Only You

Only You

3.3 13
by Harry Connick Jr.
     
 
Harry Connick Jr. was on the standards tip long before pop crooners like Rod Stewart, Boz Scaggs, Michael Bolton, and the like decided to mine the Great American Songbook for all it was worth. Only You includes a few durable tunes that have lost none of their luster over the ensuing decades: “My Blue Heaven,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” and “The Very Thought of

Overview

Harry Connick Jr. was on the standards tip long before pop crooners like Rod Stewart, Boz Scaggs, Michael Bolton, and the like decided to mine the Great American Songbook for all it was worth. Only You includes a few durable tunes that have lost none of their luster over the ensuing decades: “My Blue Heaven,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” and “The Very Thought of You.” Unsurprisingly, Connick handles these with taste and enthusiasm -- again, songs of this grand tradition have long been the foundation of his art, and he knows how to put them across. But Connick, an eclectic musician who has branched out in interesting directions over the years, uses this album to consciously expand his repertoire to include superior pop songs from the past 40-plus years, including the Platters hit “My Prayer,” the Ray Charles chestnut “You Don’t Know Me,” the Drifters's “Save the Last Dance for Me,” Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life,” and the title track. (The New Orleans favorite “All These Things” is a wonderful left-field choice.) No matter the provenance, he imbues each with the Connick touch. The lineup's more contemporary feel gives the album a distinctive flavor -- this isn’t Connick jumping on any bandwagon. As his many fans will attest, he doesn’t have to.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Featuring ballads from the '50s and '60s, Only You finds vocalist/pianist Harry Connick, Jr. further developing his contemporary crooner aesthetic. Having begun his career covering popular songs from the '20s through the '40s, it's surprising that Connick never before explored tunes from the baby boomer era. In some ways, it's almost as if he skipped the period altogether, moving from the '40s to the '70s between 1992's 25, his last jazz standards album, and 1994's She, his move to funk and pop. It was a jarring creative leap that many fans found too far to make with him. It's pleasing then, that Connick has found ways to incorporate his love of the Great American Songbook and straight-ahead jazz in a style that harks back to jazz's golden era without being retro. Only You showcases this, soaring on Connick's sophisticated and classy arrangements of such popular tunes as "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Save the Last Dance for Me," and "More." From his cinematic bossa nova take of "My Blue Heaven," replete with pizzicato string backgrounds, to his inspirational gospel-inflected version of "For Once in My Life," Connick's vision for these classic songs is singular and fresh.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969055120
catalogNumber:
90551
Rank:
1415

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Tracks

  1. More
  2. The Very Thought of You
  3. Save the Last Dance for Me
  4. My Blue Heaven
  5. You Don't Know Me
  6. All These Things
  7. For Once in My Life
  8. Only You
  9. My Prayer
  10. Other Hours
  11. I Only Have Eyes for You
  12. Good Night My Love (Pleasant Dreams)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Connick   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor,Vocals,Musician
Bruce Dukov   Strings,Violin,Concert Master,Soloist
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Joe Barati   Bass Trombone,Band
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
George Doering   Guitar
Derrick Gardner   Trumpet,Band
Endre Granat   Strings,Concert Master
Roger Ingram   Trumpet,Band
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello,Soloist
Joe Magnarelli   Trumpet,Band
Jerry Weldon   Tenor Saxophone,Band,Soloist
Mark Mullins   Trombone,Band
John Allred   Trombone,Band
David Schumacher   Baritone Saxophone,Band,Soloist
Arthur Latin   Drums,Musician
Charles "Ned" Goold   Alto Saxophone,Band
Neal Caine   Bass,Musician
Jimmy Greene   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
James Greene   Alto Saxophone,Band

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Harry Connick   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Ray Noble   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Tracey Freeman   Producer
Norman Newell   Composer
Riz Ortolani   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Gregg Rubin   Engineer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
George Whiting   Composer
Ron Miller   Composer
C. Walker   Composer
Nino Oliviero   Composer
George Matola   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Georges Boulanger   Composer
Marcello Ciorciolini   Composer
Ande Rand   Composer

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Only You 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the CD the first chance I had after seeing H.C. on the Today Show. I always liked his voice, but never wanted to own any of his discs before. I am playing this over and over. And I am not even 50 years old!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the cd. I felt like I was back in time when things where simple. And Gentlemen where gentlemen and Lady's where lady's. I just the way my parents where brought up. I say 5 stars for romance,style,crisma, and quality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of HC for quite some time, this CD goes beyond that extra mile. Need that quiet time and some "de-stress"? This is your remedy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harry Connick, Jr. is one of the most versatile artists in the music industry. He’s also an occasional actor. His piano skills and his mellow voice make him one of the admired performers of all-time. I have collected a number of his CDs, but this one in my opinion is the cream of the crop. These beautiful standards from the 50’s and 60’s were performed, arranged, orchestrated and conducted by Harry himself in a very enthralling manner, from the first track and my topmost favorite, “More” to the last track, “Goodnight My Love”. According to Harry, these songs are a combination of his personal favorites and suggestions by his friends. Great choices and great performances, indeed! This CD has a very special spot in my collection, all the tracks are noteworthy and you can listen to it repeatedly and the more you listen to it, the more you will appreciate it. His flawless and heartfelt rendition of “More” is simply awesome, a masterpiece, the most beautiful version I’ve ever heard. The string instruments, french horns and percussions are very distinctive. The solo violin on “My Prayer” is breathtaking and very soothing. He sings it almost like Frank Sinatra’s style. Unlike other crooners whose finale is commonly “That’s All”, Harry’s finale is “Goodnight My Love”, a song popularized by the Fleetwoods in the 60’s. My favorites aside from “More” and “My Prayer” are “The Very Thought Of You”, “I Only Have Eyes For You”, “Goodnight My Love”, “Save The Last Dance For Me”, “My Blue Heaven” and of course the title track, “Only You”. I highly recommend this enchanting CD for your listening pleasure. You will enjoy it as much as I do. Thank you Mr. Connick for coming up with this marvelous CD. It’s definitely a keeper!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have all HCJ's albums and while this is nowhere near my favorite it still gets plenty of play time. It's a little too slow, especially the first few tracks, but if you want a gentle, romantic sound this is great, and no one else around today can compare!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love him, I love his voice, but his background music stinks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan, but the arrangements need work. It seems underproduced. Even some of the phrasing doesn't seem right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sound qualitly is terrible. Did not enjoy this CD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't get my wrong, I love Harry, but this is not his best work. It drags and I could fall asleep listening to it. I like Harry when he sounds like he took a few less tranquilizers... Do yourself a favor.. save the money and use it to buy Michael Buble's CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
on most of the songs Harry sounds as if he is trying to be the world's slowest singer. He has taken good titles to a new low. Best part of the whole thing is the instrumental passage in My Prayer.
Edithann More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful voice, what wonderful songs, what a crappy album. this is the first Harry Connick Jr album I have purchased and it may be the last. the arrangements are predictable, i felt as though i was listening to some of the overdone flowery arrangements of the sixties. they were also jarring in the way in which they strove for originality with these old standard tunes and only managed to mangle them almost beyond recognition. I'm not sure if Connick was seriously bored or on heavy medication when he recorded these songs but it was only the quality of his voice that made them remotely listenable. i was very disappointed.