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Rock Swings (UK Version)

3 Oct. 2005 | Format: MP3

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4:04
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4:14
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3:37
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4:58
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3:36
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5:14
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3:59
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3:58
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2:55
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 Oct. 2005
  • Release Date: 3 Oct. 2005
  • Label: Universal Music TV Campaign Division
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 Centaurus Entertainment
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  • Total Length: 1:05:03
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  • ASIN: B001KWBL0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,153 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "leo43" on 14 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I heard a track from this album on the radio and was so amazed I went straight out and bought it. That was two weeks ago and I have been playing this CD ever since in my car. It's awesome and totally addictive. We all know Anka wrote "My Way" for Sinatra but in my book Anka is not just the true successor to the great man but actually sings and swings better than him. The arrangements and musicianship in the big-band accompaniments are so mind-blowing that they are now lodged in my mind and I have forgotten how the originals sounded. Paul has made the songs his own. Particularly good in my opinion are his versions of the ballads "True", "It's a Sin" and Lionel Ritchie's "Hello". The powerful belter, "Eye of a Tiger", is a great track to sing along to - I've been getting some strange looks while waiting at traffic lights! Other songs are growing on me with every play. More of same, please, Mr Anka.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard one of the tracks was an Radio 2 on a Sunday afternoon and it was 'Its a Sin' and I loved it, so much so my hubbie bought it for me for xmas. It is such a surprise, I suggest listening to it before looking at the case as you will sit there going "those words sound familiar" and when you figure out what it is you can only laugh; it is very clever and a very brave endeavour, I LOVE IT. From children to grannies, you can't help but love it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Few albums of recent years have carried such a diverse range of opinions. I have seen 1-star and 5-star reviews, and everything in between.
Some small-minded jazz/swing fans object to his covering modern tracks whilst some naive rock and roll fans object to the re-working of "their" music.
Enough. This is a master craftsman at the top of his form. With his track record Anka has nothing to proove to anyone. Bon Jovi, Nirvana, Pet Shop Boys et al could never have guessed their songs were strong enough to benefit from his interpretation. He pulls it off in spectacular style. Go buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Woodley on 11 Jan. 2006
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In the 1960s the world was going hippy and Merseybeat ruled the airwaves. And yet Frank Sinatra had some of his biggest hits in that decade. He lost his way in the 1970s when he claimed that no one was writing good songs anymore. Well Frank you just weren't looking for them. Paul Anka clearly was and this is pretty authentic sounding swing (some are more bossa nova actually) and for the most part it works brilliantly. Anka performed "Jump" on Children in Need and stole the show. My Dad and Uncle talked about it constantly the next day so I bought the CD for my Dad for Christmas. I will probably buy my own copy too as I loved it. Some of the songs - "Everybody Hurts", "Black Hole Sun" and "Jump" - are better than the originals and at last you can hear the words of "Smells Like Teen Spirit". "It's a Sin" is very louche and "True" is lush. Only a couple of tracks stop it from getting 5 stars. "Hello" seems out of place in the collection of songs, not being "Rock" at all. "Tears in Heaven" is one of those songs that only the composer should sing as it is so personal and turning it into a cheesy romantic ballad just seems a bit tasteless. The arrangement of "The Way You Make Me Feel" doesn't really work either. The live tracks at the end of the special edition sound identical to the studio versions and are not really needed, but prove just how good Anka is. His voice lies somewhere between Sinatra and Buble and the whole CD is very well recorded. Best of all, the whole thing is taken very seriously when it could have been jokey and cheesy.
This is good stuff and might even make your Dad listen to your rock albums!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "starchild4298" on 16 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
...but totally brilliant. I can't wait to play this on my commute and have people on the train wondering what the hell I'm grinning so madly at at 7 in the morning.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Straighton on 5 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
What Paul Anka has done here is just amazing. The man is a genius. He has taken some dodgy songs, stuff I didn't even like (eg. Eye Of The Tiger, Its A Sin, Hello) and turned base metal into gold. I am a rock fan not a swing fan, yet the arrangements and the band playing really rocks - or swings, whichever way you hear it, and Anka's voice is great. Just listen to it, whether you like Rock or Swing or hate either of them - you will be surprised!
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By smash on 5 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Note: the USA version doesn't have tracks 15 and 16
A brilliant concept - Paul Anka takes on the swing band wagoners Westlife and Robbie at their own game turning the concept on it's head with some quite brilliant swing interpretations of classic rock and pop tracks. You can't imagine the satisfaction of putting this on in the background with a few mates round and watching their faces change as they slowly realise they're listening to a well swung version of Soundgarden's classic "Black Hole Sun" and actually loving it!!
Smells like teen spirit is awesome - similarly Bon Jovi's "It's my life" is great and Billy Idols "Eyes without a face" works surprisingly well - seemingly rock tracks adapt best although REMs Everybody Hurts is cool as well and I defy anyone NOT to sing along to Spandau's "True". Tears in Heaven is kind of pointless as the format doesn't really deviate much from the dreay original, a well chosen Robbie track would have been a better and slightly ironic choice perhaps. The less succesfull tracks are Van Halen's Jump and Survivor's Eye of the Tiger - it's not that they're bad, they just don't really work so well. What's next then, Indie Swings maybe or RnB Swings :o)
Perhaps this won't be an album you'll go back to that often but it will enrich your life just a little and put a smile on your face which is worth the price of admission alone.
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