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On the heels of a Grammy nomination for Fly Me To The Moon... The Great American Songbook, Volume V for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, and just in time for Valentine s Day, Rod Stewart is set to release The Best Of...The Great American Songbook available in stores February 1st, 2011 on J Records.
The Best Of...The Great American Songbook presents the highlights from five albums, recorded across eight years, which have become nothing less than a musical and cultural phenomenon. In addition, this new Songbook collection features one, newly recorded, never before released track You ll Never Know, produced by one of Rod s longtime collaborators Richard Perry, along with brand new mixes of Someone To Watch Over Me and Bye Bye Blackbird.

1. Long Ago And Far Away
2. Someone To Watch Over Me
3. They Can't Take That Away From Me
4. Beyond The Sea
5. You'll Never Know
6. Time After Time
7. I Can't Get Started
8. The Way You Look Tonight
9. Bye Bye Blackbird
10. These Foolish Things
11. But Not For Me
12. What A Wonderful World Featuring Stevie Wonder
13. My Foolish Heart
14. I'll Be Seeing You

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B004DF3S7A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Ferris on February 1, 2011
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The best of the best, the ultimate RS hits platter. Fourteen classic tracks collected on one CD. What a value! Fans would have to purchase all of the previous G.A.S. CDs to capture this music. Also, there is one track never before released and two more with a" can't miss "remix. So, even fans who've collected all the G.A.S. CDs will surely wish to purchase this release.

The music and vocals are simply divine. Perfect for your listening, dancing and relaxing pleasure. My only slight disappointment is the duet with the "Wonderful World" track. I was hoping RS would have included the duet he recorded, through the magic of studio technology, with the late great legend, Louis Armstrong instead of Stevie Wonder. Although, this is a personal preference and not meant as disrespect to SW's talent.

I gather it's being saved for the upcoming 2012 RS project " Rod Stewart Duets the Great American Songbook with all the Late Legendary 20th Century Crooners". Rumor has it that RS will sing along electronically with the likes of Al Martino, Russ Colombo, Perry Como, Matt Monro, Al Bowlly and even Tiny Tim. That CD should be a pip.

Also, I can't wait for the anticipated release, later this year, of Rod Stewart Sings the Great American Show Tunes Live in Concert. I've listened to some bootleg tracks and am particularly fond of Ole Man River (dance remix) and My Boy Bill (acoustic version). No doubt, Rod will showcase these musical treasures in the same classic manner as he's demonstrated with the Standards catalogue.

I'd be remiss if I didn't share with all RS fans, the buzz in NYC, concerning the potential lift off of Rod's cinematic debut. Sources have shared that Rod's in the mix to recreate the role of C.K.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert G Yokoyama VINE VOICE on February 1, 2011
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Rod Stewart has the ability to take classic songs and make them his own. My favorite track is "What A Wonderful World". Rod is accompanied by Stevie Wonder on this track. Stevie lends his talents playing the harmonica on this song. It sounds very special. "Bye Bye Blackbird" is another gem of a song. It is an upbeat tune with excellent trumpet and clarinet playing. Rod sets a romantic tone with the song "I Can't Get Started". The trumpet playing and piano playing is so relaxing. "These Foolish Things" is another song I love on this disc. This song has a groovy bass tone. The saxophone playing gives this tune a jazzy sounding quality. "Beyond The Sea" has a wistful romantic quality. This song is very pleasant to listen to. The musical arrangements on this song are so good. "You'll Never Know" is a new song to me. It is a song about a special person. This is a song has good background vocals. I love the ooh's ooh's in the background. "They Can't Take That Away From Me" is another song about how the memory of a special someone can linger for a life time. The saxophone sounds cool on this song. I like the track "Time After Time". Rod's vocals are so warm and inviting on this song "Long Ago And Far Away" is a song about how a loved one can change a person's outlook on life. I love the music on this disc. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys easy listening music.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By warren on February 4, 2011
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This is another great release of the Great American Songbook Series. If someone has not heard the others, this is a good way to sample the various styles of the five previous alblums. Mostly, there is such great real music from some very talented musicians with new arrangments but still having the feel of the originals. Check out the credits on who played on these tracks. They have introduced a new generation to the great standards that were such an important parts of the 20th Century. In the future students of music will study these recordings and be entertained with the best of our current times. Each of the Songbooks has a style of its own, yet all are very good. That is not common . This sampler doesn't have room on one disc for all of my favorites but that's why I bought all of the others.
If the previous review was accurate, and other recordings are forthcoming with additional themes, great. The world needs more great music to sooth our frayed nerves of these hostile times. Great , well produced , well performed music has a large audience.
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I had heard the first 4 volumes and really enjoyed the duets. But the "Best of.." did not include any of the duets that Rod Stewart had on the original volumes. The "Best" in this case were none of the songs that I would have picked.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KrimpyMom on February 28, 2011
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Rod Stewart's renditions of these classic songs from The Great American Songbook are fabulous. His unique sound spices the songs up enough to give you a sense of now with the kind of lyrics that actually say something. Romance is back again with these recordings.
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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK WITH NUMEROUS SOLOS DONE BY OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS. "TIME AFTER TIME" WITH SOLO BY ARTURO SANDOVAL---WOW---"I CAN'T GET STARTED" SOLO BY WARREN VACHE--SUPER---"THESE FOOLISH THINGS" SOLO BY DAVE KOZ--AND "BUT NOT FOR ME" SOLO BY PLAS JOHNSON-- ALL SUPER PERFORMANCES---THEN ADD STEVIE WONDER ON HARMONICA FOR "WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD" THE OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS GOES ON AND ON.

THEN THERE'S MY FAVORITE THAT I PURCHASED THE CD FOR---"BYE BYE BLACKBIRD" WITH AN UNUSUAL ARANGEMENT THAT IS PERFECT. ROD STEWART REALLY SWINGS ON THIS SONG AS WELL AS THE WHOLE CD.
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