The Overtones: Saturday Night at the Movies

Track List

>Saturday Night at the Movies
>Do You Love Me?
>Bare Necessities, The
>Miss Hollywood
>Pretty Woman
>Shake a Tail Feather
>All About You
>Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
>Moon River
>Hit the Road Jack
>Don't Worry Be Happy
>Teenager in Love
>It Had to Be You
>Who Put the Bomp

Album Notes

Recording information: 4DB Studios, London; Angelic Studios, Oxford; Sarm Studios, Notting Hill, London; The Crypt.

Photographer: Diana Gomez.

The Overtones have a pretty good thing going. A rags-to-stardom story, the group's five distinct voices and soaring five-part harmonies combine with contemporary recording techniques to make the classic R&B, doo wop, and pure vocal pop material they favor sound like something more than nostalgia or a facsimile, which isn't as easy a thing to pull off as it sounds. This set, their third album, features songs that were all prominent parts of various movies (there are also three original songs here that instead use movies as a central compositional theme), and again the group uses several different producers, and again the final product is unified in sound, although it does verge on dance club disco at times. The group's fans are going to love it. Highlights include a doo wop-inspired version of "Pretty Woman" complete with horns and background vocal "shoop shoops," a fully orchestrated "Moon River," a feisty "Hit the Road Jack" with a guest vocal spot from Beverley Knight, and an energetic "Runaway," but if the Overtones' formula works, and it works surprisingly well sometimes, it's because the songs the group chooses to cover are such classics, and the approach, which updates them rather than replicates them, allows the group to escape simple cover band nostalgia status. ~ Steve Leggett


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