Rock Swings [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Having written a fair number of them, Paul Anka recognizes a contemporary standard when he hears one, even if it doesn't conform to the historical model as it's existed from the days of Tin Pan Alley to Broadway. And so his songbook of chestnuts plucked from the '80s and '90s rock canon, Rock Swings, fares much better than its closest contemporary, Pat Boone's novelty In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy. First of all, there's the material -- a compelling selection of standards that reveals a close inspection and an inspired reimagining of the pop and alternative artists of the period (perhaps not by Anka himself). The disc does commit a few errors by resorting to novelty ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Having written a fair number of them, Paul Anka recognizes a contemporary standard when he hears one, even if it doesn't conform to the historical model as it's existed from the days of Tin Pan Alley to Broadway. And so his songbook of chestnuts plucked from the '80s and '90s rock canon, Rock Swings, fares much better than its closest contemporary, Pat Boone's novelty In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy. First of all, there's the material -- a compelling selection of standards that reveals a close inspection and an inspired reimagining of the pop and alternative artists of the period (perhaps not by Anka himself). The disc does commit a few errors by resorting to novelty selections (Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), but the big surprise here is that most of the songs slip into the standards bag with an uncanny ease (Pet Shop Boys' "It's a Sin," Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face," Lionel Richie's "Hello"). No matter how far the stretch, Anka and his inspired primary arranger, Randy Kerber, make these songs work in a swing context; in fact, it takes only a single listen to confirm that the narrator of even Van Halen's "Jump" is at heart quite the ring-a-ding swinger -- casual, cynical, knowing. There are other inspired choices here, tender ballads like R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" or Spandau Ballet's "True," and, astonishingly, the nihilist anthem "Blackhole Sun" by Soundgarden. Most of Chris Cornell's lyrics -- "Hang my head, drown my fear/ Till you all just disappear" -- could easily have found a home on Sinatra's Only the Lonely, although at least one line -- "Call my name through the cream/ And I'll hear you scream again" -- wouldn't have had a prayer. Anka only missteps when he tries to wring meaning from lyrics that require some emotion to carry them; on "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the prime offender, Anka slips into novelty territory when he injects a forceful "Yeah!" immediately after delivering Nirvana's classic lines "A mulatto, an albino/ A mosquito, my libido," as though he can confirm Kurt Cobain's words as a home truth. [A European version of the album included two bonus tracks, live versions of "Jump" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" recorded at the Montreal Jazz Festival.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/2005
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498859339
  • Catalog Number: 9885933

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's My Life (4:02)
  2. 2 True (4:30)
  3. 3 Eye of the Tiger (4:04)
  4. 4 Everybody Hurts (4:14)
  5. 5 Wonderwall (3:37)
  6. 6 Black Hole Sun (4:28)
  7. 7 It's a Sin (4:58)
  8. 8 Jump (3:36)
  9. 9 Smells Like Teen Spirit (2:42)
  10. 10 Hello (5:14)
  11. 11 Eyes Without a Face (3:59)
  12. 12 The Lovecats (3:58)
  13. 13 The Way You Make Me Feel (3:49)
  14. 14 Tears in Heaven (5:07)
  15. 15 Jump (3:50)
  16. 16 Smells Like Teen Spirit (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Anka Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov Violin, Concert Master
Marilyn Baker Viola
Jim Atkinson French Horn
Mari Tsumura Violin
Bryant Byers Trombone
Darius Campo Violin
John Clayton Conductor, Leader
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Luis Conte Percussion
Sal Cracchiolo Trumpet
Jon Crosse Conductor, Leader, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Ernest Ehrhardt Cello
Charles Everett Violin
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Gary Grant Trumpet
Dan Higgins Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Greg Huckins Flute, Alto Saxophone
Patricia Johnson Violin
Peter Kent Violin
Randy Kerber Piano, Conductor, Leader
Miran Kojian Violin
Larry Koonse Guitar
Michael Lang Piano
Bill Liston Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Warren Luening Trumpet
Andy Martin Trombone
Miguel Martinez Cello
Bob McChesney Trombone
Jorge Moraga Viola
Simon Oswell Viola
Dean Parks Guitar
Joel Peskin Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Emil Richards Vibes
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Harry Shirinian Viola
Haim Shtrum Violin
Kurt Snyder French Horn
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Shari Zippert Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
Andrew Shulman Cello
James V. Ross Viola
Pat Williams Conductor, Leader
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Charlie Davis Trumpet
Tiffiany Yi Hu Violin
Jennifer Munday Violin
Larry Hall Trumpet
Becky Bunnell Violin
Steve Richards Cello
Alex Iles Trombone
Steven Holtman Trombone
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
Paul Anka Executive Producer
Jon Bon Jovi Composer
Billy Idol Composer
Michael Jackson Composer
Lionel Richie Composer
David Lee Roth Composer
Richie Sambora Composer
Steve Stevens Composer
Frank Sullivan Composer
Patrick Williams Arranger
Jim Peterik Composer
Peter Buck Composer
Eric Clapton Composer
John Clayton Arranger
Kurt Cobain Composer
Chris Cornell Composer
Dave Grohl Composer
Will Jennings Composer
Gary Kemp Composer
Randy Kerber Arranger
Chris Lowe Composer
Mike Mills Composer
Krist Novoselic Composer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Robert Smith Composer
Michael Stipe Composer
Neil Tennant Composer
Eddie Van Halen Composer
Alex Van Halen Composer
Noel Gallagher Composer
Bill Berry Composer
Brad Dechter Orchestration
Steve Genewick Digital Editing
Max Martin Composer
Alex Christensen Producer
Michael Anthony Composer
Phil Demetro Mastering
Steffen Häfelinger Vocal Editing
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