Gary Williams / John Wilson Orchestra*****Alone Together 15 tracks. Playing time 54’ 07”. Vocalion CDSA 6809
A collection of gentle ballads from the great American songbook, stunningly sung by Gary and perfectly accompanied by John Wilson. The fresh arrangements by Andrew Cottee are simply beautiful. I’ll stick my neck out and say I think this is the finest vocal record of its kind to emerge from Britain since the days of Matt Monro. It is rare for me to be able to listen right through a whole CD without getting restless, but not so with this. Not only that, Mike Dutton’s sound engineering (recorded at EMI’s Abbey Road studios) reminds me of the halcyon days of Capitol Records. As I said on Radio 2, “Just when you thought that record companies were not making such records anymore, up pops Alone Together. A great team of young talents which bodes well for the future.