on 14 April 2014
Reflections of a long and wonderful career? Maybe so! This could be the last album from the king of country music. He's not getting any younger. The selection of songs are the usual excellent standard, and delivered with the perfection we've come to expect from the master.
The only down side? There are only 10 songs, but if you're a true DW fan, you just have to have this one. Even with just 10 numbers, it's worth every penny!
on 26 April 2014
"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.
on 2 May 2014
I have long been a fan of Don Williams and after his previous album "And So It Goes" which I really liked, I was very happy to hear that he had been tempted to leave his ranch to make another.
When "Reflections" was released I ordered from Amazon which also included mp3 downloads in the price. I was therefore able to hear the album tracks before the cd arrived and I played the complete album several times over the next couple of days and again since.
I believe this album is one of his best and I say that even though I play all his others on a regular basis. Don is so easy to listen to and the music is so good .
I highly recommend this latest collection to everyone.
on 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!!
on 28 April 2014
As an ardent Don Williams fan for as long as I can remember, he can do no wrong for me. This album was a delight not just for the content, but because he decided to make another one, his voice is as good as ever, I just love this man and his music. If you like Don Williams you will love this one, if you are only just finding him - this is a great introduction.