Thanks For The Memory...The Great American Songbook IV CD (2005)

Artist: Rod Stewart

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Rod Stewart's Grammy winning, chart topping Great American Songbook series continues with Thanks For The Memory...The Great American Songbook IV. Produced by Steve Tyrell and Clive Davis, Thanks For The Memory is highlighted by vocal duets featuring Rod with Sir Elton John (on Ray Charles' signature remake of "Makin' Whoopee") with Chaka Khan (on Sam Cooke's "You Send Me"), and with Diana Ross (on the Gershwin's "I've Got A Crush On You," from 1940's Strike Up The Band, echoing the original duet by Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland). The new album is the follow-up to 2004's No. 1 Stardust - The Great American Songbook Volume III, also produced by Tyrell and Davis, which won Rod's first Grammy this year for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Performing on the album Thanks For The Memory are a number of guest star appearances of major virtuoso instrumentalists who span several generations: guitarist George Benson on Harold Arlen's "Let's Fall In Love," trumpeter Chris Botti on "I Wish You Love," trumpeter Roy Hargrove on '"My One And Only Love," and Dave Koz on "Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)."

Other solo performances by Rod slated for Thanks For The Memory include a pair of Irving Berlin standards, "Blue Skies" and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," Jerome Kern's "Long Ago & Far Away," Vernon Duke's "Taking A Chance On Love," Rodgers & Hart's "My Funny Valentine," and the title song, Bob Hope's eternal theme, "Thanks For The Memory."


Label J-Records
SKU 64011193
UPC 828766928624
UPC 14 00828766928624
Format CD
Release Date 10/18/2005
Author Rod Stewart
Associated Artist/Work Adams, Bryan
Associated Artist/Work Clapton, Eric
Associated Artist/Work Elton, Ben
Associated Artist/Work Faces
Associated Artist/Work N-Trance
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
Technical Info
Engineer Al Schmidt; Bill Schnee; Jon Allen; Carter William Humphrey; Darius Fong; Darwin Best; Dan Garcia; Ryan Petrie; Doug Epstein; Matt Still; Bobby Ginsburg; Andy Zulla; Al Schmidt; Bill Schnee
Producer Steve Tyrell; Clive Davis; Bob Mann; Steve Tyrell; Clive Davis; Bob Mann
CatalogID 69286
Lable Name J Records
Released 10/18/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828766928624
Musical Guests
Queen Latifah
Dave Koz
Eric Clapton
Stevie Wonder
Bette Midler
Dave Grusin
Arturo Sandoval
Dolly Parton
Diana Ross
Chris Botti
Chaka Khan
Elton John
George Benson
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Rod Stewart; Gayle Levant (harp); Lorenz Gamma, Lisa Dondlinger, Irina Voloshina, Anatoly Rosinsky, Gil Romero, Ana Landauer, Phillip Levy , Lily Ho Chen, Melissa Phelps Beckstead, Kevin Connolly , Sid Page, Roberto Cani, Julie Gigante, Armen Garabedian, Darius Campo, Berj Garabedian, Endre Granat, Haim Shtrum (violin); Kenneth Burward-Hoy, Dan Neufeld, Victoria Miskolczy, Robert Becker, Keith Greene, Simon Oswell, Dave Walther , Andrew Duckles (viola); Paula Hochhalter, Trevor Handy, Vahe Hayrikyan, Timothy Landauer, Tina Soule, Dan Tobin Smith, Larry Corbett, Stephen Erdody , David Low , Steve Richards (cello); Gene Cipriano, Greg Huckins, Bill Liston, Bob Sheppard (clarinet, saxophone); Philippe Saisse, Lee Musiker, Quinn Johnson (keyboards); David Finck, Ed Howard (bass instrument); Bob Mann (guitar, keyboards); Dan Higgins (clarinet, saxophone); Dave Koz (saxophone); Warren Luening (trumpet); Kenny Ascher (piano, keyboards); Allan Schwartzberg (drums); Chris Botti, Elton John, George Benson , Roy Hargrove, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan.
Audio Mixer: Andy Zulla.
Recording information: Capitol; Deep Diner Studios, New York, NY; Larrabee Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Schee Studios.
Author: Rod Stewart.
Photographer: John Swannell.
Arranger: Bob Mann.
Apparently, Rod Stewart's desire to cover American jazz/pop classics is as great as the titular SONGBOOK itself, since this is the gravelly voiced British singer's fourth foray into standards territory. THANKS FOR THE MEMORY features more guest artists than the two previous discs in the series, with Stewart's collaborators ranging from R&B legend Diana Ross (on the playfully romantic "I've Got a Crush on You") to smooth-jazz trumpeter Chris Botti (who lends his pleasant horn lines to "I Wish You Love"). Stewart is also joined by fellow 1970s-rock icon Elton John for a breezy take on "Makin' Whoopee." Of course, Rod the Mod is fully capable of carrying a tune by himself, as best revealed on string-laden renditions of "Blue Skies" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm." Given Stewart's consistently laid-back, straightforward interpretations, fans of earlier installments in the SONGBOOK series will find this set just as entertaining as it predecessors.
Disc 1
1 I've Got a Crush on You
2 I Wish You Love
3 You Send Me
4 Long Ago and Far Away
5 Makin' Whoopee
6 My One and Only Love
7 Taking A Chance On Love
8 My Funny Valentine
9 I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
10 Nevertheless
11 Blue Skies
12 Let's Fall in Love
13 Thanks For The Memory
Product Attributes
Artist Stewart,Rod
Music Format Compact Disc
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