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

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/21/2007
Label:
Sony Bmg Europe
UPC:
0828766450026
catalogNumber:
664500
Rank:
14714

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Album Credits

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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