Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Sameach At the Wheel



Album can be previewed/purchased at Mostly Music.com

Reviewer: Mindy



Sameach at the Wheel is a really interesting concept – Driving Music. You all know how much fun it’s to have a CD blasting in the car while you race down the highway :). It’s also a great companion for a long road trip. Additionally, this is a Jewish Music tape without horns – it’s basically guitar, keyboard, drums, and bass. The album is very heavy on electric guitar. It’s a great album for guitar lovers.

I personally love All-Star albums so this album is perfect for me. It showcases some of the most underrated voices in Jewish music, and I love the song selections as well. Unlike wedding albums, this album isn’t chock full of Od Yishomas and Asher Baras and typical chupah selections – it’s generally lebedigeh songs, a mix of old and recent. I think it’s a very well-rounded album and it’s a pleasure to listen to.

The CD insert is very nice; on the jewel case the songs are in a handwriting font. It credits the composers and original singers of the songs, which is the proper way to do it. In the credits, Naftali also thanks Yitzy Spinner :). Cute.

There is also a very nice insert along with it, with the latest and older releases by Sameach. It’s great :).

Okay down to the nitty gritty details of the songs:

FIRST GEAR
Featuring Shlomo Simcha

The medley starts out with the sound effect of a car starting up, and segues right into some lebedige electric guitar work which makes it difficult to stay seated.

1. Aneini
COMPOSED BY: Yishai Lapidot
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Shlomo Simcha on “Aneini”
COMMENTS: This song is very well done. The guitar work is great and I like the harmonies on it.
LENGTH: 2:51

2. Bzos Ani Boteach
COMPOSED BY: Eli Laufer
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Yeedle on “Yeedle IV”
COMMENTS: Pretty nice; the intros are very nicely replicated with the electric guitar. At first when I heard this cut on the radio I couldn’t make out who sings the low part. Turns out this entire medley is done by Shlomo Simcha. I really couldn’t tell. Great harmonies.
LENGTH: 1:48

3. Da Hu
COMPOSED BY: Yitzy Bald
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Yisroel Williger on his first album
COMMENTS: This is a highly underrated song which hasn’t been played on any airwaves in ages, so I’m glad it founds its way on the album. Shlomo Simcha’s harmonies continue to be excellent. For some reason It sounds like he was saying “Da Hu Yeruta” instead of “Yerusa.” LENGTH: 1:48

4. Shesulim
COMPOSED BY: Rabbi Boruch Chait
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Kol Salonika
COMMENTS: Gee! We’re getting older and older here. :) Very nice to include this real old school song.
LENGTH: 1:26

5. Eretz Asher Tamid
COMPOSED BY: Mendy Gerufi
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Mendy Gerufi
COMMENTS: Nice of Naftali to include a very wide variety of songs and composers on this album. This is an excellent song which deserved its place on this cd. On this song, on the low part, Shlomo Simcha does not sound like himself for some reason. But the harmonies on the high part are super. There’s lots of heavy guitar play and saxophone work here.
LENGTH: 2:21

6. Avraham Yogel
COMPOSED BY: Rabbi Baruch Chait
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Avraham Fried one one of his earlier albums
COMMENTS: Wow, here goes another old school song – just goes to show us what a prolific quiet composer Rabbi Chait used to be. Is he still on the scene?
LENGTH: 1:36

7. Baruch Haporeis
COMPOSED BY: Chaim Dovid
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Chaim Dovid – isn’t this from his latest new release? WOW…. That’s quick to get on an allstar album!
COMMENTS: This song is only an instrumental without vocals.
LENGTH: 1:05

8. Hinei Mah Tov
COMPOSED BY: Yitzy Bald
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Mendy Wald (off which album?)
COMMENTS: I personally am not that familiar with this song which is why I was happy to find it here. Nice job. Great guitar work here – go Ari Boingiu!
LENGTH: 2:20

