Robert Goulet

After All Is Said and Done

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Record executive and producer Mike Curb offered Robert Goulet the chance to return to record-making with the independent label Artists of America in 1976, and Goulet responded by making the kind of album he used to make for Columbia Records in the 1960s. There were big dramatic ballads, like the title song and "Something to Believe In," given full-scale orchestral and choral arrangements; low-key country-pop efforts like John Stewart's "July You're a Woman" and "Someone to Give My Love To"; remakes of recent easy listening hits like "You and Me Against the World" and "The Way We Were"; and a complement of show tunes, including "I Won't Send Roses" from Mack & Mabel and "The Green Years of Love" from Johnny Appleseed. Naturally, Goulet tipped his hat to Broadway songwriters Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, who gave him his big break in Camelot, by recording the title song from their final collaboration, the movie musical The Little Prince. For the most part, Curb did not attempt to contemporize or otherwise adapt Goulet to the sound of pop circa 1976; rather, he seemed to intend to present Goulet as he was with the best and most appropriate material he could find. The result is an album that the singer's existing fans would enjoy, but that would be unlikely to expand his appeal to new audiences.

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