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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Roger Williams
     

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Roger Williams

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by Roger Williams
 
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Roger Williams features a decent overview of the pianist's easy listening instrumental tunes recorded in the '50s and '60s. The 12 tracks include his first number one hit, "Autumn Leaves," and the Top Ten hits "Near You" and

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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Roger Williams features a decent overview of the pianist's easy listening instrumental tunes recorded in the '50s and '60s. The 12 tracks include his first number one hit, "Autumn Leaves," and the Top Ten hits "Near You" and "Born Free." Both the collector and casual listener will be pleased with the choice of material and remastered sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602498616185
catalogNumber:
000189302
Rank:
42876

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roger Williams   Primary Artist,Piano

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Maurice Jarre   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Norman Luboff   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Hy Grill   Producer
Mitch Leigh   Composer
Michael Lloyd   Producer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Francis Craig   Composer
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Hal Shaper   Composer
Barclay Allen   Composer
Giorgio Calabrese   Composer
Charles Danvers   Composer
Antonio de Vita   Composer
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes
Amy Neiman   Photo Coordination
Kermit Goell   Composer

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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Roger Williams 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who's spent time combing thrift-store record bins will recognize Roger Williams' name, if not his music. Williams made his mark on the charts as an easy listening pianist with a string of instrumental hits that spanned the rock 'n' roll years of the late 50s and early 60s. His best-known release, "Autumn Leaves," leads off this 12-track collection with atmospheric piano arpeggios that echo the flutter of falling foliage. ¶ Williams second hit, "Almost Paradise," was borrowed from the pen of Buddy Holly producer Norman Petty, and sets dramatic chording against a backing chorus and full orchestration. Williams also worked some of the same songbooks as exotica musicians like Martin Denny, but with a more lush sound. His arrangement of "Yellow Bird" is playful, with strings and bongos supporting Williams' piano runs, but doesn't capture the island breeze of Arthur Lyman's then-contemporary hit. ¶ Like others in the piano instrumental trade (notably, Ferrante & Teicher), Williams also had success with stage and movie themes. His renditions of the title theme to "Born Free," West Side Story's "Maria," Dr. Zhivago's "Lara's Theme," and Man of La Mancha's "The Impossible Dream" kept his name on the pop and adult contemporary charts throughout the. Williams continued to produce vital movie music into the 1980s, as evidenced by his soundtrack performance of John Barry's title song to "Somewhere in Time." ¶ Late-90s cocktail culture made lounge stars of Martin Denny, Les Baxter, and others, while Roger Williams seems to have been mostly overlooked. Geffen's collection provides a concise introduction to his playing that combines jazz, classical and pop sounds into a sometimes showy, but quite appealing blend.