IF I NEVER SING ANOTHER SONG …..( A CD for everyone who has dreamed a dream …)
Jon has once again created an album that is a timeless amazing masterpiece , a gift of hope and faith in times of sorrow …there is no bigger challenge than learn to cope with emotional pain and there is no grater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of mystery, but despite all the pain, challenges and grief Jon has kept giving of himself unselfishly and he has not given up on his Labor of Love for his Friends and Fans…this is testament to a beautiful and amazing soul. As we are get used to by now, the special edition album series are way above the normal releases regarding design. Jon always takes what he does seriously: he always set out to make his albums have a purpose and be cohesive statements as opposed to collections of songs. Without a doubt, Jon has nailed it, starting from the CD cover picture to the soundtracks everything is simply PERFECT about it. The latest edition from the Jon’s collection features a FESTIVAL of amazing performances a treasure collection of extraordinary songs from Elvis’ repertoire and in addition a lot of previously unreleased nuggets that are non -Elvis songs .With this selection of songs Jon shows his focus on ballads, each performance is a sparkling gem of heavenly beauty..Jon’s got this amazing talent for picking all the most appropriate and fitting songs when he wants to give a message , and once again he sings from the depth of his heart to speak of himself and his feelings …Each song tells of a story of a troubled soul and broken heart .. just like the previous releases, this CD is 'Meant to be played' and there are many wonderful performances on it for you to enjoy!
Track #1 Such a beautiful song, PERFORMED TO PERFECTION! I was familiar with Mr. Mac Davis original version of this song , he was a great songwriter and wonderful performer who wrote some of Elvis’s greatest hits …. but what a privilege to be able to hear this song again by Jon’s amazing voice ! If Mac Davis had heard Jon’s cover of his song he would have felt honored, Jon takes it to an higher level, pure with his performance and the quality of his voice. From the first note on, you’ll soon realize that this is much more than just a beautiful listening experience, you’ll be able to “feel“ and experience the song with Jon and the precious message contained within as he “lives” within the music holding you captive the entire song… feels like the musical representation of the human spirit triumphing in spite of the Human Condition, like a flower blooming in a colorless warzone. Jon puts his whole being into his singing and makes this beautiful song come alive with his amazing powerful voice .People who believe in music have a very special soul … Music is the universal language, and love is the key…let’s lift our voices to the sky …. This song almost has a gospel quality to it, in those troubled times of uncertainty and fear , this is indeed an essential message and Jon shares it from the heart. On a technical level, the feeling you will get listening to this is that everything is perfectly balanced melody, harmony, and rhythm...I can guarantee you that you’ll feel tip- toeing listening to this one ..
Tracks # 2 is one of the most interesting songs on this release…You will absolutely love the bluesy sound, Here we are witnessing Jon’s' personal touch giving it just that extra drive that is an integral part of the lyrics and keeps the listener hooked to the music. It's a good tune, and a lyric that gives you something to think about. No one can sing this song without enough life experiences…,Jon is the one to master this song, his amazing voice and his rich range in tone and pitch is in full display on this GREAT performance .I remember listening to this song when I was a child , Frank Sinatra did a good job singing it but Jon’s cover has outshined Frank Sinatra’s a million times over….Another SUPERB PERFORMANCE and class will always be class.. that's life.
Track # 3 …is breathtaking , if you listen to it through the headphones it’s like going back in time and listening to the original recording… Such a powerful , wonderful love song , one of Elvis’s best 70s performances and one of my all time favorites …but Jon’s cover is No. 1 a soaring, powerful performance, this song is a perfect vehicle for Jon’s flawless voice that seems to gets stronger and more powerful as time goes by, Jon lifts his voice to heavens as he sings ,the whole song is incredible and it continues to build throughout as Jon brings it to an emotional and incredibly powerful conclusion….No one can capture the magic he infuses in his performances and successfully comment on it , it can only be “felt” and experienced by listening … this is one of his more personal songs ,Jon is clearly feeling a connection to the words that come not out from his mouth but directly out of his heart, he is speaking his feelings and living them throughout the songs. His powerful deep and so full of feeling voice makes one feel the song in a way no other singer can accomplish….while the beauty and depth of the performance is enhanced even more by the perfect sound .
