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Not a bad effort at crooning.
on 6 October 2008
Ok,so some mixed reviews on this one - firstly,I am no big fan of Rod Stewart but I am a big fan of good music and this type of music in particular.
For a top rock star like Rod to put his reputation on the line by recording these songbooks must have been a big decision for him to make.I agree that he is no old style crooner but I think he makes a great attempt at it.
There are many great performances in this collection and to be fair,he does himself proud on most of the tracks.
I think however that the orchestral arrangements are a little bland at times and an artist draws his inspiration from those around him and relies heavily on great arrangements and inspiring performances by supporting musicians.
There can be no doubt that the material is superb.It just doesn't get any better than these songs by the best of the best of American songsmiths.
I enjoyed all these songs as performed by Rod - he has great taste in music and delivers well.I think many cross-over artists suffer from not being accepted as serious musicians especially coming from a rock and roll background.These recordings will I think be more accepted as the years go by and Rod deserves full credit for some great artistry.
A great collection of great songs well performed!