- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Atlantic 18209 (1976)
- Original Album #2: Atlantic 19112 (1977)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Among the stunning instrumentals included in this set are "Summer Strut," "Welcome Sunrise," and "Birdwalk." This is the first time that these original Atlantic albums are available on compact disc.
- 1.Bird In A Silver Cage
- 3.Fly, Robin, Fly
- 5.Years Of Love
- 6.The Piper
- 8.Once I Had A Love
- 9.Summer Strut
- 10.Welcome Sunrise
- 11.In The Summertime
- 12.You Are The Song
- 13.Flute Love
2 LPs on 1 CD: BIRD IN A SILVER CAGE (1976)/FIRE ISLAND (1977).
Personnel includes: Herbie Mann (flutes); Penny McLean (vocals); Jerry Friedman, Kenny Mazur (guitar); Sylvester Levay, Tom Coppola (keyboards);
Wilbur Bascomb (bass); Alan Schwartzberg, Jimmy Young (drums); Sammy Figueroa, Armen Halburian (percussion).
Fire Island: Carmine Calabro, Jr. (vocals, Clavinet, synthesizer); Googie Coppola, Arnold McCuller (vocals).
Producers: Sylvester LeVay, Michael Kunze, Herbie Mann.
Recorded at Union Studios, Munich, Germany and CI Recording Studios, New York, New York. Originally released on Atlantic Records.
Personnel: Herbie Mann (flute); Googie Coppola, Arnold McCuller (vocals, background vocals); Joe Spector, Kenny Mazur, Nick Woodland, Jerry Friedman (guitar); Jaroslav Jakabovic (baritone saxophone); Alan Rubin, Lew Soloff (trumpet); Sam Burtis (trombone); Carmine L. Calabro, Jr. (Clavinet, synthesizer); Silvester Levay, Tom Coppola (keyboards); Jimmy Young , Allan Schwartzberg, Martin Harrison (drums); Sammy Figueroa (congas, percussion); Elmer Louis, Armen Halburian (percussion); Jerry Rix, Munich Studio Choir (background vocals).
Audio Remixer: Bobby Warner.
Recording information: Atlanta Studios, NY, NY; CI Recording Studios, NY, NY; Union Studios, Munich, Germany.
Director: Fritz Sonnleitner.
Arrangers: Carmine L. Calabro, Jr.; Silvester Levay.
This two-fer from Collectables features a pair of out of print Herbie Mann LPs: Bird in a Silver Cage and Fire Island, originally issued in 1976 and 1977, respectively. These 13 jazz-pop tracks include "Summer Strut," "Fly Robin Fly," and "Bird in a Silver Cage." This is an enjoyable reissue from Mann's massive catalog on Atlantic Records, but most listeners would be better served with one of the many compilations in print. ~ Al Campbell