Track #4 Another amazing ballad, and one of the highlights on this album , an impressive performance that only Jon could deliver, will make you feel nostalgic ….Jon’s voice is superb. What phrasing and class in this brilliant performance will send shivers down your spine! I’m so glad Jon decided to include this song on this CD, it’s a classic , a masterpiece song and an all time favorite of mine for its lyrical content and the peerlessly superb quality of his voice which he so magnificently displayed throughout. Jon sings it with the same sweetness ,magic and power ,that same unique style with which Elvis used to sing in the 60’s with just a slightly different song arrangement. You will feel like time has stopped listening to this .If you actually close your eyes and listen to this through your headphones you will feel like you’re listening to the original recording from the WELCOME HOME ELVIS in the Frank Sinatra show that was recorded on May 12th 1960 soon after his discharge from the Army… minus the screams from the audience ..can’t think of anyone these days that can even slightly compare to the musical talent and class… except Jon. Such effortless, smooth perfection in his voice when singing… , Jon is simply electrifying singing this 60 years later and he is incredible as always. The heart is overflowing with love listening to this .I appreciate and love Elvis’ early version but this cover is even richer and it is just slow enough to showcase the tenderness and sincerity of the performance… it couldn’t be more perfect .An alternate but equally as beautiful listening experience to Elvis’s original version .
Track # 5 The song was a hit in 69. There are songs that transcend music itself with universally brilliant lyrics, or instrumental music that reminds you of something other than just music …while listening to Jon singing this song you will feel like he is not just sharing of his extraordinary singing talent but once again on this committed and still extraordinary relevant song today ,he is giving a meaningful message that is so essential in these days and time … It hit me hard and hit me deep. I can’t imagine anyone else singing this heartfelt message song with equal depth and emotion in their voice, Jon’s voice is pure and utter magic and the spoken part goes straight to the heart and helps increase the emotion SIMPLY MARVELOUS! If only singers of today had a 10th of his talent they would be so lucky…
Track #6 I was familiar with the original French version of this song by Dalida who was a famous singer in Europe back in the 60’s and 70’s but I also remembered the more famous Mary Hopkin’s version and didn’t expect I would ever get to hear this by Jon’s voice so when I heard the first lines my eyes tear up, this is a gem ! … It brought back memories of when I was a child and used to listen to my Mom’s records…Once again Jon has made this song his own , the same lineup but a very different listening experience. It moves in a way that is hard to describe, very sad and melancholic, but with hope at the end, the lyrics just fill your heart! … Jon’s rendition of this song is mightily impressive as he sings this with an effortless magnificence I can’t help getting emotional listening to it especially now as we listen to this while Autumn leaves are falling. Indeed a SPLENDID PERFORMANCE that will leave you speechless….Such a meaningful song and what a warmly, heartfelt performance.
Track # 7 Another golden, timeless song …Only those who've truly loved and lost would know what's it's like to be and feel alone.. This is one of those songs that literally rip your heart from your chest, a very sad song , one that will tug at your heartstrings and you won’t be able to listen to without tears .This is a song that trips me up every time I hear it. Particularly in the stillness and silence of the night , it feels incredibly moving, as does most of the album…. Such a beautiful blend of instrumentation and Jon sings it with so much conviction .This is a really difficult song to get right , you need to hit those high notes and you need to make sure you are in control of your breathing, the effortless way he performs this very difficult song and how Jon can hit those high notes is AMAZING… you will enjoy the vocal gymnastics of this SENSATIONAL PERFORMANCE , it's the singing, the passion and engagement most of all which mark this performance as something TRULY EXCEPTIONAL.. The intensity. The throbbing voice. The sense of dynamics. That combination of heart and soul, the compassion, the love, and kindliness of this amazing performance will give you goose-bumps and the emotional impact is strong . Some songs deserve to be played at full volume. This is one of those! I give it the same amount of stars that are in the Heavens.
