The Michael Feinstein Anthology

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227825423
  • Catalog Number: 78254
  • Sales rank: 293,200

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nice Work If You Can Get It, song (from A Damsel in Distress, film) (3:13)
  2. 2 Isn't It Romantic?, song (from film "Love Me Tonight") (5:04)
  3. 3 Swinging On A Star (used in the film "Going My Way") (2:25)
  4. 4 Ask Me Again, song (3:19)
  5. 5 Rhode Island is famous for you (3:11)
  6. 6 'S Wonderful, song (from Funny Face, musical) (2:54)
  7. 7 Wonder Why (3:47)
  8. 8 Too Marvelous for Words, song (3:55)
  9. 9 Where Do You Start? (3:14)
  10. 10 The Bad and the Beautiful, film score (3:38)
  11. 11 Easy to love, song (from the film "Born to Dance") (4:44)
  12. 12 Alexander's Ragtime Band, song (4:28)
  13. 13 Who Are You Now? (from Funny Girl) (1:49)
  14. 14 You're An Education (for the film Gold Diggers In Paris) (3:12)
  15. 15 You Are There (2:37)
  16. 16 Sophisticated Swing (4:24)
  17. 17 Love Can Change the Stars (for the film Athena) (2:54)
  18. 18 Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are (for the film Step Lively) (2:06)
  19. 19 Half of April (Most of May) (3:34)
  20. 20 Marianne (from The Grand Tour) (3:01)
  21. 21 They Can't Take That Away from Me, song (from Shall We Dance?, film) (5:31)
  22. 22 I Love a Piano, song (from Stop! Look! Listen!") (3:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 That's Entertainment! (from The Bandwagon) (2:07)
  2. 2 My Favorite Year (3:54)
  3. 3 Ten Feet Off The Ground (for the Disney filmThe One And Only Original F (3:30)
  4. 4 I Never Felt Better (for the film Athena) (3:54)
  5. 5 Someone to Watch Over Me, song (from Oh, Kay!, musical) (4:59)
  6. 6 Kiss Her Now (from Dear World) (3:03)
  7. 7 The Ugly Bug Ball (for the Disney film Summer Magic) (3:01)
  8. 8 For You, for Me, for Evermore, vocal duet (completed by Kay Swift, from (3:56)
  9. 9 The Mole People, song (2:46)
  10. 10 And So to Bed (3:20)
  11. 11 You're All the World to Me (2:39)
  12. 12 Old Friend (from I'm Getting My Act Together...) (4:40)
  13. 13 Isn't It a Pity?, song (from Pardon My English, musical) (7:06)
  14. 14 The Patisserie (3:02)
  15. 15 Open Your Eyes (from Royal Wedding) (2:58)
  16. 16 For Love Alone (for the TV film For Love Alone) (3:18)
  17. 17 Medley: I Won't Send Roses/ Time Heals Everything (5:51)
  18. 18 Get Out and Get Under the Moon - Page Cavanaugh (3:19)
  19. 19 My Romance, song (from "Jumbo") (4:15)
  20. 20 Love Is Here to Stay, song (from The Goldwyn Follies, film) (3:16)
  21. 21 Violin - Liza Minnelli (3:08)
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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
Al 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 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
Al 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
Al Schmitt Engineer
Doug Schwartz Remastering
Judith Sherman Producer
Richard M. Sherman Lyricist
Robert B. Sherman Lyricist
George Feltenstein Liner Notes, Interviewer
George Belle Remixing
Eric Cowden Engineer
David 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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