Andy Williams - An Evening With Andy Williams: Royal Albert Hall 1978 (1978)
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A very warm presentation from the most personable crooner since Perry Como. Just a fantastic look at all the music popular in the seventies. The filming is first rate and the sound is just as good for a film made 30 years ago for goodness sakes! [img]https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRZQKpPrNzZIBoQfhh7OvRzvIuEHplZdTs7Y5os4jbEwl4q8HRC[/img] SEE the entire 7 part video youtube.com 1978 concert here, starting with part one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7R6q3ZA5rw&list=PLpdf7V5fw-jgBtDaENLbGPj9JBU4YdzbZ [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSmFHWGHE2vrNu23nqe7mmGIO2z8iitmSlyLyhKjX6fTy8JEI5ZVw[/img] Presented in two parts on the DVD, the first has many then popular tunes of the day (and I really mean of that year as so many are purely seveties). The second part is obviously another concert where Andy's personal career favorites are featured. Generally, the English audience never stood for any of the songs sung by Mr. Williams. At the end there was a very faint rush to the stage, but we had none of that excitement we would have expected for Andy as he was then a VERY popular enteretainer in the U.S. ONE criticism: There is a skit done by Andy and two other female dancers done in white top hat and tails. This was very lame stuff and should have never been included in the performance. Why this silly tap dancing? Andy was terrible at it and all it did was wear him out for the rest of the concert. There was polite applause but not a resounding one. Andy was breathless. Also, the talking bits scattered through the concert were NOT funny as they tried to be. They were worse, they were embarressing. But I guess Andy just had to have them interjected through the concert. [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTY65GjNIupEEHuUIx7VbAQfbtKOILU61RSQYHFF2lVLztHOVuU[/img] As for the film, there were several very interesting interviews with Mr. Williams where he told very interesting career tidbits, or facts if you will, that make this a very personable and well worth watching experience. [img]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTwGPBrgXCGAgXNFDPdpYPrQq9yJBMYCMATV-rzlZ2KqqxGjHDH[/img] There are a few tunes that shook me personally, namely Danny Boy SEE here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGuyUH4ZgWo and most impressively the American Triology. SEE that one FABULOUS rendition here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XfDrx4HVEI Few songs are sung in their entirety as most of the concerts, and I really think there are two presented here. Almost all the songs are sung in medley, that is, they are not sung in their entirety. But fear not, the songs are sung faithfully to their original recording, not some weird interpretation. [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS8s_P8BF1j8jmnoXJTMU0LsakTPtd_F_ojacx6rPssuEEeMv0K[/img] The Royal Albert Hall NOTES for the note watchers : 1 This review is from: An Evening With Andy Williams : Live From The Royal Albert Hall (DVD): "What an experience it must have been to witness this performance in person. Andy William's stage presence and the addition of the London Symphony Orchestra made this DVD outstanding. Mr. Williams covers a wide range of material here and does it with ease. The interview segments between chapters were nice and allow the viewer to gain some little nuggets of personal information and trivia. I was amazed when he stated that early in his career he did not like performing! I'm certainly glad he had a change of heart." 2 This review is from: An Evening With Andy Williams : Live From The Royal Albert Hall (DVD) "This live performance in England is wonderful! Andy did shortened versons of many of his hits as medleys in order to perform a wide variety of other songs. His vocal quality (at about age 50, I believe) is excellent. I saw him in Vegas around this same time period, and this show at Royal Albert Hall reflects the same warmth and excitement I witnessed in person. If you're an Andy fan, you must have this." 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IcpED8YPAo (NOT from the concert, this is just a sample of Andy singing Moon River from his TV show. Endure the first 10 seconds of loser commercial, please) 4 In the early 1970s, when the Nixon Administration attempted to deport John Lennon, Williams was an outspoken defender of the former Beatle's right to stay in the United States. 5 On August 5, 1966, the 14-story, 700-room Caesars Palace casino and nightclub opened in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the stage production of "Rome Swings", in which Williams starred. He performed live to a sold-out crowd in the Circus Maximus showroom. He headlined for Caesars for the next twenty years. 6 Williams hosted the MOST Grammy telecasts, from the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971 through to the 19th awards in 1977, seven consecutive shows. He returned to television to do a syndicated half-hour series in 1976-1977. 7 Andy Williams appeared many times at the Albert Hall, including his last in 2009. He appeared alone in 1968, 1978, 2009 and for other reasons in between. [img]http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/63133000/jpg/_63133226_williams1_2006bbc.jpg[/img] Format: Color, DVD, Import, NTSC Language: English Region: All Regions Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007 Run Time: 100 minutes [img]http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/10/03/article-1217933-06ACCC13000005DC-150_468x404.jpg[/img] first and only wife Claudine Longet and Andy a long long time ago
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