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Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams

Andy WilliamsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 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 (October 13, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia / Legacy
  • ASIN: B002N0584I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moon River [From Breakfast at Tiffany's]
2. (Where Do I Begin) Love Story [From Love Story]
3. Dear Heart [From Dear Heart]
4. Butterfly
5. Can't Get Used to Losing You
6. Born Free [From Born Free]
7. A Time for Us [From Romeo and Juliet]
8. We've Only Just Begun
9. Speak Softly Love [From The Godfather]
10. Can't Help Falling in Love
11. One Day of Your Life
12. Days of Wine and Roses [From Days of Wine and Roses]
13. The Village of St. Bernadette
14. Music to Watch Girls By
15. Can't Take My Eyes off You
16. In the Arms of Love [From What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?]
17. Battle Hymn of the Republic
18. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Editorial Reviews

Andy's long-awaited memoir is coming out this fall, so what better time to revisit the perfectly-crafted pop songs he's recorded throughout his five decades in the music business? This career-spanning compilation consists of 18 songs, and every one's a classic: Moon River; Speak Softly Love; Can't Get Used to Losing You; Butterfly ; the first-time stereo release of the stirring arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic he performed at Robert F. Kennedy's memorial service; the rare single One Day of Your Life; Born Free; (Where Do I Begin) Love Story; The Village of St. Bernadette; Days of Wine and Roses; It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year , and more.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars + 1/2 star excellent--as far as it goes, that is November 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
They may say that this is a "career spanning CD;" but for a talent like Andy Williams it's tough for me to accept this as a real "very best of" retrospective of Andy's wonderful singing. Yes, we do indeed get nothing but superb music here; and Andy's voice is enchanting. Unfortunately, however, if any record label wants to release music that covers the best of Andy's entire career, they would have to release at least a two CD set. This is best seen as a type of retrospective of Andy's career geared toward the more casual fan who wants some of Andy's best songs. On the bright side again, however, the quality of the sound is excellent and that artwork is really nice.

All of the songs on this album are fantastic--there's not a dud in the bunch. "Moon River," a song that Andy always likes to sing, starts off the track set with Andy squarely in the spotlight; and he sings this faultlessly. The strings enhance the musical arrangement, too; I really love Andy's version of "Moon River." The theme from the movie "Love Story" charms me with its beauty; Andy delivers this like the master he always was and always will be! This number leaves nothing to be desired--this music is all THAT good. In addition, "Can't Get Used to Losing You" is a gem; Andy makes this shine brighter than silver and gold combined! He handles key and tempo changes like the master he is. "Born Free" and the love theme from "Romeo and Juliet" also impress me greatly.

I like the love theme from "The Godfather;" and there's yet another highlight when Andy performs "Days of Wine and Roses." "Days of Wine and Roses" is a stunning tune that I could never tire of hearing when Andy sings it. "Music to Watch Girls By" is a "hip and happenin'" tune even after all these years; I really like "Music to Watch Girls By.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy is the Best! December 10, 2009
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I've been a fan of Andy Williams for years and have almost all of his albums and songs - from his 25+ years with Cadence and Columbia (Sony), to later labels. This is a pretty good collection of many of his best and better known songs --- missing are his wonderful and very popular recordings like "More", "Lonely Street", "Are You Sincere", & "Canadian Sunset".

In a recording career that spans more than 50 years, I'm sure it's a bit difficult to choose songs as "the very best". All in all - a great collection and will give newer listeners a great appreciation of this wonderful singer, star, and person.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams November 24, 2009
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This is another great CD of Andy Williams select songs and his beautiful voice. This CD also goes along with is new book that just came out. If you want a relaxed Andy Williams singing to you, you won't
go wrong with this CD. The book and CD are wonderful, I am glad I have both, and I am sure anyone buying this CD will enjoy it also.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is This Really The Original Greatest Hits I think Not. August 22, 2010
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I cannot believe that the reviewers here that are true Andy Williams Fans for many years apparently did not hear something strange here.I have about 40 Andy Williams cd,s including compilations and I have a terrific ear for Music and these songs are indeed Andy Willaims but if you listen real close then play the original versions you will hear as I did that apparently these were redone by Andy possibly in the 70,s but they are not the original releases.I would advise you to wait for the Essential collection of Andy Williams as that will be the original and Best Collection of this truely outstanding performer.Jerry Vale,Connie Francis and Andy Willaims are and always will be in a class by themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classics August 21, 2010
By w_hild
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I bought a copy for my Mom and one for Me. Growing up, my Mom had Andy's music on the old turntable, and it was a part of the soundtrack of my life. I re-discovered the pleasure of the music of Andy Williams about 10 years ago, and had bought a couple of his CD's. This collection caught my eye for it's inclusion of "Butterfly" (my favorite Andy song) and "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Many of the other songs I already had on other CD's, but this CD sounds so crisp and clear, that there must have been a re-mastering that wasn't evident on other Andy CD's I have.

This collection is great for two groups of fans---those who, like me, have liked Andy's music for a long long time, as the sound quality it top notch, and it's also perfect for someone just discovering this "King of the MOR" artist. It hits all the big songs in his career.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crossing the river with Andy. February 5, 2012
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Hearing Andy Williams beautiful voice brought back wonderful memories of listening to him while enjoying dinner with someone special. I still have the old albums but this CD makes it so much easier to bring along to introduce him to other people.
He really is one of the great singers of our time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Giant September 26, 2012
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News reaches us today that Andy Williams has died at age 84. There are few of us who weren't somehow affected by this gentle crooner of love songs. This record, among his many, has a fine collection of those songs that he made forever his.

How many memories are stirred by his singing of songs included here, songs such as Moon River, The Days of Wine and Roses, We've Only Just Begun, Dear Heart, the themes form Love Story and The Godfather, and It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Andy Williams not only crooned our love stories, but he also presented one of the most enjoyable musical television shows of the past. He is beloved by fellow singers and by all the people he touched.

Andy Williams, gentle singer, gentle spirit, gentleman. He will be missed. Grady Harp, September 12
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and suave!
Love Andy Williams' smooth, versatile voice! Great arrangements!
Published 27 days ago by Jane M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's got all the "GOOD" hits I like to listen to.
Published 1 month ago by Pinkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 2 months ago by John P. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
you gotta be a fan of nerdy music
Published 3 months ago by Anne E. Mcwilliams
5.0 out of 5 stars DMVMT
A great CD if you're an Andy Williams fan. It has the majority of big hits he recorded. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him sing. I'd recommend this CD.
Published 4 months ago by DMVMT
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Choice
I grew up with two parents who loved Andy Williams. His voice was excellent and along with other albums they listened to I came to love music also. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Baer
4.0 out of 5 stars Whats Not To Love????
I grew up listening to Andy.This music brings back memories of simplier times.It makes me wish I could rewind time.Four stars only because....why would you add a Christmas song???
Published 4 months ago by Nan
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Williams is So Sexy!
I can remember as a little girl my great-aunt just loved Andy Williams and I grew to love him too. He was so Talented, Sexy, & Handsome! Just enjoy this CD so much! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rosetta
4.0 out of 5 stars Andy Williams Best
Good collection that reminds me of my younger years. Easy listening and enjoyable selections I hadn't heard in many years.
Published 4 months ago by Brad D. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams
A good CD to remember the wonderful voice of a great entertainer: Andy Williams. The CD arrived in a timely manner and was in good shape.
Published 5 months ago by Andrea S. Fritz
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