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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431760925
  • Catalog Number: 7609
  • Sales rank: 66,293

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Speak Softly Love - Singers (2:32)
  2. 2 Hurting Each Other - Singers (2:33)
  3. 3 A Horse With No Name - Singers (2:45)
  4. 4 I Need You - Singers (2:38)
  5. 5 Living in a House Divided - Singers (2:55)
  6. 6 Precious and Few - Singers (2:20)
  7. 7 Without You - Singers (2:21)
  8. 8 A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done - Singers (2:26)
  9. 9 The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face) - Singers (2:42)
  10. 10 Theme from "Shaft" - Singers (2:40)
  11. 11 The Way of Love - Singers (2:16)
  12. 12 Alone Again (Naturally) - Singers (3:00)
  13. 13 Song Sung Blue - Singers (2:16)
  14. 14 Where Is the Love - Singers (2:42)
  15. 15 Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. - Singers (2:29)
  16. 16 The Candy Man - Singers (2:18)
  17. 17 Because - Singers (2:19)
  18. 18 Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast - Singers (2:36)
  19. 19 Day by Day - Singers (2:39)
  20. 20 Run to Me - Singers (2:34)
  21. 21 Too Young - Singers (2:40)
  22. 22 Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - Singers (2:48)
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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
Elton John 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
Sammy Cahn 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
Al Stillman Composer
Axel Stordahl Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Peter Udell Composer
Paul Weston Composer
Walter Nims Composer
Gary Geld Composer
Sylvia Dee Composer
Sidney Lippman Composer
Stephen Schwartz Composer
David Clark Composer
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