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MANY SPLENDID THINGS: Customer Reviews

Got this from the publisher (cdbaby) and it arrived a few weeks ago. I have to confess that Walter and I were high school classmates but he never solicited me or anything like that. I didn't even know he had cut a few cd's. I am an author and I don't solicit him to read my stuff either. I plan to surprise him with this review. I have to drive a lot and usually I am singing along with Foghat, Foreigner, The Kinks and Deep Purple in my car. My wife and I car pool often and she gets annoyed sometimes at the blasts. I put Many Splendid Things in the CD player on the way home as a surprise and when it started my wife sat up and said, "hey this is very soothing". By the time all the tracks were played she decided it was pretty darn good and "very pleasant". We listened to it every day on the way home. I have a friend who plays jazz piano and he heard it as I was pulling into his portacochere and noticing it was nothing like my usual sound, he asked to borrow it. I have yet to get it back. He gave it to his doctor to play in the waiting room (he hates the doctor's choices) and some of the folks remarked favorably about it according to my friend. I have yet to get the CD back and I am going over to the doctor's office tomorrow and taking it back. I miss it. These are for the most part Walter Clark's renditions and rearrangements of old familiar tunes The first track (Lorraine) is very upbeat and has a "swing" to it. His Tennessee Waltz ending actually made me share the pain of the love loss that must have inspired the original lyricist. While a lot of folks deem it blasphemy to change old favorites in any way; Walter did a great job enhancing rather than losing their timeless charm. It was like hearing old friends who have aged and matured but you still know who they are. When I get it back my wife and I plan on sitting on our lanai and popping a bottle of wine open. While we watch the sun descend into the Pacific and the sky gives way to the Galaxy that special ambiance of the night with the sounds of sweetly ripened, vintage tunes will enhance our shared visit with these old friends courtesy of a very talented classmate. Do yourself a favor and buy these CD's by Walter Clark. Discover a truly unique artist. You are sure to like the broadened personality of some old friends.

Reviews for the latest CD: Best Thing to Come

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Just sharing some early reviews that were sent to me on the first week of release:

 

First CDBaby review: 

Fantastic! 
5 stars! 
author: Imani Z! 

I`ve known Walter for a few years now, and the one thing that I know about him more than anything else is he is relentless. He gives his all to anything that he`s involved in and his new CD is no exception. In fact, he really outdid himself. He studied engineering and mastering, and studied again and then studied some more but NEVER lost conscientiousness of the MUSIC! He performs brilliantly on every cut. His arrangements are top notch and his vocals and instrumentation never disappoint. The clarity and warmth of this CD seems to make the music just float on air but never to the point of being considered "elevator music" but instead, because of the arrangements & his excellent musicianship, keeps you on your toes as you will miss something VERY SWEET if you take your ears away for a second. I`m partial to "Destiny" and "Gypsies" but every single tune is done MORE than "well" but excellently. You will not be disappointed in the least. Just buy it and I know you will feel the same way. Respect to you Walter for a very, very fine effort! Can`t wait for the next! IZ 

After this, you may just be the man. Still listening to your CD and it ALWAYS sounds just as good as it did when I listened the first time.....ps....and smile.... even WITHOUT the wine..... ha ha ha 

have a good day.... IZ 

It was one hell of a coincidence to me that after I wrote to you yesterday, there was a wonderful surprise awaiting me in my mailbox. I don't need to tell you it was "Best Thing To Come", to which I am listening at this very moment. This thing is DYNAMITE! First of all "Destiny " is so beautiful and well executed it almost made me want to cry. What kind of piano was that? It must've been a full fledged genuine Bosendorfer (or something like that), right? I was just about to say the artwork, especially the cover, is enough to make the cd a success right there. And now I see it was done by June. She's absolutely phenomenal! What magnificent talent! 
...I'm going to keep on listening to the new cd and say more about the songs after I finish. But so far, I hear a magnificent eclectic approach and I hear some pieces (such as tracks 11 and 12, Honesty and Desperado) that must've come truly from your heart, 

