I Just Want To Hear the Words

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given the track record of actors-turned-singers, it's easy to be suspicious that Danny Aiello's 2004 album I Just Wanted to Hear the Words is nothing but a vanity project, which he himself admits in the liner notes. But in those very liner notes he argues against that idea, claiming that he's been singing for years, long before he became an actor, and he just never had the "guts" to make a go of it professionally until now. Instead, he sang at family parties and weddings, or afterhours at the nightclub where he worked as a bouncer, which gives a pretty good indication of what I Just Wanted to Hear the Words is. It's a mellow, likeable, and not particularly ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given the track record of actors-turned-singers, it's easy to be suspicious that Danny Aiello's 2004 album I Just Wanted to Hear the Words is nothing but a vanity project, which he himself admits in the liner notes. But in those very liner notes he argues against that idea, claiming that he's been singing for years, long before he became an actor, and he just never had the "guts" to make a go of it professionally until now. Instead, he sang at family parties and weddings, or afterhours at the nightclub where he worked as a bouncer, which gives a pretty good indication of what I Just Wanted to Hear the Words is. It's a mellow, likeable, and not particularly remarkable set of standards sung in the style of Sinatra, and it gets by on personality as much as skill. Which isn't to say that Aiello doesn't have skill, since he does, but his choice of material, his arrangements, and his phrasing are so safe, so familiar that the only thing that distinguishes the album is Aiello's personality, how he inhabits the songs. And that's where it gets tricky, because if you listened to the album without knowing it was Aiello the actor, you'd likely think that it's the work of an ingratiating wedding singer. When you know it's Aiello the actor, you tend to view it a little more kindly, impressed that it's not embarrassing like some other records by actors, yet mostly cutting it slack because you already like the guy. Even so, I Just Wanted to Hear the Words is unlikely to gather too many repeat plays since it's so similar to other albums by better singers -- namely, Sinatra -- that there's little reason to put it on at home. But it does suggest that it would be fun to see Aiello sing in a club sometime.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Trauma
  • UPC: 825228000522
  • Catalog Number: 6001

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danny Aiello Primary Artist, Vocals
Keith Ingham Piano
Michael Hashim Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Tad Shull Tenor Saxophone
James Chirillo Guitar
Rob Hyman Hammond Organ
Mark Phaneuf Flute
Walt Szymanski Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Brad Shigeta Trombone
Ralph Farris Viola
Lee Hudson Upright Bass
Dave Weiss Bass Flute
Andrea Cellasio Kehoe Background Vocals
Mairi Darman Cello
Technical Credits
Victor Herbert Composer
Michael Hashim Horn Arrangements
Harold Arlen Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ellis Reynolds Composer
Arthur Johnston Composer
Tim Quimette String Arrangements
Joe Young Composer
Seymour Simons Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
James V. Monaco Composer
Consuelo Velázquez Composer
Billy Mayhew Composer
Harry Carroll Composer
Doc Daugherty Composer
Sol Weinstein Composer
Jif Hinger Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Annalee Valencia-Bruch Art Direction
Ari Raskin Engineer
Chris Coady Engineer
Michael Fossenkemper Mastering
Jamie Seigel Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Uh . . . Sinatra's voice wasn't quality?

    Danny Aiello is pleasant enough to listen to, but trying to compare him to Sinatra is just plain silly. Most all of Aiello's phrasings are based on Sinatra's. I think the original review is correct: replace Aiello's name with an unknown and this album is easily forgettable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pleasantly Surprised

    I bought the album since I like Danny's movies but was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. I have to disagree with the review by the All Music Guide. Like a fine wine, this album keeps getting better with time--sounding better with each subsequent play. It has become a fixture in my car CD over the past few days and I find myself humming many of the melodies during the day at work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What?

    Great album, great selection of songs, the arrangements are superb as is Mr. Aiello's singing. The album has not left my home or car CD changer, you will want to play it OVER and OVER as well, trust me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An album for all ages.

    I would have to disagree with the review from ALL MUSIC GUIDE. Sinatra had a stage presence that made his career. Although Sinatra had a pleasant voice it was not true quality. From what I have heard Danny Aiello has a better voice than Sinatra, I would like to see him perform live so I could see his stage presence. This is an album my family and I will listen to for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pick this one up...YOU WONT BE SORRY!!!

    Danny Aiello is a great actor! Who knew he is also a great singer? I love every song on this CD. He has the perfect voice for every one of these songs. I recommend this CD for young and the young at heart. Pick this one up...YOU WONT BE SORRY!!!

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