Soulbook

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Soulbook
Soulbook.jpg
Studio album by
Released17 October 2009
Recorded2009 at The Celtic House, Bill Schnee Studio and The Village Recorder, Los Angeles; Capitol Studios, Hollywood; Royal Studios, Memphis; Germano Studios, New York City; The 4 Seasons, Palm Beach, Florida; Morrisound Studios, Tampa, Florida
GenreSoul
LabelJ
ProducerSteve Tyrell, Steven Jordan, Chuck Kentis[1]
Rod Stewart chronology
Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time
(2006)
Soulbook
(2009)
Fly Me to the Moon... The Great American Songbook Volume V
(2010)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(52/100)[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
BBC Music(average)[4]
The Boston Globe(average)[5]
The Daily Telegraph3/5 stars[6]
Digital Spy2/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[8]
The Guardian2/5 stars[9]
The New York Times(mixed)[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1.5/5 stars[11]
The Seattle Times(average)[12]

Soulbook is the 25th studio album by Rod Stewart. Like his previous five albums, Soulbook features Stewart singing old material; for this album he sings classic material from Motown and the soul genre. It was released on 17 October 2009 and was produced by Steve Tyrell, Steven Jordan and Chuck Kentis.

The album became Stewart's sixth consecutive album to debut in the Top 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200, peaking at #4. It also found success in Canada and the UK, making it to #3 on the Canadian Albums Chart and #9 on the UK Albums Chart. Furthermore, the album featured at #41 on the Canadian Albums Year-End Chart of 2010.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."It's the Same Old Song"Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Eddie Holland4:15
2."My Cherie Amour" (Featuring Stevie Wonder)Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder3:10
3."You Make Me Feel Brand New" (Duet with Mary J. Blige)Thom Bell, Linda Epstein4:36
4."(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"Gary Jackson, Raynard Miner, Carl Smith3:21
5."Tracks of My Tears" (Featuring Smokey Robinson)Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin3:36
6."Let It Be Me" (Duet with Jennifer Hudson)Gilbert Bécaud, Manny Curtis, Pierre Delanoë3:16
7."Rainy Night in Georgia"Tony Joe White4:13
8."What Becomes of the Broken Hearted"James Dean, Paul Riser, William Weatherspoon3:19
9."Love Train"Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff3:03
10."You've Really Got a Hold on Me"Robinson3:17
11."Wonderful World"Lou Adler, Herb Alpert, Sam Cooke3:33
12."If You Don't Know Me by Now"Gamble, Huff3:59
13."Just My Imagination"Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield3:35
14."Never Give You Up - Bonus Track for UK-Edition"Jerry Butler, Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff3:24
15."Only the Strong Survive - Bonus Track for UK-Edition"Jerry Butler, Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff3:19

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[1]
  • Rod Stewartlead vocals, backing vocals (9)
  • Michael Bearden – keyboards (1), Fender Rhodes (2), piano (4, 11)
  • Greg Phillinganes – piano (2, 14), keyboards (5, 12, 13), backing vocals (5), arrangements (5, 12, 13, 14), synthesizer (14)
  • David Paich – keyboards (6, 8, 10)
  • Henry Hey – piano (7, 15)
  • Chuck Kentis – keyboards (9)
  • Charles HodgesHammond organ (11)
  • Ray Parker Jr. – guitar (1, 2, 4, 6, 8-11)
  • Dean Parks – guitar (1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11)
  • Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar (3, 5, 12-15)
  • Bob Mann – guitar (3, 7, 15), keyboards (3, 15), arrangements (3, 7, 15), mandolin (5)
  • Michael Landau – guitar (5, 13, 15)
  • Don Kirkpatrick – guitar (9)
  • Paul Warren – guitar (9)
  • Bob BabbittBass guitar (1, 2, 4, 8, 10)
  • Reggie McBride – bass guitar (3, 5, 13, 14)
  • Darryl Jones – bass guitar (6, 11)
  • Leland Sklar – bass guitar (7)
  • Conrad Korsch – bass guitar (9)
  • Nathan East – bass guitar (12, 15)
  • Steve Jordandrums (1, 2, 4, 6, 8-11), percussion (1, 2, 4, 6, 8-11), backing vocals (9)
  • Ricky Lawson – drums (3, 5, 12-15)
  • Russ Kunkel – drums (7)
  • David Palmer – drums (9)
  • Milt Chocolate – vibraphone (2)
  • Clayton Cameron – vibraphone (4)
  • Lenny Castrocongas (5)
  • Tom Scottbaritone saxophone (1), saxophone (8, 9, 10), alto sax solo (9)
  • Lou Marini – saxophone (9)
  • James Spake – tenor saxophone (11)
  • George Bohanontrombone (8, 10)
  • Larry Farrell – trombone (9)
  • Jack Hale – trombone (11)
  • Nick Lane – trombone (15)
  • Chuck Findleytrumpet (8, 10)
  • Wayne Jackson – trumpet (11)
  • Matt Fronke – trumpet (15)
  • Gayle Levant – harp (6)
  • Jeff Driskill – flute (13)
  • John Yoakum – oboe (13)
  • Brian O'Connor – French horn (14)
  • The Los Angeles Strings – strings (1, 2, 6, 8)
  • Strings (3, 5, 7, 12): Cello – Matt Cooker, Tim Loo, Miguel Martinez and Giovanna Moraga-Clayton; Violin – Brian Benning, Charlie Bishsarat, Mark Cargill, Susan Chatman, Nicole Garcia, Neel Hammond, Gina Kronstadt, Joel Pargman, Kathleen Robertson, John Wittenburg and Shari Zippert
  • The New Memphis Strings – strings (4)
  • Howard Drossin – string arrangements (1, 2, 6, 8)
  • Willie Mitchell – string arrangements (4), horn arrangements (11)
  • Lester Snell – orchestration (4), music copyist (4)
  • David Low – string contractor (1, 2, 6, 8)
  • JoAnn Tominaga – string contractor (3, 5, 7, 12)
  • Bruce Dukov – concertmaster (1, 2, 6, 8)
  • Charlie Bishsarat – concertmaster (3, 5, 7, 12)
  • Steve Juliani – music copyist (1, 2, 6, 8)
  • Jonathan Kirkscey – string session leader (4)
  • Bridget Anne Cady – backing vocals (1-4, 7-11, 14, 15)
  • Di Reed – backing vocals (1-4, 7-11, 14, 15)
  • Dorian Holley – harmony vocals (2), backing vocals (5)
  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocals (2)
  • Judith Hill – backing vocals (3, 12)
  • Natasha Pearce – backing vocals (3, 7-10, 14, 15)
  • Darryl Tookes – backing vocals (3, 5, 7, 12-15)
  • Will Wheaton – backing vocals (3, 5, 12, 13)
  • Mary J. Blige – lead vocals (3)
  • Smokey Robinson – lead vocals (5)
  • Lynn Fiddmont – backing vocals (5)
  • Pam Trotter – backing vocals (5)
  • Lisa Vaughn – backing vocals (5, 13)
  • Jennifer Hudson – lead vocals (6)
  • Steve Tyrell – backing vocals (9)

