Don Williams

Volume One/Volume Two

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Hux combines Don Williams first two albums for JMI, the appropriately named Volume One (1973) and Volume Two (1974), on this 2011 two-fer. Recorded not long after Williams left the Pozo-Seco Singers, these two albums find him easing into his signature soft style, equal parts folk, country and pop, music that emphasizes melody delivered in his warm, honeyed voice. Aesthetically, there's not much separating these two records: they're both produced by Alan Reynolds and arranged by Chuck Cochrane, they both rely on a mixture of originals by Williams and tunes by Bob McDill, Alan Reynolds, and Mickey Newbury, with covers of older hits "Endless Sleep" and "Miller's Cave" popping up on Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, respectively. Williams began his streak of number one singles after these two records, but the singles "Amanda," "Come Early Morning," "The Shelter of Your Eyes," and "Atta Way to Go" all laid the groundwork, both in establishing his sound and winning his audience, and the roots of all his success, both commercial and artistic, can be heard on these two fine albums.

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