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We Dreamed These Days
     

We Dreamed These Days

by Michael Feinstein
 
Singer/pianist Michael Feinstein fronts the Carmel Symphony Orchestra on We Dreamed These Days, leading the ensemble through a collection of romantic ballads that seems to have been assembled to tell an autumnal love story. He begins with composer Michel Legrand and lyricists Marilyn and

Overview

Singer/pianist Michael Feinstein fronts the Carmel Symphony Orchestra on We Dreamed These Days, leading the ensemble through a collection of romantic ballads that seems to have been assembled to tell an autumnal love story. He begins with composer Michel Legrand and lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman's examination of mature commitment, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing," which suggests the theme. This is not young love or love discovered, it is love examined in midstream. The orchestra's arrangements and Feinstein's vocal delivery both suggest that things are going downhill in this relationship, even as, for instance, he proclaims that "As Long as She Needs Me," he'll stick it out. (Appropriately, the song is a repurposed version of Lionel Bart's "As Long as He Needs Me" from Oliver!, sung in the show by Nancy of Bill, who later will kill her.) A turning point seems to come in the medley of "The More I See You" with "There Will Never Be Another You," as Feinstein moves from proclaiming devotion to affectionate reminiscence of a love that is over. Thereafter, he effectively mixes old standards like "I Remember You" with more recent soft rock ballads like Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield's "The Hungry Years" and Peter Allen's "I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love." That song is the real album closer, or should have been. Feinstein tacks on a composition of his own, the title song, which ends things on an oddly anthemic note. "We Dreamed These Days" the song, with its heroic arrangement and lyrical references to freedom and liberty, sounds like it was written to be a new national anthem, and doesn't fit with what has come before.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2011
Label:
Duckhole
UPC:
0700261319445
catalogNumber:
3194

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Performance Credits

Michael Feinstein   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Mark Vinci   Alto Saxophone
Albie Berk   Drums
Gary Walters   Piano
Dave Mann   Tenor Saxophone
David Bowden   Conductor
Carmel Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Michael Feinstein   Composer,Producer
Neil Sedaka   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Text
Lionel Bart   Composer
Fabian André   Text
Maya Angelou   Text
Alan Bergman   Text
Marilyn Bergman   Text
Leslie Bricusse   Text
Howard Greenfield   Text
Edward Heyman   Text
Gus Kahn   Text
Johnny Mercer   Text
Anthony Newley   Composer
John Oddo   Music Direction
Wilbur Schwandt   Composer
Ned Washington   Text
Victor Young   Composer
Jack Elliott   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Lew Spence   Text
Lindy Robbins   Text
H. Warren   Text
M. Gordon   Composer
Paul Andre   Producer
Peter W. Allen   Composer

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