Andy Williams Honey / Happy Heart
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- Tracks 1-11: Previously released as Columbia Records CS 9662. Tracks 12-22: Previously released as Columbia Records CS 9844.
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
From 1968 and 1969, two more top 10 albums. "Love Is Blue", "Little Green Apples", and "This Is My Song" are just a few of the tunes Andy, at a peak in his popularity, performs.
- 1.The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
- 2.This Is My Song
- 3.By The Time I Get To Phoenix
- 4.Theme From "Valley Of The Dolls"
- 5.Scarborough Fair / Canticle
- 6.Love Is Blue (L'amour Est Bleu)
- 7.Honey (I Miss You)
- 9.Our Last Goodbye
- 11.Up, Up, And Away
- 12.For Once In My Life
- 13.Where's The Playground Susie?
- 14.My Way
- 15.Witchita Lineman
- 16.Happy Heart
- 17.Gentle On My Mind
- 18.Didn't We
- 20.Little Green Apples
- 21.Here, There And Everywhere
- 22.Abraham, Martin And John
2 LPs on 1 CD: HONEY(1968)/HAPPY HEART(1969).
HONEY originally released on Columbia (9662). HAPPY HEART originally released on Columbia (9844). Includes liner notes by Mark Marymont.
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
Andy Williams' successive LP releases of 1968 and 1969, Honey and Happy Heart, are well-paired on this two-fer CD reissue. At this point in his career, the versatile Williams, who had found his greatest success covering movie theme songs, but also ranged from light rock to venerable standards, was completely devoted to recording his versions of current hits. It was a popular notion at the time that middle-of-the-road singers like him could maintain their popularity by turning to soft rock, and Williams proved that theory by reaching the Top Ten and earning gold records with these LPs, which featured his versions of songs better known in recordings by Glen Campbell, Simon & Garfunkel, the Association, the 5th Dimension, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and others. Williams changed the original arrangements only slightly; the big difference for his fans was that it was his voice they heard. Some of this material is clearly inappropriate, such as the slangy "Spooky" ("Love is kinda groovy with a spooky little girl like you"?), and some it is so closely associated with the original recordings that Williams couldn't do much with it. But he did well, as ever, with European imports like "Love Is Blue," "My Way," and his own hit "Happy Heart," and he had a good feel for the songs penned by Jimmy Webb, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Up, Up and Away," "Where's the Playground Susie?," "Wichita Lineman," and "Didn't We." Also, his rendition of "Abraham, Martin and John," a tribute to his friend Robert F. Kennedy, was clearly heartfelt. Still, this album, which could be subtitled "Andy Williams Sings the Late '60s," presents only one side of his talent. ~ William Ruhlmann
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