Classic Songs, My Way

Classic Songs, My Way

by Paul Anka


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 Bublé 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2007
Label: Decca
UPC: 0602517266476
catalogNumber: 000870702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Anka   Primary Artist
Kim Richmond   Clarinet
Frank Marocco   Accordion
Jim Walker   Flute
Rickey Woodard   Saxophone
Marilyn Baker   Viola
Richard Todd   French Horn
Jim Atkinson   French Horn
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
George Bohannon   Trombone
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Bryant Byers   Trombone
Lee Callet   Saxophone
Darius Campo   Violin
Mark Cargill   Violin
Gilbert Castellanos   Trumpet
Gene Cipriano   Saxophone
Jeff Clayton   Saxophone
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Cello
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet
Jon Crosse   Saxophone
Joel Derouin   Cello
Yvette Devereaux   Violin
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Assa Drori   Violin
Steve Durnin   French Horn
Bob Efford   Clarinet
Ernest Ehrhardt   Cello
Charles Everett   Violin
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Greg Gisbert   Trumpet
Pamela Goldsmith   Cello,Viola
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Gary Herbig   Oboe
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Greg Huckins   Saxophone
Peter Kent   Violin
Miran Kojian   Cello
Larry Koonse   Guitar
Michael Lang   Piano
Rob Lockart   Saxophone
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Andy Martin   Trombone
Edward Meares   Cello
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Dennis Molchan   Cello
Jorge Moraga   Cello
Ira Nepus   Trombone
Jack Nimitz   Clarinet
Joel Peskin   Saxophone
Tom Peterson   Saxophone
Karie Prescott   Cello
Emil Richards   Vibes
Anatoly Rosinsky   Cello
Jimbo Ross   Viola
Jim Self   Trombone
Harry Shirinian   Cello,Viola
Haim Shtrum   Cello
Maurice Spears   Trombone
Sheridon Stokes   Flute
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Evan Wilson   Cello
Shari Zippert   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Donald Williams   Percussion
Drew Dembowski   Cello
Michael Melvoin   Piano,Electric Piano
Pip Clarke-Ling   Violin
Christoph Luty   Bass
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Charlie Davis   Trumpet
Calabria McChesney   Cello
Dana Kelley   French Horn
Frances Wu   Cello
Jennifer Munday   Violin
Michael Valerio   Bass
Don Shelton   Clarinet,Saxophone
Pat Johnson   Violin
James Freebarin-Smith   Cello
Tamir Hendelman   Piano
Craig Woods   Trombone
Larry Hall   Trumpet
Jenny Kim   French Horn
Becky Bunnell   Violin
James Ford   Trumpet
Craig Gosnell   Trombone
Steve Richards   Cello
Charles Owens   Saxophone
Dan Tobin Smith   Cello
Frederick Fiddmont   Saxophone
Kevin Kanner   Drums
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Tiffany Yi Hu   Cello
Alex Iles   Trombone
Steven Holtman   Trombone
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Matthew Funes   Cello
Raymond Tischer   Viola
Gary Gray   Clarinet
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Marc Cohn   Composer
Lou Gramm   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
Mick Jones   Composer
Cyndi Lauper   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Brenda Russell   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Patrick Williams   Arranger
John Clayton   Arranger
Warren Cuccurullo   Composer
Randy Kerber   Arranger
Simon LeBon   Composer
Nick Rhodes   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Bob Seger   Composer
John Taylor   Composer
Jim Vallance   Composer
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Claude François   Composer
Alex Christensen   Producer
Garnet Armstrong   Art Direction
Susan Michalek   Art Direction
Brandon Flowers   Composer
David Keuning   Composer
Daniel Powter   Composer

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Classic Songs, My Way 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got it. I just heard it. And I just put away. It is not his best work. All of the songs are familiar... but not quite the Paul Anka power. The big bands are nice.... but over all I was not impressed. I was hoping for more of what his last album was. It came up short. Oh well... I will hope for more of the Best of Paul Anka in next releases.