Just an Old Fashioned Love Song/Here Comes Inspiration

Just an Old Fashioned Love Song/Here Comes Inspiration

by Paul Williams
     
 
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,"

Overview

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."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2010
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
9398800033122
catalogNumber:
331
Rank:
67763

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Williams   Primary Artist
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
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
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
Roger Nichols   Composer
Ian McFarlane   Liner Notes
John T. Williams   Composer
Kenneth Ascher   Composer
Louise Cook   Layout

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