- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Collectables Records
- 1.Music To Watch Girls By
- 3.Somethin' Stupid
- 4.It Must Be Him
- 5.A Man And A Woman
- 6.Release Me
- 7.There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)
- 8.What The World Needs Now Is Love
- 9.Don't Sleep In The Subway
- 10.Up, Up And Away
- 11.The Impossible Dream
- 12.Honey (I Miss You)
- 13.I Say A Little Prayer
- 14.The Look Of Love
- 15.Love Is Blue
- 16.Kiss Me Goodbye
- 17.Gentle On My Mind
- 18.By The Time I Get To Phoenix
- 19.Spanish Eyes
- 20.Theme From "Valley Of The Dolls"
- 21.Sounds Of Silence
- 22.Goin' Out Of My Head
2 LPs on 1 CD: IT MUST BE HIM (1968)/HONEY (1968).
Originally released on Columbia.
Liner Note Author: Ray Conniff.
Recording information: 03/22/1967-04/08/1968.
Arranger: Ray Conniff.
A good matchup of two similar and consecutive LP releases is offered on this discount-priced two-fer. It Must Be Him and Honey were Ray Conniff's first two albums of 1968, and they were among his more successful, each enjoying a long chart run and earning gold record certification. Conniff had updated his arranging style by this point, adapting himself to the rock revolution by bringing in electric guitars and beefing up the sound of the rhythm section, but he hadn't changed his basic approach. All 22 tracks here are his versions of songs that were in the pop charts between 1964 and 1968, originally recorded by the likes of British Invasion acts like the Beatles and Herman's Hermits as well as a slew of middle-of-the-road pop singers. Some of the songs, notably "Yesterday," "Sounds of Silence," and "Goin' Out of My Head," as well as the trio of songs written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and the two written by Jimmy Webb, have gone on to become standards. Others are more of their time, though they may spark a smile of recognition among '60s nostalgia fans. Conniff's arrangements shadow those of the original recordings, while his singers render the lyrics in a consistently pleasant, superficial style, even when they are negotiating the disquieting sentiments of "Sounds of Silence," for example. The indiscriminate use of male voices on lyrics written from a female point of view sometimes lends an unintended subtext of sexual ambiguity ("It must be him!," sing the boys and girls with apparently equal ardor) -- that is, if you want to hear it that way. Maybe the best way to appreciate this long-outdated style of music is with a sense of humor. ~ William Ruhlmann
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What An Album
Music Lover: Renato Clarin
Middlesex, NJ US
-- January, 6, 2008
I like the music of Ray Conniff, with his singers of course. My music cassettes aren't good sounding anymore so I decided to buy all their available CDs in the market and one of this is It Must Be Him/Honey. It Must Be Him is one of my first albums I won't get tired of playing over and over again 'coz it was so beautiful. The sound may not be as of today's standard but the quality of recording was still there. I definitely recommend this album for collectors like me.
IT MUST BE HONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Music Lover: Alex Garcia
Fairview, NJ US
-- March, 14, 2005
Folks, 1968 was one of the most PROLIFIC years of recordings for Ray Conniff....In 1968, Conniff was at the top of his game....His arrangements of Pop Songs were the BEST of the BEST....He simply could do NO WRONG with whatever he touched...Do you realize that in 1968, Ray Conniff released, It Must Be Him, Honey, Turn Around Look At Me and I Love How You Love Me..........4 OUTSTANDING LPS with arrangements that were BEYOND PERFECT...Look at those damm sexy LP COVERS...Ray Conniff's IT MUST BE HIM is so damm sexy....You just want to frame it in your house....(Oops, I did just that..) Music To Watch Girls By is FABULOSO, the best version I have ever heard of that song...Yesterday is lovely, It Must Be Him is so creative and even more creative is SOMETHING STUPID....Blows away that boring Frank Sinatra/Nancy Sinatra version....But flip this record to Side B: Release Me is OUTTA this WORLD..Herman's Hermit's There's A Kind Of Hush is incredible...with Ray joining in on the "barambarambarm..." Listen closely and you will hear him....What the World Needs Now is PERFECT.....Petula Clark's Don't Sleep In The Subway is so so SWEEEEET!....HONEY is a GEM.....What a clever, positive and Happy approach to this sad, sad song...Ray Conniff's version was played constantly on the radio stations... I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER is a CLASSIC CREATIVE CONNIFF MASTERPIECE....Petula Clark's Kiss Me Goodbye is Beyond Words!! "Gentle On My Mind" just simply ROCKS! Like "Rose Garden" Rocks, Like "Snowbird" Rocks! Like "Mrs. Robinson" rocks...Get the picture.. The Sounds Of Silence is Perfect..... What about Valley of the Dolls....Wow! THESE LPS were sexy, they were gorgeous, they were CONNIFF in the 60-'s
The best of RC
Music Lover: Rene Ricardo Gonzalez Medina
Fontana, CA US
-- January, 9, 2004
The 2 LPs are the best of Mr. Conniff. The sound of the first is better than the recording of today´s music. And look the art of "It must be him", is spectacular.
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