Track # 8 Such a beautiful Country /Gospel song ..Undoubtedly the greatest song that Conway Twitty ever recorded in his musical career… Music is truly the universal language, and when it is excellently expressed how deeply it moves our souls, beautiful lyrics,. this song has always brought me to tears .. Impossible listening to it without thinking of when Elvis interrupted his show and spoke these words to a girl who called him king …" I can't get caught up in this Kingship there's only one King that is Christ…..I'm just an entertainer."…It was Sept 30th 74 in South Bend Indiana …. the same thing happened more than once over the years , to a lady who had brought Elvis a crown he said "Oh, thank you honey but there is only one King and that is Jesus Christ so I can't accept it. I am just an entertainer….. Jon’s version of this song is ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL the compassion, the love, and kindliness in his performance speak of a special soul…Not just anyone can sing a song like this, only a man gifted by God with a voice that will touch your heart can sing it...and Jon’s velvet, smooth voice becomes a heartfelt prayer that touches everyone . Thank you for this clearly anointed and so moving performance and for being such a humble servant of our God!!!!!"
Track #9 Is the perfect powerhouse live song … Sadly most Elvis fans nowadays will never know what it was like to see Elvis perform live, but with this song they will be able to understand it better and those who were Blessed enough to attend one of his shows will truly reminisce about all the excitement that Elvis generated creating a stunning impact … EVERYONE who sang this song before was just singing it. Elvis has showed the way it was supposed to be sung…Jon excels on this, he owns it, you’ll be amazed deep mellow vocals and a soaring crescendo ,his voice has reached a pinnacle of brilliance on this song so much so that words fall short to describe the intensity of this performance that is truly phenomenal … I think in so many ways, Jon relates to this song! You can feel he was soo beautifully caught up with emotions singing it, I was on the verge of tears myself listening to this ! Very intense! THIS PERFORMANCE WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY . Jon has given an AMAZING rendition of this song , from the first notes of the piano intro on you will be overwhelmed with emotion , Jon’s amazing voice and his rich range in tone and pitch is in fully display in these heartfelt performance Elvis’s original versions of this song was fantastic, Jon nailed Elvis’s master version and the outcome is PURE PERFECTION IN A SONG. Regardless how many times you will be listening to this songs , you will always feel like as if you were attending a live performance held just for you.
Track # 10 which is the cover song ... WONDERFUL , HEARTBREAKING SONG BY ITS BEST INTERPRETER….Jon is master in delivery of this great song …No words to describe how beautiful this timeless gem is! I was familiar with the original version by Matt Monroe but Jon’s cover of this song beats without a doubt Monroe’s original, Jon has given a gorgeous rendition of this song, indeed the most beautiful version I have ever heard... sang beautifully and often with a heavy emphasis on lyrical content , you need to really listen to the lyrics cause they tell of a special story …I am teary-eyed when I listen to this song as it sounds like a long goodbye but it’s not , Jon has chosen to end the song with a message of hope …some of the most touching words from one of the most wonderful speeches I ever heard by any artist …. Every word sang/spoken will be flowing as waves through your body, with his crystal clear vocals and impeccable diction it's just a fascinating, haunting song the way it was produced and crafted… It draws you in. It feels so much like a piece of Jon’s heart and soul…Sends shivers down my spine every time.
Lots of time and effort went into the making of this CD … knowing the state in which Jon was during it's making it highly elevates it because it gives it a lot of context to the lyrics and even the sound of it. Thank you for your wonderful work in bringing back so many awesome memories, Jon .Every song shines with a wonderful, better than ever quality sound resulting in an enhanced listening experience that helps to bring out even more every detail of Jon's flawless voice.
Again the editing on this album makes all songs 'blend in' so you will get the feeling as if you are in the actual session .Almost 35 minutes in total of pure Jon’s magic! The 60's and 70’s songs were much nicer than the modern ones and people were much more polite in those times. Thanks to those who have given and continue to give us this beauty…
This CD needs no further introduction… and surely it is common knowledge about how supremely sublime Jon’s talent is ….On the beautiful message contained inside the CD Jon says this particular CD is dedicated to anyone who has dreamed a dream and had that dream come true …and even to those whose dream has not yet come true …I think all of us who love Jon had a dream about him and our dream has come true the day he came into our lives .
So sit back and relax, and leave the driving to Jon !
Highly recommended to all those who wish to make an essential addition to their treasure collection of Jon’s amazing albums!
Reviewed by: Lulamy77 from Italy.