I understand the difference between real song craft, and just regular old pop music. Your songs and arrangements were really high quality, technically and sonically superior to most of the other music that was around then...but what I really loved about your music was that, despite the fact that it was technically and sonically great, music is really about what it makes you feel. I never thought about the technical end of it, or "how do you play that, what are the chords?", when I listened to your music...I just enjoyed how it made me feel. The music was just great, and it is timeless. I could never figure out how A & M couldn't deliver a hit single or 2 out of all those great songs. Hall and Oates, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, AWB...they all had hit after hit. Your stuff was like Brian Wilson meets Hall and Oates ( I think Hall and Oates are highly underrated by the way, so I mean that in the most complimentary way...I know most people would not put them on a level with Brian Wilson, and I am not, but they have written some great songs, and Hall is an off the hook singer).
I watched the clip that is on your web site. The quality of what I saw was amazing...sympathetic, talented musicians, and you guys sound fantastic vocally...it was great. I can't wait. Thanks for the offer to sign it. It has been a really good day.
Take care, and be well.
What else to say? Since then “Pure Alessi” replaced the “Art of tea” CD from Michael Franks which was playing in my car for days and I like it a lot.
These new melodies are beautiful, helped by excellent musicianship from the people who participated to the album. Not too much of synthetizers but real instruments and that’s even better this way.
A special mention to this song:“One heartbeat at a time”. This jazz flavoured song suits your voice so well. Is it a promise of “more to come”? I think a jazzy CD would be an excellent idea, whether with cover songs or your own compositions, or both…?
Needless to say that the DVD is also a great piece of work and I was very moved seeing “rainbows go on forever” , “sad songs” or “You can have it back” played live. Your songs have been there with me during so many different times of my life. A very intimate place like this was the best to express the beauty of your songs and performance. With the number of high quality songs you wrote, that deserves a second DVD !
Bobby and Billy, you can be proud of what you did here.
Thank you !!
"Fantastic! I listened to it last night on repeat for the whole evening, as usual, some beautiful ballads and out of this world vocal harmonies...
I got home from work and saw the envelope with ALL OUR LIFE in it and
immediately had to play the DVD I cranked the heck out of it!! LOVE IT! You
guys sound EXACTLY the way I remember hearing you play all those years ago
at My Father’s Place. No, it sounds better! It’s just an incredible
looking and sounding DVD. Send my regards to whoever had even the
in making this possible. It’s a Masterpiece to be enjoyed for years to
Thanks so much for making it!
First..thank you for getting it to me so fast!! I was so happy yesterday. I brought it with me to work and all the woman (and there are so many) said that you and Billy are hot!
The set looks great..love the pictures and all. "Pure Alessi" is beautiful..of course "I Try" is a fav and has been...and I am loving "I Believe in You" and "Jacky Paper" can't listen without crying..and "One Heatbeat At A Time" but who am I kidding I love it all!
I know I say this all the time but you guys are the best and I love all that you do. The all my life DVD is so great.. The Alessi sound is still perfect...and it reminds me of why I fell in love with Alessi 30 years ago and it is even better now that I know you...and Erwin is some guitar player (wow!!) and Julya sound compliments you so.
Don't want this to sound like a review because how do you review love..you just can't and shouldn't...to me your music is pure love...it comforts me and makes me feel so happy..that I am not sure I have the words to describe it..I thank god that he made the two of you because when I hear your voices it feels sooo good!
I wish you and Billy great success with it...I can't wait to share it with everyone I know. May all your dreams come true!! I am looking forward to an Alessi appearance in NY!
Love you both!! Your biggest fan (I don't care what anyone says it's me!)
Wow, an even softer side to ALESSI. VERY nice!! Harmonies galore on all new beautiful songs!! Once again, you two have upped the ante. I downloaded it to my iTunes at work, but song titles didn’t come up so I don’t have titles to go by...except the songs I know.
Love the “unplugged” “ Livin’ With A Broken Heart version, and Billy’s updated “Little One”. I told my daughter last night while I was watching the DVD (still can’t say enough good things about it) that when her time comes it will be played at her Wedding.
Thanks for your quick reply---I am eagerly awaiting my birthday present !
Of course I would love to “discuss” the new CD with you ! How nice of you to ask.
I can pretty much guarantee that I will love it though, based on past experience.
I have always gotten enjoyment from your music---for over 30 years now—scary, right?
And I can still remember the moment the security guard pointed to me to allow me
To go backstage to meet you and Billy at Westbury Music Fair that night.
I truly felt blessed to have gotten picked out of all those girls screaming for you both!
I am sure you have LOTS of great memories from those days too !
Its great that after all these years you and Billy are still writing music and touching
people with it.
Thanks for making me feel like a special fan.
Bobby and Billy,
I am at work on Sunday…I have Pure Alessi in the CD player. Pure indeed…it is beautiful. I don’t know what to say…you guys just keep getting better, like fine wine (I know, I should come up with something less obvious than wine getting better with age, but this is an e-mail after all). The vocals and arrangements are just unbelievable, and every song is just gorgeous. It is an amazing record (haha…now you know I am at least as old as you are, although you do still see a vinyl pressing these days).
Awed, overwhelmed, appreciative…that about covers how I feel about Pure Alessi. Haven’t watched the DVD yet, but I can’t wait.
Thanks for shipping it so quickly, and for signing it…it means a lot. And thanks for continuing to make great music over all these years.
The least I can do is express how I feel about it…you made the music…You should be very proud of it…you set a very high standard for yourselves in the past, and you more than lived up to it this time. It’s great. “Little One” just finished playing…sweet.
Man, I watched the DVD this week-end with my wife Jocy, and we loved it!
What a concert! Just perfect in every way. You guys have found yourselves a
great band in Holland, I must say. And your voices…boy!! Congrats!
My CD/DVD came in the mail on Wednesday, didn't get to listen & watch until last night - I LOVE them! The new songs are just beautiful, your voices sound incredible & the production is so lush - just gorgeous.... can't pick a favorite yet, I like them all & will have to listen many more times before I decide... & I loved watching the DVD, what an incredible night that must have been for you & Billy... there's only one thing missing, though - all of us NY friends & fans in the audience cheering you on!
CD&DVD reached safely. It is very glad.
It was wonderful,gratitude for wonderful music.
Please take an active part in the future.
From your fan Mamoru N.
I have just received the new cd/dvd. I can't stop playing either of them.
The DVD is amazing. What a venue, it must have been great to play to such an intimate audience. And what a band, fantastic musicians and singers.
Well done to you and Billy and to everyone concerned.
Now, you have to come to Ireland, ok?
Watched the DVD twice over the weekend…absolutely great. I had always imagined you guys would be terrific live, but that is well beyond what I had imagined. The band is just killer also, and they clearly have the same reverence for your music that I do. Song selection was about perfect…I can think of a few you could have added to it (come on, play all night!), but I sure can’t think of any of those you should have left out. So many great songs, incredible band, and you guys really nailed the vocals (I knew you would, it is the brother thing, but now I have proof). It was just great to hear (and see) how you play off of each other in songs like “Big Deal”, “Little One” “Forever”…
The place where you are playing…it has a wonderful vibe. When you watch the DVD, it is like you are in my living room…a more sympathetic room would be tough to find.
Anyway…Pure Alessi is as good as anything you have ever done, and the DVD is the greatest hits, live, and even better than the recordings. It doesn’t get any better than that. In the liner notes, Arne says he watches it every night…I could watch it every night. It is beautiful.