The Way We Were/The Happy Sound Of Ray ConniffThe Way We Were / The Happy Sound Of Ray Conniff

  1. The Most Beautiful Girl
  2. Loves Me Like A Rock
  3. Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)
  4. Paper Roses
  5. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  6. Who's In The Strawberry Patch With Sally
  7. The Way We Were
  8. Photograph
  9. Beyond Tomorrow (from "Serpico")
  10. Top Of The World
  11. Medley: Dear Father / Be (from "Jonathan Livingston Seagull")
  12. I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time
  13. You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It)
  14. Don't Be That Way
  15. When Mabel Comes In The Room From The Broadway Musical "Mack & Mabel"
  16. White Silver Sands
  17. The Entertainer
  18. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  19. In The Mood
  20. Half As Much
  21. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
  22. Ecstasy

This 2-on-1 CD was released on February 5, 2002 (Collectables COL-CD-7434 / Sony A-53830). Tracks 1-11 recorded in 1973 and released in 1974 on Columbia KC 32802; tracks 12-22 recorded and released in 1974 on Columbia KC 33139.

This reissue includes a recent biography of Ray, abridged Lp liner notes, and session dates. Album credits and notes describing quadraphonic sound were omitted but have been reproduced in red below:

From The Way We Were:

Produced by Jack Gold
Arranged and Conducted by Ray Conniff
Engineered by Bruce Morgan
Front cover photograph: Guy Webster
Back cover photograph: Tyler Thornton

The orchestra on this album is basically made up of bass, drums, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion and piano (doubling organ and electric piano). There is one exception however, on the song "Who's in the Strawberry Patch with Sally," I added a trumpet played by John Best, a clarinet played by John Bambridge and a trombone which I played myself (Dixieland Combo)
The singers consist of four sopranos, four altos, four tenors and four baritone-basses.
Those of you who have purchased the four-channel quadraphonic version of this album may be interested in the placement of sound as you listen on your four speakers.
On practically all of the songs I have separated the singers on to four separate speakers. The sopranos all appear on one speaker, the altos on a second, the tenors on a third and the baritone-basses on the remaining speaker. When you're listening this gives the exciting effect of being surrounded by the singers.
The bass guitar and drums appear to sound in between what I call the front center speakers. The rest of the orchestral instruments are placed in varying positions depending on what I thought made the best sound for each individual song.

Happy listenin'

From The Happy Sound Of Ray Conniff:

Arranged and conducted by Ray Conniff
Produced by Jack Gold
Photographs of the Conniff family (Ray, Tamara, and Vera) by Albert Watson
Designed by Nancy Donald.

I have been a Ray Conniff fan from the early days. In the beginning, I knew Ray as a brilliant young arranger who wrote hit arrangements for many artists. Then, of course, came the time when Ray Conniff created the happy hit sound of his own.
For the past several years I have been privileged to produce the albums Ray Conniff records so I have had a great vantage point from which to see how they really happen.
This album combines strong elements past and current which serve to illustrate both the timeless and timely quality that make the Conniff sound instantly recognizable but ever new. For example, first there is "Apple Blossom Time" with the familiar instruments and voices doing the sounds instead of words, then there is "In The Mood" which uses the new "wa wa" guitar sound that adds a new excitement to the rhythm.
In this album Ray has written his arrangements and positioned the musicians and voices with particular attention to how it will sound in quadraphonic as well as stereo. Quadraphonic, which involves four channels of audio instead of two as in stereo, makes possible new dimensions of pleasurable listening.
Ray Conniff ever the innovator, is in the forefront of those creating a product which will take advantage of new techniques and technology. It was with that in mind that Ray composed an original piece of music entitled "Ecstasy" especially for this album.
Incidentally, in the interest of getting a better "quad" sound, Ray returned to the style of recording the musicians and singers at one time instead of recording tracks with different sections at different times. Thus to get the newest in sound, he reverted to an old technique. Making records with forty people live at once brought back an excitement to the recording sessions that was enjoyed by everyone. I'm sure everyone will enjoy the listening too. That's what "The Happy Sound Of Ray Conniff" is all about.
— Jack Gold

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