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Nature Boy: The Standards Album

Aaron NevilleAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Summertime (Album Version) 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Blame It On My Youth (Album Version) 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Very Thought Of You (Album Version) [feat. Linda Ronstadt] 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Shadow Of Your Smile (Album Version) 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Cry Me A River (Album Version) 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Nature Boy (Album Version) 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Who Will Buy? (Album Version) 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Album Version) 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Our Love Is Here To Stay (Album Version) 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. In The Still Of The Night (Album Version) 4:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Since I Fell For You (Album Version) 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Danny Boy (Album Version) 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000094T55
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

New Orleans crooner Aaron Neville is known for many things: he first scored an R&B hit with "Tell it Like it Is" in the '60s; his duets with Linda Ronstadt have exposed him to wider audiences; and he sings with his siblings in the Neville Brothers. Produced and arranged by keyboardist Rob Mounsey, the material is culled from a variety of pop and jazz standards. With a rhythm section consisting of bassist Ron Carter, drummer Grady Tate, and guitarist Anthony Wilson, Neville puts his Crescent City charm on old favorites such as "Danny Boy" with guitarist Ry Cooder; "Since I Fell For You" with his saxophonist brother, Charles Neville; and a silken rendition of "Cry Me a River" with tenor sax titan Michael Brecker. Ms. Ronstadt guest stars on "Blame It on My Youth," with Roy Hargrove providing the creamy Clifford Brown-tones. Even as he sings Gershwin's "Summertime" as a reggae number, Aaron Neville's vivid voice echoes the eternal tones of the late Benny Carter's vibrato-rich alto sax sound. One question: Why wasn't this done before? --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aaron Is Back October 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
R&B legend Aaron Neville's return to the recording studio with NATURE BOY finds him mining, as a lot of modern-day pop and R&B artists have done for some time, the Great American songbook. For this project, though, Aaron seems to mine a jazz sound less akin to the World War II era and more to the 1960s, and the tactic, works quite well. Among the musicians onboard for this album are Ry Cooder, Roy Hargrove, Michael Brecker, and jazz drumming great Grady Tate (the latter of whom worked on Wes Montgomery's classic 1967 album A DAY IN THE LIFE).
His version of "Summertime", from Gershwin's great American opera "Porgy And Bess", is one of the best this warhorse has ever received. He also invites his longtime duet partner Linda Ronstadt in for a wonderful rendition of "The Very Thought Of You." And although we've had many fine versions of such classics as "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "Since I Fell For You", and "Come Rain Or Come Shine", Aaron puts his signature mark on those too. In the way these twelve songs have been arranged and performed, they don't seem old, but they retain their timelessness nonetheless. This is easily one of the best such Great American Songbook revival projects out there, and merits the five-star rating.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars of his best!! September 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
My wife and I just saw Aaron and his Bros in concert last week and I can say the songs on this album he did were fantastic. You will love every track. It was great to hear Linda and Aaron's voices together again. The music, the lyrics, we play it all the time.
If you ever have a chance to see Aaron or the whole family in person...don't miss it!!
We are Neville Bros fans forever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars something different September 12, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the most interesting standards record yet. It's absolutely beautiful! Aaron Neville's vocal performances are extraordinary. His interpretations of these simple solid songs are like nothing else you've ever heard. The song selection is great and the new arrangements of these old songs are extremely cool! Especially Summertime and Who Will Buy. Impeccable sounding. This is one of the nicest cd's I've purchased in a long time. Very hip!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Natural Sophistication September 14, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have not always been a fan (although he sings perfectly, he normally sings in a range that's a little high for my personal taste). However, this album has confirmed my interest. The material selection is flawless, and the arrangements are sophisticated, interesting and natural. The Ronstadt pairing works very well. While the album is relaxing, it keeps you very engaged. I highly recommend this album.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light August 31, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Aaron Neville glides his way through sweet dreamy renditions of songs we've heard a million times before. On the surface, it's breezy and beautiful, tastefully produced, yet the album never exhibits any depth of interpretation or emotional nuance, with the exception of "Danny Boy" which benefits greatly from Ry Cooder's haunting guitar work. Dissapointingly, his duet with Linda Ronstadt - who sounds terrific - doesn't create the emotional spark their past pairings have had. Neville's simple approach fits best on a light inventive version of "Who Will Buy?", but the rest whizzes by without much impact, making it "light jazz" ear candy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "a music fan" is incorrect September 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Aaron's voice was not over-pitch-corrected. He really sings this way. "a music fan" from PA is incorrect. I'm sorry that he, or she, didn't enjoy the record -- we're all very proud of it.
Rob Mounsey, producer
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disapointing February 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Over the years, I have been a great fan of Aaron Neville, but I cannot recommend this CD. Sure there are some highlights (Summertime and The Shadow Of Your Smile), but most of the Cd seems to lack emotion.
This Cd is not in the same league as Grand Tour or Tattoed Heart.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I must be the minority... March 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
First off, Aaron Neville has a beautiful voice, so he gets points for having such a unique voice.
However, I found nearly all of this album "Nature Boy" to be way too slow. This is almost sleep-inducing music.
I've heard a lot of these standards before and they are not usually done this slow. So I would be listening to a familiar song, waiting for it to pick up anytime now, but it never did.
+'s Neville's voice, the selection of familiar songs, Roy Hargrove sounds great as a guest on trumpet/flugelhorn
-'s The whole pace of the album. Just generally too s-l-o-w.
Overall, I'll have to disagree with the majority and say this one's not worth the money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Neville at his best
He sings the standards in his own unique style and gives them new life. His rendition of Nature Boy is awesome. My favorite.
Published 10 months ago by Donna B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
As always Aaron Neville's voice is unique , I've never heard anyone like him. This CD is his version of classics we all know and love. His touch makes them seem like new again.
Published 19 months ago by Dee Dodd
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cd
This cd is wonderful. It arrived in absolutely perfect condition. I have been playing it since it got here. The price was great and it arrived on time. great seller
Published on December 13, 2011 by Elizabeth T. Esposito
2.0 out of 5 stars It is not one of his best albums.
Aaron Neville has a beautiful and unique voice. I have enjoyed several of his albums, such as Warm Your Heart, Grand Tour, Tattooed Heart, Devotion, Soulful Christmas, and some... Read more
Published on April 10, 2009 by Kokegg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I just love Aaron Neville, so any CD of his I will like. This CD is a great standards music in Aaron's music style. Nice smooth music.
Published on November 18, 2007 by Angela Katsavavakis
4.0 out of 5 stars Get it - trust me!
I don't know who in the world would not give this a 5 star rating! This is a CD that you can play from start to finish without skipping past any track. Read more
Published on October 3, 2004 by JazzDiva
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
This is a great album! It shows Aaron Neville at his best with his ultra unique sound. He makes the jazz standards that he sings magical. He is a great artist. Read more
Published on June 6, 2004
Published on February 24, 2004 by STRAWBERRY MOCHA
5.0 out of 5 stars THE NEW NEVILLE
Aaron Neville's "problem" (sorry) has always been his one-of-a-kind voice. How to match such wonderful vocal cords with equally wonderful lyrics and music? Read more
Published on February 4, 2004 by "finch334"
3.0 out of 5 stars Linda AGAIN...ICKK!!
PUhleezz, no more Linda! What possesses Aaron and his staff to offer repeat invites to Linda Ronstadt? Read more
Published on January 3, 2004 by "westernwilson2"
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