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on 8 November 2005
Feinstein is of course best known for his interpretations of the songs of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and other writers of the 'Great American Song Book'. On this album, he is deliberately putting Webb in the same category. And it stands up. The album is deliberately slow-paced, romantic, with songs full of longing, loss and love. Even 'Up Up and Away' becomes a sexy samba. Webb is one of the last in the great songwriting tradition, writing songs full of melody and good lyrics and Feinstein's voice is well-suited to the material. This is an album for old-fashioned folk like me who like songs with lyrics and melody.
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on 24 February 2017
I'm new to Michael Feinstein's recorded output, but a lifelong admirer of Jimmy Webb. This CD has been well crafted and gives an opportunity to hear some of Webb's lesser known songs - tracks 3,5,10,11,12,13 and 15 are unfamiliar, to me at least. The first track on the disc - "After All The Loves of My Life/Only One Life" - is a standout and shows the full range of Feinstein's remarkable voice. Nearly every track benefits from having Jimmy Webb himself at the piano and his hand in the production. It has to be said however, that as assured as Feinstein's voice is, there's a certain "sameness" to the sound of the songs and arrangements as it progresses past the half-way mark. But all is forgiven when the full production version of "Only One Life" closes the album - a showstopper to be sure!
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on 24 August 2015
Michael Feinstein is best known for his versions of American songbook classics - but his voice is perfectly suited to the more modern songs of the incomparable Jimmy Webb. In fact, while Jimmy Webb has been well covered by many singers, Michael Feinstein's interpretations are my favourite. I like the melancholy and pared back tone of the whole album. Outstanding.
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on 13 May 2009
I think this is a reflective and meditative CD on Jimmy Webb's songs. But Feinstein is not the best interpreter of Webb's songs. There are other better stylist and song interpreters of Webb's including Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt and Art Garfunkel. Feinstein hasn't got the majestic soaring voice to sing Webb's demanding romantic ballads. The rendition of Didn't We is good but the definitive version of this song for me is by Johnny Mathis. The whole CD is carefully crafted but I can't hear the words Feinstein sings as if he seems to be mumbling and sluring and I have to put up the volume to hear what he is singing. Perhaps this is his style of singing. His version of "All I know" is such a slow tempo and it's so slow that it could put you to sleep -nowhere near the majestic version of Art Garfunkel in his CD, Angel Clare.
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on 17 November 2013
I never tire of listening to Michael Feinsteins voice and these Jimmy Webb songs are so good with some very moving lyrics. Highly recommended.
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on 23 October 2014
Not as many of the popular Jimmy Webb songs I was hoping for
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