Danny Boy/the Wonderful World Of CD (2002)

Artist: Andy Williams

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Product Overview


Label Collectables Records
SKU 60515107
UPC 090431742624
UPC 14 00090431742624
Format CD
Release Date 1/22/2002
Author Andy Williams
Associated Artist/Work Mathis, Johnny
Associated Artist/Work The Williams Brothers
Associated Artist/Work Vinton, Bobby
Technical Info
CatalogID 7426
Lable Name Collectables
Released 03/14/2006
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00090431742624
Album Notes and Credits
Originally released on Columbia.
Liner Note Authors: Richard Erikson; Andy Williams.
Recording information: 09/27/1961-12/03/1963.
This discount-priced two-fer combines two Andy Williams albums from the early '60s. Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing, as it was titled originally, was Williams' Columbia Records debut after six years with the much smaller Cadence label. The Wonderful World of Andy Williams, which followed two years later, was his sixth Columbia LP. A lot had happened in between; Williams had become a major record seller by recording movie theme songs like "Moon River," and he had become a successful television host. But Collectables is right to pair these two albums because they are both grab bags of material with no thematic consistency, unlike LPs released in between like Days of Wine and Roses. In both cases, Williams seems to have had a hit single to promote -- "Danny Boy" in the case of the earlier album, "A Fool Never Learns" for the later one -- and he simply went into the studio and cut some other material to create an album tie-in. He sang some show tunes, some old standards, and some songs that had been hits for other people recently. Danny Boy adopted a consistent style of arrangement, its songs always being performed as lush ballads with lots of strings, while Wonderful World was all over the lot, with Williams sometimes being subsumed under a vocal chorus and with the arrangements sometimes being alarmingly up-tempo. (Especially notable in this category is the bizarre reading of "Pennies From Heaven," which suddenly turns into a rock & roll performance halfway through.) For the listener encountering this compilation 40 years later, the treat is getting to hear Williams singing standards like "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "Summertime," "Misty," "Dream," and "Let It Be Me" (the last featuring an unbilled Claudine Longet on the original French lyrics) in his rich voice. ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Danny Boy
2 Tammy
3 Twelfth Of Never, The
4 I'm Old Fashioned
5 Come To Me, Bend To Me
6 Secret Love
7 Heather On The Hill, The
8 Can I Forget You
9 It Could Happen To You
10 I Want To Be Wanted
11 Summertime
12 Misty
13 Canadian Sunset
14 Sing A Rainbow
15 Dream
16 This Is All I Ask
17 Wives And Lovers
18 First Born
19 Fool Never Learns, A
20 Noelle
21 Pennies From Heaven
22 September Song
23 Let It Be Me
24 Softly As I Leave You
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