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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Michael Feinstein teams up with Hollywood arranger Johnny Mandel for his fourth album, which, as its title suggests, is devoted to romantic songs. Typically, an LP's worth of Feinstein performances isn't only a stroll down the Memory Lane of show tunes from movies and musicals of the interwar era, but also a musical research project into the archives where the singer toiled back in the days when he was an archivist for Ira Gershwin and Harry Warren. So, for example, when he leads off with the title song, written by Rodgers & Hart for the film Love Me Tonight, he doesn't only sing the lyrics everybody knows from its countless covers, he also throws in the lyrics ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Michael Feinstein teams up with Hollywood arranger Johnny Mandel for his fourth album, which, as its title suggests, is devoted to romantic songs. Typically, an LP's worth of Feinstein performances isn't only a stroll down the Memory Lane of show tunes from movies and musicals of the interwar era, but also a musical research project into the archives where the singer toiled back in the days when he was an archivist for Ira Gershwin and Harry Warren. So, for example, when he leads off with the title song, written by Rodgers & Hart for the film Love Me Tonight, he doesn't only sing the lyrics everybody knows from its countless covers, he also throws in the lyrics from the second chorus, unheard since 1932, which come off as decidedly chauvinistic in 1988. Similarly, in rendering Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields' "A Fine Romance" from the 1936 film Swingtime, he sings a verse that was never used or published, but that was sung by the film's star, Fred Astaire, only on a recording that was never released. Such arcane additions to the material will interest especially those as fascinated by pop music history as Feinstein; to casual listeners, they may come as a surprise, altering impressions of songs otherwise so familiar. But Feinstein does not restrict himself to older material. He also introduces a new song, "Where Do You Start," composed by Mandel with lyrics by Marilyn & Alan Bergman, that, like so many songs of the '70s and '80s written in the style of pre-rock pop, sounds like it might as well have been penned just outside divorce court by a regretful ex-spouse. That's right, this album may consist of romantic songs, but they aren't always happy love songs. Just as often, they're unhappy ones, notably a medley of Jerry Herman's "I Won't Send Roses" another chauvinist's statement and the heartbreaking "Time Heals Everything" from the 1974 musical Mack and Mabel included as a bonus track on CD copies of the album. Feinstein's vulnerable tenor and often reverent performance style is actually better suited to the bittersweet stuff, especially when accompanied by Mandel's haunting and sentimental arrangements.
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  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596079228
  • Catalog Number: 60792

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Feinstein Primary Artist, Vocals
Ray Kelley Cello
Alan Broadbent Synthesizer, Piano
Ray Pizzi Reeds
Stu Goldberg Synthesizer
Bruce Dukov Violin
Marilyn Baker Viola
Richard Todd French Horn
Arnold Belnick Violin
Mari Tsumura Violin
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Larry Bunker Percussion
Jodi Burnett Cello
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola
Gene Cipriano Reeds
John Clayton Bass, Bass Guitar
Isabelle Daskoff Violin
Earl Dumler Reeds
Assa Drori Violin
Henry Ferber Violin
Frederick Seykora Cello
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Joseph Goodman Violin
Sol Gubin Drums
Reginald Hill Violin
Marni Johnson French Horn
Anne Karam Cello
Eddie Karam Conductor
Peter Kent Violin
Randy Kerber Piano
John Lowe Reeds
Gordon Marron Strings Violin
Timothy May Guitar
Jack Nimitz Reeds
Jeff Porcaro Percussion
Sheldon Sanov Violin
Haim Shtrum Violin
Neil Stubenhaus Bass, Bass Guitar
Gerald Vinci Violin
Brad Warnaar French Horn
James Walker Reeds
Hershel Wise Viola
Shari Zippert Violin
Alan DeVeritch Viola
Gayle Levant Harp
Reg Hill Violin
Steven Schaeffer Drums
Michael Nowak Viola
Ralph Morrison III Violin
Louise di Tullio Reeds
Calvin Smith French Horn
Technical Credits
Michael Feinstein Liner Notes
Hank Cicalo Engineer
Johnny Mandel Arranger, Producer
Henrietta Condak Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ahhhhhhh

    This music is not Broadway. It's the kind of music that makes you stop what you're doing and listen (and maybe even sing). They're songs that you should know the words to. Sing them to your sweetheart. Sing them in the car. I adore this cd. It's the first cd that my lyrically-challenged husband ever sang along to. Now that's romantic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yes it is!

    It's rare that you find a CD wherein all songs are worth listening to over and over again. I find the arrangement very intimate - nothing loud, nothing flashy, just pure Michael Feinstein and the listener.

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