Rock Swings

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Rock Swings
Studio album by Paul Anka
Released May 31, 2005 (Can)
June 7, 2005 (US)
Recorded November 2004
Genre Swing jazz
Length 58:18
Label Verve Music Group
Producer Paul Anka
Paul Anka chronology
Times of Your Life
(1975)
Rock Swings (2005) Classic Songs, My Way (2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link
BBC.co.uk Negative link

Rock Swings is an album by Paul Anka. Recorded in November 2004 and released on May 31, 2005 in Canada and June 7, 2005 in the United States, it contains swing jazz covers of popular rock and pop songs from the 1980s and 1990s.

The idea of an established vocalist giving rock hits a "standards" treatment was earlier realized by Anka's contemporary Pat Boone in the 1997 album, In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, with Boone doing covers of songs by Alice Cooper, Van Halen and Judas Priest. That same year, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé covered Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" in a lounge-jazz style on the 1997 compilation album release, Lounge-A-Palooza. Anka also covers "Black Hole Sun" on Rock Swings.

Reportedly, the Michael Jackson song "Billie Jean" was slated to be on the album in the recording stages, but Paul Anka could not get through a vocal take without bursting into laughter.[1] The album features 'It's My Life' by Bon Jovi, a song which includes the line "Like Frankie said, 'I did it my way'" - a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Sinatra classic My Way, the English lyrics to which were written by Anka.

After the release of this album, Anka was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. A DVD release of the same name, including live performances of these songs by Anka, was released on December 6, 2005.

Charts[edit]

Debuted at:

  • #120 on the Billboard 200
  • #9 on the Official UK Album Chart
  • #2 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart
  • #1 on Amazon.de

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Eye of the Tiger" (original version by Survivor)
  2. "Jump" (original version by Van Halen)
  3. "Everybody Hurts" (original version by R.E.M.)
  4. "Wonderwall" (original version by Oasis)
  5. "Black Hole Sun" (original version by Soundgarden)
  6. "It's My Life" (original version by Bon Jovi)
  7. "It's a Sin" (original version by Pet Shop Boys)
  8. "True" (original version by Spandau Ballet)
  9. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (original version by Nirvana)
  10. "Hello" (original version by Lionel Richie)
  11. "Eyes Without a Face" (original version by Billy Idol)
  12. "Lovecats" (original version by The Cure)
  13. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (original version by Michael Jackson)
  14. "Tears in Heaven" (original version by Eric Clapton)

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Gold[2] 50,000

Samples[edit]

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" as covered by Paul Anka on his album, Rock Swings.

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Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Paul Anka: Vocal
  • Jon Bon Jovi : Guitar, Piano, Backing Vocals
  • Randy Kerber: Piano on all tracks except 5, 8
  • Mike Lang: Piano on tracks 5, 8
  • Jon Crosse: Tenor Saxophone on track 12
  • Vinnie Colaiuta: Drums
  • Mike Valerio: Bass
  • Larry Koonse: Guitar on tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14
  • Dean Parks: Guitar on tracks 1, 5, 8, 10
  • Emil Richards: Vibes
  • Gary Grant (Lead), Charles Davis, Larry Hall: Trumpet
  • Warren Luening: Trumpet on tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
  • Sal Cracchiolo: Trumpet on tracks 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11
  • Steve Holtman, Andrew Martin: Trombone
  • Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach: Trombone on tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
  • Bob McChesney, Bryant Byers: Trombone on tracks 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11
  • Gene Cipriano: Tenor Saxophone, Flute
  • Dan Higgins, Greg Huckins: Alto Saxophone, Flute
  • Bill Liston: Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
  • Joel Peskin: Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
  • Joel Derouin (Concert-master): Violin on tracks 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14
  • Rebecca Bunnell, Mario De Leon, Tiffany Yi Hu, Patricia Johnson, Peter Kent, Miran Kojian, Haim Shtrum, Mari Tsumura, Shari Zippert, Kirstin Fife, Razdan Kuyumjian, Dennis Molchan, Les Terry: Violin on tracks 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14
  • Bruce Dukov (Concert-master): Violin on tracks 6 and 7
  • Jennifer Munday, Anatoly Rosinsky, Charles Everett, Armen Garabedian, Berj Garabedian, Darius Campo: Violin on tracks 6 and 7
  • Marilyn Baker, Jorge Moraga, James Ross, Harry Shirinian, Karie Prescott, Evan Wilson: Viola on tracks 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14
  • Simon Oswell, Pam Goldsmith: Viola on tracks 6 and 7
  • Larry Corbett, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, Miguel Martinez, Steve Richards, Andrew Shulman, Anne Karam: Cello on tracks 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14
  • Ernie Ehrhardt: Cello on tracks 6 and 7
  • Peter Doubrovsky, Frances Liu-Wu: Bass on track 14
  • Gayle Levant: Harp on track 14
  • Brad Warnaar, Jim Atkinson, Kurt Snyder: French Horn on track 14

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Gatehouse, Jonathan, Macleans.ca, 2005. Anka's Back, Baby!
  2. ^ CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications for February 2007. Retrieved July 25, 2007.

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