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Fly Me to the Moon: The Great American Songbook, Vol. 5 [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rod Stewart has been mining the Great American Songbook for the better part of a decade, so it would only make sense that he would get a little bit better as time goes by. And, by some stroke of fate, Fly Me to the Moon -- the fifth installment in this never-ending series and first since 2005, as Rod spent the back half of the 2000s taking songbook detours into rock and soul -- is Stewart's best album in the entire series. Some credit must be due to producer Richard Perry, who returns to the project after a few records off, but what distinguishes Fly Me to the Moon isn't precision but relaxation. Rod is cool and loose, comfortable with the contours of these ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rod Stewart has been mining the Great American Songbook for the better part of a decade, so it would only make sense that he would get a little bit better as time goes by. And, by some stroke of fate, Fly Me to the Moon -- the fifth installment in this never-ending series and first since 2005, as Rod spent the back half of the 2000s taking songbook detours into rock and soul -- is Stewart's best album in the entire series. Some credit must be due to producer Richard Perry, who returns to the project after a few records off, but what distinguishes Fly Me to the Moon isn't precision but relaxation. Rod is cool and loose, comfortable with the contours of these standards, which he should be after singing them for ten years. Standards still may not be suited for Stewart's particular gifts -- unlike the rock and R&B numbers of his early years, he has absolutely no interest in rearranging the tunes or doing something unexpected with them, so he simply wraps his soulful rasp around them, sometimes sounding too ragged for the surroundings -- but he knows how to make his flaws work in his favor. He sounds like he's having fun swinging through the tunes everybody knows by heart, and that's the difference on an album that's otherwise interchangeable with what came before: usually, the Great American Songbooks sound obligatory, but here there's enough spirit coming from Rod to make this the best album in the series. [The Deluxe Edition adds a second disc including six bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • Label: J-Records
  • UPC: 886977720925
  • Catalog Number: 777209
  • Sales rank: 26,473

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rod Stewart Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Larry Goldings Piano, Synthesizer Strings
Joe Sample Piano
Anita Pointer Background Vocals
John Ferraro Drums
Trey Henry Bass
Reggie McBride Bass
Lee Thornburg Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Brass, Soloist
Mike Thompson Piano, Accordion, Synthesizer Strings
Doug Webb Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Stritch, Soloist
Kalani Percussion
Andrew Lippman Trombone, Soloist
Alicia Morgan Synthesizer Strings
Natasha Pearce Background Vocals
Nick Sample Synthesizer Strings
Alex Navarro Piano, Vibes, Soloist, Synthesizer Strings
Aaron Kaplan Guitar
Lauren Wild Background Vocals
Ariana Hall Background Vocals
Jeff Phurrough Background Vocals
Doug Lloyd Organ
Angela Michael Background Vocals
Chris Golden Bass
Joel Hamilton Bass
Adrian Woods Cello
Tom Evans Clarinet
Larry Koontz Guitar
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Rod Stewart Producer
Alan Broadbent String Arrangements
Fats Waller Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Clive Davis Producer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Johnny Mercer Composer
Richard Perry Arranger, Producer
Cole Porter Composer
Lee Thornburg Horn Arrangements
Mike Thompson Arranger
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Doug Webb Horn Arrangements
Victor Young Composer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Harry Brooks Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Seymour Simons Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Seth Waldmann Engineer, Pro-Tools
Alex Navarro Arranger
Lauren Wild Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Bobby Ginsburg Engineer, Pro-Tools
Carter William Humphrey Engineer, String Arrangements
Jeff Phurrough Engineer, String Arrangements
Todd Steinhauer Engineer, Pro-Tools
Maria Grever Composer
Bart Howard Composer
Rob Gaudet Engineer, Pro-Tools
Paul Meyer Engineer, Pro-Tools
Victor Your Composer
David Cox grooming
Johnny Merder Composer
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  • Posted November 24, 2010

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    Rocking Rod Has Mellowed

    I beg to differ with a previous reviewer about this album. "Rocking Rod" is still rocking, albeit in a slightly mellow mood. I think it's admirable that he can still pour out the songs but has segued into the "classical pops." After all, the guy is now 65! Instead of trying to maintain the "teeny bopper" image, he can now relate to all ages. As well as the albums & music that brought Rod to stardom, I have all 5 of the "Great American Songbook" series. And I have to say, Volume 5 has soon become one of my favorites. I love the way he takes the old tunes & puts his own "spin" on them. This is a notable selection with wonderful musical arrangements. I adore his version of "I Get a Kick Out of You." Be sure to purchase the Deluxe Edition as it's well worth it. For a few more dollars, you'll receive a second CD with some more great music, including my personal favorite, "Bye Bye Blackbird." Both discs are first rate, ones you'll never tire of listening to.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    5 Stars ++++

    While in B & N recently I heard this CD playing and knew immediately it was Rod Stewart and fell in love with his voice all over again. Of course I had to buy the set and I highly recommend it to all. The beautiful music and his unique voice are a stunning combination. Thanks, Rod!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

    Whatever Happened To Rocking Rod?

    Another rehash of old songs made famous by other artists. A total waste of time and money. Whatever happened to rocking Rod Stewart? I wish he would stop selling out to the record companies and do some new ROCK music.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 23, 2010

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