By: Matthew “The Thew” Gillian
I’m compelled to offer a few words on the new Cleopatra Records/ORB Live project, “Boy’s Night Out.”
Having known The Oak Ridge Boys from 1966 through present day, I’ve heard, purchased, broadcast and supported, in one fashion or another, every project ever released by the ORB’s. Whether on vinyl, 8-track, cassette, CD and other formats, I’ve always enjoyed the “experience” that comes along with the music the ORB’s offer to the public.
Most people in the music industry would readily agree that “Live” albums are traditionally a costly nightmare to record, extremely frustrating to manage and even rougher to try and capture the true essence of the power of a live performance. By the very nature of the live music setting itself, controlling the audio of an entire band, vocalists and a venue full of fans is a daunting, monumental task to undertake. Most often, the music project is just a spin-off from shooting a video project, TV special or other specific event that is packaged for sale.
With this Cleopatra Records release of The ORB’s “Boy’s Night Out,” the true sound and emotion of live performance is meticulously captured with precision and excellence. The natural flow of the concert is there, the power and dynamics of the show are there, along with the magic of the sound of the venue! Add to that the unmistakable, opulent quartet harmonies of The Oak Ridge Boys and solid foundation of The Mighty Oaks Band and the end result is as close to sitting on the front row as is possible through a recording!
The recording itself is pristine, laser-clean and pure. The production of the tracks are exquisite and mixed to perfection. The atmosphere and vibe of each song is not buried under layers of studio gimmicks and technical trickery. This album is far and away one of the best representations of what capturing a live concert recording should be.
The ability to keep the energy, excitement and emotional connections with the performers and the audience is astounding with this album of historic ORB’s classics! Without question, “Boy’s Night Out” is an absolute must-have recording for the dealer, collector, fan and friend of The Oak Ridge Boys music!
What a perfect marriage of group and label to pull off a quality project of this caliber in this day and age of music!
Duane Allen has had this idea rolling around for decades and his uncanny sense of timing was epic in producing this live album along with the visionary genius of Cleopatra Records!
I urge every fan of this music to buy 2 copies of the project – one for yourself and one to share with someone who needs to hear the outstanding 4-part phenomenon that is The Oak Ridge Boys!
If you don’t “get” the ORB’s – buy this record! This album will completely immerse you in the core of harmony singing and the soulful feel of connecting with the message of a song.
Thanks to Cleopatra Records and The Legendary Oak Ridge Boys for “an album for the ages” that is a benchmark for live performance.
– MRG, March, 2014
With great respect,
Matthew “The Thew” Gillian