Orpheus: I Can Make the Sun Rise


I Can Make the Sun Rise




The Best of Orpheus (Big Beat UK CDWIK 2 143)

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Bernard Purdie (drums),

Bruce Arnold (vocals, guitar), Eric Gulliksen (vocals, guitar), Joe Macho, Jr. (bass)


Composed by Bruce Arnold & Eric Gulliksen


Recorded: New York, early 1969


Rating: 84/100 (learn more)

Perhaps Orpheus was too ambitiously jazzy and orchestrated for commercial success, since this lush track is padded with strings, horns and smooth production. It is easy to see why their Ascending album won a Playboy jazz award, given their identifiable fusion of pop and major-seventh cocktail lounge music bolstered by drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie's intricate bossa nova rhythms. Vocalist Bruce Arnold has room enough to breathe, and he carefully intones several positively thoughtful lyrics with accuracy. His words fit into very short measures and, evoking a humanized image of God's supernatural powers, he shifts what on the surface seems a typical love song into a deep religious meditation. Pop-wise, the chord changes are as elaborate as many late-Beatles tunes, and the composition is just as emotionally spiritual as any George Harrison song. As for jazz, it reminds me of Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Tony Bennett; at times Arnold even sounds as if he has practiced with Nat King Cole recordings, which evinces his good taste. If Herb Alpert's "This Guy's In Love With You" is on your iPod, this should be your next download because it's similarly kitsch.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary


  • 1 Lisa-Marie // Apr 14, 2009 at 12:35 AM
    An intoxicating song... as refreshing to the ears as May flowers to the eyes!