Discography - Original Billboard Review !
The Billboard reviews of Feliciano's Albums
JOSE FELICIANO / Fantastic FelicianoRCA Victor LPM-3581 (M) - LSP 3581 (S) - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 8/20/66 Here's a talent that has his success guaranteed by virtue of his dynamic, stirring voice. With his own accompaniment (which could be an album by itself), Feliciano has a reputation far and wide through live performances, This release is outstanding.
SPECIAL MERIT PICKSJOSE FELICIANO / Feliciano!RCA Victor LPM-3957 (M) - LSP-3957 (S) - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 5/23/70 Although Jose Feliciano has not made his mark yet, this could be the album that establishes him. It has great potential for progressive rock stations, especially the cut of "The Last thing on My Mind" The other cuts might not score with airplay, but they're beautiful; listen to "And I Love Her"
PICKJOSE FELICIANO / FireworksRCA Victor LSP-4370 (S) - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 5/23/70 Feliciano the deft guitarist vies with Feliciano the jazzy vocal stylist, and the listener is the ultimate winner. Much Beatles material is beautifully sung and his original "Destiny" is a standout. Instrumentally he scores on "Fireworks" (adapted from Handel) and his own "Pegao." LP should be as profitable as it is artistic.
PICKJOSE FELICIANO / El Fantastico!RCA International FSP 253 (e) - INTERNATIONALOriginally reviewed for week ending 7/4/70 Here is the exciting and innovative Jose Feliciano on an album of songs in his native language. Feliciano has added to these tunes all the beauty and flavor that have helped fashion him as one of the top pop singers on the English charts. Here too, is some exquisitely artistic guitar work. The two together make a really beautiful album for both Spanish and non-Spanish fans.
PICKJOSE FELICIANO / Jose FelicianoRCA Victor LSP 4421 (S) - CHRISTMASOriginally reviewed for week ending 11/7/70 Jose Feliciano applies his unique vocal and instrumental sylings to this recording of popular Christmas songs. Supported by a creative arrangement of strings, brass and percussion under the direction of Perry Botkin Jr., Feliciano adds interesting new dimensions to old Christmas favorites like, "Silent Night," "Little Drummer Boy," "Mary's Boy Child," and "The Cherry Tree Carol."
JOSE FELICIANO / Encore! Jose Feliciano's FinestRCA Victor LSPX 1005 (S) - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 4/10/71 This album contains Feliciano's most popular single and LP performances and should thus continue the string of album successes. "Light My Fire," "Rain," "Hitchcock Railway," "California Dreamin'," and the instrumentals "Pegao," and "Malaguena" are sure to be revived by radio stations across the country.
PICKJOSE FELICIANO / That the Spirit NeedsRCA LSP4573 - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 10/30/71 In a style all his own, composer-producer-performer Feliciano has created a package sure to take him straight to the top of the chart. Programmers must hear "The Spirit," a well-defined version of the Elton John-Bernie Taupin winner, "Border Song," and his latest single, "Come Down Jesus." His best material to date.
PICKJOSE FELICIANO / Memphis MenuRCA LSP 4656 - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 10/14/72 His most potent commercial entry of late, this LP will prove a very big success, both in sales and airplay. His latest single 'Magnolia" is just one of several sure to attract much attention to this dynamite LP. Other cuts include "Never Leave You," "Good Times," "Movin'" and "One More Mile." "River Song" is a special highlight.
RECOMMENDEDJOSE FELICIANO / CompartmentsRCA APDI-0141 - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 4/14/73 His best album in years, not one routine cut. Quadradisc. Best cuts: "Me and Baby Jane," "Hey Look At the Sun."
SPOTLIGHTJOSE FELICIANO / For My Love ... Mother MusicRCA APL1-0266 - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 1/19/74 This is rousing, soaring music, spiced by the presence of Steve Cropper who has co-arranged and co-produced the LP with Jose. Jose sounds very determined his vocals, be they the surging "For My Love" or Harry Chapin's "I Want to Learn a Love Song." There is an appropriate blending of dark, brooding colors on "Blame It on the Sun" while "The Gypsy" has some masterful guitar work. Jose is back in the funky soul field. "I Like What You Give" says that clearly.
RECOMMENDEDJOSE FELICIANO / And the Feeling's GoodRCA CPLI-0407 - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 11/23/74 This is definitely the finest effort Feliciano has turned out in many years and this could be the one that returns him to the top of the charts. He includes a cross-section of material on this album that touches Stevie Wonder, "Chico and The Man," and many other high points. The guitar picking is back to its originality and his vocals are extremely soul-inspired. Best cuts: "Hard Times In El Barrio," "You're No Good," "Virgo," "Golden Lady," "Chico And The Man," "And The Feeling's Good," "Essence Of Your Love." Dealers: A must for in store play.
