- Reissue Producer: Dan Rivard
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Columbia KC 33142 (1972)
- Original Album #2: Columbia KC 33549 (1975)
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Bouquet series is brought into "modern" times with Percy's "Country Bouquet" tribute to some of the slow, melodic songs originally by country singers; lush string orchestra treatments that greatly enhance the melodies and turn the "country" experience into a flowing, charming listening experience. Gene MacLellan's "Snowbird" is rescued from some of the breakneck-paced vocal renditions and turned into a lush listening treat with the string choir, very tender at times. It's not always slow, Marty Robbin's "Orange Blossom Special" gave the string players some exercise bowing those strings! There were some good tunes in "Disco Party" - the Faith treatments bring us "Cherry, Cherry" (Percy should have received royalties from Neil - Percy's version was a "request hit" at radio stations). If you don't consider disco a listening beat, try "Love Music," "El Bimbo" and a second tune by Neil, "Coldwater Morning." Percy evolved into an orchestra disco-master just for this album! He captured the best. (Bill Halvorsen)
- 1.The Most Beautiful Girl
- 2.I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore
- 3.El Paso
- 5.Help Me Make It Through The Night
- 6.Annie's Song
- 7.Behind Closed Doors
- 9.For The Good Times
- 10.Orange Blossom Special
- 11.Cherry, Cherry
- 12.El Bimbo
- 13.The King Is Dead
- 14.Love Music
- 15.7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle)
- 18.Coldwater Morning
- 20.Hava Nagilah
- 21.Sabre Dance (Bonus Track) (Previously Unreleased)
2 LPs on 1 CD: COUNTRY BOUQUET (1974)/DISCO PARTY (1975).
Liner Note Author: Tammy Wynette.
Recording information: A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Arranger: Percy Faith.
This two-fer set combines the Percy Faith albums Country Bouquet and Disco Party on one compact disc. Both albums offer up what Faith's fans have come to expect: the Percy Faith Orchestra dishing out heady arrangements of popular songs of the time, with this set focusing on songs from the mid-'70s. It cannot be argued that Faith was less than a talented arranger; his subtlety and attention to detail are remarkable and rampant over the course of both of these recordings as he runs through hits such as Marty Robbins' "El Paso" and Neil Diamond's "Cherry, Cherry," and while Country Bouquet is about as safe as any Percy Faith recording, on Disco Party Faith embraced a slightly more experimental edge by employing distorted electric guitars and analog synthesizers. The foreground of the album is still his lush orchestra, but it deserves mention that Faith was willing to let loose despite his conservative audience. Country Bouquet/Disco Party is mostly an exercise in super-kitsch, but moments do shine through, mostly on the Disco Party album, suggesting that, had he taken the chance, Percy Faith could've been a weird American contemporary of Ennio Morricone. ~ Gregory McIntosh