In the Arms of Love (album)

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In the Arms of Love (Andy Williams album)
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released December 19, 1966[1]
Recorded 1966
Genre AM pop, traditional pop, vocal pop[2]
Length 31:13
Label Columbia
Producer Robert Mersey[3]
Andy Williams chronology
The Shadow of Your Smile
(1966)
In the Arms of Love
(1966)
Born Free
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Billboard 5/5 stars[4]

In the Arms of Love is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released on December 19, 1966, by Columbia Records[1] and was the last in a series of his albums produced by Robert Mersey.[3] It made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated January 21, 1967, and remained on the album chart for 22 weeks, peaking at number 21.[5]

The title song from the album was released as a single in July 1966, one month before the release of the film What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, the soundtrack of which is performed by the song's composer, Henry Mancini, and includes instrumental and vocal versions of the song.[6] The film opened on August 31, 1966, and Williams' version of "In the Arms of Love" first appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 in the issue of the magazine dated August 27, eventually reaching number 49 over the course of eight weeks.[7] The song performed even better on the Easy Listening chart after debuting in the issue dated July 30 and spending two weeks at number one during a 17-week stay.[8] It began its chart run in the UK shortly thereafter, on September 24, and stayed around for seven weeks, peaking at number 33.[9]

The album was released on compact disc for the first time as one of two albums on one CD by Collectables Records on January 16, 2001, the other album being Williams's Columbia release from April 1963, Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests.[10] It was also released as one of two albums on one CD by Sony Music Distribution on May 14, 2001, paired this time with Williams's Columbia album from the spring of 1967, Born Free.[11] The Collectables CD was included in a box set entitled Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1, which contains 17 of his studio albums and three compilations and was released on June 26, 2001.[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Very Thought of You" (Ray Noble) – 2:42
  2. "If I Love Again" (Jack Murray, Ben Oakland) – 2:33
  3. "Theme from The Sand Pebbles (And We Were Lovers)" (Leslie Bricusse, Jerry Goldsmith) – 2:50
  4. "Remember" (Irving Berlin) – 2:48
  5. "Here's That Rainy Day" (Johnny Burke, James Van Heusen) – 2:43
  6. "In the Arms of Love" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini) – 2:56
  7. "The Face I Love" (Ray Gilbert, Carlos Pingarilho, Marcos Valle, Paulo Sérgio Valle) – 2:03
  8. "Sand and Sea" (Gilbert Bécaud, Mack David, Mike Vidalin) – 2:48
  9. "So Nice (Summer Samba) " (Norman Gimbel, Marcos Valle, Paulo Sérgio Valle) – 2:37
  10. "Pretty Butterfly" (Mario Albanese Loryn Deane, Ciro Pereira, Sunny Skylar) – 2:16
  11. "A Man and a Woman" (Pierre Barouh, Jerry Keller, Francis Lai) – 2:50
  12. "All Through the Night" (Cole Porter) – 2:09

Song information[edit]

Three different versions of "Remember" charted between May 1925 and February 1926: Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra featuring Seymour Simons on vocal reached number six,[13] an instrumental recording by Isham Jones & His Orchestra spent a week at number one,[14] and Cliff Edwards got as high as number 10.[15] Ray Noble & His Orchestra spent five weeks at number one in 1934 with their recording of "The Very Thought of You" with Al Bowlly on vocal.[16] That same year Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra went to number 16 with "If I Love Again" and number eight doing "All Through the Night" with Bob Lawrence on vocal.[17] "Here's That Rainy Day" was first heard in the Broadway musical Carnival in Flanders in 1953,[18] and that same year The Mills Brothers reached number 21 with "Pretty Butterfly" in 1953.[19]

Organist Walter Wanderley had the most successful recording of "So Nice (Summer Samba)", peaking at number three Easy Listening[20] and number 26 pop[21] after debuting in August 1966. Later that year the title song from A Man and a Woman by Tamiko Jones and Herbie Mann made it to number nine Easy Listening[22] and number 88 on the Hot 100,[23] and Frank Sinatra recorded "Sand and Sea" for his album That's Life.[24] Another recording that practically coincides with the one on this album comes from Tony Martin, who reached number 22 Easy Listening with the "Theme from The Sand Pebbles (And We Were Lovers)" after it debuted in February 1967.[25]

Personnel[3][edit]

  • Andy Williams – vocals
  • Robert Mersey - arranger/conductor ("Here's That Rainy Day", "In the Arms of Love"), arranger ("A Man and a Woman"), conductor ("Remember", "All Through the Night"), producer
  • Dick Hazard - arranger ("The Very Thought of You", "If I Love Again", "Theme from The Sand Pebbles (And We Were Lovers)", "Remember", "The Face I Love", "Sand and Sea", "So Nice (Summer Samba)")
  • Allyn Ferguson - arranger ("Pretty Butterfly")
  • Dave Grusin - arranger ("All Through the Night")
  • Bob Cato - photography

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b (2009) Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams by Andy Williams [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music Entertainment 88697 59112 2
  2. ^ a b "In the Arms of Love". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c (1966) In the Arms of Love by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9333.
  4. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1967-01-14. p. 72. 
  5. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 844.
  6. ^ "What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? [Original Soundtrack]". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 702.
  8. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  9. ^ "Andy Williams". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Days of Wine and Roses/In the Arms of Love". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "In the Arms of Love/Born Free". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1 - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  13. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 176.
  14. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 240.
  15. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 145.
  16. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 337.
  17. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 453.
  18. ^ "Production Songs". ibdb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  19. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 316.
  20. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 250.
  21. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 688.
  22. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 125.
  23. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 338.
  24. ^ "That's Life". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  25. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 152.

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