Production[1][edit]

  • Album Producers – Steve Jordan (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 & 8-11); Steve Tyrell (Tracks 3, 5, 7, 9 & 12-15); Chuck Kentis (Track 9).
  • Vocals produced by Steve Tyrell; Jennifer Hudson vocals on Track 6 produced by Harvey Mason, Jr.
  • A&R – Keith Naftaly
  • Production Coordinator – JoAnn Tominaga
  • Track Recording – Niko Bolas (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 9 & 11); Jon Allen (Tracks 3, 5, 7, 12 & 13); Al Schmitt (Tracks 6, 8 & 10); Chuck Kentis (Track 9); Bill Schnee (Tracks 14 & 15).
  • BGV Recording – Steve Genewick (Tracks 1 & 11); Paul Smith (Tracks 8 & 10); Jon Allen (Tracks 14 & 15).
  • Jennifer Hudson vocal recording on Track 6 – Andrew Hey
  • Horns Recording – Niko Bolas (Tracks 1, 8, 9 & 10); Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell (Tracks 4 & 11); Jon Allen (Track 15).
  • Strings Recording – Al Schmitt (Tracks 1, 2, 6 & 8); Bill Schnee (Tracks 3, 5, 7 & 12); Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell (Track 4).
  • Additional Engineers – Darwin Best, Kenny Moran and Ryan Petrie.
  • Assistant string recording on Tracks 3, 5, 7 & 12 – Charlie Bybee
  • Mixing – Niko Bolas (Tracks 1, 4, 8, 9 & 10); Bill Schnee (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 7 & 12-15); Al Schmitt (Tracks 6 & 11).
  • Additional ProTools Editing – Martin Pradler
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Drum Technicians for Steve Jordan – Ross Garfield, Chris Gott and Paul Jamieson.
  • Project Manager – Loftus Donovan
  • Art Direction and Design – Josh Cheuse
  • Photography – Mark Seliger
  • Management – Arnold Stiefel for Stiefel Management.
  • Sleeve Notes – Rod Stewart

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 11
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 17
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 3
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[19] 95
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 33
Irish Albums (IRMA)[21] 17
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[22] 22
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[23] 4
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[24] 17
Scottish Albums (OCC)[25] 7
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[26] 10
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 4
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 46
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 9
US Billboard 200[30] 4
Chart (2010) Peak
position
Hungarian Albums Chart[31] 12

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard 200 162[32]
Canada 41[33]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[35] Platinum 80,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[36] Platinum 6,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[37] Gold 7,500^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[38] Platinum 15,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[39] Gold 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[40] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] 2× Platinum 600,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ BBC Music review
  5. ^ The Boston Globe review
  6. ^ The Daily Telegraph review
  7. ^ Digital Spy review
  8. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  9. ^ The Guardian review
  10. ^ The New York Times review
  11. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  12. ^ The Seattle Times review
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  41. ^ "British album certifications – Rod Stewart – Soulbook". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 1 January 2016. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Soulbook in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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