ISN'T THIS A LOVELY DAY - ROY CASTLE
LABEL: Columbia/Capitol/EMI Gold
TRACK LISTING: Singin' In the Rain, April Showers, Pennies From Heaven, Isn't This A Lovely Day, Stormy Weather, Soon It's Going To Rain, Here's That Rainy Day, Gentle Rain, Everytime It Rains, Where Do You Go, February Brings the Rain, Rain Rain (Don't Go Away)
IMPRESSIONS: Biff Bailey strikes again! Here we have Roy Castle's concept album; an album of songs about rain. I just love the cover photo of a vaguely overcast day with Roy gazing wistfully upward and the earth-toned colour scheme of greens and browns. The original title of the album was "SONGS FOR A RAINY DAY" (which I kinda prefer) and right there you know it's gotta hit a chord with me. The song stylings are gentle jazz arrangements with Roy singing in a comfortable, breezy, laid-back style that would make Dean Martin proud. There is even a nice variety of song styles from ballads to big, jazzy belters and swingin' sixties lounge music (and even a couple bossa novas). This also isn't just some album of fluff; Castle is accompanied by some of the best British jazzmen of the era. So if it's your day off and the rain is coming down all afternoon, put this album on (if you can FIND it, that is) as you settle down with a hot cup of coffee (or tea) and I guarantee a wonderful way to pass a rainy half hour.
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: Pennies From Heaven, Isn't This A Lovely Day, Stormy Weather, Soon It's Going To Rain, Here's That Rainy Day, Gentle Rain, Everytime It Rains, February Brings the Rain, Rain Rain (Don't Go Away)
FACT SHEET: I believe ISN'T THIS A LOVELY DAY is Roy Castle's third album. The album is arranged by Victor Graham and features Gordon Beck on piano, Jeff Clyne on bass, Leon Calvert on flugelhorn, Al Newman on saxophone, Ike Isaacs on guitar and Ray Swinfield on flute. The album was originally released in 1966 as "SONGS FOR A RAINY DAY".