Hi Walter, 
How are you? I received the two books and your CD on Monday morning. 
Thank you very much for sending them. I didn't have much time yesterday 
to listen to all of the songs on the CD but what I was able to listen to 
sounded fantastic. Sonically its nice and fat and very well mixed. Your 
voice sounds great. Its nice and clear and very well proportioned in the 
mix. Also all of your arrangements are spectacular. Thank you very much 
for putting my name in the linear notes. Also your sister is very 
talented as well. Her artwork on the front cover is great. I have a few 
questions to ask you concerning various sounds you used on certain tunes 
so after I listen to all of the songs I'll give you a call and bombard 
you with my questions if you don't mind. Thanks again for everything. 
Talk to you soon. 
Later, 
Greg 

Hi Walter, 
I'll call you in a few. Everything was fantastic with the CD. I loved 
the arrangements, your voice, and the overall sound quality. Please keep 
on mixing and mastering yourself. 
Thanks again, 
Greg 

Mike wrote: "Silky Smooth Baby!!!" 


Hey Doll, 
Just a few quick words. I received the CD and am so very proud of you.This something that I always 
knew you were capable. 
I have felt every since I saw you,that your soul had a certain amount of peace.I know it's because 
you let God into your life.Ain't it grand.Stay health,cherish peace of mind,and stay with the Lord. 
Love you 
Dolonda 
Hi Walter, 
Neal Yermish commented on your Wall post. 
Neal wrote: "Walt, I loved the CD and I'm waiting for Amazon. I'm still "old school" and like to hold the disk (and copy it onto all my pc's & ipods)" 

More reviews: 
Well, my brother, Walt, I'm still listening to that true masterpiece that is your new CD. Speaking of Amazing, the bass work on #3, Amazing Grace, was certainly amazing. What is that called, sampling an acoustic double bass or what? A great and unique intro and interpretation, so much so that I had begun to doubt whether it would be the same song usually associated with that title. 
#4, Lovely Day. Very spry and upbeat. A "feel good" song to be sure. Simply and refreshingly beautiful! Again, truly hellified bass work too! Sounds like you've got ten live, individual, in-the-flesh musicians with you on that song, and you do a superb job of harmonizing with yourself on the vocals. You even said "Hit it", at the very end of one of the last tags, as though you were talking to other musicians present there with you. Splendid! 

More later as I continue listening. Right now listening to the very touching and very romantic #5, She. 

Chuck

Hi Walter〓
Thank you for emailing me, I'm very happy to get a mail from you.

I enjoy your CD with Yui everyday before we sleep.

If you do special concert, please let me know and I must go!

We are touched with your performance.

Keep in touch〓

Sent from my iPhone

Jun Nakashima - Senior Program Officer Kwansei Gakuin Univerisity (Feb 15, 2013)

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iTunes Review - Reviews of Many Splendid Things

This is a wonderful cover album.
The focus of the originals are maintained, yet expanded with Walter's approach.
Sweet Loraine is my favorite.
Tennessee waltz is a big surprise.

Buy it. You will like it. As will your significant other.
Snuggle up and enjoy.

joebobilly - (Apr 3, 2010)

i really really really love this CD Walter!!! yur sweet low voice and smooth music you play......how pleasant to my ears!!!

Akiyo Minami - (Apr 1, 2010)

Hi Walt, I am pleased to seeyou sporting such an elegant, soulful and sleek look! Very sharp indeed! (I think Monk would dig it too.) Stay well - enjoy the holidays - keep playing your wonderful music. Jerry

Jerry Mascaro - (Jan 5, 2011)
Hello, Walter-san,

I hope you remember me, I met you and your cute little Ai-chan and Chie-chan (Is it right?)
at the Narita Airport port on Jan 30th.
It was a pleasure to meet with you and your family!
I just wanted to tell you that I have been listening your CD and really like it. ・
Thank you so much for the prompt shipping.

Please let me know if you will come back to NY in the future,
we will come see your gig!

Please say hello to Ai-chan and Chie-Chan......
Good luck with everything. Take care.

Sincerely,
Mariko Sato-Marcelle


CHIDORIYA CORP.

