- Reissue Producer: Jeff James
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Columbia KC 31473 (1972)
- Original Album #2: Columbia KC 31629 (1972)
Description by OLDIES.com:
These two albums from the early 1970's feature Ray Conniff's orchestral and vocal arrangements of contemporary tunes such as Climax's "Precious And Few," America's "A Horse With No Name," Neil Diamond's "Song Song Blue" and "Day By Day" from "Godspell." "Love Theme" originally hit #144 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in 1972, and "Alone Again" went as high as #180.
- 1.Speak Softly Love
- 2.Hurting Each Other
- 3.A Horse With No Name
- 4.I Need You
- 5.Living In A House Divided
- 6.Precious And Few
- 7.Without You
- 8.A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done
- 9.The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face)
- 10.Theme From "Shaft"
- 11.The Way Of Love
- 12.Alone Again (Naturally)
- 13.Song Sung Blue
- 14.Where Is The Love
- 15.The Happiest Girl In The Whole Usa
- 16.The Candy Man
- 18.Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast
- 19.Day By Day
- 20.Run To Me
- 21.Too Young
- 22.Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)
2 LPs on 1 CD: LOVE THEME FROM THE GODFATHER (1972)/ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY) (1972).
Recording information: 03/21/1972-08/01/1972.
In 2004, Collectables' reissued two of Ray Conniff's 1972 albums, Love Theme from "The Godfather" and Alone Again (Naturally), on one CD -- one CD that contained no new liner notes, just the front covers reproduced in miniature, and the contents of the two albums reproduced in total. Like many easy listening and adult pop musicians, Ray Conniff turned toward modern pop and rock songwriters in the early '70s in an effort to stay contemporary, which is not necessarily the same thing as getting hip -- although that may have been part of the plan, as well. In any case, Conniff tackled such current hits as "Hurting Each Other," "A Horse with No Name," and "Without You," as well as such songwriters as Sonny Bono, on his 1972 album Love Theme from "The Godfather," treating them to arrangements that had grown familiar to any fan of Conniff or easy listening in the '70s. Conniff had backed away from the more interesting tricks and turns of his work a decade earlier, and had settled into sweet, syrupy orchestral arrangements graced by airy, relentlessly sunny harmony vocals pulled from a Mitch Miller album. a record like this is primarily of interest to latter-day listeners anxious to discover a new piece of kitsch, and while a quick scan of the songs suggests that this would be great kitsch, it's entirely too MOR to be worth a chuckle, outside of a take on "Theme from 'Shaft'" that is so ridiculous, it feels like Conniff and crew were in on the joke -- after all, who could sing a line "who's the black private dick who's a sex machine to all the crazy chicks?" without realizing it was silly?
Love Theme's follow-up, Alone Again (Naturally), was the third of Ray Conniff's three albums of contemporary pop hits in 1972, and it's the one that feels most like contemporary AM pop from the early '70s, partially because Conniff spices up his arrangements a little and partially because there's a wider variety of styles on this album, from Gilbert O'Sullivan's deceptively catchy title song, to Donna Fargo's country-pop "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA"; Anthony Newley's show-stopping kitsch "The Candy Man," and Looking Glass' quintessential "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)." Since there's more variety here than there was on the preceding Love Theme from "The Godfather," Conniff has the opportunity to write some more interesting arrangements -- the spare electric guitar opening of "Song Sung Blue," the punctuating horns on "Where Is the Love" -- which makes this a more engaging listen than its predecessor. Nevertheless, this album, like the last, is firmly entrenched in MOR easy listening, designed to be background listening and succeeding at that. It's a period piece, nothing more, nothing less. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Love Theme From "The Godfather" / Alone Again (Naturally)
Music Lover: Ron Narum
Houston, TX US
-- February, 4, 2005
The group of singers and the arrangements on these two albums were some of Ray Conniff's best work of the 70's (if not ever). Excellent sound quality and very contempoary arrangements contained on both and Ray's ability to achieve the level of percision with this group of singers (almost as one voice) make this release a conerstone of my collection. "Alone Again (Naturally)" was my first exposure to Ray Conniff's music. My father purchased it on 8-track tape back in 1974 and I became hooked on the Conniff sound from the moment I heard it. I no longer have that 8-track, but I do have the LP and am so grateful to Collectables to now have in on cd. My dad passed away in 1992 and Ray in 2001 but thanks to you, I will have some cherrished memories alive and well for years to come in this music....Priceless! Thnak you.
WHAT A SOUND!!!!
Music Lover: Jorge Carpes
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
-- May, 22, 2004
WOW! Have just received Collectables' "GODFATHER/ALONE AGAIN": What a sound! I made a comparison between the original LPs and this new CD version - It's unbelievable: Zillions better! Hope Collectables will keep releasing the missing ones like "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "TV Themes", "Send in the Clowns", "After the Lovin", etc, etc....
