Forever

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/1993
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596142328
  • Catalog Number: 61423
  • Sales rank: 6,451

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 Jr. Trombone
George Grapham Trumpet
Jim Hughert Bass
Mari Tsumura-Botnick Violin
Bob Becker Viola
Barbara Hunter Cello
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Ralph Morrison III 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
Bernie Grundman Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy It!

    A bit on the melancholic side, but still a great buy. All the songs should be listened to over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    '' And, I'll Be There'' is all you need

    This song ''And I'll Be There'' is the only reason I bought the album. It's melancholy type words captured my soul.

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