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I don't write music reviews too often. However, I feel like I have to write a review in response to the stupid review which, incorrectly, states that these songs are re-recorded versions of the originals. Folks, this IS THE ORGINAL HIT VERSIONS. I own two of these songs ("Thank You for Being a Friend" and "Lonely Boy"). And, I am old enough to remember very well when they first came out way back around 1977 and 1978. I even watched Andrew Gold perform live, as the opening act for Dolly Parton, in a 1978 concert in Charleston, W.V. These songs are so easy to recognize--especially "Lonely Boy" and "Thank You for Being a Friend" since they've been played for 30 years on the airwaves--that it is hard to think someone could write a review incorrectly stating that these are re-recordings. I personally think "Thank You for Being a Friend" (it became the theme song for the sitcom "The Golden Girls" in the 1980s) is one of the finest songs ever written--and these, original, versions are absoulutely worth purchasing!

No it's not!

In reply to cc... I just downloaded "Lonely Boy" and it is not a re-recording. It's the original album version of the song. The 45 version was 4:01, the LP version was 4:17. Go figure!

Original Recording

I can't speak for the whole "disc", but "Lonely Boy" is DEFINITELY the original. I actually had this version on a 45rpm 7" single, and had been only able to find the radio edit version on CD in the past. While I still have some gripes about iTunes hit and miss selection, this song is the real deal.


Born: August 2, 1951 in Burbank, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best remembered for his mid-'70s smashes "Lonely Boy" and "Thank You for Being a Friend," pop singer/songwriter Andrew Gold was born in Burbank, California on August 2, 1951. The son of composer Ernest Gold (who won an Academy Award for his score to the film Exodus) and vocalist Marni Nixon (the singing voice of Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady), he first attracted attention as a member of the Los Angeles band Bryndle alongside Kenny Edwards, Wendy Waldman, and Karla...
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