33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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."
"Can't Take My Eyes off You" offers up another beautiful love song; and how's about that brass? The CD ends very well with Andy Williams performing one of his best holiday songs entitled "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." What a great way to end the CD!
If you like Andy Williams you may well have these songs already; but this is great for newcomers to Andy Williams or people who just want some of Andy's best. Unfortunately, however, it's just not enough of a retrospective to qualify in my book as a "very best of" CD. You'll need at least two CDs for that!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2009
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2010
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2009
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2010
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2014
Andy Williams is the greatest American crooner/singer of all time, hands down! His vocal tone alone is utterly appealing & nearly always perfectly recorded, as reflected here on this release which coincides with Mr. Williams' book release. These are Andy Williams hand-picked favorites, a list no Williams fan could dispute. However, there are several omissions which are not included, 'Happy Heart' being the big misstep. Again, it's Andy Williams choices... maybe that one not a favorite of his.
As any Andy Williams anthology would do, 'Moon River' kicks off this mighty compilation. How could it not? The song, the voice, the arrangements, that vintage large 60's sound, all so expertly documented for the ages. Andy Williams has such a broad vocal range for a male crooner. Sometimes his falsetto goes where no man should (with the exception of Barry Gibb!). However, even then he handles it effortlessly. The epic 'Where Do I Begin' (theme to Love Story) is so powerful as he lets loose in the refrain, soaring in the orchestra's bombast & high strings. This is classic Williams, unmatched, undisputed male vocal performance. It raise the hair on your arms & head!
Williams was one of those singers who managed to get through the 60's 'rock' era, on the charts, with his particular song style. However, you can hear the production bending down to some of the studio recording styles of the era, most especially on tracks like 'Can't Get Use To Losing You', & more notably on 'Music To Watch Girls Go By'. He's doubling his vocals in a drier coating of reverb; his orchestral backing punching up the drums & percussion, sounding even more 'pop' than his previous pop recordings. Williams seemed accessible to new songs, smaller songs, even novelty songs like 'Butterfly', doing his best Presley-styled vocal & studio sound overall. It seems he & Elvis had a mutual 'bro-mance', as Presley recorded 'Are You Sincere' in '73, which is another great Williams recording not included here. What we do get is the cover of 'Can't Help falling In Love', only remarkably up-tempo-ed & transformed into a tour-de-force pop hit & less the Presley-styled lilting ballad which more than likely Made Elvis very acceptable to these pop singers before him (even as he eradicated them off the charts for a time).
'The Days Of Wine & Roses' is so letter perfect that it defies description. The duo of Henry Mancini & Andy Williams is the stuff of American legend. I don't care who you are, & what style of music you love or hate, these recordings are in another stratosphere of musical consciousness. Williams is a big part of this historical musical orbit. Everything about these recordings is untouchable. To think that it's all done in one take, mixed in the moment, vocalist & orchestra unblemished by mistakes & fumbles, is unimaginable.
As the 60's turned a corner, Williams tackled many of the soft-pop hits like 'We've Only Just Begun' & does it justice & visa versa. The sound & the arrangements begin to sound a bit dated as opposed to vintage. Williams lived on through many decades after his reign on the charts. However, his two classic 'Christmas' releases not only live on year after year but they grow evermore etched in the true sounds of the season, even to the very young.
Again, there are several omissions which will always be disputed with these compilations. Certainly they want you to buy them all, as many of the original studio albums are out-of-print, certainly not as pristinely remastered as they sound here. There is 'The Essential Andy Williams' which does include Williams late sixties hit 'Happy Heart' (one of my favorites) but then it omits some of what is here.
As time goes by, singers like Andy Williams recede into America's musical heritage. Now that he is passed on it is my generation (I'm 53) who may resurrect the singer's huge contribution to what is the classic era of American singers. For me, more than Sinatra & Tony Bennett, Andy Williams sang very classic pop songs of epic proportions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2015
These are some of the songs that were a part of my life in their time. What's not to love? I downloaded them into my music library and they were automatically fed into my cell phone in alphabetical order by song title. I use the cell phone music (1800 songs and other music) when the long infomercials play on the car's preset radio stations and when I am on a trip away from my preferred radio stations.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2012
I have always loved Andy Williams and this compilation is wonderful-brings back many wonderful memories for me. The songs selected represent a wide variety of songs,from love songs(Love Story)to his signature tune,Moon River,to the uplifting Born Free. There is something here for everyone who is a fan of Andy Williams. I highly recommend this collection.