NEW YORK, NY 10002・ USA
Hello! I really enjoyed last night. Thank you. I am listening to your cd nowl I really love this. I'd like to hear your voice again. Do you play at Nikko hotel tomorrow?
Nikko Hotel - Mika (Dec 21, 2008)
Your CD is very nice. My wife is very glad! My home is very happy!
Iwai-san (Feb 17, 2007)
Walter, when you said your CD went out today I guess I I didn't know I'd get one too! I took some time to listen and of course the venue is closer to my taste than your first one. In comparing, there's a vast difference in the recording quality this time: much more clarity. As usual, it has the Clark signature all throughout. Simply magnificent!
Jorgen Kruse - (Feb 26, 2007)
Simple Classy!
Architect - Hisashi Kobayashi (Dec 12, 2007)
I listen to your CD everyday! Love it!
Ritz Carlton Customer - Megumi (Jan 12, 2008)
Hello Walter,

Thanks for your warm hospitality the other night, my team and I really enjoyed your music and your CD isn't half bad either!
Paul Shippee - (Mar 8, 2008)
Walter Clarks "Many Splendid Things" CD is
truly what the title suggests. Its well thought
out, warm and smooth
without being boring. His chord
voicing and arrangements truly compliment his silky
smooth voice.
Listen to this CD, you wont be disappointed!

I got Walter's fabulous CD a few years ago and have enjoyed listening to it many, many times since. It is truly beautiful music from a beautiful musician.
Jerry Mascaro - Facebook (May 19, 2012)
Now that I've heard the whole thing I stand by my
first impression: nice work! Congratulations!

"Sweet Lorraine" bops right along with a crisp up beat and a smooth
croon.
It’s nice to hear the love enunciated as Nat King Cole
would approve.

Opening chords of "The Very Thought Of You" deepen the mood with a
dose of warm horn. Strong vocal delivery adds conviction and Walter
provides just enough of a waver to convey uncertainty, or is it
despair? I like that this one ends on a positive note.

Whenever I hear those strains that remind me of Walter Clark's
Titanic theme, I remember. His interpretation of the popular hit has
become the definitive sound of it for me. This time I feel steadied
while he leads me in a "Tennessee Waltz" to a moody minor key and a
decidedly Western gait. “Stardust” softens the romance with a
virtual walk in the moonlight, romantic guitar, and violins.
Walter's ardent crescendo is never over the top, just right.
"Fly Me to the Moon” swings on a dance beat that maintains its
energy through an extended conclusion. There are plenty of dance-able
numbers on this album: one imagines an easygoing crowd of cool
customers, hand dancing the night away and taking care of business.

Walter makes rain and thunder sound comforting in his lovely
rendition of "We're All Alone." Naturalistic effects fit right in
with "What a Wonderful World." Subtle strings cushion transition to
a live horn solo that adds body just where we like it.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this collection is the crispness
of tempo with which Walter accompanies several beautiful melodies.
Hearing these favorites delivered straightforwardly is a welcome
relief. Walter Clark takes us back to an era of suave mellow manners
and philosophical rationality where we appreciate our splendid
existence in a manageable world.
Debony Heart - Washington D.C. (Dec 5, 2006)
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I had a chance yesterday to listen to your CD while enjoying some Dave time.
You sound better then I have ever heard you before. I am not sure if you are getting better or my hearing is getting worse,” just kidding”

You sound great!!!
David
Hickory, North Carolina (Dec 18, 2006)
Hey Daddyo!

I got your CD yesterday. Otsukaresama & Thank you! Your voice is simply excellent!
Andre Black - Osaka, Japan (Nov 10, 2006)
Thanks for sending us your new CD. We really love the songs and we are adding it to our regular rotation of music that plays in the store. We really appreciate your kind gesture.

Sincerely,

Sara and the Suzannes.com team.
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Great CD! I had to come back and pick up another copy though. My wife took the first one I got. She keeps it in her car and I hadn't heard it since.
Sho Terashita (Dec 28, 2007)
I bought your album and just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy listening to your CD in my car. Thanks! Its great!
Takayuki Tachibana - (Jan 19, 2007)
Re: "The Nearness of You"
yo bro... that was a nice arrangement! Thumbs up!
Les Daniels - (Jan 25, 2007)
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