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listen  1. Embraceable YouRod Stewart 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. For Sentimental ReasonsRod Stewart featuring Dave Koz 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Blue MoonRod Stewart featuring Eric Clapton 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. What A Wonderful WorldRod Stewart featuring Stevie Wonder 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. StardustRod Stewart 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Manhattan (Duet With Bette Midler)Rod Stewart featuring Bette Midler 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 'S WonderfulRod Stewart featuring Dave Grusin 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Isn't It RomanticRod Stewart 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Can't Get StartedRod Stewart 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. But Not For MeRod Stewart 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. A Kiss To Build A Dream OnRod Stewart featuring Arturo Sandoval 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Baby, It's Cold Outside (Duet With Dolly Parton)Rod Stewart featuring Dolly Parton 3:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Night And DayRod Stewart 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley SquareRod Stewart 4:04$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B0002X94Y8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rod's all-time classic voice delivers the goods once again on an all-new collection of unforgettable, timeless American songs that's certain to capture the millions of fans who fell in love with Volumes I & II and a whole new audience as well. Featuring historic duets with Dolly Parton and Bette Midler and guest star appearances by Stevie Wonder, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Koz and others.

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It's a little hard to take Rod Stewart seriously when, on the first track of this third installment in his Great American Songbook series, he sings ruefully about his love life being "lean" ("Embraceable You"). But otherwise, Stardust...Volume III is as note-for-note solid as its predecessors--a cozy-up-to-the-fire treat that's also a pleasant reminder of these songs' staying power. "S'Wonderful" settles on the ears winningly, and Stewart's scratchathon voice scalpels the cobwebs off of "Isn't It Romantic" in a way that compels the average listener to reconsider thinking it dopey. In addition, the parade of high-wattage pals recruited to pitch in continues here, resulting in a couple of must-hear combinations. Eric Clapton delivers a rather un-Clapton-like guitar solo on "Blue Moon" and Stevie Wonder blows harp like he means it on "What a Wonderful World," but it is the duets--"Baby It's Cold Outside" with the unsinkable Dolly Parton and "Manhattan" with the indomitable Bette Midler--that the dazzle most. --Tammy La Gorce

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I mean this is even bad "elevator" music.
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This CD is highly recommended not only to Rod fans but also for lovers of fine music.
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Love Rod Stewarts American Songbook series.
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86 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on November 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Having thoroughly enjoyed volumes 1 and 2 in the Great American Songbook, I was eagerly waiting for this one. And I was not disappointed. Rod continues to put his trademark voice on these classic standards and gives them a new romantic feeling with his unique interpretations.

Favorite songs like "For Sentimental Reasons, "Blue Moon," and "Isn't It Romantic" make this a cd I play continuously. The title song, "Stardust," has never been so richly done and the one special UK song which I had never heard before, "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" is a worthy addition to an otherwise all-American collection.

There are more guest performers on this one than in the two previous releases. Eric Clapton on "Blue Moon" and Stevie Wonder on "What A Wonderful World" are remarkable, but it is Bette Midler's easy style on "Manhattan" that steals the show. Her voice and spirit blend effortlessly with Rod's for a real showstopper performance. Only the duet with Dolly Parton seemed a bit off-key and weak to me as it's hard to imagine their two styles combining, and in my opinion they didn't.

Still, it's a wonderful work filled with highlights such as Cole Porter's unforgettable "Night and Day" and the newly-revised lyrics Rod improvises on "I Can't Get Started."

If you loved the first two and can appreciate what Rod Stewart has done for the most beautiful songs of all time, this one is a must.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert G Yokoyama VINE VOICE on October 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Rod Stewart sounds superb on this third installment of the Great American song book. This is a perfect CD to listen and forget all your troubles to. My favorite song is Isn't It Romantic. I think this is the perfect song to dance the night away to with your sweetheart. Rod puts his own unique spin on a classic song from the 50's entitled Blue Moon. Eric Clapton's smooth guitar playing paired with Rod Stewart dreamy vocals make this song a delight. I also enjoyed his rendition of the song For Sentimental Reasons. It is a very romantic song and one of my favorites. Rod sings some excellent duets on this album. My favorite duet is the duet he sings with Bette Midler entitled Manhattan. Bette has such a smooth voice. Rod's classic raspy sexy voice compliments her so well on this track.

Baby It's Cold Outside is another excellent duet. It is interesting to hear a country star like Dolly Parton and a pop star like Rod Stewart perform this great jazz standard. I really liked it. Rod sounds very warm and engaging especially on the song Night and Day. The piano playing sounds so good on this track. What a Wonderful World is a very a pretty song with an excellent mini harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder. I really enjoyed listening this album. This CD is a musical treat as were the first two.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mike Scott on November 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm in my early 50's and was a Rod Stewart fan in my teens and early 20's when he was a big rock performer. Listening to his performance on this CD makes me want to check out the other two previous clssics series...I was impressed...not what I expected at all and I found myself just letting it play over and over through the day. What a Wonderful World is a song that I first heard when I was in Vietnam and it made me cry then...it still does today..tears are streaming down my face as I listen to Rod's version and remember so many heartbreaking experiences and the terrible grief that went with them.

I like this Album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ralph A. Derderian on July 20, 2005
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This CD is my favorite of the three in his GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK series because Rod sings Hoagy Carmichel's alltime blockbuster "Stardust" which is, also, my alltime favorite. Of course, I appreciate the added "freebies" with Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler and Dolly Parton. Buy it. Try it.

You'll like it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Judith Handman-Harradine on October 30, 2004
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As a member of the baby-boomer generation, I was introduced to "standards" by contemporary crossover artists like Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt and, of course, Harry Connick. I love them and have, since, amassed quite a collection of CD's - by the original artists and the crossovers. I'll admit that I was very skeptical about Rod Stewart's ability to record these great old songs. Let's face it, he's never been a GREAT singer. But, with this CD, Rod has reinvented himself yet again and hits the bullseye big time. His duets, with Dolly Parton and Bette Midler, are fun and breezy. Rod doesn't even TRY to imitate the originals. Instead, he's enjoying himself. It's obvious. He's loving the material. His phrasing is spot-on perfect - reminiscent of the Sinatra style. You can hear every word of the lyrics thanks to a great producer. It's NOT overdone (so easy to do with standards). It's just right. Great use of percussion, strings and piano. Most of all, Rod's song selection is impeccable - it ranges from a great rendition of "It's A Wonderful World" to the oh-so-difficult "A Nightingale Sang in Barkley Square". There really isn't anything to "skip". I didn't LOVE the first two in this series. They were ok but I wasn't thrilled with his song selections. This one is a MUST HAVE for the Rod Stewart doing Standards listener! He's a welcome edition to a very elite group of great talents doing great old songs THEIR way!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Rod Stewart is back--again--for his third CD in his Great American Songbook series. And wow, he doesn't miss a beat, performing these songs to perfection! The sound quality is excellent and Rod is exquisitely able to use that voice of his to express the range of emotions that come with love: lust, longing, sadness, happiness and ecstasy.

On this CD Rod starts out with the beautiful and romantic "Embraceable You." A strong start! He also got several highly talented performers to join in with him here: Eric Clapton sings with Rod on "Blue Moon," for example. Dolly Parton teams up with Rod for "Manhattan" as well. Other performers include Stevie Wonder on the moving "What A Wonderful World."

I highly recommend this CD for fans of this type of music, duets, and of course for Rod's fans, too! I can only hope that we get our hands on a fourth CD for this series ASAP! GRIN
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