Warm and Willing
|Warm and Willing|
|Studio album by Andy Williams|
|Andy Williams chronology|
Warm and Willing is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in 1962 by Columbia Records. It made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated October 20 of that year and remained on the album chart for 44 weeks, peaking at number 16.
The single from the album, "Stranger on the Shore," made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart four months prior, reaching number 38 during its seven-week stay. It performed even better on the magazine's Easy Listening chart, peaking at number 9.
The album was released on compact disc for the first time by Sony Music Distribution on December 28, 1999, as tracks 1 through 12 on a pairing of two albums on one CD with tracks 13 through 24 consisting of Williams's Columbia album from May 1966, The Shadow of Your Smile. It was also released as one of two albums on one CD by Collectables Records on February 5, 2002, the other album being a 1966 compilation from Columbia entitled Andy Williams' Newest Hits. Collectables included this CD in a box set entitled Classic Album Collection, Vol. 2, which contains 15 of his studio albums and two compilations and was released on November 29, 2002.
Allmusic's William Ruhlmann explained that Williams and producer Robert Mersey "followed the Sinatra concept-album formula of creating a consistent mood, in this case a romantic one, and picking material mostly from the Great American Songbook of compositions written for Broadway musicals in the 1920s and '30s by the likes of George and Ira Gershwin, then giving them slow, string-filled arrangements over which Williams could croon in his breathy, intimate tenor voice." He also thought the album "indicated that a singer who had flirted with many styles over the previous half-dozen years had settled down to something very familiar. His treatment of these standards was not definitive, by any means, but it was certainly effective, and Williams benefited from his association with such material."
- "Embraceable You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:40
- "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:34
- "The Touch of Your Lips" (Ray Noble) – 3:09
- "I See Your Face Before Me" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 3:34
- "The Way You Look Tonight" (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) – 3:36
- "If Ever I Would Leave You" (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 3:38
- "My One and Only Love" (Robert Mellin, Guy Wood) – 3:49
- "Stranger on the Shore" (Acker Bilk) – 2:50
- "Warm All Over" (Frank Loesser) – 3:16
- "More Than You Know" (Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose, Vincent Youmans) – 3:26
- "Love Is Here to Stay" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:43
- "Warm and Willing" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Jimmy McHugh) – 2:52
- Robert Mersey – arranger, conductor, producer
- Andy Williams - vocals
- "Warm and Willing". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- (1966) Warm and Willing by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8679.
- Whitburn 1985, p. 405.
- Whitburn 1999, p. 702.
- Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
- "Warm and Willing/The Shadow of Your Smile". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
- "Warm and Willing/Newest Hits". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
- "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 2". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
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