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

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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.

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You Go To My Head
  2. They Can't Take That Away From Me
  3. The Way You Look Tonight
  4. It Had To Be You
  5. That Old Feeling
  6. These Foolish Things
  7. The Very Thought Of You
  8. Moonglow
  9. I'll Be Seeing You
  10. Every Time We Say Goodbye
  11. The Nearness Of You
  12. For All We Know
  13. We'll Be Together Again
  14. That's All

Disc: 2

  1. Time After Time
  2. I'm In The Mood For Love
  3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  4. Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered - Rod Stewart feat. Cher
  5. 'Till There Was You
  6. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
  7. Where Or When
  8. Smile
  9. My Heart Stood Still
  10. Someone To Watch Over Me
  11. As Time Goes By - Rod Stewart feat. Queen Latifah
  12. I Only Have Eyes For You
  13. Crazy She Calls Me
  14. Our Love Is Here To Stay

Disc: 3

  1. Embraceable You
  2. For Sentimental Reasons - Rod Stewart feat. Dave Koz
  3. Blue Moon - Rod Stewart feat. Eric Clapton
  4. What A Wonderful World - Rod Stewart feat. Stevie Wonder
  5. Stardust
  6. Manhattan - Rod Stewart feat. Bette Midler
  7. 'S Wonderful - Rod Stewart feat. Dave Grusin
  8. Isn't It Romantic
  9. I Can't Get Started
  10. But Not For Me
  11. A Kiss To Build A Dream On - Rod Stewart feat. Arturo Sandoval
  12. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Rod Stewart feat. Dolly Parton
  13. Night And Day
  14. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

Disc: 4

  1. I've Got A Crush On You - Rod Stewart feat. Diana Ross
  2. I Wish You Love - Rod Stewart feat. Chris Botti
  3. You Send Me - Rod Stewart feat. Chaka Khan
  4. Long Ago And Far Away
  5. Makin' Whoopee - Rod Stewart feat. Elton John
  6. My One And Only Love
  7. Taking A Chance On Love
  8. My Funny Valentine
  9. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  10. Nevertheless - Rod Stewart feat. Dave Koz
  11. Blue Skies
  12. Let's Fall In Love - Rod Stewart feat. George Benson
  13. Thanks For The Memory

Disc: 5

  1. They Can't Take That Away From Me
  2. Blue Moon
  3. First Cut Is The Deepest
  4. What A Wonderful World
  5. Time After Time


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 15, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: November 15, 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: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 207 minutes
  • ASIN: B000BNI99K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By S. E. Fanning on 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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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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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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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 together...family gatherings from the past....old high school friends...unbelieveable--Thanks for the Memories!
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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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If you like 30s, 40s, and 50s romantic songs and just the very best, this collection is incredible. I have played these CDs already hundreds of times. Can Rod Stewart sing like Johnny Mathes or crone like Sinatra? You'll be surprised. He pulls it off with some help from his friends. I have never had a collection that is so terrific. It has all the major tunes that folks have always loved. It is quiet, soothing, moving, and simply great listening. I play them while I work in my home office. My cat sleeps to the tunes. She loves them. This is a must purchase if you like the romantic music before rock n roll. I grew up with rock n roll and love it. But this collection gives one a different and exciting dimension. Good music will never die. "Thanks Rod Stewart for doing this collection!"
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My husband and I absolutely love Rod Stewart. Everything from the 70's till now. These are songs we wouldn't really listen to on a regular basis until Rod sang them. His gravelly voice with the orchestra is unmatched.
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You can't go wrong with Rod Stewart. This is a great collection of some of his best. I have seen him in concert and he does himself proud. I think he had a good share of the women in tears that night with his crooning. What a voice. So many memories in my mind of life while Rod Stewart was playing in the background. I guess that is part of the reason that we stick with the music that we have known and loved for years. Thanks for the memories Rod.
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