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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
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
contained more than what I wanted. great value. great cd. gives one a look at the variety of songs Michael sings from children's songs to show stoppers. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ronald A. Swinarski
This is a good selection of his songs. I am a huge fan of Michael's and have met him several times back stage. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by peggy ikezoe
This anthology of Michael Feinstein is everything I hoped it would be. Excellent choice of music - beautifully performed. Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by Barbara J. Mortimer