Love Song for Jeffrey/Free and Easy

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Two of Helen Reddy's 1974 albums, Love Song for Jeffrey and Free and Easy, are combined onto one CD on this release, with the addition of historical liner notes and a couple of tracks from her 1978 album Live in London. Reddy was near the peak of her popularity in 1974, but although each album has a couple of hit singles, they're erratic works in which the singer flits uncomfortably between rock-influenced styles and more middle-of-the-road vocals. Love Song for Jeffrey yielded hit singles in "Keep on Singing" and "You and Me Against the World," filled out with covers of songs by writers such as Billy Joel, Jim Croce, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil, and tunes on which ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Two of Helen Reddy's 1974 albums, Love Song for Jeffrey and Free and Easy, are combined onto one CD on this release, with the addition of historical liner notes and a couple of tracks from her 1978 album Live in London. Reddy was near the peak of her popularity in 1974, but although each album has a couple of hit singles, they're erratic works in which the singer flits uncomfortably between rock-influenced styles and more middle-of-the-road vocals. Love Song for Jeffrey yielded hit singles in "Keep on Singing" and "You and Me Against the World," filled out with covers of songs by writers such as Billy Joel, Jim Croce, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil, and tunes on which Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager worked with collaborators. There's a dated '70s stridency to the more forceful cuts, like "That Old American Dream" and "Keep on Singing," while the ballads tread on soppiness, suggesting Reddy might have been more at home as a supper club singer. Free and Easy was powered in main by her number one American hit "Angie Baby," and is slightly tougher in overall tone, though the material is pretty average mid-'70s adult-oriented pop. Her fondness for ballads remained unabated with the inclusion of items like Don McLean's "You Have Lived," while "Emotion" gave her another US hit, albeit one that fell just outside the Top 20. Whatever their mediocrity, both records were pretty successful, Love Song for Jeffrey almost making the Top Ten and Free and Easy rising to number eight.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657017029
  • Catalog Number: 170
  • Sales rank: 78,898

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That Old American Dream (2:29)
  2. 2 You're My Home (3:04)
  3. 3 Songs (3:53)
  4. 4 I Got a Name (3:35)
  5. 5 Keep on Singing (3:05)
  6. 6 You and Me Against the World (3:11)
  7. 7 Ah, My Sister (3:06)
  8. 8 Pretty, Pretty (3:26)
  9. 9 Love Song for Jeffrey (2:44)
  10. 10 Stella by Starlight (3:53)
  11. 11 Angie Baby (3:30)
  12. 12 Raised on Rock (3:06)
  13. 13 I've Been Wanting You So Long (3:41)
  14. 14 You Have Lived (3:50)
  15. 15 I'll Be Your Audience (3:21)
  16. 16 Emotion (Amoreuse) (4:14)
  17. 17 Free and Easy (2:47)
  18. 18 Loneliness (3:34)
  19. 19 Think I'll Write a Song (2:25)
  20. 20 Showbiz (3:06)
  21. 21 Angie Baby (3:20)
  22. 22 The Entertainer (2:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helen Reddy Primary Artist
Nick DeCaro Conductor
Lennie Coltun Conductor
Technical Credits
Helen Reddy Composer, Producer
Joan Armatrading Composer
Billy Joel Composer
Don McLean Composer
Peter Allen Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Patti Dahlstrom Composer
Mark Farner Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Véronique Sanson Composer
Alan O'Day Composer
Becky Hobbs Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Mark James Composer
Tom Jans Composer
Lewis Anderson Composer
Kenny Ascher Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
Artie Butler Arranger, Producer
Don Byas Composer
Tom Catalano Producer
Nick DeCaro Arranger
Charlie Fox Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Bobby Hart Composer
Mike Hazelwood Composer
John Palladino Producer
Dennis Tracy Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Joseph Wissert Producer
Victor Young Composer
Danny Janssen Composer
Glenn A. Baker Concept
Warren Barnett Mastering
Kevin Mueller Concept
Peter Shillito Concept
Ian McFarlane Concept, Annotation
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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    These are probably Helen Reddy's two best albums, especially Lov

    These are probably Helen Reddy's two best albums, especially Love Song for Jeffrey that was recorded after she lost both her parents and beloved aunt in less than a year. Every songs on the album is magnificent. Free and Easy has Angie Baby and Emotion, great 2 for 1, you will love it.

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