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At long last a comprehensive Andy Williams collection!

  • Jan 6, 2009
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Lest we forget, Andy Williams was a major force in American popular music for nearly two decades.  From 1956 through 1974, he placed over 40 singles on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Eight of these tunes made their way into the Top Ten.  During those same years, Williams was a dominent force on the Album charts as well.  He placed nearly 30 albums in the Top 100 and many of these albums remained on the charts for a year or more!   Andy Williams was also the host of his own highly rated variety show on NBC for nearly a decade.  Given his enormous popularity, I could never quite understand why Columbia Records failed to issue a collection worthy of his stature and accomplishment in the business.  Oh, there were two "Greatest Hits" albums issued, but both were done with very little care.  
Taragon Records has corrected this injustice with the carefully crafted two disc anthology "Andy Williams: The Complete Columbia Chart Singles Collection".  Indeed, this is a collection for Andy Williams fans to die for.  This comprehensive package includes virtually every charted  hit Williams had during his nearly two decades at Columbia Records.  I enjoyed them all.  As you might expect, you wil find all of Andy's biggest hits like "Moon River", "Can't Get Used To Losing You", "Dear Heart" and "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story".   Meanwhile, I would recommend you give a listen to a few of Andy Williams lesser known singles including "One Day of Your Life", "A Song For You" as well as the rather obscure "Ain't It True" from 1965.  I love that song and had not been able to find it anywhere at any price for nearly 40 years.  I am pleased to report that the  remastering  job is first rate and that the set includes a thoughtful 12 page booklet featuring some wonderful photographs.  All in all, "Andy Williams: The Complete Columbia Chart Singles Collection" is definitely one of the finest anthologies I own.  Kudos to the folks at Taragon records for a job well done.  Very highly recommended!

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Disc: 1
1. Danny Boy
2. Fly by Night
3. Wonderful World of the Young
4. Stranger on the Shore
5. Don't You Believe It
6. Can't Get Used to Losing You
7. Days of Wine and Roses
8. Hopless
9. Fool Never Learns
10. Charade
11. Wrong for Each Other
12. On the Street Where You Live
13. Almost There
14. Dear Heart
15. ...And Roses and Roses
16. It Ain't True
17. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
18. You're Gonna Hear from Me!
19. Bye Bye Blues
20. How Can I Tell Her It's Over
21. In the Arms of Love
22. Music to Watch Girls By
23. More and More
24. Holly
25. Sweet Memories
26. Battle Hymn of the Republic
Disc: 2
1. Happy Heart
2. Live and Learn
3. Woman's Way
4. Can't Help Falling in Love
5. One Day of Your Life
6. Home Lovin' Man
7. (Where Do I Begin) Love Story
8. Song for You
9. Love Is All
10. Music from Across the Way
11. Speak Softly Love [Love Theme from The Godfather]
12. MacArthur Park
13. Solitaire
14. Remember
15. Love's Theme
16. Another Lonely Song
17. Love Said Goodbye [Theme from "The Goodfather Pt. II]
18. Cry Softly
19. Sad Eyes
20. Tell It Like It Is
21. Can't Take My Eyes off You [UK Chart Single][*]
22. It's So Easy [UK Chart Single][*]
23. Eri un Abitudine (Can't Get Used to Losing You) [Italian Version][*]
24. Moon River [Andy's...
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Performer: Andy Williams
Release Date: August 27, 2002
Label: Taragon
Genre: Vocal Pop
Release Date: August 27, 2002
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