Andy Williams

The Great

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This budget-priced 45-song collection on three CDs (in a slipcase) comes by way of Australia and covers most of the significant bases in Andy Williams' career, from "The Village of St. Bernadette" and "Moon River" through "Days of Wine and Roses" and into the 1970s with "Where Do I Begin? (Love Story)," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," etc. The recording dates cross three decades yet Williams is astonishingly consistent as a singer, his repertoire here embracing everything from George Gershwin and Henry Mancini to Leon Russell and Bob Crewe/Bob Gaudio, and while you might not care for all of the results, there's no arguing with the music's seductive nature on those who do enjoy it. For some listeners it may work best one CD at a time, but others may appreciate all two hours and change at once. There's no annotation and some of the song copyright information is also a little sloppy (Henry Mancini's name is left off the writing credit for "Moon River"), but as a legitimate budget release from overseas, it passes muster and then some in the listening department.

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