Michael Feinstein Anthology

Michael Feinstein Anthology

by Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein has made it his business to sing the praises, both literally and figuratively, of the finest composers who graced America's popular musical culture from the 1930s to the 1960s. Be it a tune by Cole Porter or Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern or Jerry Herman, Feinstein brings his distinctive assurance and charm to stunning interpretations that renew the life…  See more details below


Michael Feinstein has made it his business to sing the praises, both literally and figuratively, of the finest composers who graced America's popular musical culture from the 1930s to the 1960s. Be it a tune by Cole Porter or Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern or Jerry Herman, Feinstein brings his distinctive assurance and charm to stunning interpretations that renew the life of classic songs. The Michael Feinstein Anthology assembles his best work from several acclaimed recordings, many of them “concept albums” that focus on the work of a particular composer and alert new audiences to the richness and beauty of the Great American Songbook. Example after stunning example displays what this stylish artist can do with a timeless tune. Eight previously unreleased tracks -- such as “Violin,” sung with Liza Minnelli -- sit nicely among the well-chosen selections. No one upholds the vibrant American tradition quite like Feinstein; this splendid singer is the best friend that a classic composer could have.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
With selections drawn from three releases dating back to 1987 and up to his 1996 Gershwin collection, this anthology demonstrates not so much that Feinstein is a great singer, but that he is a kind of Barry Manilow for people with long memories. The appeal of the two artists is almost identical -- their arrangements lush and melodramatic, their performances wringing maximum impact from modest resources. What's different is that Feinstein, rather than emphasize original material, has nourished a career on the Great American Songbook. As a result, when he lapses into more contemporary, non-classic material, the gap in quality becomes obvious; you can't mistake songs like "My Favorite Year," which for all intents and purposes could have been made to order for Manilow, for anything as deathless as the lode of Rodgers & Hart, Berlin, Porter, and especially Gershwin titles, familiar and obscure, offered here. The live tracks show Feinstein at his freest, exuberantly working the melody and engaging the audience. By comparison, on the orchestral tracks he seems to focus more consciously on his delivery -- which, given the limitations of his voice, is not his strongest point. Treatments of his voice in the studio tracks can also be distracting; on "Wonder Why" and "That's Entertainment," for example, it has an odd, tank-like echo that doesn't blend well with the arrangement. When these treatments are minimized and Feinstein has unfettered access to the material, his interpretations often take on a delicate charm, as on "Someone to Watch Over Me," during sections where the orchestra drops out, and especially on his touching rendition of "Old Friend." For critical listeners as well as fans, though, there's no question that these two CDs brilliantly depict Feinstein's essence and oeuvre.

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Elektra / Wea


Disc 1

  1. Nice Work If You Can Get It, song (from A Damsel in Distress, film)
  2. Isn't It Romantic?, song (from film "Love Me Tonight")
  3. Swinging On A Star (used in the film "Going My Way")
  4. Ask Me Again, song
  5. Rhode Island is famous for you
  6. 'S Wonderful, song (from Funny Face, musical)
  7. Wonder Why
  8. Too Marvelous for Words, song
  9. Where Do You Start?
  10. The Bad and the Beautiful, film score
  11. Easy to love, song (from the film "Born to Dance")
  12. Alexander's Ragtime Band, song
  13. Who Are You Now? (from Funny Girl)
  14. You're An Education (for the film Gold Diggers In Paris)
  15. You Are There
  16. Sophisticated Swing
  17. Love Can Change the Stars (for the film Athena)
  18. Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are (for the film Step Lively)
  19. Half of April (Most of May)
  20. Marianne (from The Grand Tour)
  21. They Can't Take That Away from Me, song (from Shall We Dance?, film)
  22. I Love a Piano, song (from Stop! Look! Listen!")

