Serenade Radio's Album of the Week:

Album of the Week:

18th – 23rd Feb

Hear tracks from this week’s album of the week in Kevin’s, Andy’s, Dick’s, David’s and John’s programmes

Seth MacFarlane - Music Is Better Than Words

This is the debut studio album by American actor and singer Seth MacFarlane which was produced and conducted by film and television composer Joel McNeely (who is also one of the composers of American Dad!, an animated TV series co-created by MacFarlane.) It was recorded between December 10th and 13th 2010 and released in the US on September 27, 2011 and worldwide on August 27, 2012. The album received nominations at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

 

One of the good things about MacFarlane is that he avoids the regular songs favoured by, in the words of Mark Steyn, rock and pop stars knocking off a standard album in a mid-life crisis, in favour of lesser heard songs. Can you think of any other recordings say of It’s Anybody’s Spring? The track listing was chosen by MacFarlane and includes songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe, among others from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. MacFarlane wisely avoids choosing songs that were recorded by his musical idols in favour of the lesser recorded melodies of Jimmy Van Heusen’s “

When Universal Republic Records asked MacFarlane what kind of album he wanted to do, he said “a classic Sinatra-style album”. The album was, in fact, recorded at Capitol Records in the same room in which Sinatra had worked. Moreover, MacFarlane recorded the vocals for Music Is Better Than Words with the microphone that Sinatra used on many of his classic albums. In an interview with Joseph Llanes from AOL he said, “That mic is over 60 years old and you can see it. But it has a really nice, dark sound to it. It really plays a significant part on how this stuff sounds. You don’t want it to sound too crisp. We did a lot in the recording of this album to make sure it was not too perfect. We recorded to analog tape as opposed to recording digitally because we wanted a little bit of a hiss.”

TRACKS

1. “It’s Anybody’s Spring” – Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke
2. “Music Is Better Than Words” Betty Comden/Adolph Green/André Previn
3. “Anytime, Anywhere” Lenny Adelson/Imogen Carpenter
4. “The Night They Invented Champagne” Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe
5. “Two Sleepy People” (featuring Norah Jones) Hoagy Carmichael/Frank Loesser
6. “You’re the Cream in My Coffee” Ray Henderson/Buddy DeSylva/Lew Brown
7. “Something Good” Richard Rodgers
8. “Nine O’Clock” Bob Merrill
9. “Love Won’t Let You Get Away” (featuring Sara Bareilles) Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn
10. “It’s Easy to Remember” Rodgers/Hart
11. “The Sadder But Wiser Girl” Meredith Willson
12. “Laura” David Raksin/Johnny Mercer
13. “You and I” Willson
14. “She’s Wonderful Too” Joel McNeely/Jonathan Hales/Seth MacFarlane

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