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Love Theme From the Godfather / Way We Were

Andy WilliamsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Andy Williams began his amazing career in his hometown of Wall Lake, Iowa. It was there he began singing with his three brothers in a local Presbyterian church choir that was established by his parents. At the tender age of 8, Andy made his professional singing debut as part of the Williams Brothers Quartet. The brothers became regulars on radio station WHO's "Iowa Barn Dance ... Read more in Amazon's Andy Williams Store

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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00005YDGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Theme From "The Godfather"
2. Precious And Few
3. Theme From "Summer Of '42"
4. Everything I Own
5. Until It's Time For You To Go
6. An Old Fashioned.Love Song
7. Macarthur Park
8. Hurting Each Other
9. Music From Across The Way
10. Without You
11. Imagine
12. You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
13. I Won't Last A Day Without You
14. Killing Me Softly With Her Song
15. Touch Me In The Morning
16. Love's Theme
17. Sunshine On My Shoulders
18. The Way We Were
19. The Most Beautiful Girl
20. Seasons In The Sun
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

1972 and 1974 albums from "The Emperor of Easy!" Andy's version of the Godfather theme was a big hit; other tracks include MacArthur Park; Precious and Few; Sunshine on My Shoulders; Killing Me Softly with Her Song; Imagine; Everything I Own , and more. 21 tracks!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Andy covers the 70s February 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This two album CD has Andy covering a variety of 60s and 70s hits and doing it in typical Andy Williams style. McArthur Park and the Love Theme from the Godfather are over-the-top arrangements that blare and blast noise in all directions, but Williams keeps his cool raising his voice but never yelling. Williams seems to use a falsetto in some of these songs--was hs voice really that high? He does especially well with John Lennon's Imagine, Summer of '42, Touch Me in the Morning, and Killing Me Softly with Her Song. Less good are Seasons in the Sun and Sunshine on My Shoulder and You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me. The disc gives you a generous supply of music--74 minutes--and the sound quality is superb. One thing that Collectables needs to improve on is the absence of liner notes. The CD sleeve comes with the standard Williams bio, but nary a word about these two albums, from 1972 and '74. Original liner notes are a nifty addition to any disc and they are missed here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real ANDY WILLIAMS February 14, 2002
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This wonderful re-release of two of Andy's best early 70's albums in their entirity is a long over due treat. The Andy Williams of the 1970's is the real Andy Williams. No longer locked in to the light pop sounds expected of him in the 60's, these post weekly T.V. albums show what a really good pop singer he is. Just listen to "Until It's Time For You GO"--BEAUTIFUL. Precious and Few, Everything I own, The Way We Were, and TOuch Me In The Morning are all fabulous. The keystone, though, has to be Andy's 1972 top 40 hit Speak Softly Love, from the Godfather and the beautiful Music From Across The Way.
Forget the sweater clad Andy Williams of the 1950's and 60's (well maybe not forget)--take a new look at the hip Pop icon of the 1970's---a decade that saw Andy earn 7 gold/platinum albums, host the grammy awards for 7 years and tour the world to sold out audiances. This is the real Andy Willaims---the same one you will see on concert in europe in the summer of 2002.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great '70s Pop and Soft Rock Covers February 22, 2002
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The "easy listening" label which has stuck to Andy Williams doesn't do justice to his power, expansive range, and impeccable control. This is particularly evident on his blockbuster 1972 "Godfather" album, featuring his Top 40 hit single of the same title that he ends on a note somewhere in the stratosphere. Other highlights include a compelling version of Legrand & Bergman's "Theme from 'Summer of '42,'" which Columbia should have released as a single, and a brassy, knockout reading of Jimmy Webb's "MacArthur Park," which Andy still performs in concert today. Williams' husky falsetto and pop sensibility enables him to pull off three soft-rock hits of the era -- "Precious and Few," "Imagine," and a multi-tracked "Everything I Own" -- with sensitivity and aplomb.
"The Way We Were," released in 1974, features more '70s pop covers, including "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me," "Killing Me Softly with Her Song," and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World." Andy's powerful tenor soars on "If I Could Only Go Back Again," a ballad co-written by the album's producer, Mike Curb, and Alan Osmond of the Osmond Brothers. Although the arrangements were supervised by Don Costa (veteran of many of Sinatra's later sessions), they sometimes get a little string-heavy and are more conservative than the Artie Butler and Al Capps charts on "Godfather." Two cool exceptions are the covers of the Love Unlimited Orchestra's instrumental hit, "Love's Theme," and Diana Ross' "Touch Me in the Morning." Through it all, Williams shines with his usual thoughtful and pleasing tones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy's voice truly is a national treasure May 22, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Andy Williams always puts so much heart and soul into everything he ever sings; how I wish I could have seen him at least once in concert! Although Andy is now elderly, nothing can stop him: Andy still has shows scheduled later this year in his own theater in Branson Missouri; and that's grand. You never know; maybe I can still make it to see him perform! In addition, Andy could and still can perform covers of songs better than just about anyone; albums like this one more than prove it. Andy is in top form throughout this twofer CD that has all the songs from two of Andy's record albums entitled "Theme from `The Godfather'" and "The Way We Were." The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork incorporates the original artwork from the two record albums.

The track set begins with Andy at his usual very best singing the love theme from the movie "The Godfather." The musical arrangement fits in nicely with Andy's singing and it makes a fine opening number for this CD. "Precious and Few" is another song that has Andy really opening up to showcase his voice; and the backup chorus harmonizes to perfection! The theme from "Summer Of '42'" gets the royal treatment from Andy; the harp, strings and more enhance the natural beauty of this tune. "Until It's Time for You to Go" is treated very sensitively by Andy who never lets go of a superfluous note; and I really like "An Old Fashioned Love Song;" the passionate "Macarthur Park" and "Hurting Each Other" which I first heard performed by Karen and Richard Carpenter.

"Without You" is extremely poignant; what a fine cover Andy Williams does of this ballad! "Imagine" would certainly get John Lennon's stamp of approval; and "I Won't Last a Day without You" is a song I could never tire of hearing when Andy Williams sings it faultlessly.
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