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, Tiffany Yi Hu, Dennis Molchan, Matthew Funes, Karie Prescott, Frances Wu, James Freebarin-Smith, 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, Richard Todd , Brad Warnaar (French horn); George Bohannon, Alex Iles, Steven Holtman, Phillip Teele, 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); Bob Zimmitti, Don Williams , Luis Conte, Paulinho Da Costa (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