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Thank You For Being A Friend


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This multitalented singer-songwriter's music lies somewhere between Brian Wilson and Alan Parsons, and this is the first comprehensive collection of it. Includes Lonely Boy; Thank You for Being a Friend; Never Let Her Slip Away; That's Why I Love You , and more. 20 tracks with a pair of new recordings!

1. The Final Frontier (Theme from Mad About You)
2. Thank You For Being a Friend
3. Lonely Boy
4. Oh Urania (Take Me Away)
5. Never Let Her Slip Away
6. How Can This Be Love
7. You're Free
8. Hope You Feel Good
9. One of Them is Me
10. Kiss This One Goodbye
11. Go Back Home Again
12. Looking for my Love
13. Endless Flight
14. That's Why I Love You
15. Heartaches in Heartaches
16. Firefly
17. Passing Thing
18. Still You Linger On
19. Can Anybody See You
20. The King Of Showbiz

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000347A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Rasmussen Jr. on October 11, 2005
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for singles fans to buy this CD: 1) The long version of Lonely Boy. The radio station issued 45 sounds like a bad edit at the end and cuts a great guitar lick from Gold. 2) Never Let Her Slip Away. One of those singles that got lost in the glut of releases in the late 70's. Gold's a real talent, and the liner notes reveal many facts you'll be surprised to learn. There's more to his story than Thank You For Being A Friend.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Beasley on November 11, 2006
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I first discovered AG thru the Ronstadt records in the mid 70s, which were largely him on guitars and keys (You're No Good, Heat Wave, When Will I be Loved). His incredible gifts made these songs stand out.When he released his first couple of solo albums I was all ears and as a guitar player, strived to duplicate his sound. The songs were simple, musically very rich, and very listenable. After his 4th album, Whirlwind, I kinda lost track of him. I recently hooked up w/ him again, and listened to a lot of his 90s stuff, which is a bit more complex, but still great. After a couple of listens, songs like KING OF SHOWBIZ and CAN ANYBODY SEE YOU are right up there w/ LONELY BOY and HEARTACHES IN HEARTACHES. All are included here. The (at this point) happy postscript is I met the man, and am now playing in his band! He really is brilliant. Dont let the simple melodies fool you- the chords underneath are complex and many. BUY THIS CD!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2011
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I just found out that Andrew Gold passed away; I feel terrible about it. Andrew was a recognized talent in the show business industry who worked alongside some of the best of them! The quality of the sound here is quite good; and we get a number of songs all of which demonstrate Andrew's incredible command of his repertoire and his creativity as an artist as well. He sang everything with all his heart and soul; and just one listen proves it as you listen to this album.

There's really not a bad track in the lot. "Final Frontier" (the theme from "Mad about You") starts off the track set with Andrew performing at his usual very best; and the musical arrangement is great! Andrew seemingly effortlessly handles complex tempo and key changes although of course it really wasn't all that easy; Andrew Gold's talent always carried him through. "Thank You for Being a Friend" is so much more than just a theme song for "The Golden Girls;" this is a splendid evergreen tune that charms me whenever I hear it. It just plain sounds good; and I love that!

"Lonely Boy" is most poignant, to say the least, and I really like "Oh Urania (Take Me Away)" with that fine piano arrangement; "Never Let Her Slip Away" which is another classic; "How Can This Be Love" and "You're Free" with Andrew singing his heart out on these beautiful numbers; "Hope You Feel Good" with Andrew squarely front and center--and his excellent diction greatly enhances his delivery, too.

"One of Them Is Me" is very well done; and Andrews gives a powerful performance on "Kiss This One Goodbye." "Go Back Home Again" showcases Andrew singing without ever letting go of a superfluous note; and "Looking for My Love" is touching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wyatt Bell on November 3, 2009
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This compilation of Andrew Gold's music does justice to the man. I bought it to get a digital version of some of my favourite 80's/90's songs of his that I have on vinyl, and while it won't make your hair stand on end, it certainly doesn't disappoint. Gold produced classic AOR and a little more in his heyday, and all of the big hits are here. Well worth getting if you have the same gap I had in your collection - and don't forget to check out WAX, his outstanding two-album collaboration with Graham Gouldman, which is a showcase for simple, great pop, well written and well sung.
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It's hard to define some artists by a single song much less a collection. Andrew Gold best known for the hits "Thank You For Being A Friend", "Lonely Boy" and singing the theme to the TV show "Mad About You" ("The Final Frontier")is such an artist. Gold provided songs and backing for Linda Ronstandt, assisted 10cc delivering them from a musical rut and collaborated with Graham Gouldman from that band in Wax.

This single 20 song collection takes the highlights of his first four albums and delivers, along with two previously unreleased tracks, some of Gold's essential songs doing a nice job of delivering beyond the radio hits that most of us heard back in the day.

Whether this set is for you or the Essential Andrew Goldcollection is a better choice will depend on your ears and how much of a fan you are. While the latter disc does dig deeper into Andrew's career (including songs from his two album stint with Wax), it doesn't have the two previously unreleased tracks that Gold wrote with Graham Gouldman included here (it's also missing "The Final Frontier" as well--which along with the two previous unreleased tracks are the reasons I picked this up since it's so inexpensive).

The other issue is that for some folks Bill Inglot's mastering work is a bit bright. I didn't find it excessively so in this set (unless my ears are going out on me)and he and Geoff Stykes did a good job with the tapes (since Gold and David Lees co-produced the compilation it's possible that it was mastered to their ears)but you may want to sample some of the songs to see if this is the set for you. I found "Thank You For Being a Friend: The Best of Andrew Gold" to be a fine sounding compilation.
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