Music Is Better Than Words

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Music Is Better Than Words is a traditional big-band album from Seth MacFarlane, the wise-ass behind Family Guy. MacFarlane plays it straight throughout Music Is Better Than Words, hiring American Dad composer Joel McNeely to create approximations of Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, and Billy May's arrangements for Frank Sinatra's deathless, mid-century records for Capitol. These classic concept albums are clearly the blueprint for Music Is Better Than Words which was, after all, recorded at Capitol Records' legendary studio with MacFarlane singing into the very same microphone Sinatra used all those years ago, and there is a bit of a concept to this 2011 LP, too,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Music Is Better Than Words is a traditional big-band album from Seth MacFarlane, the wise-ass behind Family Guy. MacFarlane plays it straight throughout Music Is Better Than Words, hiring American Dad composer Joel McNeely to create approximations of Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, and Billy May's arrangements for Frank Sinatra's deathless, mid-century records for Capitol. These classic concept albums are clearly the blueprint for Music Is Better Than Words which was, after all, recorded at Capitol Records' legendary studio with MacFarlane singing into the very same microphone Sinatra used all those years ago, and there is a bit of a concept to this 2011 LP, too, with the cartoonist selecting songs never recorded by any member of the Rat Pack -- along with a couple recent tunes like "She's Wonderful Too," which McNeely originally wrote for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles -- for his tribute to that ring-a-ding-ding swing. MacFarlane and McNeely don't attempt to ape the pizzazz of Frank's Reprise years, nor do they spend much time with May's snazzy snap, they stick with Riddle and Jenkins, keeping things sentimental and lush even when the words crackle with wit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527696775
  • Catalog Number: 001559110
  • Sales rank: 3,795

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Seth MacFarlane Primary Artist
Alan Broadbent Piano
Pete Christlieb Tenor Saxophone
Peter Erskine Drums
Steve Kujala Flute
Bob Summers Trumpet
Bruce Dukov Violin
Sid Page Violin
Richard Altenbach Violin
Chuck Berghofer Fender Jazz Bass
Wade Culbreath Percussion
Brian Dembow Viola
Stephen Erdody Celli
Alan Estes Percussion
Endre Granat Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin
Greg Huckins Baritone Saxophone
Larry Koonse Guitar
Warren Luening Trumpet
Joel McNeely Conductor
Helen Nightengale Violin
Mark Robertson Violin
Josefina Vergara Violin
Roger Wilkie Violin, Concert Master
Daniel Kelley Horn
Brian Scanlon Alto Saxophone
Andrew Shulman Celli
John Walz Celli
Julie Rogers Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Andrew Martin Trombone
Roberto Cani Violin
Dave Walther Viola
Alyssa Park Violin
Lorenz Gamma Violin
Julia Ann Gigante Violin
Henry Gronnier Violin
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Joel Pargman Violin
Robert Brophy Viola
Armen Ksajikian Celli
Alex Iles Trombone
Steven Holtman Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Michael Nowak Viola
James Thatcher Horn
Phillip Levy Violin
Kenneth Munday Bassoon
Marlow Fisher Viola
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky Harp
Dave Everson Horn
David H. Speltz Celli
David Weiss Oboe
Geraldine Rotella Flute
Charles Findley Trumpet
Daniel Higgins Alto Saxophone
Cheryl Norman-Brick Violin
Bill Listen Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
André Previn Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Adolph Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Gary Lindsay Arranger
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Joel McNeely Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Johnny Mercer Composer
David Raksin Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Meredith Willson Composer
Bob Merrill Composer
Rich Breen Engineer
Mike Ging Engineer
Richard Rogers Composer
Matthew Joseph Peak Illustrations
Frederick Lowe Composer
Seth MacFarlane Composer, Liner Notes
Lenny Adelson Composer
Jonathan Hales Composer
Imogene Carpenter Composer
Buddy DeSilva Composer
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