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|1. Thirteen Women|
|2. Hallelujah I Love Her So|
|3. C'est Comme Ça|
|4. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?|
|6. Luck Be A Lady / All I Need Is The Girl|
|7. I'll Be Around|
|8. The Way You Look Tonight|
|9. The Lady Is A Tramp|
|10. For Once In My Life|
|11. The Good Life|
|12. Once In A Lifetime|
Now, with The Sinatra Project, Volume II: The Good Life, Feinstein has found another inventive way in. "The second volume is really about Sinatra and his friends," says Feinstein. "It's about the people he influenced and who influenced him. The focus is more on the 1960s. The album includes a few songs Sinatra never sang, which was intentional because I wanted to encapsulate that era and show that, though he was still very important, music and styles were changing. It was the ushering in of a new sensibility, and yet the 1960s was still a time when rich, standards-type songs like `For Once In My Life' were still being created alongside newer pop elements like rock and roll."
Close to a dozen superstars, many of whom Sinatra counted as close friends and also deeply admired as artists, influenced Feinstein's song selections and his stylistic choices, including Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Ann-Margret, Duke Ellington, Fred Astaire, Nancy Wilson and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Again Feinstein combines familiar and comparatively obscure material, creating a 12-track playlist that extends from such signature Sinatra tunes as "Luck Be a Lady" and "The Lady Is a Tramp" to the extremely rare "C'est Comme Ça," co-written by Ellington and Marshall Barer for the 1966 Broadway flop Pousse Café (a musical adaptation of the 1930 Joseph von Sternberg film The Blue Angel, starring Marlene Dietrich).
In addition to producing the album, working with Feinstein on all the arrangements and orchestrations and conducting the 30-member orchestra, Elliott plays piano on eight of the dozen tracks. The album's core group also includes guitarist Jim Fox, bassist Kirk Smith, drummer Albie Berk and percussionist Bernie Dresel. Asked if it is difficult to work with another pianist when he is so accustomed to accompanying himself, Feinstein responds, "Not at all... It is fun to work with someone else because it spurs me to sing the songs a little differently." Feinstein does, however, accompany himself on four tracks, two--"The Good Life" and "Sway"--with the full orchestra and two--"C'est Comme Ça" and "I'll Be Around"--with just Smith and violinist Sid Page. As for the album's subtitle, Feinstein says he chose "The Good Life" because "it reflects the '60s, when Sinatra had gotten to a point in his life where he became iconic in a way that was different from the '50s. He really came into his own. And it was also a good time. "The Good Life" is a song from the mid-'60s and people were in many ways, if perhaps illusionary, living a good life."
After watching Michael Feinstein in concert on Netflix and purchasing that DVD from Amazon, we decided to get the CD also. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ginny Pokoj
I loved this CD.
If you enjoy listening to Michael feinstein and enjoy the music of Sinatra, you will enjoy this CD
The mixing is better in this DVD than in the other two, but still Michael's voice is too muted in a few of the songs.Published 15 months ago by Kelly Levy CA
Just what I expected and am enjoying the music. What could
be greater than the Sinatra song presentations done by Mike. Thanks
We saw Michael Feinstein in Palm Springs and loved his show!!! We adore Sinatra's music and arrangements and Michael does a great job singing the hits...... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Vickie Lacks
this cd is so cool anyone would love this Michael is so talented and has got a great voice
perfect gift for valentines day
gift person I gave it too really like it, the music is great and is a feinstein fan,has other cd;'sPublished 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
I have always been thrilled by the voice and songs of Frank Sinatra, especially his "chestnuts" or "hidden gems" if you will. Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Dr. Paul Racioppi Jr DDS