Halfway to Paradise: The Complete Epic Masters 1961-1964

Halfway to Paradise: The Complete Epic Masters 1961-1964

by Tony OrlandoTony Orlando


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While it's known by a fair number of rock listeners that Tony Orlando had a couple teen idol hits in the early '60s that predated his success with Dawn by about a decade, it's not generally known just how much material he recorded at this time. This anthology gathers all 27 sides he cut for Epic between 1961 and 1964, including both sides of all 11 singles he issued on the label (among them the hits "Halfway to Paradise" and "Bless You") and five tracks that only showed up on his sole Epic LP. It's admirable in its thoroughness, but won't convince many people that Orlando was any more than an average pop
ock singer of the time, albeit one who had more access to top Brill Building songwriters than most. It's also undeniable that "Halfway to Paradise" (written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King) and "Bless You" (penned by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil), with orchestral production recalling some of Gene Pitney's early hits, remain the most memorable of these tracks. Students of Brill Building pop, however, will be interested in the presence of numerous obscure tunes penned by major and minor Brill Building hitmakers, including not just Goffin & King and Mann & Weil, but also Jack Keller, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, Freddie Scott, Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman, Mark Barkan, Ben Raleigh, and Burt Bacharach-Hal David (who wrote both sides of Orlando's final Epic 45, "To Wait for Love (Is to Waste Your Life Away)"/"Accept It"). Much of the material leans toward the more formulaic and pop-oriented edge of the Brill Building sound, however, and though "To Wait for Love (Is to Waste Your Life Away)" is a decent and lushly produced Bacharach & David number, it would have sounded much better if Gene Pitney or Dionne Warwick had sung it. For all the middling quality of much of this, however, fans of early-'60s rock will likely find this much more interesting than Orlando's far more celebrated 1970s work with Dawn, if only for its historical value.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/09/2007
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667024020
catalogNumber: 1137


  1. Halfway to Paradise
  2. Lonely Tomorrows
  3. Am I the Guy
  4. Bless You
  5. Dream Lover
  6. Happy Times Are Here to Stay
  7. Lonely Am I
  8. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  9. My Baby's a Stranger
  10. Talkin' About You
  11. Some Kinda Wonderful
  12. The Lovin' Touch
  13. Tell Me Where to Run To
  14. I'd Never Find Another You
  15. Love on Your Lips
  16. At the Edge of Tears
  17. Chills
  18. Joanie
  19. What Am I Gonna Do
  20. Shirley
  21. Beautiful Dreamer
  22. The Loneliest
  23. She Doesn't Know It
  24. I'll Be There
  25. Tell Me What Can I Do
  26. To Wait for Love (Is to Waste Your Life Away)
  27. Accept It

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Orlando   Primary Artist
Chuck Sagle   Conductor
Alan Lorber   Conductor
Garry Sherman   Conductor

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
Neil Sedaka   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Brooks Arthur   Composer
Freddie Scott   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Barry Mann   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Jack Keller   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Charles Koppelman   Composer
Bob Morgan   Producer
Tony Orlando   Arranger,Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Don Rubin   Composer
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Cover Photo
Mark Barkan   Composer
Mike Anthony   Composer
Helen Miller   Composer
Larry Kolber   Composer
Norman Kaye   Composer

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