Standards [Deluxe Edition]

Standards [Deluxe Edition]

by Seal

Compact Disc(Special Edition)

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Albums of reworked pop and jazz classics released in November bear warnings of creative resignation and commercial opportunism. Seal, however, evidently entered the historic Capitol Studios and United Recording more delighted than a kid in a candy store who just had his braces removed. Going by his liner notes, in which he raves about performing with a 65-piece orchestra, cutting the set, his first for Republic, had an invigorating effect on him. Conducted and arranged by Grammy nominee Chris Walden, Standards was recorded with first-rate studio veterans, some of whom worked with Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Seal doesn't waste the grand setting, exhibiting full-effort sincerity, winking charm, and even rare flashes of vivacity at all the right moments, as if this was the album the gravelly tenor was born to make. With the exception of early-'60s selections "It Was a Very Good Year" and "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is" -- the latter coincidentally reworked by Boyz II Men for Under the Streetlight, released only a month prior -- all the source material dates from the '30s, '40s, and '50s. The likes of "Luck Be a Lady," "My Funny Valentine," "I've Got You Under My Skin," and "They Can't Take That Away from Me" must be among the songs least in need of new faithful interpretations, but it all plays out with studied finesse. Seal wasn't merely thrown a stack of sheet music and told to crank out the product. It's a treat for fans, as well as the singer, which is part of the appeal. [Standards was also released in a Deluxe Edition featuring three bonus tracks: "The Nearness of You," "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," and "Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)."]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2017
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602557994797
catalogNumber: 002756102
Rank: 42714

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seal   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Kevin Axt   Bass,Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Chuck Berghofer   Bass,Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Miles Bould   Percussion
Till Brönner   Soloist
Brian Dembow   Viola
Jeff Driskill   Saxophone,Soloist
Lynne Fiddmont   Background Vocals
Brandon Fields   Saxophone
David Higgins   Saxophone
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Andy Martin   Trombone
Bob McChesney   Trombone
Dean Parks   Guitar
Carol Pool   Violin
Katia Popov   Violin
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Randy Waldman   Piano
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Shelly Berg   Piano
Gregg Field   Drums
Gayle Levant   Harp
Kenya Hathaway   Background Vocals
John Parricelli   Guitar
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Chris Walden   Conductor
Kevin Richardson   Trumpet
Nico Abondolo   Double Bass
Shawn Mann   Viola
Rose Corrigan   Bassoon
Michael Valerio   Double Bass
Andrew Schulman   Cello
Timothy Loo   Cello
Alex Budman   Saxophone
Ana Landauer   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Belinda Broughton   Violin
Andrew Synowiec   Guitar
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Czech National Symphony Orchestra   Strings,Performing Ensemble
Teag Reaves   French Horn
Michael Stever   Trumpet
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Maya Magub   Violin
Puppini Sisters   Background Vocals
Robert Schaer   Trumpet
Yelena Yegoryan   Violin
Robert Brophy   Viola
Stuart Clark   Clarinet
Alex Iles   Trombone
Phillip Levy   Violin
Thomas Peterson   Saxophone
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Heather Clark   Flute
Robert Lockart   Saxophone
Valerie Pinkerton   Background Vocals
Jennifer Olson   Flute
Mary Sloan   Violin
Luanne Homzy   Violin
Dylan Hart   French Horn
Jessica Pearlman   Oboe
Laura Brenes   French Horn
Andrew Bain   French Horn
Zach Dellinger   Viola
Christopher Gray   Trumpet
Jacob Braun   Cello
Xiaodan Altenbach   Cello
Randy Walden   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Simon Hanhart   Digital Post-Editing
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Nick Patrick   Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Jeannie Seely   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Tim Weidner   Vocal Engineer
Robert Wells   Composer
Gregg Field   Vocal Engineer
John Turner   Composer
Chris Walden   Arranger,Orchestra Leader
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Don George   Composer
Mark Bishop   Engineer
Pat Sheeran   Composer
Judith Arbuckle   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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