The Anthology 1968-1974: Man of Words

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Anthology 1968-1974: Man of Words collects the best cuts of actor/singer Richard Harris' music career beginning with his late-'60s work with legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb. The most well-known of these tracks is Harris' classic version of Webb's enigmatic pop song "MacArthur Park" from the 1968 album A Tramp Shining. Harris was a well-respected, Shakespearean-trained actor in his early thirties when he began his pop career and had his most success with that first album. The follow-up, 1968's The Yard Went on Forever, was more ambitious in scope and failed to register with the public. Despite this, Harris continued to record albums through the mid-'70s and although he ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Anthology 1968-1974: Man of Words collects the best cuts of actor/singer Richard Harris' music career beginning with his late-'60s work with legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb. The most well-known of these tracks is Harris' classic version of Webb's enigmatic pop song "MacArthur Park" from the 1968 album A Tramp Shining. Harris was a well-respected, Shakespearean-trained actor in his early thirties when he began his pop career and had his most success with that first album. The follow-up, 1968's The Yard Went on Forever, was more ambitious in scope and failed to register with the public. Despite this, Harris continued to record albums through the mid-'70s and although he never achieved the same acclaim in his music endeavors as in his film work, there is much to appreciate in this collection. Many of these cuts, especially the ones anchored by Webb's superbly melodic and skillful songwriting, evince a strong psych-pop, Baroque pop influence reminiscent of such artists as the Beatles and Paul Williams. Similarly, Harris' emotive delivery, though informed by his theatrical training, never comes off maudlin, or garishly overdone. Instead, he remains a kind of idiosyncratic pop entity much in the spirit of such icons as Jacques Brel and Scott Walker.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657027325
  • Catalog Number: 273
  • Sales rank: 5,662

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Didn't We (2:28)
  2. 2 MacArthur Park (7:24)
  3. 3 Name of My Sorrow (3:17)
  4. 4 Lovers Such as I (3:32)
  5. 5 A Tramp Shining (2:26)
  6. 6 The Yard Went on Forever (5:44)
  7. 7 Gayla (3:24)
  8. 8 The Hymns from the Grand Terrace (Second Hymn) (3:32)
  9. 9 One of the Nicer Things (3:26)
  10. 10 What a Lot of Flowers (3:29)
  11. 11 Fill the World with Love (3:54)
  12. 12 Beth (1:59)
  13. 13 Sidewalk Song (3:21)
  14. 14 Requiem (4:47)
  15. 15 This Is Where I Came In (3:34)
  16. 16 My Boy (3:13)
  17. 17 How I Spent My Summer (2:48)
  18. 18 There Are Too Many Saviours on My Cross (6:14)
  19. 19 Ballad of "A Man Called Horse" (3:22)
  20. 20 Half of Every Dream (3:08)
  21. 21 Trilogy from "The Prophet" (Love, Marriage, Children) (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Harris Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bill Martin Composer, Producer
Johnny Harris Arranger, Producer
Jimmy Webb Arranger, Producer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Tony Colton Arranger, Producer
Arif Mardin Composer, Producer
Tony Romeo Composer, Producer, Concept
Glenn A. Baker Concept
Warren Barnett Mastering
Kevin Mueller Concept
Peter Shillito Concept
Kahlil Gibran Composer
Kenny Jacobson Composer
John Dowler Liner Notes
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