Lonely Street/The Village of St. Bernadette

Lonely Street/The Village of St. Bernadette

by Andy Williams
     
 
The Andy Williams albums Lonely Street and The Village of St. Bernadette, combined on this Collectables Records two-fer, followed each other in relatively quick succession in late 1959 and early 1960, both keyed to the hit singles that gave them their titles. (Lonely Street was released in 1959, not in 1960, as the back cover of the Collectables

Overview

The Andy Williams albums Lonely Street and The Village of St. Bernadette, combined on this Collectables Records two-fer, followed each other in relatively quick succession in late 1959 and early 1960, both keyed to the hit singles that gave them their titles. (Lonely Street was released in 1959, not in 1960, as the back cover of the Collectables disc claims. Also, contrary to the implication of the annotations, only the 11 tracks from The Village of St. Bernadette other than the title track were recorded in January 1960, not those from Lonely Street as well.) The melodramatic "Lonely Street" was a Top Five single for Williams in the fall of 1959, and in forming an album to exploit its success, he looked to the thematic ballad LPs of Frank Sinatra such as Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely and In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, even borrowing the title song from the latter. The result was an album full of songs of lost love and loneliness that found Williams using more of the Mel Tormé-like foggy lower register of his voice. He didn't have the truly doom-laden style of Sinatra, but he held his own on material not really suited to his usual persona. "The Village of St. Bernadette," which followed "Lonely Street" into the Top Ten, was a religious song, and the follow-up album naturally was full of other songs of faith, ranging from outright gospel material like "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" to the spiritual show tunes of Rodgers and Hammerstein like "You'll Never Walk Alone" and even the 1920s song "Look for the Silver Lining," given a Christian tone in this context. Listened to in succession on one CD, the albums suggest a victim of heartbreak who recovers by finding God!

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431649626
catalogNumber:
6496
Rank:
18408

Tracks

  1. You Don't Know What Love Is
  2. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
  3. When Your Lover Has Gone
  4. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  5. Gone With the Wind
  6. Summer Love
  7. Say It Isn't So
  8. Unchained Melody
  9. Autumn Leaves
  10. Willow Weep for Me
  11. I'm So Alone
  12. Lonely Street
  13. The Village of St. Bernadette
  14. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
  15. Suddenly There's a Valley
  16. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
  17. He
  18. You'll Never Walk Alone
  19. Our Lady of Fatima
  20. The Three Bells
  21. Climb Ev'ry Mountain
  22. Sweet Morning
  23. I Believe
  24. Look for the Silver Lining

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