9. Kol Mi
COMPOSED BY: Yerachmiel Begun
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Miami Boys Choir, on “One by One”
COMMENTS: Finally a Miami song… I wonder why this was chosen out of all Miami songs. Interesting. It’s actually not a very popular Miami song, but maybe that’s just cuz it’s 8 years old – but it’s always been a favorite of mine.
LENGTH: 1:26

10. Ivdu
COMPOSED BY: Rabbi Moshe Shur
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Diaspora Yeshiva Band
COMMENTS: Another musical interlude of mostly saxophone and a little guitar.
LENGTH: 1:05

11. Vayiven Uziyahu
COMPOSED BY: Traditional
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: The Piamentas
COMMENTS: Very interesting choice. I don’t understand any of the words, but Shlomo Simcha manages to make himself sound Sfardi and the song flows very well. Cool song. Shlomo holds the last note for a remarkably long time and the music gets totally rocked up at the end. Nice way to end the medley.
LENGTH: 2:42

CRUISE CONTROL
Featuring: Ari Goldwag, Dov Levine, Dovid Gabay, and Shlomo Simcha

Very interesting combination. Dov has a great range and does a lot of the high harmonies, and while I love ANYTHIGN by Ari Goldwag, it’s a bit comical to hear him pour his heart and soul into these fast songs. Although Dovid Gabay can’t hit any majorly remarkable notes but he has a very sweet voice which deserves some more airtime.

This segment is a bit mellower than the first medley, perfect for “Cruise Control” :). It starts with the sound effect of a car flying down the road.

12. Tzur
COMPOSED BY: Eli Gerstner
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Gershon Veroba on “Impressions”
COMMENTS: The electric guitar is exactly like on the Impressions tape. Ari Goldwag has the first low, then Dovid Gabay has the second low. Ari does the first high and Dovid the second high. It’s kinda weird to hear them singing an Impressions song :). The second part of the song, Ari does the low AND high, complemented beautifully by Dov Levine’s high harmony. Wow. He’s good!
LENGTH: 2:37

13. Im Ein Ani Li
COMPOSED BY: Yossi Green
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Shlomo Simcha
COMMENTS: Great song! First low by Ari Goldwag, and I’m not so sure if the 2nd low is Dovid Gabay or not. Dov does the first high and Ari the second high. Shlomo Simcha does the 3rd and 4th high, which trails off with a reverb. This is a very well rounded song; one of my favorites on the album. There’s a very short musical interlude that I later heard is from a Beverly Hills Cops movie – I like it :). The second part of the song is done by Shlomo Simcha again, with a bunch of harmonies, the voices of which I don’t recognize.
LENGTH: 1:30

14. Lfanov
COMPOSED BY: Yossi Green
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Avraham Fried
COMMENTS: Another fairly old song which hasn’t been heard in ages. Ari does the low part and Shlomo Simcha the high part. Excellent song. There’s an extensive drum solo in the middle.
LENGTH: 1:45

15. Ani Holeich B’Simcha
COMPOSED BY: Mendy Werdyger
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Mendy Werdyger
COMMENTS: Once again I’m impressed by the very varied songs that are on this album. In this case, it’s a song composed and sung by Mr. Aderet, sung on an album named Sameach! Maybe Moshiach IS on his way ;). This is a greatly underrated song which deserved airplay a long time ago! Dov Levine does a super job doing most of the song himself with not much more than drum accompaniment. The intricate keyboard music is excellent. Ari does a part in the second half, and Dov does some beautiful high harmonies to it. Ari and Dov really blend nicely together! LENGTH: 3:17

16. Asher Bara
COMPOSED BY: Gadi Fuchs
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Lev Tahor
COMMENTS: Nice selection – this IS a great song, and I’m glad to see it being recognized. Dovid Gabay does the first low and his voice is indeed comparable to Ari Cukier’s :) Ari Goldwag does the second low. Dovid does the first high and Ari the second high. It’s really nice when you can see other singers duplicate the beautiful sound of a popular song successfully like this. There’s a heavy guitar interlude. The second time around, Dov does some fantastic harmonies to Ari’s high part.
LENGTH: 2:14

