It Must Be Him/Honey

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A good matchup of two similar and consecutive LP releases is offered on this discount-priced two-fer. It Must Be Him and Honey were Ray Conniff's first two albums of 1968, and they were among his more successful, each enjoying a long chart run and earning gold record certification. Conniff had updated his arranging style by this point, adapting himself to the rock revolution by bringing in electric guitars and beefing up the sound of the rhythm section, but he hadn't changed his basic approach. All 22 tracks here are his versions of songs that were in the pop charts between 1964 and 1968, originally recorded by the likes of British Invasion acts like the Beatles and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A good matchup of two similar and consecutive LP releases is offered on this discount-priced two-fer. It Must Be Him and Honey were Ray Conniff's first two albums of 1968, and they were among his more successful, each enjoying a long chart run and earning gold record certification. Conniff had updated his arranging style by this point, adapting himself to the rock revolution by bringing in electric guitars and beefing up the sound of the rhythm section, but he hadn't changed his basic approach. All 22 tracks here are his versions of songs that were in the pop charts between 1964 and 1968, originally recorded by the likes of British Invasion acts like the Beatles and Herman's Hermits as well as a slew of middle-of-the-road pop singers. Some of the songs, notably "Yesterday," "Sounds of Silence," and "Goin' Out of My Head," as well as the trio of songs written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and the two written by Jimmy Webb, have gone on to become standards. Others are more of their time, though they may spark a smile of recognition among '60s nostalgia fans. Conniff's arrangements shadow those of the original recordings, while his singers render the lyrics in a consistently pleasant, superficial style, even when they are negotiating the disquieting sentiments of "Sounds of Silence," for example. The indiscriminate use of male voices on lyrics written from a female point of view sometimes lends an unintended subtext of sexual ambiguity "It must be him!," sing the boys and girls with apparently equal ardor -- that is, if you want to hear it that way. Maybe the best way to appreciate this long-outdated style of music is with a sense of humor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2002
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431743225
  • Catalog Number: 7432
  • Sales rank: 70,448

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Conniff Primary Artist, Conductor
Technical Credits
Ray Conniff Arranger, Liner Notes
James Williams Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Bobby Russell Composer
Francis Lai Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Composer
Joe Darion Composer
Jack Gold Producer
Marshall "Rock" Jones Composer
Jack Lattig Engineer
Mitch Leigh Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
Sid Ramin Composer
Tony Velona Composer
André Popp Composer
Pierre Barouh Composer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell Composer
Les Reed Composer
Bob Weinstein Composer
Bryan Blackburn Composer
Pierre Cour Composer
Dub Williams Composer
Robert Yount Composer
Marvin Pierce Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
C. Carson Parks Composer
Barry Mason Composer
William Beck Composer
A. Popp Composer
Ralph Middlebrooks Composer
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