Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III

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Stardust... The Great American Songbook, Volume III
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Studio album by
Released19 October 2004 (2004-10-19)
RecordedDeep Diner Studios (New York City, NY); RAK Studios and Olympic Studios (London, UK); Ocean Way Recording, Bill Schnee Studios, Fox Force Five and Reagan's Garage (Hollywood, CA); Record One (Los Angeles, CA); Seventeen Grand Recording (Nashville, TN); Gravity Studios (Chicago, IL).
GenreTraditional pop
LabelJ
ProducerClive Davis, Richard Perry, Steve Tyrell, Lauren Wild
Rod Stewart chronology
As Time Goes By... The Great American Songbook, Volume II
(2003)
Stardust... The Great American Songbook, Volume III
(2004)
Thanks for the Memory... The Great American Songbook, Volume IV
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1.5/5 stars[2]
The Village Voice(average)[3]

Stardust... the Great American Songbook, Volume III is the third studio album of pop standards by British musician Rod Stewart, released on 19 October 2004 by J Records. The album was dedicated to the Tartan Army.

The album was Rod Stewart's first #1 on the Billboard 200 since Blondes Have More Fun in 1979.[4] Rod Stewart also won his first, and only, Grammy Award when the album won the Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2004.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Embraceable You"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin3:30
2."For Sentimental Reasons"William Best, Deek Watson3:02
3."Blue Moon" (featuring Eric Clapton)Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart4:05
4."What a Wonderful World" (featuring Stevie Wonder)Bob Thiele, George David Weiss4:30
5."Stardust"Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish4:01
6."Manhattan" (duet with Bette Midler)Rodgers, Hart2:53
7."'S Wonderful"G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin3:24
8."Isn't It Romantic?"Rodgers, Hart3:50
9."I Can't Get Started"Vernon Duke, I. Gershwin3:23
10."But Not for Me"G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin3:22
11."A Kiss to Build a Dream on"Oscar Hammerstein II, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby3:13
12."Baby, It's Cold Outside" (duet with Dolly Parton)Frank Loesser3:51
13."Night and Day"Cole Porter3:08
14."A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"Eric Maschwitz, Manning Sherwin4:03

Personnel[edit]

  • Rod Stewart – lead vocals
  • Ken Ascher – acoustic piano (1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14), additional keyboards (1-4, 6-12, 14), additional synthesizer (1-4, 6-12, 14)
  • Joe Sample – acoustic piano (3)
  • Mike Thompson – acoustic piano (5), synth strings (5), rhythm arrangements (5, 13)
  • Andy Chuckerman – synth strings (5)
  • Dave Grusin – acoustic piano (7, 9)
  • Jon Allen – additional keyboards (7)
  • Alan Pasqua – acoustic piano (11)
  • Louis Forestieri – synth strings (13)
  • Bob Mann – guitar (1-4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14), additional keyboards (1-4, 6-12, 14), additional synthesizer (1-4, 6-12, 14) arrangements and conductor (1-4, 6-12), rhythm arrangements (14)
  • Eric Clapton – guitar solo (3)
  • Vin D'Onofrio – guitar (5, 13)
  • Bob Cranshaw – bass (1-4, 7, 12)
  • Chris Golden – bass (5)
  • David Finck – bass (6)
  • Chip Jackson – bass (8, 9, 11)
  • Ed Howard – bass (10)
  • Reggie McBride – bass (13)
  • John Beale – bass (14)
  • Allan Schwartzberg – drums (1-4, 6-12)
  • John Ferraro – drums (5, 13, 14)
  • Warren Vaché – trumpet solo (1, 9)
  • Dave Koz – saxophone solo (2, 8)
  • Stevie Wonder – harmonica (4)
  • Lee Thornberg – trumpet solo (5)
  • Warren Luening – clarinet (6), saxophone (6), trumpet (6), trumpet solo (7)
  • Bob Sheppard – clarinet (6), saxophone (6), trumpet (6)
  • Plas Johnson – saxophone solo (10)
  • Arturo Sandoval – trumpet solo (11)
  • Tom Evans – saxophone solo (13)
  • Richard Perry – rhythm arrangements (5, 13)
  • Alan Broadbent – string arrangements and conductor (14)
  • Michael Markman – concertmaster (1-4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14)
  • Antoine Silverman – concertmaster (8, 10), violin solo (14)
  • Cello (1-4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14) – Stephen Erdody, Tim Landauer, David Low and Steve Richards
  • Cello (8, 10) – Sarah Carter, Danny Miller and Anja Wood
  • Viola (1-4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14) – Brian Denbow, Janet Lakatos, Jorge Moraga, Dan Neufeld, Simon Oswell, Nancy Roth and David Walther
  • Viola (8, 10) – David Cresswell, Danielle Farina, Debbie Shufelt and Jessica Troy
  • Violin (1-4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14) – Roberto Cani, Franklyn D'Antonio, Bruce Dukov, Julia Gigante, Endre Granat, Ann Landauer, Edie Markman, Michael Markman, Robert Peterson, Katia Popov, Barbara Porter, Gil Romero, Haim Shtrum and Kenneth Yerke
  • Violin (8, 10) – Martin Agee, Chris Cardona, Cenovia Cummings, Jonathan Dinklage, Sylvia D'Avanzo, Max Moston, Antoine Silverman, Belinda Whitney and Paul Woodiel
  • Dorian Holley – backing vocals (4)
  • Mortonette Jenkins – backing vocals (4)
  • Marlena Jeter – backing vocals (4)
  • Bette Midler – lead vocals (6)
  • Dolly Parton – lead vocals (12)

