Tried & True

Tried & True

by Clay Aiken
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Overview

Clay Aiken has never sounded more at home than he does singing the lushly arranged classics on his fifth studio album Tried and True -- the international pop phenomenon's first album for Decca Records. Showcasing Aiken's powerful voice and considerable interpretive gifts, the new CD is comprised of songs from the '50s and '60s that Aiken grew up listening to as a child. The platinum-selling artist and idol to many has arguably never sounded better.

For Aiken, Tried and True (so named because he feels the songs have stood the test of time) was about getting back to himself after a career performing more pop-oriented material. "There are a lot of elements to this album that are about me returning to what I'm comfortable with," Aiken says. "To me, older songs are more melodically appealing and beautiful. So doing this album was an opportunity to just be myself."

Aiken's delight in the material on his new disc shines through with his impeccable vocal delivery, as well as his genuine emotional connection to each track. Highlights include the swinging album opener "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," made famous by Frankie Valli; "Misty," the Johnny Mathis hit, and a soulful rendition of Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds." Tried and True also features two songs Aiken sang while appearing as a contestant on the second season of American Idol: "Mack the Knife" and "Unchained Melody," alongside songs with guest appearances by saxophonist David Sanborn on "What Kind of Fool Am I?" and Broadway star Linda Eder on Roy Orbison's "Crying." From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602527372860
catalogNumber: 7372860

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clay Aiken   Primary Artist
Derek Watkins   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mark James   Guitar
Stan Sulzmann   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Pete Beachill   Tenor Trombone
Dave Bishop   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Mitch Dalton   Guitar
Jeff Daly   Baritone Saxophone
Simon Gardner   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Noel Langley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve Pearce   Electric Bass
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Ralph Salmins   Drums
Chris Walden   Trumpet,Conductor,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Andy Wood   Tenor Trombone
Ben Castle   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Gordon Campbell   Tenor Trombone
Pete Murray   Piano
David Stewart   Bass Trombone
Mike Lovatt   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Vicci Wardman   Viola
Quiana Parler   Background Vocals
Thomas Bowes   Violin
Andy Mackintosh   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Jonathan Rees   Violin
Martin Gordy   Percussion
G-Strings Orchestra   Strings
Mark Hodgson   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Conway Twitty   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Linda Eder   Duet
Bob Crewe   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Armando Manzanero   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Dick Hodgin   Vocal Engineer
Carl Marsh   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jack Nance   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Alex North   Composer
Billy Jay Stein   Vocal Engineer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Reed   Composer
Chris Walden   Arranger
Joe Melson   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Geoff Stevens   Composer
Alex Christensen   Producer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Editing
Fanny Gotschall   Art Direction
Quiana Parler   Vocal Producer
Chris Boerner   Vocal Engineer
Ben Cohn   Arranger
Dave Novik   Executive Producer
Jesse Vargas   Arranger

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Tried & True 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan, this is a must have!
MaryJoanne123 More than 1 year ago
Unbeliveable magical album. Clay is at his best and his voice is made for these smooth and jazzy songs. The emotion, phrasing and intonation are outstanding. Definitely songs that make you want to dance. The orchestion is outstanding and "Crying" with Linda Eder is so beautiful. Not a song that I do not enjoy on the album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the clips I've heard are awesome. Can't wait to get CD to listen to full songs. His voice and entertainment factor is tops. Watch for pbs special with all these songs!!
BBNJ More than 1 year ago
I'm one of the few that has not gotten involved in American Idol over the years, and what's become of who after they did or didn't win during the season they were on. Granted, Jennifer Hudson has crossed my path, and I know other fans of Clay also like other artists I enjoy. One of them is Linda Eder, which is the only reason I bought this album. The duet of "Crying" is the best I've heard out of all the duet versions that have come out over the recent years. Arrangement is perfect, and both Clay's and Linda's inflexion and different take on bending some of the notes make this a unique gem of a track. I hope it makes it to a single. What really got me was how much I am enjoying the entire album. The Great American Songbook is not dead, and someone as young & talented as Clay has taken it on with great admiration and care in what has been presented for us. The Deluxe Edition is the one to get, so you have the bonus tracks, plus a DVD of how the album came about and one live performance of Clay's upcoming PBS special of "Build Me Up Buttercup" that is not part of the album itself. Clay does "Misty" beautifully, and I'm sure if Perry Como was still alive, he'd give Clay a very enthusiastic round of applause on the great cover of "It's Impossible". I hope Clay continues to move in this direction. Superb album all the way around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Listened to the snippets today. Sorry to say this cd is BORING. Not one upbeat song - just ballads.
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