Greatest Love Classics

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Greatest Love Classics
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released 1984[1]
Recorded June 1984
July 1984
August 1984
Abbey Road Studios &
CBS Studios, London[2]
Genre Classical
Length 45:45
Label EMI
Producer Nicky Graham
Tony Hiller[2]
Andy Williams chronology
Let's Love While We Can
(1980)
Greatest Love Classics
(1984)
Close Enough for Love
(1986)

Greatest Love Classics is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in 1984 by EMI Records.

This was Williams' first album of new material since Let's Love While We Can (1980). Williams writes in the liner notes: "All through my life I have known and loved the great classic melodies and wished I could sing them. So when Tony Hiller and Nicky Graham contacted me with some of these melodies set to lyrics, they immediately caught my imagination."[2]

Greatest Love Classics did not make it onto the Billboard 200 chart in the US, but the album did enter the UK album chart on October 27, 1984, and reached #22 during its 10 weeks there.[3] On November 12, 1984, the album was awarded with Silver certification by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of 60,000 units in the UK.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All titles arranged and adapted by Tony Hiller & Nicky Graham; all lyrics by Hiller & Graham; original concept by Hiller.[2]

  1. "Romeo and Juliet" (based on Romeo and Juliet's fantasy overture by Tchaikovsky) - 3:36
  2. "Love Made Me a Fool" (based on Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (opus 43) Variation 18 by Rachmaninoff) - 3:28
  3. "Vino de Amor" (Traditional) - 3:35
  4. "A Different Light" (based on "Barcarolle" by Tchaikovsky) - 3:55
  5. "Another Winter's Day" (based on "Clair de lune" by Debussy) - 3:55
  6. "The Vision" (based on "The Swan" from The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns) - 2:31
  7. "Journey's End" (based on the Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Spartacus by Khachaturian) - 3:28
  8. "A Twist of Fate" (based on "Serenade" by Schubert) - 3:08
  9. "Home" (based on Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 by Chopin) - 4:16
  10. "Brave New World" (based on Sonata Pathétique by Beethoven) - 2:46
  11. "She'll Never Know" (based on "Für Elise" by Beethoven) - 3:01
  12. "In My World of Illusion" (based on "Poème" by Fibich) - 3:44
  13. "Words" (based on "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven) - 4:31

Personnel[2][edit]

  • Andy Williams - vocals
  • Nicky Graham - producer
  • Tony Hiller - producer
  • John Kurlander - engineer
  • Steve Rooke - mastering
  • Mike Ross - engineer
  • Del Newman - orchestrations (except as noted)
  • John Cameron - orchestrations ("Romeo and Juliet", "The Vision", "Brave New World", "Words")
  • John Coleman - orchestration ("She'll Never Know")
  • Brian Aris - cover photo
  • Cream - design

Musicians[edit]

All tracks feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra led by Raymond Cohen except "Another Winter's Day" featuring Stuart Calvert on piano and "Vino de Amor" featuring Carmelo Luggeri and Terry Taylor on guitars. John McCarthy directed the Ambrosian Opera Chorus on "Words". Also featured on various tracks are:

  • Geoffrey Eales - piano
  • Herbie Flowers - bass
  • Bob Jenkins - drums
  • Felix Krish - bass
  • Ian Lynn - piano
  • Barry Morgan - drums
  • Ronnie Price - piano
  • Paul Westwood - bass

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Greatest Love Classics - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e (1984) Album notes for Greatest Love Classics by Andy Williams, [album jacket]. London: EMI Records.
  3. ^ "Andy Williams". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "BPI search results". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 18 April 2011.