The Best Of... The Great American Songbook

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rod Stewart didn't devote his new millennium solely to the Great American Songbook -- he dallied with classic rock and soul -- but it sure felt that way, with Rod delivering five collections of standards in just under a decade. Released in 2011, only a matter of months after the fifth installment, Fly Me to the Moon, hit the stores, The Best of... The Great American Songbook rounds up highlights from those five records, and since they're all cut from the same cloth -- albeit finished with varying degrees of tailoring -- it's hard to tell the source of each without a cheat sheet; without it, it'd be hard to realize "You'll Never Know" never had seen release prior...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rod Stewart didn't devote his new millennium solely to the Great American Songbook -- he dallied with classic rock and soul -- but it sure felt that way, with Rod delivering five collections of standards in just under a decade. Released in 2011, only a matter of months after the fifth installment, Fly Me to the Moon, hit the stores, The Best of... The Great American Songbook rounds up highlights from those five records, and since they're all cut from the same cloth -- albeit finished with varying degrees of tailoring -- it's hard to tell the source of each without a cheat sheet; without it, it'd be hard to realize "You'll Never Know" never had seen release prior to this compilation. Naturally, this consistency means that this best-of holds together well -- arguably better than a few of the actual records -- because it does have the cream of the crop of records that often bleed together.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2011
  • Label: J-Records
  • UPC: 886978300621
  • Catalog Number: 783006
  • Sales rank: 3,173

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rod Stewart Primary Artist
Alan Broadbent Conductor
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Dave Koz Tenor Saxophone
Rob Mounsey Conductor, Keyboards
Arturo Sandoval Trumpet
Warren Vaché Trumpet
Anita Pointer Background Vocals
Bob Cranshaw Bass
Kenny Ascher Piano
Dave Grusin Piano
Don Sebesky Conductor
John Ferraro Drums
David Finck Bass
Trey Henry Bass
Dan Higgins Alto Saxophone
Dorian Holley Background Vocals
Chip Jackson Bass
Marlena Jeter Background Vocals
Doug Katsaros Piano, Conductor
Randy Kerber Piano, Synthesizer Strings
Mort Lindsey Conductor
Bob Magnusson Bass
Bob Mann Guitar, Conductor
Rob Mathes Keyboards
Reggie McBride Bass
Jeff Mironov Guitar
Lee Musiker Piano
Dean Parks Guitar
Jimi Paxson Jr. Drums
Shawn Pelton Drums
Philippe Saisse Keyboards
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
David Spinozza Acoustic Guitar
Lee Thornburg Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mike Thompson Piano, Synthesizer Strings
Frank Vilardi Drums
Doug Webb Tenor Saxophone
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Jimmy Rip Guitar
Frank Simes Guitar
Ed Howard Bass
Andrew Lippman Trombone
Henry Hey Piano
Alex Navarro Piano, Synthesizer Strings
Aaron Kaplan Guitar
Lauren Wild Background Vocals
Ariana Hall Background Vocals
Andy Chukerman Synthesizer Pads
Angela Michael Background Vocals
Chris Golden Bass
Joel Hamilton Bass
Larry Koontz Guitar
Will Hollis Piano, Synthesizer Vibes, Synthesizer Strings
Mortinette Jenkins Background Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Rod Stewart Producer, Whistle
Alan Broadbent Orchestral Arrangements
Rob Mounsey String Arrangements
Vernon Duke Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Clive Davis Producer
Don Sebesky Arranger
Doug Epstein Engineer
Sammy Fain Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Irving Kahal Composer, Lyricist
Doug Katsaros Arranger
Jack Lawrence Composer
Alan Licht Liner Notes
Mort Lindsey String Arrangements
Bob Mann Arranger, Producer
Rob Mathes rhythm arrangement
Dave McNair Mastering
Joel Moss Engineer
Richard Perry Arranger, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Phil Ramone Producer
Jule Styne Composer
Mike Thompson Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Steve Tyrell Producer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff Engineer
Al Schmidt Engineer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
John Swannell Cover Photo
Carter Humphrey Engineer
Mort Dixon Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Albert Lasry Composer
J.J. Blair Engineer
Mark Valentine Engineer
Lauren Wild Arranger, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Bobby Ginsburg Engineer
Carter William Humphrey Engineer
Jeff Phurrough Engineer
Robert Thiele Composer
George D. Weiss Composer
Victor Your Composer
Will Hollis Arranger
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