It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook

It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook

by Rod StewartRod Stewart


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2002
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886919857023
catalogNumber: 198570
Rank: 1483


  1. You Go to My Head
  2. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  3. The Way You Look Tonight
  4. It Had to Be You
  5. That Old Feeling
  6. These Foolish Things
  7. The Very Thought of You
  8. Moonglow
  9. 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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Dave Koz   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Rob Mounsey   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Tal Bergman   Percussion,Drums
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Dave Carpenter   Bass
Don Sebesky   Piano,Conductor
John Ferraro   Percussion,Drums
David Finck   Bass
Dan Higgins   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Russ Kassoff   Piano
Doug Katsaros   Piano,Conductor
Randy Kerber   Piano
Bob Magnusson   Bass
Bob Mann   Guitar,Soloist
Harvey Mason   Drums
Reggie McBride   Bass
Jeff Mironov   Guitar,Soloist
Lee Musiker   Piano
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Philippe Saisse   Conductor,Keyboards
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Randy Waldman   Piano
Jimmy Rip   Guitar
Renato Neto   Piano
Andy Chukerman   Synthesizer Pads
Will Hollis   Piano,Soloist,Synthesizer Vibes
Jim Fox   Guitar
Chuck Demonico   Bass
Chris Boti   Trumpet,Soloist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Frankie Laine   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Rob Mounsey   rhythm arrangement
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Tal Bergman   Arranger,Programming,drum programming
Alan Brandt   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer,Lyricist
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Clive Davis   Producer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Steve Deutsch   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Don Sebesky   Arranger,rhythm arrangement,Orchestral Arrangements
Larry Emerine   Production Support
Sammy Fain   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer,Lyricist
Gus Kahn   Composer
Doug Katsaros   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Bob Mann   Arranger
Joel Moss   Engineer
Richard Perry   Arranger,Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Vocal Producer
Philippe Saisse   Orchestral Arrangements
Chris Steinmetz   Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff   Engineer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Bill Zehme   Liner Notes
Carl Fischer   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Trent Slatton   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Don C. Tyler   Production Support
Renato Neto   Arranger
Carter Humphrey   Engineer
Woody Woodruff   Engineer
Pete Karam   Pro-Tools
Arnold Stiefel   Management
Jack Strachey   Composer
Bob Haymes   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
J.J. Blair   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Johnny Kubelka   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Andrew Felluss   Pro-Tools
Brian Cook   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Mark Valentine   Engineer
Annie Challis   Management
Lauren Wild   Production Support
Alex Gibson   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Freddy Piñero   Engineer
Will Hollis   Arranger
Bobby Ginsberg   Engineer,Pro-Tools

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