Along with Julian Bream, Australian-born John Williams is in the very front rank of guitarists to have graced the recent classical scene. Yet while Bream advanced the cause by commissioning and playing classical works by new composers, Williams preferred to approach and absorb other strains of music – notably pop and jazz. That process of adventurous assimilation continues to this day, although his most recent influences have come from Africa and South America.

John took his first eclectic steps into the popular realm in the 1970s, and it’s from that historic decade that we draw the recordings for this compilation.

For the first time every track from his three Fly/Cube albums are collected on one compilation.

Changes (1971) produced by award winning film composer STANLEY MYERS, includes the first recording of Myers’ composition Cavatina, which became immensely popular as the theme to the Robert DeNiro film ‘THE DEER HUNTER’, subsequently becoming John’s signature piece; The Height Below (1973) saw John work with Beatles producer GeorgeMartin for the first time to produce a cult classic; while Travelling (1978) reunited John’s partnership with composer/producer Stanley Myers.

From Fly’s archive of original session tapes, we are pleased to have unearthed a delightful, previously unheard (and unedited) session take of Cavatina (theme from The Deer Hunter). Also added is the UK single-only track Pomegranate as well as the rare UK singles edits of Bach Changes and Travelling, all of which ensures that this is the most comprehensive reissue yet for three of John’s finest albums containing some of his most commercially successful and enduring recordings.

  • All John’s recordings for Fly/Cube Records on one release for the very first time
  • Features the classics Cavatina, Bach Changes, Theme From Z, Travelling and Romanza, plus 32 other tracks, including a previously unheard recording of Cavatina
  • Digitally remastered from the original session tapes by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering for pristine sound quality
  • Digi-pak comes with 20-page colour booklet featuring detailed sleeve notes from a new interview with John, original artwork and memorabilia


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