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This compilation has all the hits that matter and a fair sprinkling of covers of classic songs. It begins with Music to watch girls by, which became Andy's first UK top ten hit for 26 years following its use in a commercial, and ends with May each day, a 1965 classic that provides a fitting way to end such a fine collection. In between, you will find the other classic songs associated with Andy (not all of them hits for him) including Happy heart, Born free, Almost there, Can't get used to losing you, Can't help falling in love, Home loving man, Solitaire, Moon river, Can't take my eyes off you and Days of wine and roses.
Also here are Canadian sunset, the song that started it all for Andy when it became an American top ten hit in 1956, and Butterfly, which gave Andy a number one hit in both Britain and America in 1957. Those rock'n'roll songs did not appeal to Andy but they made him famous.
Andy's distinctive interpretations of songs made famous by others are well represented too. These include Up up and away, The impossible dream, Call me irresponsible, MacArthur park, Amazing grace, On the street where you live, April in Paris, Unchained melody, Danny boy, September song and (best of all) Abraham Martin and John, to which Andy also adds a bit about his friend Bobby Kennedy.
With such compilations, it is always possible to argue about song selection, but this includes all the essentials in one superb package. If you only want one collection of Andy's music, this is the best there is. If, like me, this is not enough, this is still a great foundation on which to build a collection of his music.
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on 29 March 2000
Andy Williams has changed my life. I don't use these words lightly. Ever since I was fortunate enough to be taken to see him in concert when I was about 3 or 4 years old (the only thing my nanny had left to do to shut me up) I was hooked. Such a rich voice combined with such passionate delivery and such infectious music marks Williams out as a total star. This album is the definitive guide to his music - all the classics are here as well as a few of the lesser known gems. Andy Williams is the yardstick by which all other easy listening singers are judged.
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on 17 February 2000
If you are a fan of Italian-American musicians and their music then this is a must buy album. It has all the best tracks spanning Andy Williams entire career.
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on 3 October 2003
This may be the best value album of all time. A two CD set with a total of 50 songs...50 p per song?..
The album covers the familar Williams numbers (Happy heart for example) and a multiple of covers. He makes a smashing job of all the songs, drawing out hidden depths from well known numbers. Side 1, I think, is the stronger of the 2 CD's with many classic numbers, too numerous to mention. The highlight (?) being tracks 20 and 21 (Getting over you and The other side of me) which are sung with much passion and emotion. I suggest playing this music when you're feeling low...you get the feeling he's singing for you trying to lift the spirits.
No review would be complete without mentioning the most affecting "Happy Heart" a song that was in the charts when I was 3 years old...it still brings back awesome memories of youth. Happily, they used the song to great effect and irony in the film "Shallow Grave"...
Simply enjoy!
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In the Sixties, Andy Williams was a major star. He sold so many records, the pressing plant at Aylesbury couldn't keep up, despite dedicating all 12 lines to his albums.

This wonderful easy listening collection covers the pinnacle of his work. Every track here is a sure-fire hit - there are no duff tracks or filler here.

All the songs are instantly recognisable - a joy from beginning to end and a lovely trip down memory lane.
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on 19 November 2011
This is such i good compilation that i was buying this set as a replacement for the original item I previously owned. I had somehow previously lost Disc One and just knew i had to buy a replacement. I've got a number of Andy Williams compilations but this one is the best i've ever had. Delighted with my purchase which I would gladly recommend to anyone interested in Andy Williams music.
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on 5 April 2015
As expected. Quick delivery.
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on 25 December 2015
The cd did not work
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on 4 November 2015
Good to hear again
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on 11 October 2015
Hubby loved it ...
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