Andy Williams Show/You've Got a Friend

The Andy Williams Show/You've Got a Friend

by Andy Williams
     
 
The two albums combined on this discount-priced two-fer, 1970's The Andy Williams Show and 1971's You've Got a Friend, bookended the ninth and final season of Andy Williams' NBC TV variety series, The Andy Williams Show. (In between came his million-selling LP, Love Story.) Over 30 years later, the two recordings combine to present Williams

Overview

The two albums combined on this discount-priced two-fer, 1970's The Andy Williams Show and 1971's You've Got a Friend, bookended the ninth and final season of Andy Williams' NBC TV variety series, The Andy Williams Show. (In between came his million-selling LP, Love Story.) Over 30 years later, the two recordings combine to present Williams' versions of a bunch of soft rock hits of the day, many of which have remained pop standards into the 21st century. Most of them, however, are closely associated with the artists who originally performed them: the Bee Gees, Bread, the Carpenters, the Jackson 5, Carole King, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, and more. In the early '70s, singers like Williams, who had survived the successive rock revolutions of 1956 and 1964 by mixing traditional pop songs with covers of some of the quieter material turned out by rock writers, found themselves swamped by a new generation of artists as likely to hit the pop as the easy listening charts. Who needed to hear Andy Williams' sound-alike version of a song sung definitively by Karen Carpenter? Soon enough, Williams and his peers had lost their longtime berths on the major labels. Of course, Williams remained a talented singer, and his performances of the songs, if unimaginative (the arrangements closely track those of the original hits), are always attractive. The Andy Williams Show, taking up the first half of the disc, is marred by a transparently false attempt to make it sound like a live recording or like tracks from the TV show. There is canned applause dubbed in between the tracks and brief, inappropriate musical interludes also interrupt the flow of the album. You've Got a Friend comes as a relief afterwards.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431744529
catalogNumber:
7445
Rank:
86263

Tracks

  1. Opening
  2. (They Long to Be) Close to You
  3. Musical Bridge 1
  4. Joanne
  5. Never My Love
  6. Musical Bridge 2
  7. Make It With You
  8. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
  9. Station Break
  10. Snowbird
  11. Musical Bridge 3
  12. Leaving on a Jet Plane
  13. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
  14. Musical Bridge 4
  15. Spanish Harlem
  16. Hello, Young Lovers
  17. Closing
  18. You've Got a Friend
  19. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  20. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?
  21. Rainy Days and Mondays
  22. Never Can Say Goodbye
  23. It's Too Late
  24. I'll Be There
  25. Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again
  26. If
  27. For All We Know
  28. A Song for You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy Williams   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Composer
John Denver   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Mike Post   Arranger,Producer
David Gates   Composer
David Matthews   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Pete Carpenter   Arranger
Capps   Arranger
Nick DeCaro   Arranger,Producer
Fred Foster   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Dick Glasser   Producer
Dick Hazard   Arranger
Eric Prestidge   Engineer,Remixing
Pete Romano   Engineer
Rafael O. Valentin   Engineer
Paul Williams   Composer
Norman Seeff   Cover Photo
Roger Nichols   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ernie Freeman Combo   Arranger
Richard Erikson   Liner Notes
Announcer   Composer

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