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

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2005
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017636503
  • Catalog Number: 31177
  • Sales rank: 302,534

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Got a Crush on You (3:08)
  2. 2 I Wish You Love - Chris Botti (3:36)
  3. 3 You Send Me - Chaka Khan (2:49)
  4. 4 Long Ago and Far Away (3:27)
  5. 5 Makin' Whoopee (3:11)
  6. 6 My One and Only Love - Roy Hargrove (3:10)
  7. 7 Taking a Chance on Love (2:43)
  8. 8 My Funny Valentine (3:09)
  9. 9 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (3:50)
  10. 10 Nevertheless - Dave Koz (3:25)
  11. 11 Blue Skies (3:38)
  12. 12 Let's Fall in Love (3:15)
  13. 13 Thanks for the Memory (3:44)
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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
Al Schmidt Engineer
Matt Still Engineer
John Heiden Art Direction
Joe Yannece Mastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good album---easy listening

    Several really good numbers--a couple not so good---but worthy of keeping.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the least of the good songbooks

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Natalie come back

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Song Book Too Many

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diana Ross and Rod Stewart are divine together

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of his best!

    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!

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    Posted October 22, 2009

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