Hughie Mac – Sings Some Great Songs Pt.4, is another collection of great covers sung the Hughie Mac way, and it contains 23 classic tracks with the Mac stamp written all over them. The Philadelphia based crooner pulled out some of the best gems for this set and polished them up with his own sheen of which mostly remind of Michael Buble’ and singers of that ilk. That is not to say Mac is known in the same circles with everyone he sounds like, but it does mean he’s capable of singing a vast amount of work penned by all these well-known artists.
“Almost Like Being In Love,” “The Twelfth Of Never,” and “All Of Me” kick the set off and they are describes as nothing short of brilliant, and make huge strides in keeping your full attention, just as he would do when opening the first set of any show. The way Mac covers a song is not only done with tribute affection he adds his own particular nuances that make them his own versions that do them justice and that comes from being an original artist. If you know the songs, it’s just as important to know who’s singing them and Mac makes them his own.
As the set continues, Mac drives home some more familiar songs, one in particular being a respectable version of Jimmy Buffett’s “Changes In Latitudes” which is an old favorite of mine, so it gets a mention here along with some other highlights on a disc with so many songs to opine about. The mark of a good version for me is no different than the original, and that is if I can play it numerous times in a row, and even though it stopped the disc in its tracks for me, it was worth several subsequent spins before moving onto the next number.
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“My Way,” “Come Fly With Me” and “Fly Me To The Moon” follow in succession with tremendous results as well, with all three cuts being some of the most choice material chosen for – Sings Some Great Songs Pt.4. And the selections Mac decided to go with in general, combined with his own touch are what make it so great. The musical backing and production/engineering of these four studio recordings also deserve their marks of approval, especially on the following tracks “Galveston,” “Gentle On My Mind” and “Try A Little Tenderness.”
But the Mac never lets up as he goes, with another Jimmy Buffett classic “Cheeseburger In Paradise,” which explores the more humorous side compared to the former Buffett cover on – Sings Some Great Songs Pt.4. But that is not all with “It Had To Be You,” “Young At Heart” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” close the collection with three more fine performances in the studio by Mac and everyone involved. This release comes highly recommended along with the other three parts in the series, all of which equally serve up the same Mac standards and it is no exception to that rule.
by Bethany Page