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The Great American Songbook Collection (4CD/DVD) [Box set]

Rod StewartAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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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.

"I have always been tempted to do a Christmas album," said Rod Stewart. "And now that I once again have young ... Read more in Amazon's Rod Stewart Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 15, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B000BNI99K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. You Go To My Head (feat Dave Koz)
2. They Can't Take That Away From Me (feat Arturo Sandoval)
3. The Way You Look Tonight
4. It Had to Be You (feat Michael Brecker)
5. That Old Feeling (feat Arturo Sandoval)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Time After Time
2. Iím In The Mood For Love
3. Donít Get Around Much Anymore
4. Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered (Duet with Cher)
5. 'Till There Was You
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Embraceable You
2. For Sentimental Reasons (feat Dave Koz)
3. Blue Moon (feat Eric Clapton)
4. What A Wonderful World (feat Stevie Wonder)
5. Stardust
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. I've Got a Crush on You - Diana Ross
2. I Wish You Love
3. You Send Me
4. Long Ago and Far Away
5. Makin' Whoopee
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Often as people age, they grow more interested in ancestry. Rod Stewart's musical family tree certainly includes the great crooners of the past--those who took the pop songs included in his Great American Songbook series and turned them into standards. It's fitting, that he should find a late middle-age career revival by paying homage to the music that paved the way for rock clubs, discothèques, and screaming groupies the world over. Stewart's series has only grown stronger since it debuted with It Had to Be You. Most vocalists could spend sleepless nights trying to figure out how to make "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" their own. It's no problem for Rod. His jetsetter barring coupled with that unmistakable, husky voice is more than enough for him to leave his own stamp on the songs. And with the addition of guest stars from Cher to Chaka Kahn, well, there's a little something for everyone… especially those who remember when "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" was haunting the charts. For fans who sampled and loved a portion of this collection, the box set is a handsome addition to their library. It contains not only the four American Songbook CDs, but a DVD sampler of concert footage. (The set says "Big Band Era." The saxophonist in the mini skirt says it's a Rod Stewart show.) There's also a booklet of glamour shots featuring Rod and one or more leggy blondes, and notes on Stewart's musical career. Rod doesn’t quite convey the ease performing these tunes on stage that he does on the CDs, and the bio is far from unbiased, but who can help but love this music? Especially for sentimental reasons. --Leah Weathersby

Product Description

The Great American Songbook Collection contains all four volumes of Rod's groundbreaking series plus a bonus DVD of live recordings and the music videos for 'These Foolish Things' and 'Time After Time'. J Records. 2005.

Customer Reviews

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never been a Rod Stewart fan, but these are fantastic! November 21, 2005
By Fluffy
Format:Audio CD
I've never been much of a Rod Stewart fan, but I absolutely love these albums! I heard my son playing them, and was immediately enticed and had to have the boxed set. They bring back memories of my father telling me about the big open-air dance theater that he used to go to back in the 40's and 50's. He told me there was magic at these dances with the moon and stars, beautiful music, beautiful girls, and romance in the air. They were the place to go and romance your sweetheart. This boxed set of four CD's contains elegant and classy renditions of old American classic favorites from a romantic era when music was special and the lyrics and melodies meant something. The boxed set also contains a short DVD and a photo and story insert about the creation of this series of great American classics. It is hard to pick any favorites in these CD's, because I love all the songs. Some of my favorites are "It Had to Be You", "Moonglow", "I'll Be Seeing You", "Smile", "As Time Goes By" (featuring Queen Latifah), "Stardust", "Isn't It Romantic", "Long Ago and Far Away", and "Let's Fall In Love". The orchestrations and contributing artists are top-notch. The only song that I would have liked to see another artist perform with Rod on is "Baby, It's Cold Outside", which he sings with Dolly Parton. Her squeaky, hillbilly voice just sent chills down my spine, like scratching your fingernails on a blackboard. It just doesn't lend well to these classy songs. It is evident in the span of the CD's how Stewart's voice and the arrangments of the music evolve to become better and smoother. Some people might say that Stewart's voice doesn't lend well to this type of music, but not any more so than Louis Armstrong's voice did when he sang the classics. Read more ›
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How could you not love these songs? February 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
One of the songs, "I Can't Get Started with You," contains the line, "Tina Turner's had me for tea." Now, there's a visual.

