John Williams

The Essential John Williams

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Not to be confused with Metro's 2005 double-disc collection of the same name, Metro's 2000 release The Essential Collection contains 18 selections from the '70s and offers a good cross-selection of Williams' work, including adaptations of classical standards, covers of pop tunes like Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock," the occasional original, and duets with Cleo Laine, including "Feelings" and "If." The double-disc is a more comprehensive overview, but this single disc is a good sampler and introduction of Williams at his popular peak.

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