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Some Enchanted Evening

Art GarfunkelAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000KN7BJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Let's Fall In Love - Art Garfunkel
4. I'm Glad There Is You - Art Garfunkel
5. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars - Art Garfunkel
6. Easy Living - Art Garfunkel
7. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
8. You Stepped Out of a Dream
9. Some Enchanted Evening
10. It Could Happen to You
11. Life Is But a Dream
12. What'll I Do
13. If I Loved You

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First new solo album from Art Garfunkel since 2002. .... The legendary tenor interprets thirteen classics of the American popular songbook. Art Garfunkel is one of the most distinctive voices in all of contemporary music, and his sublime high tenor is one of its finest instruments. As half of Simon & Garfunkel, he's responsible for many of the most memorable recordings of his era; as a solo artist, his classic singles include the Top 40 hits 'All I Know' and 'Break Away.' On his first new solo album in five years, this legendary vocalist lends his artistry to some of the best loved and most sophisticated selections in the American popular songbook. Perfect for every day of the year the result is an exquisitely refined and delightfully romantic celebration of immortal composers including Lerner & Loewe, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, George & Ira Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and more.

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The angelic half of Simon & Garfunkel may seem predictable in following Rod Stewart and other Baby Boomers on a romp through the Great American Songbook, but Art would have us think his foray is more inspired, more poetic than that, as he sprinkles the inside of his CD jacket with a series of confessional statements. In the first, he informs us he made the album under the "sway" of Chet Baker and Johnny Mathis, and in the second gives even pretentious novelist Jeanette Winterson a run for her money: "It wasn't Monet, it was France; It's not what we say, but the dance we're in." All right, then, but Some Enchanted Evening should also come with a warning sticker: Do not play while operating heavy machinery. In a cotton-soft voice, Garfunkel moves through works by Johnny Mercer, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, and Rodgers and Hammerstein as if he's the spokesperson for Prozac Nation. One may applaud his Everyman's approach to material "owned" by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Rosemary Clooney, but he has tried to build a bridge over... well, not troubled, but complex and emotionally swirling waters, and in this framework, he simply hasn't the phrasing or the interpretative moxie to pull it off. When he sings "I'm so in love" on "Easy Living," he's so passionless he might as well be wooing a canary; likewise, his take on "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" sounds positively lobotomized. Producer Richard Perry (Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Garfunkel's own 1975 Breakaway) tries to compensate by updating the approach--employing synth strings, for example, instead of an orchestra--and tweaking the arrangements with contemporary fusion. But even that is wrong-headed: A pedal steel guitar should not be in the same universe with a clarinet. What were they thinking? --Alanna Nash

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Musical Affair January 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"It wasn't Monet, it was France;
It's not what we say
But the dance we're in;
There lies the mysterious glue
In this set of songs I sing to you" ~ Art Garfunkel ~

As someone who grew up with the standards from my late parents' collection playing over and over at our musical household as sung by Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Cole, Vaughan, Martin, Bennett, Clooney, Day, London, Stafford, among many others, I totally welcome and embrace new interpretations by contemporary artists done in the most beautiful recordings with splendid vocals and sublime arrangements. This album fits that description to a T.

So it's only natural for me to love this "comeback album" of timeless standards by Art Garfunkel, "Some Enchanted Evening." And these are some great reasons.

Firstly, I have admired the music of Simon and Garfunkel in the past - "The Sound of Silence," "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Mrs. Robinson," to mention a few. When the duo went separate ways, I remained a fan of Art Garfunkel having loved some of his hit songs such as "Disney Girls," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "Since I Don't Have You," "It's All In The Game" and "Crying In The Rain," an awesome duet with another talented singer/guitarist/songwriter James Taylor.

