Mojo (Publisher) - 3/03, p.1224 stars out of 5
- "...ORCHID IN THE STORM has proved itself a durable opus. Neville's mellifluous voice is sweet but never cloying....Magical..."
"The Ten Commandments Of Love" is a previously released Neville Brothers track.
Personnel: Aaron Neville, Art Neville (vocals, keyboards); Wardell Quezergue (conductor); Brian Stoltz, Steve Cropper, Renard Poche (guitar); Carolyn Anderson, Burt Calahan Anderson, Lili Hayden (violin); Charles Adams, John Branch (viola); Bill Schultz (cello); Clarence Ford (alto saxophone); Fred Kemp, David "Fathead" Newman (tenor saxophone); Carl A. Blouin (baritone saxophone); Brian Murray, Jamie Sharif (trumpet); Dr. John (piano); Sam Henry (keyboards); David Barrard, Chris Severin (bass); Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson, Willie Green (drums); Cyril Neville, Daryl Johnson, Terry Manuel (background vocals).
Peoducers include: Joel Dorn, Will Bratton, Linda Ronstadt, George Massenberg, Hal Willner.
Compilation producer: Joel Dorn.
Recorded at Ultra Sonic, New Orleans, Louisiana; The Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana and Mastersound Studios, Queens, New York between 1983 & 1995. Includes liner notes by Joel Dorn.
Personnel: Aaron Neville (background vocals); Renard Poch‚, Steve Cropper, Brian Stoltz (guitar); Lili Hayden (violin); Charles Adams , John Branch (viola); Clarence Ford (alto saxophone); David "Fathead" Newman , Fred Kemp (tenor saxophone); Brian Murray, Jamil Sharif (trumpet); David Torkanowsky (piano); Art Neville (keyboards, background vocals); Sam Henry (keyboards); Willie Green , Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson, Herman V. Ernest III (drums); Cyril Neville, Willie Green, Jr. , Darryl Johnson , Donny Gerrard, Eddie Hokenson, Terry Manuel, Joe Esposito, Kenny Vance, Arnold McCuller, Bobby King (background vocals).
Audio Remixer: Gene Paul.
Liner Note Author: Joel Dorn.
Recording information: DB Plus Digital Services, New York, NY; Master Sound Studios, New York, NY; Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, LA; Ultra Sonic Studios, New Orleans, LA.
Illustrator: Page Simon.
Photographers: Page Simon; James Levine.
Arrangers: Aaron Neville; Wardell Quezergue.
Finally, here is a disc of Aaron Neville doing what he does best, singing the great music of the '50s. This is a 1983 EP consisting of five songs. This disc was done with some of the best musicians and writers available, with special attention to detail, from the opening notes of "Pledging My Love" to the final refrain of "Mickey Mouse March." You haven't heard it done like this before unless you saw the Neville Brothers years ago. There are no highlights, as all the songs seem to stand out; whether you want to single out Wardell Quezergue's stunning arrangement of Jerry Butler's "For Your Precious Love," or maybe the renowned Doc Pomus classic "Save the Last Dance for Me," each has that moment that takes you away. This is a labor of love by artists, musicians, and producers that showcases a man's remarkable abilities to take a listener to new places not of this realm. ~ Bob Gottlieb