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Impressions

by Gershon Veroba

14 Songs, "an entire hour of musical power." 11 parodies--Contemporary pop hits, authentically re-composed with lyrics depicting themes in Jewish life, co-composed by Seymour Rockoff and Schlock Rock's Lenny Solomon, PLUS 3 original hebrew hits.
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1. I'm A Believer
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2. I Will Teach You More Than That
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3. Shabbos Day In The Park
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4. September
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5. The Next Flight
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6. Blue and White
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7. Change Your Words
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8. Purim Basket-Case
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9. That's What Praying Is
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10. The Night Before
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11. Late In The Evening
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12. Tzur
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13. Shiru Lanu
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14. Hayam
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
REVIEW-Jewish Press:

FIRST "IMPRESSIONS": HIS BEST YET
By Yael Sara Haber

It's close to 20 years-and way more than twice as many albums, concerts and searing "guest appearances", but Gershon Veroba-the name synonymous with groundbreaking projects like Judaea, Variations and countless others, has finally created his musical "watermark".

It's called Impressions-and obligatory wordplay references to "first impressions" aside, this album is bound to make a powerfully entertaining first impression on a market that's "heard it all".

First of all, let's clarify by saying that comparing this to Gershon's recently re-released "Variations" series (wonderful in their own right) while natural, is a major understatement.

A better way to describe Impressions is that it "picks up where Variations leaves off". A fuller more polished sound combined with a more eclectic song selection (how about Earth Wind and Fire?). In addition, the inspired choice of "secular" material and a more inspired performance (face it, there's only one Gershon Veroba), the album ends with 3 Hebrew songs by Eli Gerstner, producer and composer for The Chevrah & Menucha . These tunes showcase Gershon's formidable talents on more traditional material

Fact is, Gershon is about the only performer in the Jewish music arena that could "pull off" (not to mention pull together) a project with the dynamic scope of Impressions.

Think about it. Unlike most albums where the star basically is performing material created for his particular vocal style, the Impressions formula requires Gershon to emulate a number of diverse vocal styles for the songs, lyrics and underlying message to be truly effective.

Personally, I found his Neil Diamond-esque version of "The Next Flight" (aka, "Heart light") to be disturbingly authentic. Then again, when you realize that Gershon is in fact, the son of a cantor, the "Jazz Singer" connection makes sense.


The truly unique component of this project is that, unlike most albums that serve primarily to entertain, Impressions also serves as a tool to educate and stimulate the listener with various aspects of the Jewish experience.

From "Shabbos Day" (Chicago's "Saturday in the Park") to "That's What Praying Is" (Celine Dion's "That's the Way It Is") to the aliyah-themed "The Next Flight", to the semi-autobiographical "Late in the Evening" (Paul Simon), every one of the 11 "secular songs" challenge the listener to identify with parts of our heritage. Because it does it in the context of easily-relatable commercial pop tunes, it makes these themes way more palatable than any book or lecture ever could.

And because it's Gershon executing it, there's a high level of entertainment value as well. Close your eyes, and you're listening to Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Green Day, the Beatles-in short a Billboard top 100 artist roster-all courtesy of Gershon's massive vocal and performance talents.

If initial listener reactions are any indication (and they usually are), it is my sincere hope the album's distributor, Izzy Taubenfeld of Sameach Music, has ordered plenty of copies because this is one album with both the depth and breadth of material to comfortably cross over to all segments of the Jewish market.

This should come as no surprise. After all, Gershon is more than a recording talent, in reality, he's one of the precious few performers whose electric style is far from merely limited to the studio. On the contrary, he's of the rarer breed whose stage performance actually eclipses the usually more controlled studio one.

Of course, Gershon's range isn't limited to impersonating pop singers. As you'll hear from the Hebrew "bonus section" of the album, composed, arranged and produced by Gerstner, Mr. Veroba is more than just "at home" with Jewish/Chassidic pop. As he does on the American tunes, he manages to push these songs and himself to the musical limit. Kudos to Eli Gerstner for creating tunes that seem to have been tailor-made for Gershon.

The surest way to ascertain the caliber of a performer is by his sense of confidence-is he afraid to be overshadowed by arrangements, material or back up singers?

Considering that Gershon employed the talents of New York's most popular fusion band, The Funk Filharmonic, Neshoma Orchestra, as well as a guest appearance by Lev Tahor, one would have to say that this is one performer confident enough not to worry about sharing the spotlight-especially if it makes for a better product.

Impressions isn't merely a better product, it's Gershon's best yet. And considering his formidable 2 decades of musical contributions, that's a statement in itself.

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levi

amazing
i have it on my ipod and were ever i go i listen on the bus train evrewere i wish hed make another one
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Yosef Schwartz

Unbelievable
My wife bought this CD and when she played it I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It is unlike anything I have every heard. The voice and music (as a drummer, I paid close attention to the amazing drumming) sound just like the original and the words are meaningful and entertaining.
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YaffaTX

Love this CD!
I can't stop playing this CD or telling my friends all about it. Maybe that's why it's out of stock right now. It's a 'must have' CD for Jews of all ages. Now I'm singing Gershon's lyrics when I hear the original song on the radio. I'm hoping he does another CD like this very soon.
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Linda in Sweden

Driving's never been more fun!
I simply love this cd! Since music is to be experienced when driving I have Impressions in my car. AND driving's never been more fun! Intelligent lyrics to old and new "classics". What a combo.Thanks for blessing the world with Torah truth:-)
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Rich Mansour

He's The Real Deal
I remember Gershon at age 9 playing guitar and singing in sleep away camp and I knew even then he had what it takes to be the star he is today.This is my personal favorite of the Impressions Series.You will find yourself enjoying Gershons interpretations more than the originals.
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Diane

We all love it
Everyone enjoys this CD. The husband, the kids, our friends AND their kids! Veroba's talent for capturing the feel of these songs is awesome.
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sunshine

amazing!!!!!!!
this is a phenomenal cd it has really marvelous lyrics.
I also like how you take unkosher songs and kasher them !
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Zahava

I'm A Believer Now!!
If this CD only had one song on it and that song was: I'm a Believer, I would buy it just to listen to that song. All of the music is done so very professionally, but this song has a connection from my soul to my Creator. I listen to this CD for inspiration; and for some reason it works every time.
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