I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
The Hillside Singers hit the Top 15 in December of 1971 with "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" before the group that actually performed on the Coca Cola commercial, the New Seekers. And though this album, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, was built to cash in on the very popular tune, it is surprisingly stronger than what the New Seekers issued after their single went Top Ten and gold the week after the rendition included here charted. Producer Al Ham has his wife, Mary Mayo Ham, and their daughter, Lori Ham, singing along with seven others: brothers Rick Shaw and Ron Shaw, brothers Frank and Bill Marino and sister Laura Marino, and Susan Wiedenmann, no doubt ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
The Hillside Singers hit the Top 15 in December of 1971 with "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" before the group that actually performed on the Coca Cola commercial, the New Seekers. And though this album, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, was built to cash in on the very popular tune, it is surprisingly stronger than what the New Seekers issued after their single went Top Ten and gold the week after the rendition included here charted. Producer Al Ham has his wife, Mary Mayo Ham, and their daughter, Lori Ham, singing along with seven others: brothers Rick Shaw and Ron Shaw, brothers Frank and Bill Marino and sister Laura Marino, and Susan Wiedenmann, no doubt related to executive producer Jack Wiedenmann. The nine voices blend together perfectly on traditional tunes like "Amen" and "Kum Ba Ya," credited to Al Ham, Mary Mayo Ham, and Rick and Ron Shaw, while they also take on a McDonald's commercial, "We're Together," probably trying to see if lightning could strike twice. The beauty of this album is that it doesn't have the flaws that the repackaged New Seekers album contained. Perhaps because of touring demands, the established group had to slap an album together; the Hillside Singers, on the other hand, sound like they are simply having fun. They do a great job on Paul Williams' "Old Fashioned Love Song," and credible versions of Robbie Robertson's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Day by Day" from Godspell, Pete Seeger's "One Man's Hands," John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads," and a couple of other titles. Outside of the intro on "Tomorrow Belongs to Me," there are no soaring lead vocals from any one individual à la the 5th Dimension, or the New Seekers, for that matter, who opt instead for a co-ed Lettermen sound or a folksy tribute to the Ray Conniff Singers. Indeed, the late Ray Conniff covered the hit song and titled an album after it, as did the Edwin Hawkins Singers, Lea Salonga, and the Jordanaires. It's too bad the Hillside Singers couldn't capitalize on their fleeting fame, as they put together an inoffensive and lighthearted collection of melodies to go along with their brief moment in the sun. [This version of the album includes bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Folk Era Records
  • UPC: 045507147025
  • Catalog Number: 1470
  • Sales rank: 60,667

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hillside Singers Primary Artist
Frank Marino Vocals, Group Member
Ron Shaw Vocals, Group Member
Bill Marino Vocals, Group Member
Laura Marino Vocals, Group Member
Susan Wiedenmann Vocals, Group Member
Mary Mayo Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ed McCurdy Composer
Pete Seeger Composer
John Denver Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer
Kevin Gavin Composer
Kander Composer
Bill Danoff Composer
Taffy Nivert Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Al Ham Producer
Fred Ebb Composer
Alex Comfort Composer
Stephen Schwartz Composer
Traditional Composer
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