17. Yiboneh
COMPOSED BY: Yossi Green
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: MBD
COMMENTS: Great job by Dov Levine, with some reverb and harmony. Very pleasant song to listen to.
LENGTH: 1:15

18. Uvo
COMPOSED BY: Eli Gerstner
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Menucha
COMMENTS: Now this is one fun track! I can’t tell you how thrilled I was that Uva LTzion already made it onto an all star album! The music is very well done, and hearing this song with different singers on it really gives me a refreshing perspective on this song. Imagine Ari Goldwag singing Danny Berkowitz’s low, Dovid Gabay doing Shlomo Schwed’s second low, Ari doing Avi Schachter’s first high, and then Dovid doing Daniel Waldman’s second high? Dov also does some high harmony work on it – gorgeous. It’s sounds great! It’s one of the best tracks on the albums. The music is great too.
LENGTH: 2:01

19. Ello Ello
COMPOSED BY: Yishai Lapidot
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Yeedle
COMMENTS: Very nice song by Dov Levine and Shlomo Simcha, and great musical accompaniment.
LENGTH: 2:16

20. Ovinu
COMPOSED BY: Yitzy Bald
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Shloime Dachs
COMMENTS: Here comes a surprise track – Shloime Dachs guest starring, singing his own song “Ovinu”! He sounds even better on this tape than on the original, believe it or not. I like the reverb.
LENGTH: 1:45

21. Yehay
COMPOSED BY: Eli Gerstner
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: The Chevra
COMMENTS: Ahhhh! Yehay makes it onto an album… it’s quite interesting to hear how the sax and electric guitar interpreted the music, which is slightly different than the original version. Shlomo Simcha goes a little too heavy on the “H” but otherwise it was fun to hear this song again :) I wonde who does the low harmony? It sounds like Ari to me… fancy hearing Ari sing Yehay ;)
LENGTH: 1:45

22. Chazak
COMPOSED BY: Yitzy Bald
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Mendy Wald
COMMENTS: Nice way to end the medley. Ari does the low part and Shlomo Simcha does an awesome high part and threre are some awesome low harmonies the voices of which I cant identify. Great song. The medley ends with a bang :)
LENGTH: 2:29

STUCK IN TRAFFIC
Featuring Ari Boiangiu and Mark Fineberg


Here is finally a chance to hear Ari Boiangiu in all his greatness. He has taken the world by storm. Such a young person with such unbelievable talent!!
The medley starts off with a clip from WCBS radio reporting heavy traffic.

23. Ko Omar
COMPOSED BY: Chaim Banet
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: MBD
COMMENTS: Great, great track! It starts off with the “Haben Yakir Li” part of the song. Can you imagine an electric guitar sounding heartzig? Well that’s exactly what this is – a haunting, longing song. It’s beautiful! Then it turns into the Ko Omar part of the song, which Ari and Mark take turns on with the guitar and Saxophone. But I wonder if this is soothing enough for when you’re really stuck in traffic ;)
LENGTH: 4:11

24. Acheinu
COMPOSED BY: Yossi Green
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Avraham Fried
COMMENTS: I am not so familiar with this song and don’t know which album it comes from, but it’s really nice.
LENGTH: 3:06

OVERDRIVE
Featuring Dovid Gabay…. And with an asterisk it says “of the Neginah Orchestra.” I guess Dovid sings for Neginah, and the fact that he is on a Neshoma Orchestra album so prominently might be another sign that Moshiach is coming ;).

It’s amazing that this is the 2nd album Dovid is on, without even having released his solo album yet! He has a very versatile voice and he manages to sound good in every type of song. Before I knew that he has the entire medley, I kept confusing him with everyone else – he sounds so much like so many different singers.

