Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Vol. IV

Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Vol. IV

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by Rod Stewart
     
 

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You have to give it up for Rod Stewart -- he isn't afraid to share the spotlight. On the fourth volume of his hugely, if surprisingly, popular Great American Songbook series, the late-blooming crooner surrounds himself with other vocal icons, including Diana Ross, Elton John, and Chaka Khan, as well as a few instrumental stars (saxophonist Dave Koz and trumpeters…  See more details below

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You have to give it up for Rod Stewart -- he isn't afraid to share the spotlight. On the fourth volume of his hugely, if surprisingly, popular Great American Songbook series, the late-blooming crooner surrounds himself with other vocal icons, including Diana Ross, Elton John, and Chaka Khan, as well as a few instrumental stars (saxophonist Dave Koz and trumpeters Chris Botti and Roy Hargrove). Again, Stewart sets his sights on the cream of the cream: aged-in-oak songs like "Blue Skies," "My One and Only Love," and "Thanks for the Memory" are practically insured: Treat them right and they'll come through for you in Technicolor glory. Stewart also throws in the R&B classic "You Send Me" as a tribute to his idol Sam Cooke, and to give him a chance to mix it up with the mighty Khan. Rod also gets to ham around with Elton John on "Makin' Whoopee" (!) and coo with Ross on "I've Got a Crush on You." As on the previous volumes, old songs are buffed up and packed with a present-day charge that suits Rod and his pals to a tee. Produced by retro singer Steve Tyrell and star-maker Clive Davis, Thanks for the Memory holds its own with its worthy predecessors.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eric Schneider
Apparently, Rod Stewart's desire to cover American jazz/pop classics is as great as the titular Songbook itself, since this is the gravelly voiced British singer's fourth foray into standards territory. Thanks for the Memory features more guest artists than the two previous discs in the series, with Stewart's collaborators ranging from R&B legend Diana Ross (on the playfully romantic "I've Got a Crush on You") to smooth jazz trumpeter Chris Botti (who lends his pleasant horn lines to "I Wish You Love"). Stewart is also joined by fellow '70s rock icon Elton John for a breezy take on "Makin' Whoopee." Of course, he's fully capable of carrying a tune by himself, as best revealed on string-laden renditions of "Blue Skies" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
J-Records
UPC:
0828766928624
catalogNumber:
69286

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist
Dave Koz   Saxophone,Soloist
Bob Sheppard   Clarinet,Saxophone
Sid Page   Violin
Kenny Ascher   Piano,Keyboards
Robert Becker   Viola
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Darius Campo   Violin
Gene Cipriano   Clarinet,Saxophone
Larry Corbett   Cello
Stephen Erdody   Cello
David Finck   Bass
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Julie Gigante   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Dan Higgins   Clarinet,Saxophone,Soloist
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Greg Huckins   Clarinet,Saxophone
Bill Liston   Clarinet,Saxophone
David Low   Cello
Warren Luening   Trumpet,Soloist
Bob Mann   Guitar,Keyboards
Michael Markman   Concert Master
Lee Musiker   Keyboards
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Simon Oswell   Viola
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Philippe Saisse   Keyboards
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Tina Soule   Cello
Gayle Levant   Harp
Ed Howard   Bass
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Gil Romero   Violin
Keith Greene   Viola
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Trevor Handy   Cello
Quinn Johnson   Keyboards
Vahe Hayrikyan   Cello
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Lisa Dondlinger   Violin
Lorenz Gamma   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Steve Richards   Cello
Dan Tobin Smith   Cello
Melissa Phelps Beckstead   Violin
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Phillip Levy   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Kevin Connolly   Violin

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Rod Stewart   Author
Harold Arlen   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Larry Corbett   Artwork
Clive Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Doug Epstein   Engineer
Stephen Erdody   Artwork
Dan Garcia   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Bob Mann   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Simon Oswell   Artwork
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Steve Tyrell   Producer,Audio Production
Schmidt   Engineer
Matt Still   Engineer
John Heiden   Art Direction
Ted Koehler   Composer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Jon Allen   Engineer
Ryan Petrie   Engineer
Darwin Best   Engineer
Bobby Ginsburg   Engineer
Carter William Humphrey   Engineer
Darius Fong   Engineer
Jeri Jeiden   Art Direction

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Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Vol. IV 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly loved this album. He just gets better and better. His raspiness come through & he really does justice to the oldies. I own all the songbooks & hope they keep coming. His voice is timeless!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the entire CD. But the best cut is I've Got A Crush On You. This is the much talked about duet between Diana Ross and Rod Stewart. It lives up to the hype. This cd is a winner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I enjoyed Volumes I, II, and III of the Great American Songbook Series, this album was disappointing. It seems the album was just pumped out without much feeling. If the guest artists on this CD were actually in the recording studio with Mr Stewart, there was not much synergy on the duets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea that any Pop star can sing a collection of standards and make it new died with natalie cole. Rod, thanks for the memories, but make them your own. You don't have it for Jazz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with the lukewarm reviews. I did enjoy the other "songbooks" by Stewart, but this one lacked something. Like they were just standing there going thru the lyrics and going home. Ho hum.
tapper42 More than 1 year ago
Several really good numbers--a couple not so good---but worthy of keeping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago