Stardust... The Great American Songbook, Vol. III

Stardust... The Great American Songbook, Vol. III

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by Rod Stewart

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Rod Stewart has proved by now that his involvement with American popular song is more than infatuation. His third volume of standards displays the same verve and good-natured ease as his two earlier editions, but here Stewart’s interpretations have grown richer in feeling and even more expressive. He’s still working with the cream of the crop: Cole Porter, Frank…  See more details below


Rod Stewart has proved by now that his involvement with American popular song is more than infatuation. His third volume of standards displays the same verve and good-natured ease as his two earlier editions, but here Stewart’s interpretations have grown richer in feeling and even more expressive. He’s still working with the cream of the crop: Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Rodgers and Hart, and Hoagy Carmichael are among the supremely gifted composers Stewart draws upon for classic material. And he’s bringing more top-notch talent into the mix to join in the fun, including Eric Clapton, who contributes an acoustic guitar solo on “Blue Moon”; Stevie Wonder, who adds his harmonica to “What a Wonderful World”; and, in charming vocal duets, Bette Midler (on "Manhattan") and Dolly Parton (on "Baby It's Cold Outside"). When it comes to the Great American Songbook, the former Mod has barely scratched the surface; they’ll be plenty more volumes of this heartfelt series to look forward to before he’s through.

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All Music Guide - Jim Allen
Neither Rod Stewart nor producer Clive Davis has ever been accused of letting any moss grow around him, so when Stewart's first collection of tunes from the Great American Songbook turned out to be a smash, Stewart and Davis followed it up with a sequel, and, eventually, with a third volume. As with the preceding albums, Stardust finds Stewart tackling the cream of the crop of classic pop standards, songs that will be instantly familiar to followers of Bennett, Sinatra, et al., but which may conceivably be new to some of Rod's more rock-oriented fans. In that sense, the record can be seen as a public service, introducing those woefully benighted souls to such masterworks as the Gershwins' lovelorn ballad "But Not for Me" and the transcendently stellar, Hoagy Carmichael-penned title tune.

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Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Bette Midler   Vocals
Alan Broadbent   Conductor
Plas Johnson   Saxophone,Soloist
Dave Koz   Saxophone,Soloist
Joe Sample   Piano
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet,Soloist
Bob Sheppard   Clarinet,Trumpet,Saxophone,Ensemble
Warren Vaché   Trumpet,Soloist
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Bob Cranshaw   Bass,Bass Guitar
Martin Agee   Violin
Kenny Ascher   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
John Beal   Bass
Sarah Carter   Cello
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Soloist
Dave Grusin   Piano
Cenobia Cummings   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Tom Evans   Saxophone,Soloist
John Ferraro   Drums
David Finck   Bass
Julie Gigante   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Dorian Holley   Background Vocals
Chip Jackson   Bass
Mortonette Jenkins   Background Vocals
Marlena Jeter   Background Vocals
Janet Lakatos   Viola
David Low   Cello
Warren Luening   Clarinet,Trumpet,Saxophone,Ensemble,Soloist
Bob Mann   Synthesizer,Guitar,Conductor,Keyboards
Michael Markman   Violin,Concert Master
Reggie McBride   Bass
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Simon Oswell   Viola
Alan Pasqua   Piano
Katia Popov   Violin
Barbara Porter   Violin
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet,Soloist
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica,Vocals
Ken Yerke   Violin
Nancy Roth   Viola
Christopher Cardona   Violin
Robert Peterson   Violin
Debra Shufelt   Viola
Paul Woodiel   Violin
Antoine Silverman   Violin,Concert Master,Soloist
Ed Howard   Bass
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Sylvia Davanzo   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Gil Romero   Violin
Edith Markman   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Mike Thompson   Piano,Synthesizer Strings
Joe "Public" Allen   Keyboards
Jon Allen   Keyboards
Jonathan Dinklage   Violin
Anja Wood   Cello
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Maxim Moston   Violin
David Creswell   Viola
Danielle Farina   Viola
Steve Richards   Cello
Brian Denbow   Viola
Jessica Troy   Viola
Andy Chuckerman   Synthesizer Strings
Vin "Vinny" D'Onofrio   Guitar
Chris Golden   Bass
Danny Miller   Cello
Franklyn D'Antonio   Violin

