Just an Old Fashioned Love Song/Here Comes Inspiration

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This two-LPs-on-CD pairing of Just an Old Fashioned Love Song and Here Comes Inspiration is a little curious, as these were Paul Williams' second and fourth albums. The usual custom is to combine consecutive albums on two-fers. Maybe the thinking was that Just an Old Fashioned Love Song's "We've Only Just Begun" and "An Old Fashioned Love Song," and Here Comes Inspiration's "Rainy Days and Mondays," Williams' three most famous songs, would be included, though the CD still misses a few of his versions of compositions that would become hits for others. Though Williams' vocal limitations meant that his own recordings would always stand in the shadow of the more familiar...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This two-LPs-on-CD pairing of Just an Old Fashioned Love Song and Here Comes Inspiration is a little curious, as these were Paul Williams' second and fourth albums. The usual custom is to combine consecutive albums on two-fers. Maybe the thinking was that Just an Old Fashioned Love Song's "We've Only Just Begun" and "An Old Fashioned Love Song," and Here Comes Inspiration's "Rainy Days and Mondays," Williams' three most famous songs, would be included, though the CD still misses a few of his versions of compositions that would become hits for others. Though Williams' vocal limitations meant that his own recordings would always stand in the shadow of the more familiar interpretations of tunes he wrote or co-wrote, Just an Old Fashioned Love Song is probably his most notable album as a solo artist, and not only because it has "We've Only Just Begun" and "An Old Fashioned Love Song" (as well as "Let Me the One," a small hit for Williams himself). It's also the record on which the soft rock arrangements are most effective and the songwriting (including a few compositions with Roger Nichols) most consistent. It remains far too mellow to find favor with many rock-oriented critics, but the relative sparseness of the production helps it avoid too much of the sappiness for which he's often criticized. Here Comes Inspiration is inferior on all counts, perhaps in part because Nichols was only involved in the writing of one track ("Rainy Days and Mondays"). Williams' connection to rock was always tenuous, and here it became almost nonexistent, both production and songwriting often sinking into bland middle of the road pop done no favors by his sometimes slurry enunciation. There were also jaunts into pre-rock vaudeville
agtime/Tin Pan Alley sounds, as well as the under-one-minute oddity "Nilsson Sings Newman."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • EAN: 9398800033122
  • Catalog Number: 331
  • Sales rank: 44,339

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Williams Primary Artist
Paul Williams Indexed Contributor
Bob Brookmeyer Trombone
Tom Scott Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
John Williams [composer] Conductor
Ron Davies Guitar
Kenny Ascher Piano, Conductor
Tom Bahler Background Vocals
Samuel Boghossian Viola
Gene Cipriano Oboe, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Jack Conrad Bass
Craig Doerge Piano, Tack Piano
Stan Farber Background Vocals
David Garland Organ
Gene Morford Background Vocals
Al Hendrickson Banjo, Ukulele
Ron Hicklin Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel Conga, Drums, Tambourine
Charles Larkey Bass, Acoustic Bass
Warren Leuning Cornet
Marvin Limonick Violin
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Joe Mondragon String Bass
Rick Marotta Drums
Art Munson Guitar
Dick Nash Trombone
Nathan Ross Violin
Paul Shure Violin
David Spinozza Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Milton Thomas Viola
Gerald Vinci Violin
Dick Hyde Tuba
Gary Mallaber Percussion, Drums
Michael Utley Electric Piano
Leland Sklar Bass
Al Arons & the L.A. Jazz Caravan Trumpet
Bobbye Hall Porter Percussion, Conga
David Parlato Bass
The Hobbit Kazoo
Teddy Boy Friesen Kazoo
Daffy Jackson Kazoo
Technical Credits
Graham Nash Composer
Tom Scott Arranger
John Williams [composer] Arranger
Ron Davies Composer
Kenny Ascher Arranger, Producer
Michael James Jackson Producer
David Spinozza Arranger
George Tipton Arranger
Paul Williams Composer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Roger Nichols Composer
Ian McFarlane Liner Notes
John T. Williams Composer
Kenneth Ascher Composer
Louise Cook Layout
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