Rod Stewart – It Had To Be You… The Great American Songbook (2002/2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Rod Stewart – It Had To Be You… The Great American Songbook (2002/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 49:11 minutes | 526 MB | Genre: Pop
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It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook is a collection of American pop standards covered by English musician Rod Stewart. The record was released in 2002 and features tracks “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and many more!

It’s the kind of concept that seems brilliant on paper: revive the career of one of the great vocalists of the rock era by having him sing the great American pop songs of the pre-rock era. It was done before with Linda Ronstadt, and it worked well, so why not Rod Stewart, whose career was in shambles in 2002 following the disastrous modern R&B record Human? Clive Davis, the man behind Santana’s comeback, masterminded the whole thing, and It Had to Be You was born. Again, the whole thing sounds good on paper, but in practice, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Certainly, following a throat operation, Stewart is singing better than he has in years, and he feels much more comfortable here than he did on Human, but the whole project has an artificial undercurrent that’s hard to shake, especially since the song selection, the arrangements, and the performances play it so safe they’re largely undistinguished. It’s not necessarily bad, but it doesn’t have much character outside of Rod’s voice, and his soulful rasp isn’t really suited for these songs. Nevertheless, this is exactly what it’s billed as – Rod sings the Great American Songbook – and it’s done with professionalism and ease, so it’s a pleasant listen. But it won’t replace Sinatra, of course, or even Ronstadt’s similar work with Nelson Riddle.

01 – You Go To My Head
02 – They Can’t Take That Away From Me
03 – The Way You Look Tonight
04 – It Had To Be You
05 – That Old Feeling
06 – These Foolish Things
07 – The Very Thought Of You
08 – Moonglow
09 – I’ll Be Seeing You
10 – Every Time We Say Goodbye
11 – The Nearness Of You
12 – For All We Know
13 – We’ll Be Together Again
14 – That’s All