Perhaps Conniff's All-Time Best
Music Lover: Dr. Glenn Briggs
Kennedy Space Center, FL US
-- March, 26, 2004
The "Love Theme From The Godfather" may well be Ray Conniff's best LP of all time. Naturally, that sentiment may be partially based on the effect of his "new sound" that was so beautifully rendered in all of the selections. "Alone Again, Naturally" is really not far behind in quality - as if making such a judgement of any Conniff productions is easy! I am certain that this "two-fer" is right at the top of any fan's priority list, and it is pure joy to see Collectables continuing to please Ray's legions of fans with these releases. An utterly fantastic product!!
Kudos To Collectibles For THE Ray Conniff 2for1 Godfather/Naturally Release
Music Lover: Alex Garcia
-- January, 19, 2004
Folks, these are two of the most BEAUTIFULLY PRODUCED Ray Conniff 70's LPs! Listen to Ray Conniff as he (very rarely but certainly in this instance)tackles "a string section" in Alone Again Naturally.....Listen to his Dave Clark Five cover of "BECAUSE." Sink your soul into the beautifully arranged "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast..." You could almost swear you were listening to the Partridge Family backing up The Baher Brothers on DWalkSoFast...AS far as the SNUFF GARRETT (yes, that's right, Sonny & Cher's Snuff Garrett, as well as THE 50 GUITARS of TOMMY GARRETT...) Wow! Well, back to Ray Conniff, Snuff Garrett produced this ledgendary Godfather LP..Ray uses fewer singers and puts out one of the most MODERN 70's GEMs ever made..Listen to A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done.....Precious and Few....First Time Ever I Saw YOUR FACE...Wow!! Hurting Each Each Other sometimes I think sounds better than the original...So does, PRECIOUS and FEW....I remember being 10 years old and hearing this LP play from my dad's PANASONIC LP changer and believe me folks, this LP was cutting EDGE....
Collectibles, YOU MUST continue to hear the FANS of Ray Conniff and release HARMONY, SUNSHINE of MY LIFE, I Can See Clearly NOW, Laughter in the Rain.......These are GEMS that the WELL to DO Ray Conniff fans will buy even before the RELEASE DATE....WE want what we WANT and Ray Conniff LPs from the 70's is a MUST for our HAPPINESS!!!!
Alex Garcia : New Jersey
The Ray Conniff Sound with his new singers.
Music Lover: Carlos Emmerich
Sao Paulo, Brazil
-- January, 15, 2004
Finally we will have two of the most representative records Ray Conniff have made on the seventies. I've been waiting "Love Theme From The Godfather" on CD format for many years !!
Marvelous arrangements such as "Precious and Few", "Hurting Each Other", "Living In A House Divided" (a Cher's hit) a new and fresh arrangement for "Too Young" (first released without chorus on the album "Say It With Music") will be hear again on the compact disc technology.
We are still waiting new Collectables Releases by Ray Conniff & The Singers such as "I Can See Clearly Now", "You're The Sunshine Of My Life", "Harmony", "Laughter In The Rain", "Love Will Keep Us Together" and the superb "The Perfect 10 Classics" on CD format. Why Not?
(São Paulo, Brazil)
We are expecting anxiouly more Conniff CDs
Music Lover: Rafael Olivares
Poughkeepsie, NY US
-- January, 15, 2004
My name is Rafael, I am from San Salvador, El Salvador, I feel very happy when I read in Manfred Web (Ray Conniff's Presidente fan club) that Oldies.com will release "Love Theme From The Godfather/Alone Again (Naturally) in 2Lps on Cd, two Conniff's classic albums with a excellents songs. We are expecting more Conniff's albums will release like "I Can See Clearly Now", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "Harmony", "In Moscow", "Laughter In The Rain", "Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song", "Love Will Keep Us Together", "I Write The Songs", "Send In The Clowns", "TV Themes", "After The Lovin'", "Plays The Bee Gees & Other Great Hits", "I Will Survive", "Exitos Latinos", "Exclusivamente Latino", etc.... Please, many Ray Conniff's fans we are very happy to hear from Oldies.com, all this albums are released on CDs. Thank you for your kind attention from El Salvador.... Rafael
RAY CONNIFF ON THE SEVENTIES
Music Lover: jorge carpes
rio de janeiro, brazil
-- January, 10, 2004
"Godfather" and "Alone Again" are respectively the second and third albums Ray Conniff did with the then "New Sound" from his (new) Singers. It meant a breath of fresh air in the always wonderful Conniff sound. Those new Singers could sing better the songs of the day and the arrangements also got much more contemporary.
Both albums sound great both technically and musically speaking.
Listen to "A Horse with no name" and "Because" and you will agree with me.
Congratulations to Collectables for keeping on release these gems from the Conniff catalogue. A worth addition to our colections!
A very good selection
Music Lover: Rene Ricardo Gonzalez Medina
Fontana, CA US
-- January, 9, 2004
I´m waiting this two LPs to complete my collection of LPs to CDs. This is a very good selection of music of Ray Conniff.
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