Paul Anka Classic Songs: My Way

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CD Details

  • Released: August 28, 2007
  • Label: Decca

Tracks:

  • 1.Time After Time
  • 2.Get Here
  • 3.Mr. Brightside
  • 4.Waiting For A Girl Like You
  • 5.Ordinary World
  • 6.Heaven
  • 7.Bad Day
  • 8.I Go To Extremes
  • 9.Both Sides Now
  • 10.You Are My Destiny - (with Michael Buble)
  • 11.Walking In Memphis
  • 12.Against The Wind
  • 13.My Way - (with Bon Jovi)

Product Description:

Personnel: Larry Koonse (guitar); Gayle Levant (harp); Assa Drori, Jennifer Munday, Shari Zippert, Pat Johnson , Mari Tsumura, Pip Clarke-Ling, Becky Bunnell, Charles Everett, Yvette Devereaux, Peter Kent, Armen Garabedian, Darius Campo, Mark Cargill, Charlie Bisharat (violin); Pamela Goldsmith, Harry Shirinian (viola, cello); Raymond Tischer, Jimbo Ross, Marilyn Baker, Denyse Buffum (viola); Miran Kojian, Jorge Moraga, Drew Dembowski, Anatoly Rosinsky, Dan Tobin Smith, Calabria McChesney, Dennis Molchan, Matthew Funes, Karie Prescott, Frances Wu, James Freebarin-Smith, Tiffany Hu, Ernest Ehrhardt, Joel Derouin, Larry Corbett, Edward Meares, Evan Wilson, Steve Richards , Haim Shtrum (cello); Jim Walker , Sheridon Stokes (flute); Frank Marocco (accordion); Don Shelton (clarinet, saxophone); Jack Nimitz, Kim Richmond, Gary Gray , Bob Efford (clarinet); Gary Herbig, Earl Dumler (oboe); Frederick Fiddmont, Rob Lockart, Dan Higgins, Gene Cipriano, Greg Huckins, Jeff Clayton , Joel Peskin, Jon Crosse, Lee Callet, Rickey Woodard, Tom Peterson, Charles Owens II (saxophone); Dan Fornero, Gary Grant, Gilbert Castellanos, Greg Gisbert, James Ford , Larry Hall , Rick Baptist, Sal Cracchiolo, Warren Luening, Wayne Bergeron, Charlie Davis (trumpet); Jim Atkinson, Dana Kelley, Jenny Kim, Joe Meyer , Steve Durnin, Rick Todd, Brad Warnaar (French horn); George Bohannon, Steven Holtman, Phillip Teele, Alexander Iles, Andrew Martin , Jim Self, Charles Loper, Maurice Spears, Craig Woods , Ira Nepus, Bryant Byers, Craig Gosnell (trombone); Michael Melvoin (piano, electric piano); Michael Lang , Tamir Hendelman (piano); Emil Richards (vibraphone); Kevin Kanner, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Don Williams , Luis Conte, Paulinho Da Costa, Robert Zimmitti (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Al Schmitt; Jeremy Wheatley.
Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Greg Gorman.
Arrangers: Jeremy Lubbock; John Clayton; Patrick Williams; Randy Kerber.
Paul Anka's Rock Swings was one of the best albums of its type, that being the sort where a swinging singer reimagines a set of contemporary songs in a radically different setting. There were far more successes than novelties, and it earned Anka -- deservedly -- his best reviews in at least a decade. Classic Songs: My Way includes 11 more that are just as ingeniously selected and performed, plus a pair of Anka classics re-recorded as duets. The covers (or interpretations, depending on whether you're a fan of rock music or vocal) are up to the same high level as Rock Swings. Highlights include a brisk, finger-snapping version of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," a poignant reading of the Duran Duran ballad "Ordinary World," and a brassy reading of "I Go to Extremes," originally by one of rock's biggest swingers, Billy Joel. In comparison, the re-recordings fare poorly. Although Michael Bubl‚ shows fine chops on "You Are My Destiny," Jon Bon Jovi fails utterly to understand how to approach "My Way" amidst a tone-deaf and keyboard-heavy arrangement. ~ John Bush
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Rating 2.5 Okay but expect more Music Lover: from Huntsville, TX US -- November, 4, 2008

Paul Anka is a mature singer, arranger, song writer and performer. I expect better than this material. While I am a fan of rock music, I find it hard to refer to the songs he selected to rearrange as "classics." His treatments of most the songs are nice, listenable, but not terribly creative. They are almost mediocre and, at times, bordered on being cheesy. It is a CD that will soon be easily forgotten among one's collection.


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  • Sales Rank: 107,003
  • UPC: 602517266476
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