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by Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein has turned out to be surprisingly prolific; Forever is his 11th album to be released since his 1985 debut with Pure Gershwin. But it might also be called his first "regular" album in four years, since 1989's The M.G.M. Album, that is, if one counts his four "songbook" albums (vocal-and-pianoSee more details below


Michael Feinstein has turned out to be surprisingly prolific; Forever is his 11th album to be released since his 1985 debut with Pure Gershwin. But it might also be called his first "regular" album in four years, since 1989's The M.G.M. Album, that is, if one counts his four "songbook" albums (vocal-and-piano collections of the work of a particular songwriter, with that songwriter at the piano) devoted to Burton Lane (two volumes), Jule Styne, and Jerry Herman, and his children's album, Pure Imagination, as special projects. A "regular" Michael Feinstein album would be one on which he puts together a program of various classic pop songs and sings them over orchestral and/or big-band arrangements. Forever might also be considered a first-ever album for him, however, in the sense that, while he has put the occasional recent, current, or even brand-new copyright on one of his albums before, if it fit in with his traditional pop style, this time he has gone for a half-and-half balance of old and new. To be sure, there are selections that are very much in keeping with what he usually does. Rodgers & Hart's "My Romance," Harold Rome's "Wish You Were Here," Walter Donaldson's "Little White Lies," and Johnny Mercer and Richard Whiting's "Too Marvelous for Words" are all standards of many decades' vintage, and, as usual, Feinstein makes them different by presenting versions that include arcane passages most people leave out, notably the introductory verses to "My Romance" and "Wish You Were Here." The most extreme example of this is "Too Marvelous for Words," which includes a lot more words than it does in most recordings of it. Feinstein the archivist went back to the movie for which the song was written, Ready Willing and Able, and picked out all the extra lyrics as different versions were sung throughout the film. Along with these evergreens, Forever is loaded with old-sounding new songs, such as "Song" (containing the line "Love is forever"), written for Feinstein by Paul Horner; "Soon," written by Barry Manilow for the animated film Thumbelina; "Whatever Happened to the Melody," by Cynthia Thompson and Ray Jessel; and "I'll Be There" by Alan & Marilyn Bergman (lyrics) and Dave Grusin (music). All of these are premiere recordings, as is Feinstein's own compositional collaboration with Bob Merrill, "Half of April (Most of May)," marking the first time the singer has recorded his own music. These songs all sound like the songs he usually performs, even if they are new. More surprising are Feinstein's renditions of Jimmy Webb's "Time Enough for Love" and, especially, Van Morrison's "Moondance" (presented in even more of a big-band/swing direction than the songwriter's own hit recording). But taken together, it all makes for a varied collection of material that suggests new directions for Feinstein while also showcasing what has made him successful before.

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Warner Bros Mod Afw


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Feinstein   Primary Artist,Piano
Ray Kelley   Cello
Pete Christlieb   Woodwind
Gary Foster   Woodwind
Steve Kujala   Woodwind
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Ralph Burns   Conductor
Ronnie Lang   Woodwind
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Lorraine Feather   Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Concert Master
Jimmy Webb   Conductor
Richard Todd   Horn
Bob Adcock   Cello
Murray Adler   Violin
Morgan Ames   Background Vocals
Israel Baker   Violin
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Dennis Belfield   Bass,Bass Guitar
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Stewart Blumberg   Trumpet
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Bette Byers   Violin
Gene Cipriano   Woodwind
Ronald Cooper   Cello
Randy Crenshaw   Background Vocals
Brian Dembow   Viola
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Alan Estes   Percussion
Henry Ferber   Violin
Frederick Seykora   Cello
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Glenn Garrett   Woodwind
Joseph Goodman   Violin
George Graham   Trumpet
Endre Granat   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jim Hughart   Bass
Marni Johnson   Horn
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Anne Karam   Cello
Eddie Karam   Conductor
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Myra Kestenbaum   Viola
Gayle LaVant   Harp
Michael Lang   Keyboards
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Joy Lyle   Violin
Earl Madison   Cello
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Dick Mitchell   Woodwind
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Cynthia Morrow   Viola
Carole Mukogawa   Violin,Viola
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Irma Neumann   Violin
Jack Nimitz   Woodwind
Tom Ranier   Piano
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Robin Ross   Viola
Thom Rotella   Guitar
Bob Sanov   Violin
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
Jim Self   Tuba
Don Shelton   Background Vocals
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Spiro Stamos   Violin
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass,Bass Guitar
Frank Szabo   Trumpet
Bob Tricarico   Woodwind
Ian Underwood   Keyboards
Alan Vavrin   Percussion
Brad Warnaar   Horn
Dorothy Wade   Violin
Dave Weckl   Drums
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Shari Zippert   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Larry Blank   Conductor
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
George Grapham   Trumpet
Jim Hughert   Bass
Mari Tsumura-Botnick   Violin
Bob Becker   Viola
Barbara Hunter   Cello
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Ralph Morrison   Violin
Raymond Tischer   Viola
Brian O'Connor   Horn

Technical Credits

Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Brooks Arthur   Producer
Jimmy Webb   Arranger
Don Heckman   Liner Notes
Billy Byers   Arranger
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
John Richards   Engineer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Larry Blank   Arranger
Michael F. Mills   Art Direction
Rick Winquest   Engineer
Cynthia Thompson   Composer
Ray Jessel   Composer

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