b2The Definitive Robert Goulet

Robert Goulet

Real Gone Music 2017

Review by David Bowling

Robert Goulet, 1933-2007, first came to prominence on Broadway when he played the part of Sir Lancelot in the play Camelot with Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. He also received a lot of publicity when he flubbed the lyrics to the National Anthem at the second Ali-Listen heavyweight championship fight. He would be one of very few people to win a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award.

His recording career lasted over 50 years. He deep baritone allowed him to occupy a place somewhere between Frank Sinatra and Andy Williams. He recorded over two dozen solo albums, which sold tens-of-millions of copies. Now Real Gone Music has gathered 36 of his well-known tracks and issued them as a two disc set titled The Definitive Collection.

As with most of the Real Gone releases, the remastered sound is uniformly excellent. The accompanying booklet presents a nice history of Goulet and his music.

Goulet was one of the classic masters of what is known as easy listening music. Songs such as “If I Ruled The World,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “Once Upon A Dream,” “The Girl That I Marry,” and “Summer Sounds” appealed to usually an older and decidedly non-rock and roll fan base.

Goulet carved out a nice career for himself. The Definitive Collection is representative of all that was best about Robert Goulet.