I have an embarrassing memory of canoodling with a date in his orange shag-carpeted apartment while watching Rod sing "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" on TV. Fortunately, both Rod and I have come a long way since then.

Love these songs so much. Very romantic and Rod's voice is perfect My particular favorites are "Smile," "Wonderful World," "Give Me a Kiss to Build a Dream On," "Stardust" (with Eric Claptaon), "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" (with Cher), "I'll Take Manhattan" (with Bette Midler), and "Baby, it's Cold Outside" (with Dolly Parton).

Highly recommended.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Having seen Frank Sinatra perform live.... December 1, 2005
By Jake
Format:Audio CD
What makes this series so rare is that the 4 volumes all compliment each other. Rod Stewart's voice is in great form and the arrangements are so simple and unassuming that you simply enjoy the music from one disc to the next. Great for the holidays, dinnertime, when company is over, right before you go to sleep etc. My favorite duet is the one with Cher from volume 2 but if you dont happen to care for an artist that Rod is duetting with rest assured that it doesnt take away from the realxing quality of the set as a whole. Although this isnt Sinatra its great to have a box of light standards that please from one disc to the next.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for MY memories December 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This boxed set was given to me as a Christmas Gift...but the memories each song has stirred up in my mind is more than any gift could have given.....memories of my parents dancing gatherings from the past....old high school friends...unbelieveable--Thanks for the Memories!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great as a non-Rocker November 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I never was a fan of Rod Stewart until this series. Didn't care for the DVD at all, but the CDs are incredible. He actually pulls off this genre` perfectly. Ordered a set for my Dad's 90th birthday.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Gift April 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Rod Stewart has kept his sexy, sultry voice. This music is perfect for a dinner party, just to have playing on a rainy day, and driving on a long road trip. The songs are so easy on the ears. Here are all the great songs we've heard from Rod over the years plus some new. I gave this set to my parents. They said it was the perfect gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the great american songbook collection January 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I boiught the great american songbook collection for my mother for christmas. It is not my taste as I prefer the original Rod Stewart but my mother was so delighted with it I don't think I have ever bought her anything so successful.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never been a fan....Until Now!!! May 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I love Rod's take on these sweet,sentimental,classic songs.Grab a glass of Chablis...dim the lights...turn the phone off...and fall into each others arms....ahhhh...romance :-)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic
Just perfect for the car on long trips - I can sing along (not too high, not too low). Very accessible. I keep smiling through all the duets.
Published 8 days ago by Kathryn B Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Rod Stewart has mixed the past with the present and does it beautifully. What a treat to listen to this great music.
Published 1 month ago by Shawn Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars music
I realy realy love this cd book comes with 4 cds. and one on the side..when I want sit and relax this always works I would say if you like ..I am 60 and I love it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by V Betz
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best gift
We have gifted this Rod Stewart collection three times and all met with rave reviews. Good for any age group and great for the 50+ ages as they will revel in the old tunes redone... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Garbospeaks
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it Rod Stewart is great
I have been buying the single discs and decided to buy the group and gave away the 3 I had. Pleasant for all ages.
Buy it
Published 2 months ago by Daffy Gal
2.0 out of 5 stars great American songbook
Loved the actual CD's. There are a total of 4, and the 4th one skips, does not play all of the songs.
Published 3 months ago by melaniedavenport
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest hits in four cds
The person I give them to loved them, as much as I did. Anybody old enough to remember the great hits will love the CDS.
Published 3 months ago by Vicky
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and repetative.
boring...all songs on the four albums sound exactly the same, with the same boring drum beat throughout. I would have been better off to only order one Rod Stewart CD.
Published 3 months ago by Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
I am getting this for my mother for Christmas. She has been dropping serious hints for the last two years. I got this during the Black Christmas deals and it was worth the money. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great American Songbook
this is one of my favorite CD collections. I play them almost weekly and sing along with Mr. Stewart. He has a great take on some of the best songs ever written. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sue McDowell
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