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The Michael Feinstein Anthology Import

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Though Michael didn't put out his first album 'til 1986, "America's Ambassador of Song" has been so prolific (more than 20 albums in a decade and a half!) that it's already high time for an anthology. And this does the job beautifully: 2 CDs with 43 cross-licensed tracks, songs by Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and more-plus eight unreleased live tracks. And when you think about it, this 2-CD set costs WAY less than a night of cocktails at the Algonquin!

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The line between evangelist and entertainer has always been somewhat indistinct. But as showcased on this 43-track, double-disc collection culled from his '87-'96 recordings for Elektra/Nonesuch/Atlantic, Michael Feinstein's dedication to spreading the gospel of the American song often blurs it beyond recognition. While the singer's pedigree for the task is impeccable (a long-term stint as Ira Gershwin's assistant and early career sponsorship by Liza Minnelli), his interpretations often succeed by playing off a tense axis of fervent emotionalism and a joyous sense of irreverence.

If his readings of romantic standards can sometimes tend toward the precious, they're often balanced here by sheer dramatic power and telling insights ("Isn't It Romantic" fairly bristles with ironic chauvinism) and a few loopy curves ("The Mole People," the Sherman Brothers' "The Ugly Bug Ball," and the previously unreleased "Rhode Island Is Famous for You"). Feinstein's dedicated song archaeology is also showcased on several gems: "Violin," a duet with Liza Minnelli; "My Favorite Year," a rejected ballad for the film of that name; the sublime "lost" Gershwin classic "Ask Me Again."

Sprinkled with live performances (the forum where Feinstein's talents seem most energized) and studio outtakes and featuring a lengthy print interview with the singer, the set chronicles both the pioneering efforts of one of pop music's most successful revivalists and, crucially, the cream of his beloved American songwriters, from stalwarts Gershwin, Berlin, and Porter to later legends like Herman, Styne, Lane, Martin, and Mercer. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  2. Isn't It Romantic
  3. Swinging On A Star
  4. Ask Me Again
  5. Rhode Island Is Famous For You
  6. 'S Wonderful
  7. Wonder Why
  8. Too Marvelous For Words
  9. Where Do You Start
  10. Theme From The Bad And The Beautiful
  11. Easy To Love
  12. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  13. Who Are You Now?
  14. You're An Education
  15. You Are There
  16. Sophisticated Swing
  17. Love Can Change The Stars
  18. Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are
  19. Half Of April (Most Of May)
  20. Marianne
  21. They Can't Take That Away From Me
  22. I Love A Piano

Disc: 2

  1. That's Entertainment
  2. My Favorite Year
  3. Ten Feet Off The Ground (With Rosemary Clooney)
  4. I Never Felt Better
  5. Someone To Watch Over Me
  6. Kiss Her Now
  7. The Ugly Bug Ball
  8. For You, For Me, Forever More
  9. The Mole People
  10. And So To Bed
  11. You're All The World To Me
  12. Old Friend
  13. Isn't It A Pity (with Rosemary Clooney)
  14. Pattisserie
  15. Open Your Eyes
  16. For Love Alone
  17. I Won't Send Roses/Time Heals Everything
  18. Get Out And Get Under The Moon (with Page Cavanaugh)
  19. My Romance
  20. Love Is Here To Stay
  21. Violin (with Liza Minnelli)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000065DVH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The magnificently talented Michael Feinstein has made one wonderful album after another for nearly two decades. Now that Elektra and Rhino have put together this anthology, I am blown away by the versatility and diversity in Feinstein's recorded output. Such amazing rare gems, combined with the most beloved favorites in the history of American Popular Song. Assembled with wit, intelligence, and obvious affection on the part of the record company, this set is a keeper. You'll love it!
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There are very few contemporary performers who can hold their own with the truly great interpreters of American popular song. Michael Feinstein is truly the ONLY performer of the "younger" generation who really understands what these songs are all about. His incredible knowledge of this music, and his enthusiasm and passion for it have fueled his career. Rhino Records has done a truly outstanding job of putting together an anthology that exemplifies why Mr. Feinstein has become so beloved by audiences around the world. The packaging is excellent, and filled with interesting photos and background information about many of the selections.
This collection not only contains all the favorites one would expect, but a neat group of surprises too. I especially love the duets with people like Liza Minnelli and Rosemary Clooney, and the various collaborative efforts with songwriters like Jule Styne and Burton Lane accompanying Michael at the piano.
This collection is a classic to be treasured. Bravo Michael!
Bravo Rhino!
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Is there anything this man can't sing? This collection is so varied as to be the definitive collection of songs for any occassion.
This is perfect background music for a dinner party for a whole group but especially for two. Light, romantic and just gorgeous. You just can't go wrong when Michael Feinstein is your musical choice.
Way to go Michael, you've done it again!
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This is a fantastic two cd album of compilations from fourteen of Michael Feinstein's albums. Disc One has twenty two selections and Disc Two has twenty one,with duets with Rosemary Clooney,Page Cavanaugh and Liza Minelli. There are fourteen previously unissued selectiions.Also included in the package is a 50 page booklet with pictures of Michael and a wonderful interview conducted by George Feltenstein of Rhino Records,who also happens to be one of Michael's best friends. This is a great addition to this collection.Since Michael helped select the songs played here it is quite a representation of the many facets of his talent. This album will please all those who love his music.
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Michael is one of the most charming and informed singers ever. I find the original albums a little more cohesive than the anthology, and I think buyers could consider getting 2 or 3 appealing albums rather than the anthology. Wonders like the MGM album and Isn't it Romantic. It is not at all like some other singers whose greatest work can be compiled.
On the other hand many song lovers will appreciate that these discs contain a generous treasure trove of clever, quality songs wherein you will make discoveries for a long time to come. Included is a fifty page booklet that gives some enjoyable insights into the span of his work.
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I expected a CD that was mainly Feinstein singing with an orchestra.It was,however mainly the singer with piano singing what I call Dities that reminded me of the English music hall dities of the 1920's-40's that Noel Coward sang. I never associated Feinstein with that type of song.He does very well with selections from the great American Songbook.
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Michael Feinstein has recorded many CD's so attempting to cherry pick from the group is always a challenge. But the highlights are here of the group of recordings he did on his first label. It is interesting to experience his maturing as a vocalist. He became much more technically proficient over the years. This has complimented his always on the money enthusiasm and lyrical readings.
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As a musician and singer, Feinstein is one of my idols. He knows about the history of the music he sings and plays, and can put that story into his performances. That's a key element of entertainment, and this anthology will entertain you from start to finish!
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