20 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like Mickey Newbury or Kris Kristofferson, Don Williams was someone who helped change the sound of country in the 1970s. Where Newbury played the heartstrings and Kristofferson influenced his influences, Williams was a hit machine. He had 17 number ones during his career, 14 of which surface here in chronological order. ("Til The Rivers All Run Dry," "Stay Young" and "Heartbeat In Darkness" are absent.) Williams crossed into the pop charts by infusing his countrypolitan sound with timely trends of pop. 1973's "Amanda" boasts a Beach Boys inspired vocal harmony and a wah-wah guitar. And with its four on the floor rock strut, handclaps, and Rhodes jazz piano, "Tulsa Time" was going for the Urban Cowboy sound that guys like Mickey Gilley and Eddie Rabbitt were making popular. "Love Is On A Roll" surfs on the beachy country style that Jimmy Buffett forged and 1984's "That's The Thing About Love" has a sax that sounds so indicative of New York in the '80s that you can almost picture the saxophonist wearing a blazer with his sleeves rolled up and a skinny Keith Haring necktie.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like Mickey Newbury or Kris Kristofferson, Don Williams was someone who helped change the sound of country in the 1970s. Where Newbury played the heartstrings and Kristofferson influenced his influences, Williams was a hit machine. He had 17 number ones during his career, 14 of which surface here in chronological order. ("Til The Rivers All Run Dry," "Stay Young" and "Heartbeat In Darkness" are absent.) Williams crossed into the pop charts by infusing his countrypolitan sound with timely trends of pop. 1973's "Amanda" boasts a Beach Boys inspired vocal harmony and a wah-wah guitar. And with its four on the floor rock strut, handclaps, and Rhodes jazz piano, "Tulsa Time" was going for the Urban Cowboy sound that guys like Mickey Gilley and Eddie Rabbitt were making popular. "Love Is On A Roll" surfs on the beachy country style that Jimmy Buffett forged and 1984's "That's The Thing About Love" has a sax that sounds so indicative of New York in the '80s that you can almost picture the saxophonist wearing a blazer with his sleeves rolled up and a skinny Keith Haring necktie.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
118 Ratings
118 Ratings
jdavidb ,

How could you go wrong with Don Williams!?!

A true country superstar (even though he evidently didn't believe in such things). The flood of memories you'll get by listening to this album makes it worth the price. If you're too young to remember Don Williams on the radio you owe it to yourself to check him out.

iLuv2ShopHCO ,

Gotta love it

I love Don William's voice. It is so soothing, almost like a lullaby, especially in 'I Believe In Love". He has somethin special, because come on, i'm 14 and I love his music. I totally recommend this album.

Mr.X2 ,

Don Williams is the country I like to hear

Country music was something I always switched off...till I heard Don Williams. His earnest delivery of songs and terrific voice made me take notice! Soon I was playing his songs on the guitar. His tunes are perfect for the road, long airplane flights and especially during times when I need to take a step back and see a simpler perspective on life.

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