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

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/2007
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 828766450026
  • Catalog Number: 664500
  • Sales rank: 199,395

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Embraceable You (3:30)
  2. 2 For Sentimental Reasons (3:01)
  3. 3 Blue Moon - Eric Clapton (4:05)
  4. 4 What a Wonderful World - Stevie Wonder (4:30)
  5. 5 Stardust (4:01)
  6. 6 Manhattan (2:53)
  7. 7 'S Wonderful (3:24)
  8. 8 Isn't It Romantic (3:50)
  9. 9 I Can't Get Started (3:23)
  10. 10 But Not for Me (3:22)
  11. 11 A Kiss to Build a Dream On (3:13)
  12. 12 Baby, It's Cold Outside (3:51)
  13. 13 Night and Day (3:08)
  14. 14 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (4:03)
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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 II 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
Joe Yannece Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In Awe

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than Expected

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totaly Rod "Maggie May" will not be forgotten

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He Just Gets Better With Age, Like Fine Wine

    He certainly outdid himself on this one. As a huge fan of all things Rod Stewart, I can't wait for Volume IV.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Equally Fabulous And Flawless As Volumes I and II

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm 76 and loving Rod

    I now have all three song books and am looking forward to another. They are wonderful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rod has done it again!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This will be terrific, just like the others

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More Rod, more class...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    On Track

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Romantic and Soothing

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    stardust?...not so much

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exceptional

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A good song is timeless

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Did you lose a bet Rod???

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Go Ahead and Scream, Miles, you don't have to buy it!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rod goes back in time again! Excellent!

    Another winning set from Rod ! A great album to listen to with a special friend !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Hope Miles Gets to Scream

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! NO! NO! NO!

    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!

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