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  • Audio CD (July 19, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dual Disc
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0009PLM4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moonlight Serenade
2. I've Got You Under My Skin
3. I Only Have Eyes For You
4. Moonglow
5. Alone Together
6. In The Still Of The Night
7. The More I See You
8. Where Or When
9. My One and Only Love
10. All The Things You Are
11. How Long Has This Been Going On

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Product Description

Moonlight Serenade showcases Carly Simon's dusky and sensual vocal stylings on eleven romantic standards penned by some of the world's greatest songwriters including Glenn Miller, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II, George & Ira Gershwin, and Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz. The first side of this Dual Disc contains the full audio album. The DVD side provides the same album in enhanced sound (such as 5.1 Surround Sound), along with such multimedia features as music videos, documentary footage, photo galleries, web links, and other enhanced content. Columbia. 2005.

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Carly Simon could spin vintage Black Sabbath into the musical equivalent of buttery, well warmed comfort food. Not surprisingly, much like her earlier trio of classics from the Great American Songbook (1981's Torch, 1990's My Romance, and 1997's Film Noir), Carly positively nails the 11 standards collected on Moonlight Serenade. If there appears to be a little more magic on Moonlight that is missing from the others, you can credit her collaborator Richard Perry. As arranger and producer, Perry bends these songs in a direction that calls to mind the Simon/Perry classics from the early 1970s, No Secrets and Hotcakes included. Confident interpretations and respectable playing aside, what you hear on Moonlight Serenade is naturalness and joy, a spirit that bespeaks Simon at her peak. That spirit's power to transform ballads and soft rock songs into instant classics grabbed the 70's generation by the collar. With Moonlight Serenade, we thankfully see that spirit sweeps across a ballroom with the same fullness and fire. --Tammy La Gorce

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Simon's voice is rich & so emotive, it is beautiful.
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Carly Simon is great and if you need some songs to make your day great try this one.
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That may sound harsh, but we expect better from singers who have been around awhile.
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Format: Audio CD
Carly Simon, one of the few living legends of our time, releases this DualDisc album and treats us to a fantastic display of her talents as a singer of the great standards. Throughout the album Carly's voice is strong, sensuous and warm. This is the kind of album you instantly want to listen to again and again-and the truth is that it never loses its power. Moreover, as I mentioned, this release is a DualDisc. This means that the CD is on one side of the disc you get and then there are DVD features on the reverse side. A magnificent bonus! DVD features include the entire album in PCM stereo, footage of production techniques and interviews with Carly Simon and Richard Perry. (Perry produced this album.) One note of caution, however: DualDiscs tend to play best in newer CD players. If your CD player is several years old, you would want to get the "CD only" version of the album.

Listening to her sing of life's trials, tribulations and extremes, I cannot help but be in total awe of Carly's vocal abilities. Time has matured her voice, to be sure, but in a good way. Her range is good and the musical arrangements are equally well executed. For example, the song "In The Still Of The Night" gets five star treatment from Carly and her peers. The arrangement is positive and very upbeat.

On this album, look for Vincent D'Onofrio on guitar; Mike Thompson on piano, Fender Rhodes piano, and even synthesizer; and Lee Thornburg on both trumpet and trombone. Andy Chukerman also helps out on synthesizer and John Ferraro helps out on drums as well. These people, along with other musicians, back up Carly wonderfully with thoughtful and well done musical arrangements.

The album starts off strong with "Moonlight Serenade." Now I finally know the lyrics!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This audio CD version of Carly Simon's "Moonlight Serenade" has grown on me. With several stellar jazz CD's out like Rita Coolidge's "And So Is Love," Linda Ronstadt's "Hummin' to Myself," & Paul Anka's "Rock Swings," I prefer jazz arrangements with bite rather than an orchestral wash of strings. I pulled out Simon's first disc of "standards" from 1981, "Torch," and gave that another listen. On that disc Marty Paich & other arrangers gave her a lush string background on many tracks similar to Richard Perry's production on this disc. My favorite of her 4 standards discs is the Jimmy Webb-produced "Film Noir," but "Moonlight Serenade" is certainly growing on me with repeated listenings.

Of my 2 favorite tracks, "I Only Have Eyes for You" has a lush string setting with Chris Golden's bass giving that familiar thump with Carly's voice warmly reading the romantic lyric. Chris Montez's recording of "The More I See You" was the first that registered with me. Carly's alto embraces this joyful melody with Larry Lunetta's trumpet featured on the instrumental chorus, "With every sigh I become more mad about you, more lost without you, and so it goes." "Moonglow" has been recorded by big bands like Benny Goodman & Duke Ellington, female vocalists like Joni James, Sarah Vaughn & Billie Holiday, rock acts like the Coasters & Ruby & the Romantics, and recently by Rod Stewart. Carly croons & sighs giving the lovely romantic lyric a warm & sultry feel, "We seem to float right through the air, Heavenly songs seem to come from everywhere." "Alone Together" likewise is an often-recorded gem by artists as diverse as Chet Baker, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Judy Garland & Peggy Lee. Richard Perry's arrangement gives the song a Brazilian feel with shimmering percussion adding a deep luster.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Devlin on August 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Carly Simon has done 4 albums of standards, starting with 1981's Torch. Each one has been different and as such each has had its own charms. "Moonlight Serenade" finds her in a more romantic and playful mood than her previous releases. The production here (by Richard Perry) is spot on and faithful to the genre. And Simon's vocals are lush and easy on the ear (not always the case for her!!) She has a real feel for this music and her performances are for the most part on the money. Not all the songs work - the title track, "My One and Only Love" and "Where or When" are not as smooth and jazzy as I would have liked but her unique take on "I Only Have Eyes for You" and "The More I See You" - whilst staying loyal to the song, add a new dimension to them. This is a major feat and for Simon is a bit of a coup and more than makes up for any shortcomings. Vocally, she has rarely sounded more "commercial" and if you want to hear these classic songs sung the way they were meant to be sung (as appose to Rod Stewarts slaughtering of them - can someone please stop him from recording any more standards - PLEASE!) then this is the CD for you. I doubt it is for everyone, but for lovers of great songs sung very well - this is an absolute delight - a winner!! Adam Devlin
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JLF on August 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is my third Carly Simon CD. The first one is Letters Never Sent, then Torch, and then Moonlight Serenade. Having heard various contemporary singers attack jazz and slow songs, I was looking forward to this one. Most contemporary singers over-act the songs (when in fact they are supposed to simply sing it clearly -- the lines will deliver itself). The problem with most pop artists crossing over to jazz, they are not confident in trusting a song or a lyrics' power to put across a message. Some will rely on improvisation (improvisation from Cleo Laine is definitely good), but with such ineffective result, that it becomes a novety. Others would rely so much on (overly done) arrangement, case for instance is Michael Buble.

Good thing, we have this carly simon cd. Those who are familiar with her Torch CD know her power and talent to deliver classic songs. This is another proof of that ability. The simple rendition of Ive Got you under my skin, does not use a manic way (or worse syrupy) attack. She is just stating a matter of fact...."wake to reality, the thought of you makes me stop befor i begin".....

I only have eyes for you -- the arrangement builds to a sensual mood. it is a simple, nervous whisper.

of course, my favorite is where or when....Her version is that of a mature woman having a faint memory of a dream or a past event....

This Cd is simply one of the best this year that ive heard. Enough of those jazz singers with little girl mentality. We need a mature singer like Carly Simon!
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