Roger Whittaker was born in Kenya of English parents in 1936. His first success (on radio at least; it was a big hit only in Europe) was with what some at the time dismissed as a novelty, "The Mexican Whistler", in 1967. However this belied his talent as an extremely accomplished balladeer with an original tone to his voice that bridges the gap in tone between baritone and bass.
He became a popular radio and television performer in the 1970s, with great chart success, and all of the hits are on this collection. The material, some of which he wrote himself, also crosses bridges, being a mix of easy listening, country and folk, such as "Durham Town" and "New World In The Morning", even throwing in some social comment on the perils of war, "I Don't Believe In If Anymore". Also notable is a smooth version in French of "What A Wonderful World" that contrasts nicely with Louis Armstrong's original growl. Not sure about "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" though.
Sound quality is excellent throughout, despite (or perhaps because of) the absence of digital remastering, being clear, rich and warm. All tracks are the original recordings.
A fine album for sitting back in the old armchair and relaxing to.