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|Paul Williams||Primary Artist|
|Paul Williams||Indexed Contributor|
|Jonathan Butler||Background Vocals|
|Craig Doerge||Piano, Keyboards|
|Kelly Hansen||Background Vocals|
|John Townsend||Background Vocals|
|Michael James Jackson||Producer|
|C.J. Vancston||String Arrangements, Track Arrangement|
|Todd Culberhouse||Art Direction|
Posted October 1, 2010
There is something awe inspiring about listening to someone with a voice as hauntingly beautiful as Paul's singing his own songs that are saying all the things you know in your soul are straight from his heart. This album is the best of both worlds: it includes beautiful new and FUN arrangements of some of Paul's old familar songs, and brilliant NEW songs far deeper and more insightful than anything I've heard in ages. ''Back to Love Again'' sends chills down my spine everytime I listen to it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Things are certainly looking up for Paul Williams. As well as a very successful return to performing, with 3 sell out concerts in South America in 2000, the formation of The Paul Williams Connection dedicated to celebrating Paul's career and supporting Drug and Alcohol related charities which Paul supports, Paul is also due to be recognised by his peers when he is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2001. He will be in good company as Willie Nelson, Sting, Dolly Parton and Eric Clapton will also be recognised at the induction ceremony. With this renewed interest in Paul Williams, it seems a very appropriate time for Pioneer Entertainment to give a US release (27th March 2001) to an album full of new songs by this master wordsmith. This is Paul Williams first album for more than 15 years. Initially recorded in 1997, and originally only available on Import from Japan, this is a welcome return of this gifted singer / songwriter. From his early days, with albums such as 'Just An Old Fashioned Love Song' (also produced by Michael James Jackson like this new album) and 'Here Comes Inspiration', Paul Williams has been a supreme interpreter of his own romantic songs. Who can forget songs such as 'We've Only Just Begun', 'Evergreen', 'An Old Fashioned Love Song' and 'I Won't Last A Day Without You'. These last two songs in fact, make a welcome return on 'Back To Love Again'. When I first noticed that 'I Won't Last A Day Without You' was on the album I was rather apprehensive, as Paul Williams original version on 'Life Goes On' is one of my favourite of his songs. I need not have feared however, as in this re-working the song appears as a duet between Paul Williams and Valerie Carter. The two voices intertwine wonderfully, and with one Richard Carpenter on Electric Piano, is takes on a new life of it's own. All the other 8 songs on the album are first time recordings by Paul Williams. 'Rainbow Connection' is perhaps the most well known. As the title song from 'The Muppet Movie', who can forget Kermit sitting on his lily pad strumming his banjo. It's a wonderful song full of hope for the future. 'You're Gone', which was a country hit in the US a couple of years ago for Diamond Rio, is both a wonderful song as well as a wonderful production by Michael James Jackson, a great string arrangement by C. J. Vanston and a sublime guitar solo by Laurence Juber closing the song. Definitely my highlight from the album. The remaining 6 songs are composed by Paul with a variety of new musical partners (Kenny Hirsh, Stephen Allen Davis, John David Souther, Jon Vezner and Gene Nelson), with Paul Williams wonderful lyrics being the connecting link between them all. All in all therefore, a very welcome return from a master singer / songwriter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
The ''Back to Love Again'' CD is probably one of the best compilations that Paul has ever done! His ''new'' music is nothing less than magical! Once again, he grasps the true emotions of love...which comes through in every song on this CD. Wheter it be about losing the person that you love...''You're Gone'' or singing about being in love and the ultimate feelings that come with it...''Til Your Loved''...no one grasps or even touches the emotion of love the way Paul can. A wonderful treasure to add to your collection!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.