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100 Hits Legends - Andy Williams
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2012
Only CDs 4 and 5 of this set include well known material ! I am 54 and most of the songs on 1 2 and 3 were unknown to me but overall I am very happy with this collection ! Brilliant performer and nice to have a selection of his well known hits !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2010
timeless classics, in one album, what more can anyone ask for,
spend time reminiscing with this one, you won't regret it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2015
This 5cd boxed set is simply just ok. The first 3cds are original studio recordings from around 1956 to 1962. From my UK perspective, these are the most interesting as many were released on the UK London American label but all of them Barnaby original recordings. In both cases, this means the buyer is getting 60 tracks of original "A" and "B" side hits and misses and some early album tracks. The quality is excellent throughout and early Andy Williams recordings were pop songs rather than ballads. These three cds show the transition from pop to ballad and it would be the latter rather than the former Andy Williams was known for. What isn't obvious are the last two cds. Nowhere on the inner or outer packaging does the word 'live recording' appear. Had I seen 'live recording' anywhere, I would've gone elsewhere to purchase. The majority of tracks on both cds are 'live recordings' and, as great as they are, they are not the original CBS (in the UK) studio recordings we all know and love. If you are buying this set for his later hits such as 'Moon River' or 'Almost There' they are simply 'live' versions allbeit brilliantly performed and recorded but in some ways poorly edited and mastered. I believe the makers of this set should have clearly defined 'live recordings' somewhere obvious as customers are being led to believing they are all studio recordings which they're not. In any case, the UK CBS recordings - a better 'best of' - are available on cd elsewhere and which are studio recordings. I give the set three stars as just ok because that is how I see it. I am put off further purchases of these 100 Hits Legends because I fear the same may well occur again in another set which isn't good. I hope this will help.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2010
A must for all Andy Williams fans there is everything on here.

Delivery was eficient and fast no problems at all.

a great deal of feel good misic for a very low price. Excellent value
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on 11 February 2013
There was a time in the 70s when Rock Critics would dismiss Andy Williams as of no importance but the public take no notice of this kind of thing
Then came the Lounge Revival and Williams slotted right in
But then why should these people even bother-Williams was never a rock singer even though his early Cadence career saw him dabbling in it same as Perry Como
As far as I'm concerned there were plenty of highs such as his discovery of the New Christy Minstrels and there were plenty of firsts like recording British songs at a time few were doing-in his case it was the Anthony Newley hit Do You Mind and the Eula Parker song Village of St Bernadette
His first hit was in 1944 and came via Bing Crosby by singing bvs as one of the Williams Brothers on Swinging On A Star.Some 10 years later came the RCA Victor label who only issued one title out of a recorded 6 on their X subsidiary.This was followed by the Cadence contract for which he charted at least 10 titles including the chart topper with his cover of Charlie Gracie's Butterfly.All the racordings from this label are on this Legends series no doubt because Williams purchsed his masters and set up a label called Barnaby
Signing to Columbia in 1962 he remained on the label till the end and more or less became known as an albums artist always playing safe with a string of covers which began with his vocal version of Acker Bilk's Stranger On The Shore.
The final hit in the U K was with The Other Side Of Me in 1976 but in March 1999 came a surprise hit with a reissue of the 1967 hit Music To Watch Girls Go By when it was used for a TV Car Commercial and did even better than its former No 33 position by making the Top 10
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2012
I primarily purchased this item because I wanted to hear 'Moon River'. I was very disappointed because the 'Moon River' recording is from a Live Performance complete with irritating applause. Unfortunately (for me) there are other tracks that contain applause and / or spoken introductions to recording. Some people may enjoy hearing applause whilst listening to music but I do not so be aware of my comments, it may help you to decide upon your purchase.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2009
On initial sampling I'm very pleased but not clearly stating which tracks are live is a bit of a con.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2013
A good overall compilation of Andy Williams work who I consider as the very best of the crooners. Great value for money
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2010
Gee what great value. Most of Andy Williams early hit recordings plus some that I asn't familiar with. And like most compilations many which I had forgotten about. Even if you have other CDs as I have , this is well worth the investment. A real bargain. This is my third purchase in this series of 100 hits, and never disappointed.
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on 13 May 2015
Oh the memories it brought back, we had hours of wonderful pleasure.
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