This is a very rocked up medley. The guitar work is heavy and the tempo is very very fast.

25. Ki Lo Yitosh
COMPOSED BY: Eli Kranzler
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: MBD
COMMENTS: I never knew this was composed by Eli Kranzler! This is waaaaay old school music – way back in MBD’s havara sefaradi days! Dovid sounds great – his voice is strong and he does a very nice high note in the middle of the song and excellent harmonies. He does sound a lot like Shwekey in this song.
LENGTH: 2:31

26. Tov L’hodos
COMPOSED BY: Dovid Hoffman
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Mendy Wald
COMMENTS: Nice reverb beginning. I thought it was Ari Goldwag at first. Very nice harmonies and heavy guitar. Great sax solo.
LENGTH: 1:27

27. Tzadik
COMPOSED BY: Yitzchok Rosenthal
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Shalsheles
COMMENTS: Once again I’m impressed by the song selections on this album. I’m glad Shalsheles got a song in here too. Dovid does a great job with it. One of my fave selections.
LENGTH: 2:00

28. Kumo
COMPOSED BY: Yisroel Baruchov
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Shloime Dachs
COMMENTS: Nothing to comment on this song – it’s good.
LENGTH: 1:58

29. Uva Ltzion
COMPOSED BY: Shmuel Brazil
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Regesh
COMMENTS: Just to show you how well balanced this CD is – they even stuck a popular Regesh song in.
LENGTH: 1:27

30. Maaminim
COMPOSED BY: MBD
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: MBD
COMMENTS: No album would be complete without Maaminim, and Dovid does a very rousing rendition of this ever popular song. I love how he does the third part of the song. His harmonies are also excellent on this song. The music is also great here.
LENGTH: 2:55

31. Yisroel Btach Bashem
COMPOSED BY: Shlomo Carlebach
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Shlomo Carlebach
COMMENTS: Dovid manages to put a lot of feeling into this song even though it’s sung at a very fast pace.
LENGTH: 2:55

32. Vkovei HaShem
COMPOSED BY: Yishai Lapidot
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Dedi
COMMENTS: Wow this is one great track. Dovid sounds outstanding here – way better than Dedi’s original song.
LENGTH: 1:16

33. Agudah
COMPOSED BY: Yitzy Bald
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Ira Heller
COMMENTS: Wow! Boy am I glad that this song made it into the tape – yet another highly underrated but beautiful song. Dovid does a great job on this one. Great harmonies.
LENGTH: 1:50

34. Gehoiben Zman
COMPOSED BY: MBD
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Yeedle
COMMENTS: In my never-to-be-humble opinion, this track is the crowning glory of the album. Dovid sounds so flawless and perfect in his Yiddish that you’d think he grew up in Willy. Yes, Shwekey fans, he does it better than Shwekey on Shwekey B’Simcha. I got a huge kick out of this song. Shlomo Simcha joins into this song with part of the melody and harmony, and he too sounds excellent singing this Yiddish song. Perfect way to end the album – on a HIGH! The song ends very creatively, with the music trailing and getting blurrier and blurrier, like a tape recorder’s batteries ending. Very cute.
LENGTH: 3:53

In closing, this album is perfect for those of you who love song collection albums and are sick of wedding albums… it’s perfect for those of you who love all star albums, for those of you who are looking for something lebedig to drive to, and for those of you who stam love a good tape with outstanding (horn-free) music! Get your today and ENJOY :)!

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3 Comments:

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October 1, 2005 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Shalom said...

"Ki Lo Yitosh" wasn't originally sung by MBD, it was sung by the composer, Eli Kranzler, on his LP (remember those?) "Shirei Eliyahu".

July 13, 2007 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Zvi said...

no horns ha i guess you dont know what horns are the horns are well done in this album not like most jewish music great sax

March 7, 2009 at 4:03 PM  

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