The Gentlemen's Agreement (2) ‎– Gentlemen Prefer...Barbershop

Not On Label ‎– GA-101
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Ma She's Making Eyes At Me
Arranged By – Mo Rector*
A2 That Lucky Old Sun
Arranged By – Al Rehkop
A3 Good Old Days
Arranged By – Gentlemen's Agreement Et Al*
A4 Just A Cottage Small
Arranged By – Al Rehkop
A5 My Wife The Dancer
Arranged By – Al Rehkop
A6 Love Story
Arranged By – Joni Bescos
B1 Ring The Bells In Dixieland
Arranged By – Renee Craig
B2 Hush
Arranged By – Dick Kneeland
B3 If You Love Me Really Love Me
Arranged By – Renee Craig
B4 Everybody Loves A Lover
Arranged By – Drayton Justus
B5 My Way
Arranged By – Joni Bescos
B6 Fiddle Medley
Arranged By – Jarmela Speta



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November 7, 2015
Both of the two GA recordings have excellent engineering with a warm, full sound that really highlights bass Bob Whitledge. The opener has to be one of the best renditions of the classic Mo Rector arrangement. The lyrics are delivered so well, and clearly, that you page through a story book laced with comedy without being hokey, and making sure you know that these fellas are not a novelty act out for laughs.

Tenor Al Rehkop's arrangements are not prolific but they are potent. I discovered track B2 via this album and it is an instant part of my soul. Perhaps it is because the lyrics ring so true to my being (and millions of others, surely), or perhaps because of the glistening highs and smoldering lows, all expertly shaken together here. Al's more famous arrangement - that of the track earlier recorded by fellow Michigan quartet Center Stage - of the song made popular by Engelbert Humperdinck is expertly done here. Again, due to the excellent warmth of the recording plus the quartet's bass (though Center Stage's Lee Hanson is no slouch!) this is pure fun and the better of the two performances.

The rest of the album is littered with arrangement's from some of the genre's most famous, and of course the track found later on side B 'My Way' that truly features the talent's of one of barbershop's all time greatest lead vocalists. Personally, I can do without it, as I ache for more technical arrangements and ache less for such live show audience fodder (though I understand and respect its place). But it is the closer, the medley from 'Fiddler On The Roof', here perfectly pieces together and orchestrated by midwestern gal Jarmela Speta is the crown jewel. I never cared much for the film/play/story and I distinctly remember being exposed to it as a youngster by my own mother. I understand its place in barbershop's annals of fame but it never personally appealed to me...until I came across this. I listen to this very regularly, sometimes again and again. It has more than rekindled my interest in the famous play and had me seek out the original so I can sing along with Tevye myself (surely these four have prepared me well!). It is difficult to say which of the two GA albums is better, or my favorite but this one surely is very strong.