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Love Theme from
     

Love Theme from "The Godfather"/Alone Again (Naturally)

by Ray Conniff
 
In 2004, Collectables' reissued two of Ray Conniff's 1972 albums, Love Theme from The Godfather and Alone Again (Naturally), on one CD -- one CD that contained no new liner notes, just the front covers reproduced in miniature, and the contents of the two albums reproduced in total. Like many easy listening and adult pop musicians, Ray Conniff turned

Overview

In 2004, Collectables' reissued two of Ray Conniff's 1972 albums, Love Theme from The Godfather and Alone Again (Naturally), on one CD -- one CD that contained no new liner notes, just the front covers reproduced in miniature, and the contents of the two albums reproduced in total. Like many easy listening and adult pop musicians, Ray Conniff turned toward modern pop and rock songwriters in the early '70s in an effort to stay contemporary, which is not necessarily the same thing as getting hip -- although that may have been part of the plan, as well. In any case, Conniff tackled such current hits as "Hurting Each Other," "A Horse with No Name," and "Without You," as well as such songwriters as Sonny Bono, on his 1972 album Love Theme from The Godfather, treating them to arrangements that had grown familiar to any fan of Conniff or easy listening in the '70s. Conniff had backed away from the more interesting tricks and turns of his work a decade earlier, and had settled into sweet, syrupy orchestral arrangements graced by airy, relentlessly sunny harmony vocals pulled from a Mitch Miller album. a record like this is primarily of interest to latter-day listeners anxious to discover a new piece of kitsch, and while a quick scan of the songs suggests that this would be great kitsch, it's entirely too MOR to be worth a chuckle, outside of a take on "Theme from 'Shaft'" that is so ridiculous, it feels like Conniff and crew were in on the joke -- after all, who could sing a line "who's the black private dick who's a sex machine to all the crazy chicks?" without realizing it was silly? Love Theme's follow-up, Alone Again (Naturally), was the third of Ray Conniff's three albums of contemporary pop hits in 1972, and it's the one that feels most like contemporary AM pop from the early '70s, partially because Conniff spices up his arrangements a little and partially because there's a wider variety of styles on this album, from Gilbert O'Sullivan's deceptively catchy title song, to Donna Fargo's country-pop "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA"; Anthony Newley's show-stopping kitsch "The Candy Man," and Looking Glass' quintessential "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)." Since there's more variety here than there was on the preceding Love Theme from The Godfather, Conniff has the opportunity to write some more interesting arrangements -- the spare electric guitar opening of "Song Sung Blue," the punctuating horns on "Where Is the Love" -- which makes this a more engaging listen than its predecessor. Nevertheless, this album, like the last, is firmly entrenched in MOR easy listening, designed to be background listening and succeeding at that. It's a period piece, nothing more, nothing less.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431760925
catalogNumber:
7609
Rank:
49554

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Conniff   Primary Artist
Singers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ewan MacColl   Composer
Nino Rota   Composer
Donna Fargo   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Elliot Lurie   Composer
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Tom Bahler   Composer
Gerry Beckley   Composer
Sonny Bono   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Dewey Bunnell   Composer
Peter Callander   Composer
Jacques Diéval   Composer
Tom Evans   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Pete Ham   Composer
Jeffrey James   Reissue Producer
Larry Kusic   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Gilbert O'Sullivan   Composer
William Salter   Composer
Geoff Stephens   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Peter Udell   Composer
Walter Nims   Composer
Gary Geld   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Sidney Lippman   Composer
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
David Clark   Composer

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