Ronnie Aldrich

Love Story/The Way We Were

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Originally released on Decca, these two Ronnie Aldrich albums zero in on easy listening versions of popular love songs of the '60s and early '70s mixed with a few Broadway show tunes and standards. The rather formulaic treatments work best on the well-known pop compositions of the period, especially "Top of the World," "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden," and "The Way We Were." Unfortunately, Aldrich also applies his Muzak arrangements to "I Think I Love You," by the Partridge Family, Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock," and the George Harrison penned "What Is Life." Not an essential purchase for casual listeners, but fans who have been waiting for the pianist's LPs to make the switch to CD will appreciate it.

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