Disc 2

  1. That's Entertainment! (from The Bandwagon)
  2. My Favorite Year
  3. Ten Feet Off The Ground (for the Disney filmThe One And Only Original F
  4. I Never Felt Better (for the film Athena)
  5. Someone to Watch Over Me, song (from Oh, Kay!, musical)
  6. Kiss Her Now (from Dear World)
  7. The Ugly Bug Ball (for the Disney film Summer Magic)
  8. For You, for Me, for Evermore, vocal duet (completed by Kay Swift, from
  9. The Mole People, song
  10. And So to Bed
  11. You're All the World to Me
  12. Old Friend (from I'm Getting My Act Together...)
  13. Isn't It a Pity?, song (from Pardon My English, musical)
  14. The Patisserie
  15. Open Your Eyes (from Royal Wedding)
  16. For Love Alone (for the TV film For Love Alone)
  17. Medley: I Won't Send Roses/ Time Heals Everything
  18. Get Out and Get Under the Moon  - Page Cavanaugh
  19. My Romance, song (from "Jumbo")
  20. Love Is Here to Stay, song (from The Goldwyn Follies, film)
  21. Violin  - Liza Minnelli

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Feinstein   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Rosemary Clooney   Vocals,Track Performer
Liza Minnelli   Vocals
Alan Broadbent   Synthesizer,DX-7
Pete Christlieb   Saxophone,Soloist
Steve Kujala   Flute
Tom Scott   Alto Saxophone
Ralph Burns   Conductor
Ray Pizzi   Bassoon
Viola   Guitar
Bill Watrous   Trombone,Soloist
Page Cavanaugh   Piano,Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Concert Master
Jerry Herman   Piano
Bob Adcock   Cello
Robert Adcock   Cello
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Bill Elliot   Conductor
Ray Evans   Background Vocals
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Joseph Goodman   Violin
Endre Granat   Concert Master
John Guerin   Drums
Diana Halprin   Concert Master
Jim Hughart   Bass
Harold Jones   Drums
Anne Karam   Cello
Eddie Karam   Conductor
Burton Lane   Piano
Jay Livingston   Background Vocals
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Hugh Martin   Piano,Vocals
John Oddo   Conductor
Jule Styne   Piano
Bob Tricarico   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Viapiano   Guitar
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
John Scanlon   Viola
David D. Ross   Piano
Larry Blank   Conductor
Ian Bernard   Conductor
Robert Fisher   Conductor
Rob Fisher   Conductor
Tom Rainer   Clarinet
Phil Mallory   Bass
Donald Waldrop   Tuba

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Lyricist
Michael Feinstein   Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes
George Harrison   Composer
Lyle Lovett   Composer
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Pete Rugolo   Adaptation
Brooks Arthur   Producer
Page Cavanaugh   Arranger
Jerry Herman   Lyricist
Alan Bergman   Lyricist
Marilyn Bergman   Lyricist
Arthur Brooks   Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Johnny Burke   Lyricist
Sammy Cahn   Lyricist
Hank Cicalo   Producer,Engineer
Robert Cubbage   Engineer
Howard Dietz   Lyricist
Dubin   Lyricist
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Herb Eiseman   Producer
Bill Elliot   Arranger
Ray Evans   Lyricist,Contributor
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Lyricist
Lorenz Hart   Lyricist
Lennie Hayton   Adaptation
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
Eddie Karam   Arranger
Alan Jay Lerner   Lyricist
Jay Livingston   Lyricist,Contributor
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Producer
Hugh Martin   Lyricist
Johnny Mercer   Lyricist
Rod O'Brien   Engineer
Mitchell Parish   Lyricist
Paul Weller   Composer
Cole Porter   Lyricist
John Richards   Engineer
Conrad Salinger   Arranger
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Judith Sherman   Producer
Richard M. Sherman   Lyricist
Robert B. Sherman   Lyricist
George Feltenstein   Liner Notes,Interviewer
George Belle   Remixing
Eric Cowden   Engineer
David D. Ross   Arranger
Larry Blank   Arranger
Bob Merrill   Lyricist
Ian Bernard   Arranger,Producer
Rachel Gutek   Art Direction
Rick Winquest   Engineer
Rocky Schenck   Cover Photo
Dann Thompson   Engineer
Phil Gitomer   Engineer
Ralph Blane   Lyricist
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Charles Tobias   Lyricist
William Jerome   Lyricist
John Earl Richard   Engineer
Tim Scanlin   Liner Note Coordination
Robert Alton   Lyricist
Rachel Guteck   Art Direction
Nancy Ford   Composer
Marshall Barer   Composer,Lyricist

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