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Tried & True [Import]

Clay Aiken Audio CD
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Clay Aiken has never sounded more at home than he does singing the lushly arranged classics on his fifth studio album Tried and True — the international pop phenomenon’s first album for Decca Records. The bulk of the album — which showcases Aiken’s powerful tenor voice and considerable interpretive gifts — is made up of songs from the ’50s and ’60s ... Read more in Amazon's Clay Aiken Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
2. What Kind Of Fool Am I? (featuring David Sanborn)
3. It's Only Make Believe
4. Misty
5. Mack The Knife
6. It's Impossible
7. Unchained Melody
8. Suspicious Minds
9. Crying (duet with Linda Eder)
10. There's A Kind Of Hush
11. Moon River (featuring Vince Gill)

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5.0 out of 5 stars fab 30 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
perfect all round cd i've been after this for a while very happy with my purchase thank you very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 5 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
Just says it all. At first I was a little unsure as to whether it was a good idea to have bought it, but then I received it this morning (much sooner than expected so thank you Amazon) and listened to it, and I love it. There's not a song I don't like, though 'Unchained Melody' is just beautiful and my favourite, some of the other songs make me want to dance so it's a great mix. Without this CD I wouldn't know any of these songs.
Also, may I say that not all Clay fans are middle-aged, I'll only turn 17 in a few months and I love him. If you're unsure whether as to buy it then I suggest you do, I did and haven't regretted it. The second disc is also very interesting to watch. Thanks again Clay and I'll listen to any future CDs you do :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars YES! YES! YES! 1 Jun 2010
By A* - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ever since Clay Aiken ran over, got out of his car, checked the body and drove over it in reverse singing Mack the Knife on American Idol -- I have been dying for him to do a standards set. He always had an excellent way with phrasing. And that is what separates someone from just bulldozing through a song and making it truly live and breathe. There has to be a connection that goes beyond vocal ability and also, there has to be a great band. Thankfully this CD has both, naturally. The songs are allowed to simmer and build and stray just far enough from their more well known arrangements to sound familiar but also adventurous. "Suspicious Minds" keeps its jaunty juxtaposition of rhythm vs. lyrics. And What he does to an old war horse as "Misty" is just grand, he stretches and plays with those vowels like a cat with string. "Moon River," is simply flawless, ranking up there with Raul Malo's wonderful take.

I would love to see Aiken tackle more material in this genre, his voice has grown to this lovely smokey quality that still has a killer upper register. It is more than adept at carrying the weight of these lyrical gems. It would be amazing, say about 15 or so years from now, to have a library from him that is in its infancy and be able to sit next to those that have mastered the American songbook.
49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clay IS Back 1 Jun 2010
By Musicgal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have loved Clay's voice since I first heard him on American Idol, over 7 years ago but to be truthful, his CDs never quite captured his amazing vocal ability....until now. I have been listening to this new offering on repeat since I downloaded it and it is stunningly beautiful. Decca records has done what RCA failed to do, capture the richness and glory of a voice that comes along rarely. Clay has never sounded better.

His duet with Linda Eder, Crying, is so beautifully sung by both artists. It is just gorgeous. Truly a masterpiece as is the entire CD. Even if you don't think you will like these timeless songs, Clay makes them fresh and new. He is working with some fabulous musicians which helps to create a swinging big band sound reminiscent of the masters of yore. But there is nothing old about this CD. It's fresh, new and Clay Aiken at his very best. I'm loving every single track.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a real pleasure! 1 Jun 2010
By teatime24 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just finished listening to this cd and I have to say I LOVE IT! I must admit when I heard this was going to be a covers cd I was not a happy camper. Well, Decca Records and Clay obviously know what they are doing because Mr. Aiken has never sounded better. I was really taken to a different place while I was listening to this cd. There is just something so haunting and relaxing and downright glorious about the music and Clay's voice. He was made to perform this type of music, I am convinced of that after hearing this. So I am now gladly eating crow for all my bitching about this cd prior to its release. If you had any reservations, as I did, about this cd, trust me, GRAB IT, you WILL NOT be sorry, it really is FANTASTIC! 10 STARS from me.

I just now watched the dvd, OMG I have to have those songs that he is singing on the video that are not on the cd! Love the version of Build Me Up Buttercup that he does on the dvd. I hope we will be able to purchase these songs through PBS! The DVD is a huge tease....I didn't think I could get any more excited about the PBS Special coming up, I was wrong! This little clip they show on the dvd just pushed me over the deep end! I CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE THIS PBS SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clay's back 1 Jun 2010
By W. Lockwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The best part of the CD is that the voice is front and center on each song with the orchestration supporting but not overpowering. The CD has an updated retro sound (if that makes sense--LOL)--Big band, modern arrangement. I especially like his version of It's Only Make Believe, totally different vibe from Conway Twitty--faster and with a lot of swing. Unchanged Melody has a wonderful arrangement, quite different from the Righteous Brothers. I didn't think I could stand to listen to this song again, but it's actually one of my favorite. Amazing ending. (What is that note he hits??) I've always hated Moon River, but the arrangement surprised me, and Vince Gil's guitar work is so beautiful. Crying, the duet with Linda Eder, is really something.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIS BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM...A GEM!!! 2 Jun 2010
By Burton D. Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Finally the album that i have been waiting for. Clay had the good sense to record the classics. Great song selection, and renditions. This is the music he should have been singing all along. The best covers since he recorded Solitiare.

His voice is tailor made for these songs. One of the best versions of Unchained Melody, a heatfelt It's Impossible, and a sublime duet with Linda Eder on Crying. Not to metion his Kick-Ass version of Mack The Knife.

If anyone loves GOOD music, this album is a must have !!!
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