Richard Shores And His Orchestra
Mercury Records MG 20130
Shore created an engaging album for his age, presenting us with a tapestry of orchestrated pieces that thematically support the title concept. Each track is arranged in a somewhat "safe" manner. Shore does not push period sonic, conceptual boundaries, but the sound he created perfectly reflects the moody visual vibe expressed on the cover.
From the back cover: There was no question in Shores' mind concerning the type of album he wanted to produce, and finding Mercury in complete agreement, "Emotions" he believes is completely representative of his talents. The youthful composer-conductor-arranger has directed his entire life along one path. Before leaving high school he wrote what is even today echoed through the classrooms and corridors of a Chicago high school as the official class song. His academic graduation also promoted him into concert work around the midwest, with the Army continuing his musical education by assigning him to direct and perform on almost 500 radio programs. Musical comedy composition still delights him when he isn't occupied with writing and arranging background music for radio and television.