Michael Feinstein has made it his business to sing the praises, both literally and figuratively, of the finest composers who graced America's popular musical culture from the 1930s to the 1960s. Be it a tune by Cole Porter or Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern or Jerry Herman, Feinstein brings his distinctive assurance and charm to stunning interpretations that renew the life of classic songs. The Michael Feinstein Anthology assembles his best work from several acclaimed recordings, many of them “concept albums” that focus on the work of a particular composer and alert new audiences to the richness and beauty of the Great American Songbook. Example after stunning example displays what this stylish artist can do with a timeless tune. Eight previously unreleased tracks -- such as “Violin,” sung with Liza Minnelli -- sit nicely among the well-chosen selections. No one upholds the vibrant American tradition quite like Feinstein; this splendid singer is the best friend that a classic composer could have.