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Swing When Your Winning CD by Robbie Williams 1Disc
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Album: Swing When Your Winning CD by Robbie Williams 1Disc
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen
2)    Mack the Knife
3)    Somethin' Stupid
4)    Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
5)    It Was a Very Good Year
6)    Straighten Up and Fly Right
7)    Well, Did You Evah?
8)    Mr. Bojangles
9)    One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
10)    Things
11)    Ain't That a Kick in the Head
12)    They Can't Take That Away from Me
13)    Have You Met Miss Jones?
14)    Me and My Shadow
15)    Beyond the Sea
 
New or Used: 13 copies from $7.11

Album: Swing When Your Winning CD by Robbie Williams 1Disc
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen
2)    Mack the Knife
3)    Somethin' Stupid
4)    Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
5)    It Was a Very Good Year
6)    Straighten Up and Fly Right
7)    Well, Did You Evah?
8)    Mr. Bojangles
9)    One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
10)    Things
11)    Ain't That a Kick in the Head
12)    They Can't Take That Away from Me
13)    Have You Met Miss Jones?
14)    Me and My Shadow
15)    Beyond the Sea
 
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Tracks

1. I Will Talk, Hollywood Will Listen

2. Mack The Knife

3. Something Stupid

4. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

5. It Was A Very Good Year

6. Straighten Up And Fly Right

7. Well Did You Evah

8. Mr.Bojangles

9. One For My Baby

10. Things

11. Ain't That A Kick In The Head

12. They Can't Take That Away From Me

13. Have You Met Miss Jones

14. Me And My Shadow

15. Beyond The Sea

Performer Notes
  • A unique collection of Sinatra classics as interpreted by the ex-Take That frontman. 2001, U.K. import.
  • Personnel: Robbie Williams (vocals); Nicole Kidman (vocals); Mitch Dalton (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); George Doering (guitar); Skaila Kanga , Helen Tunstall (harp); Bill Benham (violin, viola); Julian Leaper, Warren Zielinski, Liz Edwards, Mark Berrow, Michael McMenemy, Simon Fischer, Gillian Findlay, Christopher Tombling, David Woodcock, Perry Montague-Mason, Rebecca Hirsch, Rachel Allen , Ian McKinnon, Jonathan Evans-Jones, Paul Willey, Julian Tear, Dermot Crehan, Eddie Roberts , Jonathan Strange, Ben Cruft, Peter G. Hanson, Patrick Kiernan, Boguslaw Kostecki, Everton Nelson, Sonia Slany, Cathy Thompson, Gavyn Wright, Jackie Shave, Emlyn Singleton (violin); Donald McVay, Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin, Robert Smissen, Timothy Grant , Zoe Lake, Roger Chase, Justin Ward, Rachel Bolt, Gustav Clarkson, Philip Dukes, Garfield Jackson, Peter Lale, Kate Musker, Bruce White (viola); Frank Schaefer, Philip de Groote, Naomi Wright, Nick Cooper , Ben Chappell, David Daniels , Paul Kegg, Martin Loveday, Anthony Pleeth (cello); Helen Keen, Andy Findon (flute, piccolo); Stan Sulzmann, Philip Todd (flute); Peter Murray (accordion, synthesizer); Anthony Pike (clarinet, bass clarinet); Nick Bucknall (clarinet); David Fuest (bass clarinet); John Anderson Concert Orchestra (oboe); Richard Skinner (bassoon, contrabassoon); Julie Andrews (bassoon); Dan Higgins, Eric Marienthal, Iain Dixon (alto saxophone); Sal Lozano, Pete Christlieb, Dave Bishop (tenor saxophone); Greg Huckins (baritone saxophone); Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Jeff Bunnell, Wayne Bergeron, Maurice Murphy, Steve Sidwell, Derek Watkins, Paul Spong, Simon Gardner (trumpet); Gordon Campbell (trombone); Alex Iles, Andy Martin , Bruce Otto (tenor trombone); Phillip Teele, Craig Ware (bass trombone); Owen Slade (tuba); Paul Gardham, Michael Thompson , Richard Bissill, Richard Berry , Nigel Black, John Pigneguy, Richard Watkins (horns); Jim Cox, Dave Arch (piano); Harold Jones , Ralph Salmins (drums); Frank Ricotti, Gary Kettel (percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Al Schmitt.
  • Liner Note Author: Adrian Deevoy.
  • Recording information: AIR Recording Studios, London, England; Angel Studios, Islington, London, England; Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Battery Studios, London, England; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Electric Lady Studios, NY; Mayfair Studios, London, England; Sony Music Studios, London, England.
  • Photographer: Hamish Brown.
  • Performance dynamo and chameleonic entertainment personality Robbie Williams made a rapid transformation -- from English football hooligan to dapper saloon singer -- for his fourth LP, Swing When You're Winning. Still, Williams' tribute to the great American songbook is a surprisingly natural fit with its intended target: '50s trad-pop patriarchs like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. And just like those two loveable rogues, Williams has brawled and boozed in the past, but isn't afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve; in fact, he's one of the few modern pop stars to fully embrace affecting balladry and nuanced singing. Williams and longtime producer Guy Chambers are also extremely careful with their product, so it shouldn't be surprising that Swing When You're Winning has innumerable extra-musical touches to carry it over: the cover features Williams relaxing in the studio in a period suit; his contract with EMI enabled the addition of the treasured Capitol logo at the top of the sleeve, and several tracks were even recorded at the famed Capitol tower in Hollywood.
  • Fortunately, Williams is no less careful with his performances. Since he lacks the authoritative air of master crooners like Sinatra and Bing Crosby (along with the rest of humanity), he instead plays up his closer connections to the world of Broadway. His readings are dynamic and emotional -- sometimes a consequence of trying to put a new spin on these classics (six of the covers are Sinatra standards, three are Bobby Darin's). He also invited, with nearly universal success, a series of duet partners: Nicole Kidman for the sublime "Somethin' Stupid," Jon Lovitz for the irresistibly catty "Well, Did You Evah," Rupert Everett for "They Can't Take That Away From Me," longtime Sinatra accompanist Bill Miller on "One for My Baby," even Sinatra himself for a version of "It Was a Very Good Year" on which Williams takes the first two verses (over the 1965 arrangement), then bows out as Sinatra's original counsels him concerning the later stages of life. Though it may be an overly close tribute to a familiar original (like many of the songs here), Williams' considerable skills with expression and interpretation largely overwhelm any close criticism. He's definitely much better on the comedy songs, especially the hilarious "Well, Did You Evah" (originally a duet for Crosby and Sinatra in the 1956 film High Society). Lovitz's rounded tones and faux-affected airs are a spot-on interpretation of Brother Cros, while Williams' emulation of a boorish lug ("That's a nice dress -- think I could talk her out of it?") is nearly perfect as well. Though arranger Steve Sidwell hasn't done many charts (and those for the movies Moulin Rouge, Bridget Jones' Diary, and Romeo + Juliet), he also acquits himself nicely aping classic scores for "One for My Baby" and "Beyond the Sea." The lone Robbie Williams original is "I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen," a sweeping pipe-dream fantasy of true American superstardom for Britain's biggest pop star. It could happen, too; Pierce Brosnan surely isn't growing any younger. ~ John Bush
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