Secondly, how can I not love the songs in the repertoire when these are everlasting favorites of mine? These are the most appealing works of brilliant tunesmiths and lyricists such as George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, Johnny Mercer, among others. Many thanks Mr. Garfunkel and everyone involved in this incredibly beautiful album of classic standards with such contemporary approach. Let there be a follow-up album of this kind. (Paging Richard Perry and Lauren Wild!).
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes after a particularly difficult day at work all you want to do when you get home is kick back, relax and enjoy some great music. For many years, whenever I have found myself in this mode I would turn to Linda Ronstadt's landmark album "What's New" which she recorded back in the eighties with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. Since that time any number of rock n' rollers have tried this idea with varying degrees of success. Most simply don't have the pipes to do justice to tunes from the Great American songbook. Exhibit A would be Rod Stewart. One of my very favorite male vocalists of all time is Art Garfunkel. When I heard that he was about to release an album of this music I was pretty confident that he could pull it off. And I was not disappointed. In the tradition of "What's New", Art Garfunkel's new disc "Some Enchanted Evening" offers a baker's dozen of some of the greatest American pop tunes ever written. It is really a joy to listen to.

It is probably no coincidence that "Some Enchanted Evening" includes a pair of numbers from that "What's New" album. It seems that George and Ira Gershwin's "Someone To Watch Over Me" becomes more popular with each passing year. In 1924, legendary bandleader Paul Whiteman had a #1 hit with the classic Irving Berlin tune "What'll I Do". Art Garfunkel pulls off both of these songs with ease and makes them all his own. The upbeat arrangement of Harold Arlen's "Let's Fall In Love" would remind you quite a bit of Garfunkel's 1988 hit single "So Much In Love". One of my favorite songs on this CD would have to be the great Rogers and Hammerstein favorite "If I Loved You" from the musical "Carousel". The arrangement is superb!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh & New of the old stuff... January 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The velvety voice of Garfunkel blends in extraordinary melodies of some time ago... with heart-warmth voice tunes, he comes to reach you in a nice romantic evening in which you wish you were having the best grilled lobster with candlelights and the sound of waves crashing near you... just to get you in the mood of something so romantic... that will bump in your mood as you continue listening to this touching songs... Enjoy! And cheers to You Mr. Garfunkel, what a nice treat!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Grace May 28, 2007
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"Some Enchanted Evening" touches me with Art's loving renditions of these songs, most of which I have heard by other artists. Art's vocals embrace the lyrics and wrench deep meaning from them. On the Irving Berlin classic "What'll I Do," his quiet vocals are familiar territory for anyone who has ever tried to mend from a broken heart, "What'll I do with just a photograph to tell my troubles to?" I was not familiar with Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)." Art's version is quintessentially romantic, like a sweet Brazilian embrace, "I who was lost & lonely, believing life was only a bitter tragic joke have found with you the meaning of existence, oh my love." What ambrosia! The Harold Arlen song "Let's Fall in Love" is reinvigorated with Art's breezy vocals hitting the higher register and Maia Sharp's gorgeous sax solo sending the track into the stratosphere. There are many other excellent performances on this delightful CD like the Gershwins' "Someone to Watch Over Me" & the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic that is the title track. This is a mellow mood CD, but done with such exquisite grace that it can't help but put a smile on your face. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 months ago by Barbara J Hambright
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful voice and rendition.
Published 7 months ago by Kenneth Eichholz
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Published 8 months ago by Augusto Altamirano
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Romantic Classic Hopefully Not His Last
Mature Art Garfunkel's passionate heart beats through subtly evocative expressions via his still beautiful pipes though didn't quit smoking til 2010 after temporarily paralyzed... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lady LiberTEA
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I wish that I had found this sooner. It is just wonderful! His voice and the entire arrangements are spellbinding. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Just me!
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasteful
Do you really need another CD from a retired pop star from the 60s, giving his/her version of the GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK? Well, yes. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic old favorites
I play this CD almost every day. I absolutely love it! Great renditions of old favorites. Especially "I've Grown Accustomed" I wish this kind of music was popular in... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Marcia W. Nielson
5.0 out of 5 stars It was enchanting
Always liked Art Garfunkel. This album is a classic in the same manner that some of Sinatra's albums are classics. Read more
Published on June 6, 2013 by Victoria Milan
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow
I would actually give this 3 1/2 stars (but couldn't get that to work). It's a nice compilation of songs well suited to Art's voice. Read more
Published on March 5, 2013 by L. Snyder
4.0 out of 5 stars A gift from Art
I really enjoy this recording. Three songs, title & I'll Remember You & I've Grown Accustom To Your Face are outstanding! Read more
Published on December 26, 2012 by William Rees
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