RECOMMENDEDJOSE FELICIANO / Just Wanna Rock'n'RollRCA APL1-1005 - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 7/5/75 Another nice effort from Feliciano, that touches all musical types. Expect play in the pop market, as well as soul and FM market for this one. His material runs the gamut from originals to soul standards by people like Smokey Robinson and the Temptations. There's even one instrumental cut on the album. Best cuts: "I Can't Get Next To You," "Ain't That Peculiar," "Rock'n'Roll," "No Jive."
PICKJOSE FELICIANO / AngelaPrivate Stock 2010 - POPriginally reviewed for week ending 7/17/76 Superb album strikes a perfect balance between Latin rock, strongly rhythmic numbers, beautiful pop ballads and even a reggae-tinged cut. Title song is a stunningly beautiful ballad with a symphonic sweep from the movie "Aaron Loves Angela." Album arranged, written and produced by Jose and Janna Merlyn Feliciano, with musical backup from such heavyweights as Tom Scott, Willie Bobo, Chuck Findley and David Paich. Best cuts: "Angela," "Nirvana (Parts 1 and 2)," "Michaelangelo," "As Long As I Have You." Dealers: Feliciano has frequent television exposure, not to mention the weekly airing of his "Chico And The Man" theme.
RECOMMENDEDJOSE FELICIANO / Sweet Soul MusicPrivate Stock PS2022 - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 1/29/77 The always fluent guitar and tenor voice of Feliciano is well served by the rhythmically liquid sound of Muscle Shoals session stars. Feliciano has been turning out some of the best work in his career on Private Stock with a disappointing lack of breakthroughs. This is again stirring, exciting music featuring Feliciano's inventive interpretations of others' hits plus strong new songs like the title cut. Best cuts: "Sweet Soul Music," "Every Woman," "I Love Making Love To You."
RECOMMENDEDJOSE FELICIANO / Jose FelicianoProducer(s): Berry Gordy, Suzee IkedaMotown M8953M1 - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 10/24/81 Feliciano is back after a notable absence with this LP that is hallmarked by two Smokey Robinson songs, "I Second That Emotion" and "Ain't That Peculiar." Feliciano still commands a distinguishable voice, yet with the exception of the two Robinson songs and "I Wanna Be Where You Are" his vocal is wasted on some unmemorable material. Best cuts: Those mentioned.
JOSE FELICIANO / Escenas de AmorProducer(s): Leonardo Schultz and Jose FelicianoMotown Latino 6018LL - LATINOriginally reviewed for week ending 8/7/82 Motown's first entry in the Latin field shows they know where the market is at. Starting with Jose's Cover of "Samba Pa Ti," with Carlos Santana's participation, this LP traverses a landscape of rich orchestrations and full-blown studio lushness. Feliciano's trademark strangled-sob vocals should sit well on listeners accustomed to Latin outpouring of sentimiento. Destined for heavy radioplay in the growing Latin ballad format.
RECOMMENDEDJOSE FELICIANO / Romance In The NightProducer(s): Rick Jarrard & Jose FelicianoMotown 6035ML - POPOriginally reviewed for week ending 4/9/83 Feliciano is an extraordinary singer/songwriter/guitarist whose gifts often exceed the material he performs. Every now and again, though, Feliciano puts it all together, and the results are sometimes electrifying. Most dynamic, as always, are his soulful versions of goldies like "Lonely Teardrops," "Play Me" and the Beatles' "I Feel Fine."
JOSE FELICIANO / Latin Street '92Producer(s): Helmut ScherfCapitol/EMI Latin 42735 - LATINOriginally reviewed for week ending 10/31/92 Monster outing from soulful Puerto Rican balladeer who, on this album, deftly switches to an emotive sonero soaring above sizzling tropical grooves, which are often laced with jazz and R&B. Indeed, progressive jazz and world music stations could easily embrace uplifting leadoff single "Venga La Esperanza" -- penned by Luaka Bop's Cuban songsmith Silvio Rodriguez -- along with perky "Son Ballenato" and jubilant love paean "Mas Alla." Spirited tropi-pop remake of Feliciano's Yuletide nugget "Feliz Navidad" is thrown in.
JOSE FELICIANO / Senor BachataProducer(s): Marco Hernandez, Jose Feliciano, Al PaysonSiente/Universal - LATINOriginally reviewed for week ending 11/27/07 It's always a challenge to take an artist out of his or her established format and plunge him or her into another. So it's a tribute to José Feliciano's artistry that he's able to navigate pop and tropical idioms with ease, and that his foray into bachata-perhaps the genre most alien to his long recording history-is convincing to the musician and the style. The album title is a nod to Feliciano's previous "Señor Bolero," which found him singing bolero standards. Here, he does the same with Dominican bachata, pairing up with Dominican icon Millie Quezada, but also with salsa singer La India and urban/reggaetón duo Rakim & Ken-Y for a more youthful feel. Feliciano departs from bachata on his own compositions, but "Qué Le Estará Pasando a Puerto Rico" makes up for it with fine guitar lines and a catchy final descarga. -Leila Cobo