- Compilation Producer: Jeff James
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Columbia KC 32090 (1973)
- Original Album #2: Columbia KC 32553 (1973)
Description by OLDIES.com:
1973's "I Can See Clearly Now" features orchestral versions of "contemporary" songs by the likes of Johnny Nash, Helen Reddy, Gamble & Huff, Albert Hammond, Seals & Crofts and Mac Davis. Released the same year, "Harmony" includes orchestral versions of hits of the day by Paul & Linda McCartney, Wayne Newton and Elton John.
- 1.I Can See Clearly Now
- 2.If You Don't Know Me By Now
- 3.It Never Rains In Southern California
- 5.Summer Breeze
- 7.I Believe In Music
- 8.If I Could Reach You
- 9.Something's Wrong With Me
- 10.I Am Woman
- 11.I'd Love You To Want Me
- 13.Playground In My Mind
- 14.The Morning After
- 15.Young Love
- 16.Live And Let Die
- 17.How Can I Tell Her
- 18.Say Has Anybody Seen My Gypsy Rose
- 19.Yesterday Once More
- 20.Delta Dawn
- 21.Touch Me In The Morning
- 22.Here Today And Gone Tomorrow
2 LPs on 1 CD: I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW (1973)/HARMONY (1973).
Liner Note Author: Jack Gold.
Photographer: Tyler Thornton.
Arranger: Ray Conniff.
This Collectables reissue combines two similar Ray Conniff dates originally released on Columbia Records, I Can See Clearly Now and Harmony, originally issued in 1972 and 1973 respectively. The 22 tracks are formulaic renditions of hit pop songs of the era by Mac Davis, Paul McCartney, Seals & Crofts, and the Carpenters. Those who appreciate easy listening pop will find this a welcome addition to their collection. ~ Al Campbell
Music Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
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GREAT BLENDING OF VOCALS & INSTRUMENTALS!!!
Music Lover: RUTH WONG
-- January, 29, 2006
I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING OVER 30 YEARS TO FIND "HARMONY". I REMEMBER SINGING THIS SONG IN AN ALL-CITY CHOIR OF 5th & 6th GRADERS WHEN I WAS IN 6th GRADE IN NEBRASKA. I LOVED THIS SONG BUT COULDN'T REMEMBER WHO WROTE OR RECORDED THIS SONG. BUT I KNEW THE FIRST THREE LINES OF THE BEGINNING LYRICS. I AM SO HAPPY THAT I'VE FINALLY FOUND A RECORDING OF IT! THAT SONG IS SO PROFOUND NOW AS IT WAS THEN (1976). I ALSO LOVE THE SONG "HERE TODAY AND GONE TOMORROW". THAT SONG MADE ME CRY BECAUSE WE ALL LOSE SOMEONE WE LOVE...WHETHER THRU DEATH OR BREAK-UP. I LOVE YOU, RAY CONNIFF!
I CAN SEE HARMONY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
Music Lover: Alex Garcia
Fairview, NJ US
-- March, 12, 2005
Folks, these are two very special LPs now available for the first time on CD. Let's start w/See Clearly Now....That piano rhythm that Ray created I Can See Clearly Now is "outta this world.." This is "clearly" an instance where this version KNOCKS the original Johnny Nash version outta the "ballpark..." Other stand-outs are Albert Hammond's "It Never Rains In Southern California" which is so electric and PERFECT...Pay close attention to Mac Davis' I BELIEVE IN MUSIC because it is what Ray Conniff music is all about......and listen to the tenderness of Austin Robert's "Something's Wrong With Me" with Ron Hicklin's & the Bahler Brothers vocal arrangements... Now, let's talk about Harmony...Came out in the winter of '73 when I was "9" years old and my dad got me this LP for Christmas...What a beautiful album! Harmony is by FAR, one of the most gorgeous and most appropriate SONGS for a CONNIFF flavored arrangement. Sonny Rollin's YOUNG LOVE is given this outstanding Conniff interpretation and Lobo's How Can I Tell Her is simply outta here! But the three GEMS on this LP are Dawn's Gypsy Rose which showcases Ray Conniff's Dixieland flavored arrangement! The Carpenter's YESTERDAY ONCE MORE is down in Conniff history as a legendary arrangement, performed in Conniff concerts everywhere and the closing SONG, "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow which was PENNED by Ray Conniff and EXPRESSES by far our truly heartfelt sentiments about our love for Ray Conniff......It is one of the most beautiful songs you will ever hear......It will bring out sentiments in you, that you never KNEW you had........Conniff the GENIUS once again showcases his god given talents and we have two OUTSTANDING LPS on CD given to us by COLLECTIBLES.........Go COLLECTIBLES go!!!!!! 10 THUMBS UP!
I Can See Clearly Now/Harmony
Music Lover: Dr. Glenn Briggs
-- December, 1, 2004
It is always good to see reviews from people around the world who appreciate truly great music. We all agree that the songs on these two CDs are among best recordings Ray conniff ever produced, and to say that this is a high-quality collection is a collosal understatement. The Conniff renditions are actually better than the original recordings by other artists, as is always the case.
RAY AT HIS BEST
Music Lover: jorge carpes
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
-- April, 29, 2004
"I Can See Clearly Now" and "Harmony" are among the best things Ray conniff ever produced. With singers like Jackie Ward and the Bahler Brothers, an impeccable repertoire and the magic Conniff touch, the result could not be nothing but SUPERB. Ray's own composition "Here today and gone tomorrow" (from "Harmony") express what every Conniff fan felt when he passed away. A MUST for any record collection!!
Another Great Combo by Ray Conniff & The Singers
Music Lover: Carlos Emmerich
Sao Paulo, Brazil
-- March, 26, 2004
These LP's released on 1973 were two great hits performed by the new Conniff singers, introducing a new way of interpretation. Lovely songs such as "I Can See Clearly Now", "Ben", "The Morning After", "If I Could Reach You" and the title song "Harmony" are here with the marvelous Conniff's touch. As a matter of fact, the right pair's LP should be "I Can See Clearly Now" and the superb "You're The Sunshine Of My Life', released the same year, too. I hope Collectable Records will be remember releasing this title very soon...
I believe this is a must-have Ray Conniff's CD. You should try it...
(S?o Paulo, Brazil)