title: A Pauper In Paradise
Label: A&M Records
Catalog# AMLH 64664
Gino Vannelli’s musical creativity reached a high point in 1977 with the release of his fifth album “A Pauper In Paradise”. Like his previous album, “Gist of The Gemini”, “Pauper..” is high on dynamic musical arrangements and showcases Vannelli’s vocals at their very best.
The opening track “Mardi Gras”, is a jolly slow shuffle with some excellent jazzy arrangements. This is a fun piece which will have you smiling in no time.
Tracks such as “Valleys of Valhalla” and “A Song and Dance” are in the light-pop genre while the album’s hit “One Night With You” has a faint touch of disco.
“The Surest Things Can Change” is a gentle ballad perfect for late-night slow dancing with that special someone.
The main highlights of this album are represented in its second half. Both “Black and Blue” and the four-movement title track were recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The end results are beyond belief. “Black and Blue” displays Vannelli’s dynamic vocals in full range as the orchestra provides a beautiful lush backup behind him.
The album’s epic title track is very much in the same vein as The Moody Blues’ “Days of Future Passed” in that it features extended orchestral passages with embelishments from Gino’s backup band (consisting of three keyboarists including brother Joe Vannelli plus a drummer and two percussionists). This piece is not rock nor is it commercial pop. The majority of this piece is definitely programmatic classical music (ie: classical music with an overall story and concept). It is only during the third movement that the orchestra is not center of attention. Here, Gino’s band lets loose with a progressive rock/jazz fusion hybrid loaded with busy percussion patterns and skittering keyboard passages. This piece as whole demonstrates Gino Vannelli’s great strength as a composer and not just a vocalist as the majority of it is instrumental with only a few vocal lines at the very end of the last movement.
“A Pauper In Paradise” is definitely one of Gino Vannelli’s finest albums and makes for a perfect match alongside “The Gist Of The Gemini”.
1. Mardi Gras (3:26)
2. Valleys of Valhalla (4:23)
3. The Surest Things Can Change (4:35)
4. One Night with You (4:18)
5. A Song and Dance (3:37)
1. Black and Blue (4:21)
2. A Pauper in Paradise (In Four Movements) (15:14)