Personnel Varies from Track to Track
Feels So Good
Hill Where The Lord Hides
Fun And Games
Children Of Sanchez Theme
Land Of Make Believe
Give It All You Got
Chase The Clouds Away
Cannonball Run Theme
Doin' Everything With You
A&M Records CD 2502
All music composed and arranged by Chuck Mangione
Contains Previously Released Material From 1975 - 1981
This collection includes all the highlights from
Chuck Mangione's first decade of popularity, from 1971’s "Hill
Where The Lord Hides" to 1981’s "Cannonball Run Theme". In
between are songs and performances that earned Mangione two
Grammy nominations, four gold albums and one platinum.
The collection opens with Mangione's biggest hit, "Feels So
Good". The track, which combines effortless grace with a
discreet dance rhythm, was a top five pop hit in the spring of
1978, and piloted the album of the same name to number two,
where it peaked just behind Saturday Night Fever. "Feels
So Good" went on to snag a Grammy nomination for record of the
year, becoming the only instrumental to make the finals for that
top Grammy since 1969.
"Feels So Good" wasn't the first, or last, Mangione performance
to earn Grammy recognition. The sensuous "Bellavia" won a Grammy
as best instrumental composition of 1976, beating a high-powered
field which included Stevie Wonder, Maurice White, Chick Corea,
Quincy Jones, and Henry Mancini. And the powerful,
Spanish-tinged "Children of Sanchez" won a 1978 Grammy as best
pop instrumental performance. Mangione created 23 ½ hours of
music for the Hal Bartlett film, and featured the best of it in
a 1978 double album.
Two other selections on this retrospective were also written for
film or TV projects. "Give It All You Got", a top 20 pop hit in
1980, was commissioned by ABC Sports for the 1980 Winter
Olympics. And "Cannonball Run" was written for the Burt
Reynolds' film of the same name.
"Give It All You Got" and "Fun and Games" were both featured on
the gold album Fun and Games, which earned a Grammy nomination
for best jazz/fusion performance of 1980. Both songs have an
uncharacteristically spare approach, with the emphasis on basic
rhythms and a peppy dance pulse.
The fourth of Mangione's gold albums, 1975’s Chase The Clouds
Away, is represented here by its title track, which earned
Grammy nominations for best instrumental composition and best
pop instrumental performance. Equally sleek and sensuous is
“Doin’ Everything With You”, a cut from Mangione's 1976 album,
The collection is rounded out with selections from Mangione's
two double live albums for A&M. "Land Of Make Believe" was
featured on An Evening of Magic – Chuck Mangione Live At The
Hollywood Bowl, which documented Mangione's sold-out show
there in July, 1978. The album, featuring Mangione’' quartet and
70-piece orchestra, was released the following year, and was
nominated for a Grammy for best pop instrumental performance.
"Hill Where The Lord Hides" is taken from the Tarantella
album, which chronicled Mangione’s December, 1980 concert to
raise money for Italy's earthquake victims. The show featured a
28-member all-star band, including Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet
and Chick Corea on piano.
Both of these Mangione classics had cracked the national pop
chart and earned Grammy nominations in their original versions.
The fast and furious "Hill Where The Lord Hides", was nominated
for best instrumental composition of 1971; the brilliant "Land
Of Make Believe", which over the course of its nine minutes
builds from a moody beginning to a thrilling climax, earned two
nominations in 1974.
From pop hits to fusion classics; from TV themes to serious
suites, Mangione has done it all. Herewith, the best of his nine
albums for A&M.
- PAUL GREIN