You Are the Sunshine of My Life/Laughter in the Rain

You Are the Sunshine of My Life/Laughter in the Rain

by Ray Conniff


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You Are the Sunshine of My Life/Laughter in the Rain

This "two-fer" from the Collectables label includes 1973's You Are the Sunshine of My Life and 1975's Laughter in the Rain. The kitsch enthusiast or novelty seeker will get a lot of pleasure from Ray Conniff's You Are the Sunshine of My Life. Known primarily for orchestral versions of contemporary songs, his recordings during the late '60s and early '70s as the Ray Conniff Singers included many straightforward recordings of current pop hits. This collection contains some of Conniff's most jaw-dropping covers, including "Dueling Voices (Dueling Banjos)," which most will remember from the film Deliverance. If you "get" Ray Conniff and if you are adamant about the difference between him and Lawrence Welk, then this track will be your latest musical addiction. The title track is from Stevie Wonder's 1972 album Talking Book, and other tracks include "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree" popularized by Tony Orlando, Helen Reddy's "Peaceful," Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly," and Gladys Knight's "Neither One of Us." Another standout track is "Bah Bah Conniff Sprach (Zarathustra)"! This is a great easy listening pickup. The versions are slightly watered down and "safer," but more true to the originals than you'd expect. A cheerful artifact of the early '70s. Laughter in the Rain doesn't deviate too far from Sunshine's basic premise -- easy listening renditions of mellow gold hits like Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown" and "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin -- but it's just as entertaining and kitsch-worthy. Highlights include "Seasons in the Sun," a track better known by Terry Jacks and the Kingston Trio, which is given the smoothed-over Conniff Singers treatment, resulting in a tale of death that feels more like comfort food than it does a last meal, and Paul Anka's cringe-inducing "(You're) Having My Baby," which in the hands of Conniff sounds more like an outtake from Christopher Guest's folk revival parody A Mighty Wind. Laughter in the Rain is as dependable as the artist himself, a perfect example of a man who understood his place in popular music and executed it accordingly. ~ JT Griffith & James Christopher Monger

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2005
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431764725
catalogNumber: 7647
Rank: 47855

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Conniff   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Ray Conniff   Composer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Neil Sedaka   Composer
Paul Anka   Composer
Carly Simon   Composer
Kenny Rankin   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Peter Allen   Composer
Eric Weissberg   Arranger
Alan O'Day   Composer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Rod McKuen   Composer
Phil Cody   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Scott English   Composer
Charles Fox   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Eugene McDaniels   Composer
Yvonne Rankin   Composer
Joe Raposo   Composer
Jim Weatherly   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Juan Carlos Calderón   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mike Hawker   Composer
L. Russell Brown   Composer

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