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

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All Music Guide - Campbell
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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498616185
  • Catalog Number: 000189302
  • Sales rank: 12,633

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Autumn Leaves (2:54)
  2. 2 Almost Paradise (2:30)
  3. 3 Till (3:00)
  4. 4 Near You (2:47)
  5. 5 Yellow Bird (2:13)
  6. 6 Maria (2:48)
  7. 7 Softly as I Leave You (3:19)
  8. 8 Cumana (3:29)
  9. 9 Lara's Theme (2:39)
  10. 10 Born Free (2:24)
  11. 11 The Impossible Dream (3:03)
  12. 12 Somewhere in Time (3:22)
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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
Mark Omann Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smooth, easy and dramatic piano

    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.

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