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Thanks For The Memory...The Great American Songbook IV


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. I've Got A Crush On You (duet with Diana Ross)Rod Stewart featuring Diana Ross 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Wish You LoveRod Stewart featuring Chris Botti 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You Send Me (duet with Chaka Khan)Rod Stewart featuring Chaka Khan 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Long Ago And Far AwayRod Stewart 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Makin' WhoopeeRod Stewart featuring Elton John 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. My One And Only LoveRod Stewart 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Taking A Chance On LoveRod Stewart 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. My Funny ValentineRod Stewart 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I've Got My Love To Keep Me WarmRod Stewart 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. NeverthelessRod Stewart featuring Dave Koz 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Blue SkiesRod Stewart 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Let's Fall In LoveRod Stewart featuring George Benson 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Thanks For The MemoryRod Stewart 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Grammy Award®-winning, two-time Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Rod Stewart proudly releases his first Christmas album of his career, MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY. Award-winning producer and songwriter David Foster serves as producer and arranger of the album.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B000B7HZXM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rod's back with another chaper in the American songbook. This time he has teamed up with Diana Ross for 'I've Got a Crush on You', Chaka Khan on 'My One and Only Love' and Elton John on the classic 'I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm'. Also included are the timeless classic's'My Funny Valentine', 'Makin' Whoopee', 'Let's Fall in Love' and the tilte track 'Thanks for the Memory'. J Records. 2005.

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Accuse Rod Stewart of what you like--through the years he's been called a philanderer, a has-been, a pageant-ish progenitor of puff rock--but as he has consistently proved with his Great American Songbook series, the concept of dignity is not lost on him. There is a time, after all, for leaping across stages in leopard-print spandex while shamelessly parading an unparalleled gift for scratchy-voiced seduction, and he is past it. Past his prime is another thing. On this fourth installation of the Clive Davis-produced series, Stewart again makes excellent use of his rolodex: Diana Ross, whose affection for this material comes through as convincingly as her spike-haired partner's, cuddles up for opener "I've Got a Crush On You," Chaka Khan packs her bags but not her mighty vocals for "You Send Me," and Sir Elton shelves the recent balladeer's instincts for a rip-roaring run through "Makin' Whoopee." A handful of marquee instrumentalists also returned Rod's calls-- Dave Koz blows sax on "Nevertheless," and trumpeters Chris Botti and Roy Hargrove turn up the heat on "I Wish You Love" and "My One and Only Love" respectively. As on earlier discs, though, it's when Rod rules the spotlight alone that he can be most compelling: Cue up "My Funny Valentine" in the right frame of mind and you may never need to hear it sung by another. Retiring the satin shirts in favor of this material was the smartest move Stewart ever made. --Tammy La Gorce

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Customer Reviews

This, however, is not a matter of taste.
Southern Man
Can't say much about a CD other than I enjoy this Music and bought a number of these CD's and will buy more.
Duffy
Maybe Rod is getting burned out, this one just didn't seem as "soulful" to me.
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118 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on October 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Success is great, but even sweeter when you get to experience it with the gifted, passionate, hardworking and - equally important to me - fun-loving professionals at J Records. And just think, this is only Volume IV." ~ Rod Stewart ~

My friends and I have been anticipating the release of Rod Stewart's fourth of a series of Great American Songbook ever since Steve Tyrell (one of the album producers with Clive Davis) made an announcement about it during his concert at the Starlight Bowl in July of this year. Finally, the wait is over - for now - that is! It's so great to know that we're in for more wonderful Volumes to come. What he said about this being only Volume IV is an assurance that there will be more to look forward to. Recently, before this CD was released, I watched him perform on Tonight Show with Jay Leno where he sang "I Wish You Love" and CNN's Larry King Live where he sang "Long Ago And Far Away" to the delight of the viewers.

This fabulous recording presents a new set of gorgeous and timeless standards. Topping my list is a lovely song that brings back a chock-full of memories to me, "My One And Only Love," featuring Roy Hargrove on trumpet. This is also one of the songs I mentioned in my review on Volume I that I wish he would record. Thanks so kindly, Mr. Stewart for including this charming ditty in this repertoire of beautiful classics. An added delight to this recording is the presence of the equally talented guest artists, the likes of Diana Ross, Elton John, Chaka Khan, Chris Botti, George Benson, Dave Koz and Roy Hargrove, as well as a versatile musician and the main man, Alan Broadbent, who splendidly arranged and conducted the magnificent Orchestra.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By RJM Music Man on October 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The formula for these CDs is simple and it works. Sing beautiful love songs from eras past and you can't go wrong. Rod can keep putting these out for another ten years. What upsets me is that the total time for this CD is only 43 minutes. A CD can hold up to 80 minutes worth of material. 43 minutes is a tease and it's cheating the public. With so many classic songs available another three or four would have made this perfect. That's what's keeping me from giving it more than 3 stars.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By saint james on October 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Rod Stewart's raspy and unusual voice has been interesting to me since "Maggie May" in the 70's. Who would've thought that he could ever pull off a series of pop standards that would produce four CD's of such classic and enduring compositions? Not I. That's what makes his foray into this genre so pleasant.

One of the other reasons the CD is so pleasing is that these old songs hold up lyrically (with very few exceptions). It's wonderful to hear songs that are currently being recorded that refer to love and loss in classicly romantic language. No "droppin' it like it's hot and backin' up that thing" on this presentation. Here, the overt reference to sexual expression is deferred for the sensibilities of the 40's and 50's. These songs were composed when lyricists had to use imagination a versatile vocabulary and subltle reference to impart a beautiful thought and a musical message. Thank goodness and Clive Davis of J Records for taking us on a sentimental journey.

Rod's weather worn voice is indeed perfectly suited for many of these songs. More than a few of them were originally recorded by women in their heydays. Artists like Sarah Vaughn, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford and others wrapped their silky and versatile vocals around such sensuous lyrics to make these hits the standards they are. A smoother or more refind voice would not have played as well with such vulnerable and feminine lyrics. Rod's raspy turn at these gems lends believability and finesse to his interpretations.

There are some problems. On occasion Rod struggles with his voice needing to be as fluid as it should be (Long Ago and Far Away).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By . VINE VOICE on January 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you're a Rod Stewart fan -and- a fan of these tunes, go for it. If you're a fan of the rockng Rod, just be aware that this is not that Rod. If you're a fan of the tunes, but not of Rod, it's likely you already enjoy an older version of each of these tunes more than you'll like Rod's versions.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Piccolo on July 6, 2006
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Many friends and I have purchased all the SongBook series. We love them. We are senior citizens and long for the nostalgia and the type of dancing Rods CD's are giving us. Notice other musicians are coping Rod's idea. However, Rod's versions and arrangements are the best. Especially for our aging ears. Having said that I have also tried, in vain, to get the message to Rod that 48 slow Fox Trots are enough. Give us some swing and Latin arrangements, PLEASE!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on December 1, 2006
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I never particularly liked Rod Stewart. I had nothing against him but I was not a fan. That changed one day in Quebec when I heard a sample from the first album in this series. Since then I have become a fan when he is singing these old songs.

Like on the previous albums, he has guest artists from the modern, rock oriented world who sing with him and all do a fine job of re-interpreting these classics of a completely different style. The same is true of Stewart himself. He does not have what I would have thought of as a "great voice" but he does have mastery of it. He makes it great with his interpretation. He's not just an aging rocker; he is a competent artist and musician.
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