Steve Lawrence Sings Sinatra

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Steve Lawrence has released only two newly recorded albums in the last 30 years, 1981's Take It on Home and this one. The inspiration for heading into the recording studio for the first time in over two decades was his mentor, Frank Sinatra, who bequeathed him a batch of song arrangements when he retired. Lawrence makes use of those arrangements, written by the likes of Nelson Riddle, Quincy Jones, and Don Costa, on a tribute album that deliberately sounds a lot like a Sinatra recording. Lawrence was always a student of Sinatra, singing in the same smooth, swaggering manner even if he was 20 years younger. He was perhaps a little smoother and a little less swaggering, ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Steve Lawrence has released only two newly recorded albums in the last 30 years, 1981's Take It on Home and this one. The inspiration for heading into the recording studio for the first time in over two decades was his mentor, Frank Sinatra, who bequeathed him a batch of song arrangements when he retired. Lawrence makes use of those arrangements, written by the likes of Nelson Riddle, Quincy Jones, and Don Costa, on a tribute album that deliberately sounds a lot like a Sinatra recording. Lawrence was always a student of Sinatra, singing in the same smooth, swaggering manner even if he was 20 years younger. He was perhaps a little smoother and a little less swaggering, but here, freed from any burden to distinguish himself by the album's concept and by those familiar charts, he frequently evokes Sinatra. In fact, the album would be an odd listening experience to anyone caught unaware. Hear a bit of it in passing without knowing who is singing, and you're liable to suppose it is Sinatra, but listen more carefully and you may become confused. The idea of having Lawrence sing Sinatra is a good one, but maybe it's good primarily for his stage act. The album is, at best, redundant, tribute or not. And yet, repeated listenings bring out the singer's individual nuances, demonstrating that, in his mid-sixties, he is still in very good voice, making you wish he had an opportunity to record more frequently and not under anyone else's shadow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Gl Music Co.
  • UPC: 805386014524
  • Catalog Number: 60145

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Lawrence Primary Artist
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Bryant Byers Trombone
Lee Callet Baritone Saxophone
Assa Drori Violin, Concert Master
Bill Elton Trombone
Phil Feather Tenor Saxophone
Stefanie Fife Celli
George Graham Trumpet
Scott Higgins Percussion
David Lawrence Conductor
Roger Lebow Celli
Dane Little Celli
Warren Luening Trumpet, Soloist
Bob McChesney Trombone
Larry McGuire Trumpet
Bob Sanov Violin
David Stenske Violin
Vince Trombetta Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Welsch Trombone, Soloist
Gregg Field Drums
John Walz Celli
Vincent Falcone Jr. Piano
Renita Koven Viola
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Charlie Davis Trumpet
Carolyn Osborn Violin
John Krovoza Celli
Kristin Fife Violin
Dana Kelley French Horn
Paul Klintworth French Horn
Julie Berghofer Harp
Eve Butler Violin
Olivia Tsui Violin
Jim Stärk Violin
Jody Rubin Viola
Liane Mautner Violin
Bob Becker Viola
Carolyn Riley Viola
Jean Sudbury Violin
Karen Jones Violin
Raymond Tischer Viola
Technical Credits
Eydie Gorme Contributor
Cy Coleman Composer
Quincy Jones Arranger
Matt Dennis Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Josef Myrow Composer
Steve Lawrence Liner Notes
Billy Byers Arranger
Sammy Cahn Composer
Don Costa Arranger
Mack Gordon Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
David Lawrence Producer, Musical Director
Henry Mayer Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Cole Porter Composer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Carl Sigman Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Ron Miller Composer
Norman Moore Art Direction
Harry Langdon Cover Photo
Ted Koehler Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Earl Brent Composer
Orlando Murden Composer
Hans Bradtke Composer
Danielle Linn Art Direction
Bart Howard Composer
Heinz Meir Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Steve sings Ol' Blue Eyes

    Sinatra he is not, and Steve would be the first to tell you so. The rich and siblant vocals on this album are unmistakably Steve Lawrence, and do a wonderful credit to the late Frank Sinatra. It probably is noteworthy to say if Mr. Lawrence's voice has aged any, it has only gotten better. The selection of songs on this CD also complement Steve's style and abilities. If this CD is a tribute to the late Sinatra, it certainly hits the mark, and the only thing you might feel missing is the late Nelson Riddle. Lawrence did some albums years ago with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and as he did with so many other performers, Nelson showcased Steve's vocals to the utmost. Nontheless, this is an excellent CD, a quality production, worthy of nesting right up there on the music shelf along with Frank. This is the real stuff. Forget any criticisms you might hear and pop this in the CD player and bellow out a few lyrics along with Steve. You'll be grinning in no time flat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Steve Lawrence is One of A Kind !!!

    I enjoy anything that Steve Lawrence records or sings live. However....the "Lawrence Sings Sinatra" C.D. isn't Steve being Steve! Sinatra has always been my favorite performer, but Steve Lawrence has always been my favorite singer! Steve has recorded and performed a lot of the same songs that Sinatra has performed in the past, but ALWAYS in the style of Steve Lawrence...and of nobody else! Steve's voice is "one of a kind"! Thanks Mr. Lawrence for the decades of wonderful hours spent listening to you, and of course, to you and Edie! Respectfully... R.Saner... Long Beach,Ca.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Album would be better in CD form

    I love Steve's voice and have always noted how much he sounds like Sinatra, but I would more readily buy this if it were made in CD, instead of album. Album form is now so passe that a lot of people probably are not buying it.

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