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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"Reflections" is the new album by now 74-year-old Don "Gentle Giant" Williams, the follow-up to his 2012 album "And So It Goes." The tracks on this album are not originals but classic tunes from other great songwriters. What is immediately obvious when you start playing this album, is that his smooth bass-baritone, one of the most iconic voices of country music, has lost none of its power to mesmerize the listener with these reflections on a life well-lived.

The songs covered on this album are, as performed by the original artists: "I'll Be Here In The Morning" (Townes Van Zandt), "Talk Is Cheap" (Alan Jackson), "I Won't Give Up On You" (Jordyn Shellhart), "Sing Me Back Home" (Merle Haggard), "Working Man's Son" (??), "Healing Hands" (Steve Gillette), "If I Were Free" (Jesse Winchester), "Back To The Simple Things" (??), "Stronger Back" (Doug Gill) and "The Answer" (??). Sadly, for the songs marked (??), I couldn't find the names of the original artists.

Quality oozes from this album like filling from one of America's best, home-made burgers. The ten songs, carefully produced by Garth Fundis, show that the veteran singer picked ten golden musical nuggets out of the country music catalog, putting together a compilation of beautiful authentic country tracks. Songs like the folksy "I'll Be Here In The Morning," the romantic "Working Man's Son," the tugging-at-your-heartstrings "Sing Me Back Home" or the somewhat snappier "Talk Is Cheap" are exemplary for this. Ever the sensitive story-teller, with the easy, almost conversational musical style in which he sings, he manages to touch the soul of the listener with every intonation.

Don Williams is truly gifted as a singer and the way he interprets these classics lifts this album way above it being "just a cover cd." Personal favorites on this album are "I'll Be Here In The Morning," "I Won't Give Up On You," "Sing Me Back Home" and "Healing Hands." In less than a month, we were blessed by the outstanding, but alas posthumous Johnny Cash album "Out Among The Stars," and now "Reflections" by living legend Don Williams. Highly recommended!

Unfortunately, the bare-bones cardboard CD sleeve provides only the song-titles and the names of those who wrote the music and/or lyrics. No booklet is provided with the lyrics of the songs and their histories, or info about the original artists. For those interested, I've put this in the comment-section. For the songs marked with (??), I couldn't find the names of the original artists who sang these songs, even when using The Encyclopedia Of Country Music, Wikipedia and/or googling the internet. So if anyone can provide them so I can edit this into the review, it would be much appreciated.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2014
Simply one of the best country singers ever whose voice is as good as it has ever been.
Don't care about the packaging because i will be listening to it not looking at the packaging
a brilliant CD i would definately recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 May 2014
Almost 35 minutes of unadulterated pleasure with this newly recorded 10 track CD from Don Williams. From the beginning couple of songs where we hear the pulsating rhythmical accompaniment, you know what to expect even before he opens his mouth. When he does, it is like you a transported back in time because his voice is as good, if not better, now, than it was all those years ago.

The songs are all within the boundaries he has set for himself, even including a Merle Haggard classic, "Sing Me Back Home", which he makes his own. They are sung with a real sensitivity and sincerity, as any Don Williams fan will tell you, is normal. The lyrics are audible and make sense. The accompanying musicians do their part in making this CD one to treasure.

Yes, I think it really is that good. Good value, buy one now!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have listened to Don Williams for a long time and enjoyed some of his music without being a big fan. I enjoyed his last album And So It Goes which was good but this is even better. in fact, I think this is my favourite of all his albums. The album is full of great songs which really suit the relaxed deep voice of Williams. I'll be Here in the Morning is probably my favourite but It is just a good album and an album I have listened to many times. Smooth relaxed country music from a unique voice. Very good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2014
one of his better albums. some lovely tracks.Working mans son ,and If I were free are very good sound tracks.
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I have followed Don Williams for quite some time and was lucky enough to see him at the palladium, this CD is Williams at his best
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on 15 June 2014
I love Don Williams and have just been to his concert in Glasgow. This cd is really nice and typical of don
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on 4 June 2014
This album confirms Don Williams' place as the King of Emotion & Feeling. As the title implies, the tracks are very reflective of the misfit between modern life and the heart-felt aspirations of ordinary people.
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on 10 May 2014
Had seen the new album advertised and that it would be a good mothers day presie and it was! Received order within timescale indicated.
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on 5 May 2014
Don Wiliams just gets better and better, great music to listen to when you want to relax with a beer
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