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Dolly Parton   Duet
Bette Midler   Duet
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Alan Broadbent   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
William Best   Composer
Simon Climie   Engineer,Guitar Engineer
Clive Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Doug Epstein   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Bob Mann   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Richard Perry   Producer,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Machito Sanchez   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Steve Tyrell   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Deek Watson   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
John Heiden   Art Direction
Eric Maschwitz   Composer
Manning Sherwin   Composer
J.J. Blair   Engineer
Adam Hawkins   Engineer
Raj Das   Engineer
Nick Sample   Engineer
Mike Thompson   rhythm arrangement
Lauren Wild   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Darwin Best   Engineer
Bobby Ginsburg   Engineer
Helen Atkinson   Engineer
Carter William Humphrey   Engineer
Shauna Krikorian   Administrative Assistant
Ariel Solanes   Engineer
Michael Teaney   Engineer
Luka Scheurer   Personal Assistant
Robert Thiele   Composer

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Stardust... The Great American Songbook, Vol. III 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
About how many more of these "Great American Songbooks" from Rod Stewart can we take? My answer: no more! The first one, which spawned the hit of These Foolish Things, was tolerable. The follow-up was less interesting. But this one is terrible! Mr. Stewart can't seem to understand that all those songs were done in better form by Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Tony Bennett and even Roger Whitaker and Barry Manilow. If I ever see another of these Great American Songbooks released, I am going to scream!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another winning set from Rod ! A great album to listen to with a special friend !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved both volumes I and II and am looking forward to Volume III. With a lot of modern music containing vile language as well as being difficult to understand (probably a good thing), it's refreshing to have a wonderful singer reprise the classics!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The other two albums are favorites of mine; the songs are old but the sound is new. I gave this album four stars because I haven't heard it yet, but I'm sure it will deserve the five. And Miles, spend your money on a pair of ear plugs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It never ceases to amaze me how Rod can find the best of my favorites and add his voice to make them even more spectacular. MORE SINATRA by Rod please! Just adds to my reasoning for Rod Stewart being my all time favorite music artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the first two CDs, I play them all the time in my van. Rod's voice is very sexy on these tunes. He gives them a really cool sound. Who knew? I am of the generation just coming out of the era of these tunes, he does a great job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of course, Stewart is not Sinatra nor Bennett. But the comparison is not appropriate. He sings these standards with a completely differente attitude. He terribly enjoys himself and has an english way of doing it (Rod was born in London) with a "clownish" perfume that makes the difference. Not a masterpiece but very enjoyable and fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's more like dust bunnies. It's awful, really. I can't believe this is the same guy who sang "Maggie May." Clearly he's capable of pulling off a ballad, but somehow he really misses the mark here. I could just cry about what he's done to some great old standards. His voice is much more suited to pop/rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like it's forerunners, Volume 3 of the Songbook series does not fail. This blend of old classics and Rods voice seem like a meeting made in heaven. Duets with Bette Midler and Dolly Parton along with appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder only make this album better. If you like your music soft and mellow then this is the album for you. If you can get your hands on the UK version of this album for the bonus track "You belong to me" I would highly recommend you snap it up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of songs from American classics is timeless because we crave the sounds as much today as in yesteryear. These songs bring romance and stop time just for a little while when we wish to escape the reality of the world. Stewart’s voice brings us into the mystical world where romance was truly alive and well in the hearts of millions. A true must for any music collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so enjoying his latest cd's and listen to them everyday sometimes all day. Also in the car where it puts me at ease
