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Andy Williams' Greatest Hits Vol. 2

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Released  1973
Length  35:36
Artist  Andy Williams
Label  Columbia Records
Recorded  1959, 1966-1972
Andy Williams' Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1973)  Solitaire (1973)
Release date  1973
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Genres  Traditional pop music, Standard, Soft rock, Soundtrack, Film score
Similar  Andy Williams albums, Traditional pop music albums

Andy Williams' Greatest Hits Vol. 2 is a compilation album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in June 1973 by Columbia Records. This collection follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, Andy Williams' Greatest Hits, in that it is not limited to his biggest and most recent hit singles, although his final two US Top 40 entries ("(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" and "Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from 'The Godfather')") were included. It also has an album track not released as a single ("The Impossible Dream (The Quest)"), a couple of hits from his time with Cadence Records ("Lonely Street" and "The Village of St. Bernadette"), two other singles that could have been included on the first volume ("In the Arms of Love" and "Music to Watch Girls By"), and two Easy Listening chart entries that never made the Billboard Hot 100 ("Home Lovin' Man" and "Music from Across the Way").

Contents

The front and back cover design for the LP (by Anne Garner and Norman Seeff) shows Williams as he is bursting through a wall-sized collage of black-and-white images from various periods of his career, mainly involving the Williams Brothers and his variety program. While the front cover does not show the one foot that it would seem he is standing on, the back cover depicts the front cover setpiece as seen from the reverse angle behind him and is shot so that neither foot is touching the floor, as if to suggest that Williams is literally flying through the wall.

The British CBS album of the same name had only three of its 12 tracks in common with those on this album and used a different cover photo and design. That version entered the UK album chart 6 months before this album was released and reached number 23 over the course of 10 weeks.

This US version made its first appearance on the Billboard Top LP's chart in the issue dated July 7, 1973, and remained there for five weeks, peaking at number 174.

This album was released on compact disc for the first time by Columbia Records in 1989. A Columbia 3-CD box set including this album along with the US versions of Andy Williams' Greatest Hits and his 1971 album Love Story was released on August 12, 1997.

Side one

  1. "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" (Francis Lai, Carl Sigman) – 3:10
  2. Dick Glasser - producer
  3. Dick Hazard - arranger
  4. "MacArthur Park" (Jimmy Webb) – 5:03
  5. Dick Glasser - producer
  6. Artie Butler - arranger
  7. "Music from Across the Way" (James Last, Carl Sigman) – 3:45
  8. Dick Glasser - producer
  9. Ernie Freeman - arranger
  10. "The Village of St. Bernadette" (Eula Parker) – 3:22
  11. Archie Bleyer - arranger, conductor
  12. "Music to Watch Girls By" (Sid Ramin, Tony Velona) – 2:38
  13. Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer

Side two

  1. "Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from 'The Godfather')" (Larry Kusik, Nino Rota) – 3:05
  2. Dick Glasser - producer
  3. Al Capps - arranger
  4. "In the Arms of Love" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini) – 2:56
  5. Robert Mersey - arranger, conductor, producer
  6. "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" (Joe Darion, Mitch Leigh) – 2:39
  7. Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer
  8. "Lonely Street" (Carl Belew, Kenny Sowder, W.S. Stevenson) – 2:46
  9. Archie Bleyer - conductor
  10. Carlyle Hall - arranger
  11. "Home Lovin' Man" (Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway, Tony Macaulay) – 3:10
  12. Dick Glasser - producer
  13. Artie Butler - arranger
  14. "A Song for You" (Leon Russell) – 3:07
  15. Dick Glasser - producer
  16. Ernie Freeman - arranger

Recording dates

  • August 23, 1959 - "Lonely Street"
  • November 19, 1959 - "The Village of St. Bernadette"
  • June 23, 1966 - "In the Arms of Love"
  • February 21, 1967 - "Music to Watch Girls By"
  • August 29, 1970 - "Home Lovin' Man"
  • December 17, 1970 - "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story"
  • January 4, 1971 - "MacArthur Park"
  • June 10, 1971 - "Music from Across the Way"
  • July 7, 1971 - "A Song for You"
  • February 18, 1972 & February 24, 1972 - "Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)"
  • Personnel

  • Archie Bleyer - arranger/conductor ("The Village of St. Bernadette"), conductor ("Lonely Street")
  • Artie Butler - arranger ("Home Lovin' Man", "MacArthur Park")
  • Al Capps - arranger ("Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from 'The Godfather')")
  • Nick DeCaro - arranger/producer ("The Impossible Dream", "Music to Watch Girls By")
  • Ernie Freeman - arranger ("Music from Across the Way", "A Song for You")
  • Anne Garner - design
  • Dick Glasser - producer (see track listing)
  • Carlyle Hall - arranger ("Lonely Street")
  • Dick Hazard - arranger ("(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story")
  • Robert Mersey - arranger/conductor/producer ("In the Arms of Love")
  • Norman Seeff - design, photography
  • Andy Williams - vocalist
  • Songs

    1(Where Do I Begin) Love Story3:14
    2MacArthur Park5:06
    3Music From Across the Way3:46

    References

    Andy Williams' Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Wikipedia


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