June 06, 1971

Colombier came up through classical channels, the Conservatoire, and on to end up as one of the top arrangers and conductors in the field of pop music. His work has been most strongly identified with such artists as Petula Clark to date, but this album is really going back to his initial roots incorporating great acres of rock culture along the way.

This album in concept has been with Colombier for over three years and although there have been many attempts within rock to enlarge its boundaries on a symphonic level it's doubtful that anyone has managed to do it on such a massive scale or with such - well, it's a bad word but true in this context - taste. Colombier obviously has an immense love for music in all its forms, and has here blended in all the finer points of large orchestral passages of symphony structure, rock and jazz easiness without letting any form serve to the detriment of another. 

Although "Wings" emerges as a single album it has the strength, power and volume normally associated with a double. You actually FEEL as though you have listened and been wrapped up in a tremendous experience of some magnitude. The album was recorded in America and France with Herb Alpert who also produced Bill Medley, Vermettya Royster (lead singer with Sergio Mendes) taking guest vocals on Paul Williams lyrics, with the orchestras of the Paris Opera and Opera Comique of Paris, two pop-based orchestras and a U.S. section including Kai Winding Veneta Fields, Clydie King and Rita Coolidge. 

"Wings" in strength, in handling, in emotional longitude is perfectly comparable to the power of major classical religious works - no lightweight under any circumstances. "Wings" is a major work, monumental, given an added beauty by Colombier's tender quite perfect handling of his string sections.

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