Production[edit]

  • Executive Producer – Clive Davis
  • Producers – Steve Tyrell (Tracks 1-4, 6-12 & 14); Richard Perry (Tracks 5 & 13)
  • Co-Producer on Tracks 5 & 13 – Lauren Wild
  • Production Coordination on Tracks 1-4, 6-12 & 14 – Jon Allen
  • Production Manager on Tracks 5 & 13 – Ben McCarthy, assisted by Shauna Krikorian.
  • A&R – Steve Ferrera
  • Recording – Bobby Ginsburg (Tracks 1-4, 6-12 & 14); Carter William Humphrey (Track 5); J.J. Blair (Track 13).
  • Assistant recording on Tracks 1-4, 6-12 & 14 – Ryan Petrie
  • Additional Engineers – Helen Atkinson, Darwin Best, Raj Das, Doug Epstein, Michael Teaney and Steve Tyrell (Tracks 1-4, 6-12 & 14); Dusk Bennett, Adam Hawkins, Carter William Humphrey, Manny Sanchez and Nick Sample (Tracks 5 & 13).
  • Strings on Tracks 1-4, 6-12 & 14 recorded by Bill Schnee
  • Guitar solo on Track 3 recorded by Simon Climie, assisted by Joel Evenden.
  • Mixed by Andy Zulla at Sound Decision Studios (New York, NY).
  • Mastered by Joe Yannece at The Hit Factory (New York, NY).
  • Creative Director – Alli Truch
  • Art Direction and Design – Jeri Heiden and John Heiden
  • Photography – Andrew MacPherson and Penny Lancaster
  • Management – Arnold Stiefel for Stiefel Entertainment, assisted Jackie Oberhauser.
  • Project Manager – Lotus Donovan
  • Liner Notes – Rod Stewart

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[7] 32
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[8] 65
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[9] 1
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[10] 13
Irish Albums (IRMA)[11] 68
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[12] 20
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[13] 3
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[14] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 3
US Billboard 200[17] 1
Chart (2005) Peak
position
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[18] 37
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 17

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[20] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[21] Gold 25,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[22] Gold 7,500^
Poland (ZPAV)[23] Gold 20,000*
Sweden (GLF)[24] Platinum 60,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  3. ^ The Village Voice review
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  25. ^ "British album certifications – Rod Stewart – Stardust". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 January 2013. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Stardust in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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