Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams

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Moon River: The Very Best Of Andy Williams
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Compilation album by Andy Williams
Released October 13, 2009[1]
Recorded 1957–1972
Genre
Length 51:40
Label Columbia
Andy Williams chronology
I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up
(2007)I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up2007
Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams
(2009)
The Very Best of Andy Williams
(2009)The Very Best of Andy Williams2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams is a compilation album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released on October 13, 2009.[1] A note from Williams inside the CD booklet explains that the album "was put together to coincide with my memoir Moon River and Me, published by Viking/Penguin. It includes many of the songs that you made hits. I truly appreciate that, and I hope you enjoy the songs we selected for this CD."[2] The collection covers a wide assortment of his material, including crossover hits ("Can't Get Used to Losing You" and "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story"), stabs at the youth market ("Butterfly" and "Music to Watch Girls By"), a pair of Mancini-Mercer Oscar winners ("Days of Wine and Roses"[3] and "Moon River"[4]), a Christmas classic ("It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"), and a eulogy to Robert F. Kennedy ("Battle Hymn of the Republic"[5]).

A 24-track compilation album released in conjunction with the book publication in the UK was entitled The Very Best of Andy Williams and had the same cover photo and design but had only nine of the 18 tracks on this album in common.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Moon River" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) – 2:46
  2. "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" (Francis Lai, Carl Sigman) – 3:10
  3. "Dear Heart" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini) – 2:55
  4. "Butterfly" (Bernie Lowe, Kal Mann) – 2:21
    • rec. 1/23/57, rel. 1957;[2] Billboard Hot 100: #1 (3 weeks)[8]
  5. "Can't Get Used to Losing You" (Jerome "Doc" Pomus, Mort Shuman) – 2:25
  6. "Born Free" (John Barry, Don Black) – 2:27
  7. "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet (A Time for Us)" (Larry Kusik, Nino Rota, Eddie Snyder) – 2:35
  8. "We've Only Just Begun" (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams) – 3:15
  9. "Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from 'The Godfather')" (Larry Kusik, Nino Rota) – 3:05
    • rec. 2/18/72 & 2/24/72, rel. 3/3/72;[7] Billboard Hot 100: #34,[8] Easy Listening: #7[9]
  10. "Can't Help Falling in Love" (George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore) – 3:15
    • rec. 1/14/70, rel. 1/30/70;[2] Billboard Hot 100: #88,[8] Easy Listening: #28[9]
  11. "One Day of Your Life" (Howard Greenfield, Neil Sedaka) – 2:30
    • rec. 4/29/70, rel. 5/12/70;[2] Billboard Hot 100: #77,[8] Easy Listening: #2[9]
  12. "Days of Wine and Roses" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) – 2:48
    • rec. 1/16/63, rel. 2/11/63[2] Billboard Hot 100: #26,[8] Easy Listening: #9[9]
  13. "The Village of St. Bernadette" (Eula Parker) – 3:22
    • rec. 11/19/59, rel. 1959;[2] Billboard Hot 100: #7[8]
  14. "Music to Watch Girls By" (Sid Ramin, Tony Velona) – 2:38
    • rec. 2/21/67, rel. 3/2/67;[2] Billboard Hot 100: #34,[8] Easy Listening: #2[9]
  15. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio) – 3:15
  16. "In the Arms of Love" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini) – 2:56
  17. "Battle Hymn of the Republic" with the St. Charles Borromeo Choir (Julia Ward Howe, William Steffe) – 3:33
  18. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (Edward Pola, George Wyle) – 2:32

Personnel[edit]

  • Archie Bleyer – arranger/conductor ("Butterfly",[2] "The Village of St. Bernadette"[10])
  • Artie Butler – arranger ("We've Only Just Begun")[11]
  • Al Capps – arranger ("Can't Help Falling in Love",[7] "One Day of Your Life",[7] "Speak Softly Love"[12]), arranger/conductor ("Love Theme from 'Romeo and Juliet'")[13]
  • Nick DeCaro – arranger/producer ("Born Free",[14] "Can't Take My Eyes Off You",[15] "Music to Watch Girls By"[14])
  • Jerry Fuller – producer ("Love Theme from 'Romeo and Juliet'")[13]
  • Dick Glasser – producer ("Can't Help Falling in Love",[7] "Love Story",[11] "One Day of Your Life",[7] "Speak Softly Love",[12] "We've Only Just Begun"[11])
  • Dick Hazard – arranger ("Love Story")[11]
  • Eddie Karam – conductor ("Can't Take My Eyes Off You")[15]
  • Johnny Mandel – arranger ("It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year")[16]
  • Robert Mersey – arranger/conductor/producer ("Can't Get Used to Losing You",[17] "Days of Wine and Roses",[17] "Dear Heart",[18] "In the Arms of Love",[19] "Moon River"[20]), conductor/producer ("It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year")[16]
  • The St. Charles Borromeo Choir – background vocals ("Battle Hymn of the Republic")[2]
  • Andy Williams – producer ("Battle Hymn of the Republic");[7] lead vocalist on all selections

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams – Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q (2009) Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams by Andy Williams [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music Entertainment 88697 59112 2
  3. ^ Wiley 1996, p. 1081.
  4. ^ Wiley 1996, p. 1078.
  5. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1060.
  6. ^ (2009) The Very Best of Andy Williams by Andy Williams [CD]. London: Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd. 88697588282
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i (2002) Album notes for The Complete Columbia Chart Singles Collection by Andy Williams [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music TARCD-1093.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Whitburn 2009, pp. 1059–1060.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Whitburn 2007, p. 295.
  10. ^ (1960) The Village of St. Bernadette by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Cadence Records CLP-25038.
  11. ^ a b c d (1971) Love Story by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 30497.
  12. ^ a b (1972) Love Theme from "The Godfather" by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 31303.
  13. ^ a b (1969) Get Together with Andy Williams by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9922.
  14. ^ a b (1967) Born Free by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9480.
  15. ^ a b (1967) Love, Andy by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9566.
  16. ^ a b (1963) The Andy Williams Christmas Album by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8887.
  17. ^ a b (1963) Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8815.
  18. ^ (1965) Andy Williams' Dear Heart by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9138.
  19. ^ (1966) In the Arms of Love by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9333.
  20. ^ (1962) Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8609.

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  • Whitburn, Joel (2007), Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs, 1961–2006, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-169-1 
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