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It's Time [Bonus Tracks]

It's Time [Bonus Tracks]

by Michael Bublé

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It’s one thing to become an “overnight success”; it’s quite another to keep evolving as a recording artist. Canadian vocal sensation Michael Bublé indeed hit it big with his first album, resulting in wide media coverage, film appearances, and impressive international sales. We’ve seen it happen before, though: huge opening, then the quick nosedive into obscurity as a


It’s one thing to become an “overnight success”; it’s quite another to keep evolving as a recording artist. Canadian vocal sensation Michael Bublé indeed hit it big with his first album, resulting in wide media coverage, film appearances, and impressive international sales. We’ve seen it happen before, though: huge opening, then the quick nosedive into obscurity as a flash-in-the-pan performer’s vocal limitations quickly reveal themselves. With his second full-length album, It’s Time, Bublé looks to be beating the odds. He’s matured as a singer, growing in leaps and bounds from the overly mannered Sinatra wannabe of his earlier recordings to a confident balladeer and assured, swinging crooner. And for all Bublé’s respect for the tradition, he’s no retro clone. It’s Time bursts with an in-the-moment verve, exemplified by the winning mix of snappy vintage tunes of all casts, from such timeless standards as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Try a Little Tenderness” to the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love,” Leon Russell’s “A Song for You,” and the Motown classic “How Sweet It Is.” (There’s even a Ray Charles tribute in the form of Bublé’s heartfelt “You Don’t Know Me.”) When it comes to young singers picking up Harry Connick Jr.'s mantle, new competition seems to sprout like wildflowers. Bublé has that extra-special something -- call it authentic charm -- that’s going to keep him in the game. (The special-edition album of It’s Time features two additional tracks: “Mack the Knife” and “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”)

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Although it took more than a year of concerts and promotional appearances, Michael Bublé's 2003 debut disc of swinging pop standards finally ascended the Billboard album chart and landed at number 47. That peak may not seem impressive at first, but in a musical world dominated by rap or the latest flavor of alternative rock, Bublé's upper chart appearance was a real accomplishment and it sparked a renewed interest in music associated with great vocalists like Frank Sinatra. With his second studio disc, It's Time, Bublé builds upon the musical foundation he laid with his debut and demonstrates that he is much more that a flavor-of-the-month celebrity. Like his debut, It's Time mines the rich history of pop music as Bublé applies his own technique to classic standards and incorporates his Rat Pack sound into modern pop songs. Other pop vocal giants have made attempts to reinterpret the pop songs of their day with appalling results (Mel Tormé's version of "Sunshine Superman" comes to mind), but Bublé has the knack for selecting the right songs that he can properly transform into edible works that avoid a cheesy aftertaste. Having a standard like "A Foggy Day (In London Town)" share space with the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" may seem like a lounge lizard joke waiting to happen, but the arrangements (most courtesy of producer David Foster) and performances are seamless. Therefore, the quiet groove of "I've Got You Under My Skin" can sit comfortable next to Bublé's smoky version of Leon Russell's "Song for You," featuring Chris Botti on trumpet. Perhaps it is due to this formula working so well that Bublé has incorporated more of his unique takes on modern pop than on his debut. He even ventures into R&B territory with older hits like "Try a Little Tenderness" and "How Sweet It Is," all the while giving these songs a retro freshness that breathes new life into these gems. Pop starlet Nelly Furtado sounds lovely and elegant in the duet "Quando, Quando, Quando," while Bublé ends the disc with a beautiful reading of Stevie Wonder's "You and I." Another positive step forward is the inclusion of the lovely original tune "Home," a somewhat autobiographical "too long on the road" song co-written by Bublé. The success of this ballad provides yet another direction that he can explore and expand upon. Throughout the disc Bublé emits the feeling that he loves these songs and truly enjoys what he is doing. He sounds pure of voice and pure of heart. Those are rare commodities in the recorded world and they, along with Bublé's talent and vision, help to make It's Time a wonderful listening experience. [The deluxe version of It's Time comes in a slick digipack and includes a poster and two bonus tracks: "Dream a Little Dream of Me" and "Mack the Knife."]

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Release Date:
Reprise / Wea


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Bublé   Primary Artist,Vocals
Brian Bromberg   Bass
Frank Capp   Drums
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Charles Owens   Tenor Saxophone
Rickey Woodard   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
David Foster   Bass,Piano,Keyboards
John Chiodini   Guitar
Robert Hurst   Bass
George Bohannon   Trombone
Chris Botti   Trumpet,Soloist
Lee Callet   Baritone Saxophone
Gilbert Castellanos   Trumpet
Jeff Clayton   Alto Saxophone
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet
Keith Fiddmont   Alto Saxophone
Dan Higgins   Flute,Saxophone
Christian McBride   Bass
Ira Nepus   Trombone
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Dean Parks   Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Tull   Drums
Randy Waldman   Piano
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Anthony Wilson   Guitar
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Bass Trombone
Brian Green   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Nelly Furtado   Vocals
Tamir Hendelman   Piano
Alan Chang   Piano
Brandon Jenner   Acoustic Guitar
Kyle Palmer   Trumpet
Debbie Timuss   Background Vocals
Heitor Teixeira Pereira   Guitar
Jochem van der Saag   Organ,Harmonica
Brian Green   Guitar

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Eddy Arnold   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Bill Holman   Arranger
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Cindy Walker   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Fabian André   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   String Arrangements
John Clayton   Arranger
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Humberto Gatica   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Jerry Hey   Arranger
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer,Audio Production
Mort Lindsey   String Arrangements
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Sammy Nestico   Arranger,Orchestration
Anthony Newley   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Alejandro Rodriguez   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Wilbur Schwandt   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
William Ross   Arranger
Mick Haggerty   Artwork
Tony Renis   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Alberto Testa   Composer
Michael Bublé   Composer
Neil Devor   Programming,Engineer
Jorge Vivo   Engineer
Alan Chang   Composer
Jochem van der Saag   Programming,Sound Design

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