It's Time [Bonus Tracks]

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.”)
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624899624
  • Catalog Number: 48996
  • Sales rank: 131,056

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 Jr. Bass Trombone
Brian Green Acoustic Guitar, 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 Jr. 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
Al Schmitt Engineer
Wilbur Schwandt Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
William Ross Arranger
Mick Haggerty Artwork
Steve Genewick Digital Editing
Tony Renis Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Alberto Testa Composer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Michael Bublé Composer
Neil Devor Programming, Engineer
Jorge Vivo Engineer
Alan Chang Composer
Jochem van der Saag Programming, Sound Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply outstanding

    To my great good fortune I chanced upon this album which was featured on one channel on a British Airways trans-atlantic flight, and had the incredible experience of being buoyed by lyrics extolling a new dawn/ a new day/ a new life with Buble's rich convincing voice, in the dark timelessness of overnight travel. After lulling you with a quiet intro, the tremendous big band sound swings in and takes over. Magnificent key changes throughout. For the first time in my much- travelled life I jotted the details and vowed to purchase the cd, and this was before I heard the soulful arrangement of my perennial favourite Song for you, or long-missed You and I, and Cuando, Cuando, Cuando. Impressive arrangements keep all the music fresh but with sufficient reference to earlier times to make for pleasant memory- lane jaunts. I feel I've been unfair to the other pieces by mentioning only a few when the album has no weak spots, but must comment on the charming, wistful Home which my teenagers replay frequently (and they are heavy rock and reggae fans).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heir Apparent to Romance Crown

    He's proven to be a consumate performer and sings love songs like no one else has in at least 30 years and is unquestionably the one to carry the torch of romance for years to come. Long live Mr. Michael Buble'

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