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rod Steward gives a wonderful spin on these old favorites. Dolly Parton, Bett Midler Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder joining in on the CD just adds to this cool CD. Already looking forward to Vol. 4!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought this album I knew it was going to be horrible but being the huge Rod fan that I am, I bought it anyway. To say I was disapointed is the understatement of the year. In one of the songs, Rod just mumbles on about a cup of coffee or something. The Vocals were not what a true Rod fan would consider up to task by any stretch. The harmonys were limp with synthisizer like sounds, like it was made in Rods basement. I am a sucker for Rod though and I will buy his next album, I just wish he had taken more time and put his all into it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rod Stewart has a unique voice. It's certainly not a great voice but it's quality is gravelly and intriguing. I've listened to this cd over and over because of the songs and that voice of his. He really seems to be enjoying himself as he seems to enjoy life. We should all have as much fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I now have all three song books and am looking forward to another. They are wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the tremendous success of Volumes I and II which sold over 10 Million copies, the album production giants, Clive Davis and Richard Perry joined by Steve Tyrell this time, came up with the much-anticipated Volume III. This CD exceeds my great expectations. It includes a repertoire of the loveliest songs ever created by legendary composers such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, among others. What made these timeless and spellbinding songs even more special are the elegant and flawless arrangements (hats off to Mr. Bob Mann), the excellent line up of back-up musicians, guest performers such as Dave Grusin, Dave Koz, Stevie Wonder, Arturo Sandoval and Eric Clapton, the guest singers Bette Midler and Dolly Parton, and of course the star behind that wonderful and marvelous voice, Mr. Rod Stewart. There's no doubt that all the tracks are equally fabulous, superb, and very engaging from Gershwin gems “Embraceable You”, “‘S Wonderful” with Dave Grusin’s impeccable piano playing, “But Not For Me” and “I Can’t Get Started”; an all-time Cole Porter favorite “Night And Day”; Rodgers & Hart’s “Blue Moon” with Eric Clapton contributing his mastery on acoustic guitar, the delightful duet with Bette Midler on “Manhattan”, and the sweet and mellow “Isn’t It Romantic”; Best/Watson’s “For Sentimental Reasons” with Dave Koz doing an excellent sax solo; Frank Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, a duet with Dolly Parton, is for me the best version ever recorded; Weiss/Thiele’s “What A Wonderful World”, a song made popular by the great Louie Armstrong which Rod delivers so well with the addition of Stevie Wonder’s harmonica; Hammerstein’s “A Kiss To Build A Dream On” with Arturo Sandoval showcasing his great talent on trumpet; Rod’s special UK classic, Maschwitz/Sherwin’s “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” with its impressive violin solo performed by Antoine Silvermann, to the ultimate love song of all-time, a Hoagy Carmichael/Mitchell Parish composition, “Stardust”. With its strong piano intro and flawless arrangements, this track is truly remarkable and the cream of the crop, it surely deserves to be the title track. The phenomenon is that music lovers, young and old alike, welcomed and embraced Rod Stewart's mellowing from a rock star to an awesome singer tackling these standards with confidence, ease, finesse and elegance and ultimately passing with flying colors. His Songbook series will definitely give him an edge and the staying power to be in the limelight as the new king of standards! This CD is highly recommended not only to Rod fans but also for lovers of fine music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly, this CD is much better than expected. You can almost forget about his distinctive raspy voice as he sings these wonderful classics. Excellent CD - pour a glass of wine and relax!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have every 45 record & cassette tape & now all his C.D.s. His new style is grand. As I listen to thesewonderful songs. (My father used to sing just about everyone that Rod hasrecorded, to his 11 children while playing his Air Sax. Yes he did entertain all of us. Maggie May and alot of his other recordings I'll besinging to my Grandchildren,not theway Rod Stewart has, but their is a time in a person's life that,one wants to mellow out. Keep them comingAlways "Maggie May" Good Luck on thenext one. If by chance we share the same date of birth the 10th,not January but June.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He certainly outdid himself on this one. As a huge fan of all things Rod Stewart, I can't wait for Volume IV.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the way they sing together. I just melt in awe when I hear "Baby it's cold outside" whoa. They need to sing more christmas songs together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago