As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook, Vol. II

As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook, Vol. II

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by Rod Stewart

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Rod Stewart’s As Time Goes By...The Great American Songbook: Volume II finds the ace vocalist returning to the good old good ones, luminous standards from the golden age of popular songwriting. Taking up where his first foray into the genre, the hit album It Had to Be You, left off, Stewart luxuriates in the durableSee more details below


Rod Stewart’s As Time Goes By...The Great American Songbook: Volume II finds the ace vocalist returning to the good old good ones, luminous standards from the golden age of popular songwriting. Taking up where his first foray into the genre, the hit album It Had to Be You, left off, Stewart luxuriates in the durable grandeur of his such gems as "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Smile," "Til' There Was You," and "Until the Real Thing Comes Along." To sweeten the pot, there are duets with Cher on Rodgers and Hart’s "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered," and Queen Latifah on "As Time Goes By." He may be a rock icon, but with projects such as this Stewart is laying claim to be considered a classic crooner.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Thanks to Clive Davis, Rod Stewart found a career revival in 2002 with It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook, the album that refashioned the lovable rogue into a swanky swinger. Davis' gamble paid off -- he figured that the public, already aware of Stewart's status as a great singer, would believe that he could sing classic pop songs as well as he sang rock, soul, and folk, and he was right: the public did buy the record. But just because a record sells doesn't necessarily mean that it's all that good, and It Had to Be You suffered from one simple thing: Stewart's talents and skills are not well-suited for traditional pop. Still, the concept was a good one so the record sold and spawned a sequel, As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook, Vol. 2. Released a year later, nearly to the day, As Time Goes By is basically the same album as It Had to Be You, relying on a similar song selection of well-worn warhorses and adhering to the same simple, straight-ahead cocktail-bar arrangements as its predecessor. There are some slight differences, most notably the presence of two duets: a version of "Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered" with Cher, while Queen Latifah joins in on the title song (neither cut is very good, but Latifah is much better than Cher, who is less-suited for this material than Rod). Then, there's the slight upper hand of producer Richard Perry, who helms more tracks this time around than the other two producers, Clive Davis and Phil Ramone, who are also returning from It Had to Be You Overall, the album has a looser feel, but that doesn't mean more relaxed; it means sloppy -- to the point that the producers failed to correct a glaring computerized vocal correction error at 1:20 on the opening track, "Time After Time." Stewart's delivery is lazy and unfocused; his asides and offhand turns of phrase work wonders on rock, pop, and soul, where it's more about being in the moment than being in the song, but on finely crafted songs like these, precision is needed and Stewart's delivery makes it seem like he just doesn't have his heart in it. He never sounds bad; he merely sounds awkward on occasion, but the record is so casual that it doesn't make much of a difference. As Time Goes By just coasts by on its style and concept, which is about as satisfying and pleasant as it was the first time out, but the slight differences -- the duets, the sloppiness -- make the artifice more apparent this time around. It still works as background music, though, for those who buy into the concept.

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  1. Time After Time  - Rod Stewart
  2. I'm in the Mood For Love  - Rod Stewart
  3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore  - Rod Stewart
  4. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered  - Rod Stewart
  5. Til There Was You  - Rod Stewart
  6. Until the Real Thing Comes Along  - Rod Stewart
  7. Where or When  - Rod Stewart
  8. Smile  - Rod Stewart
  9. My Heart Stood Still  - Rod Stewart
  10. Someone to Watch Over Me  - Queen Latifah
  11. As Time Goes By  - Queen Latifah
  12. I Only Have Eyes For You  - Rod Stewart
  13. Crazy She Calls Me  - Rod Stewart
  14. Our Love Is Here to Stay  - Rod Stewart

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist,Human Whistle
Peter Nero   Piano
Rob Mounsey   Conductor,Keyboards
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet
Elena Barere   Violin,Concert Master
Tom Barney   Bass
Lawrence Feldman   Clarinet
John Ferraro   Drums
David Finck   Bass
Larry Koonse   Guitar
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Jeanne LeBlanc   Celli
Ann Leathers   Violin
Richard Locker   Celli
Rob Mathes   Piano,Keyboards,Guitar (Nylon String)
Reggie McBride   Bass
Jan Mullen   Violin
Dean Parks   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Drums
Philippe Saisse   Keyboards,Synthesizer Strings
Mark Orrin Shuman   Celli
Richard Sortomme   Violin
David Spinozza   Acoustic Guitar
Marti Sweet   Violin
Frank Vilardi   Drums
Doug Webb   Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Woodwind
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Colin Freeman   Conductor
Jimmy Rip   Guitar
Frank Simes   Guitar
Avril Brown   Violin
Warren Odze   Drums
Carol Webb   Violin
Monica Gerard   Viola
Maura Giannini   Violin
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Adrian Benjamin   Viola
Henry Hey   Piano
Ann Kim   Celli
Carl Struken   Guitar,Piano
Mary Hammann   Viola
Vince Lionti   Viola
Mike Thompson   Clarinet,Piano,Synthesizer Strings
Aaron Kaplan   Guitar
Chris Golden   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Cher   Duet
Alan Broadbent   String Arrangements
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Rob Mounsey   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Evan Rogers   Producer
Ray Bardani   Engineer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Chris Carroll   Engineer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Clive Davis   Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Rob Mathes   Producer,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Joel Moss   Engineer
Matt Noble   Engineer
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Steve Orchard   Engineer
Richard Perry   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Phil Ramone   Producer
Bob Russell   Composer
Philippe Saisse   String Arrangements
Doug Sax   Mastering
Carl Sigman   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Meredith Willson   Composer
Colin Freeman   String Arrangements
Pete Karam   Engineer
Arnold Stiefel   Vocal Arrangements
J.J. Blair   Engineer
Dublin   Composer
Hemberger   Engineer
Jason Stasium   Digital Editing
Jan Folkson   Pro-Tools
Carl Struken   Producer
Robert Hadley   Mastering
Mann Holiner   Composer
Alberta Nichols   Composer
Mike Thompson   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Saxophone Arrangement,Woodwind Arrangement
Mike Glines   Engineer
Mark "Speedy" Gonzalez   Engineer,Digital Editing
Aaron Kaplan   Engineer,Digital Editing
Lauren Wild   rhythm arrangement
Bobby Ginsburg   Engineer
L.E. Freeman   Composer
Pablo Solorzano   Engineer,Digital Editing
Eric Schilling   Engineer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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