SETTING STANDARDS....

Monday, 06 November 2017 14:16 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFor his latest (tenth) studio album UK soul man SEAL offers something quite different.... well, quite different for him, that is. 'Seal Standards' (released on 10th November) is just that – the man's versions of classics and standards, the fare usually associated with people like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald!

Seal says: "This is the album I have always wanted to make. I grew up listening to music from the Rat Pack era, so recording these timeless tunes was a lifelong dream."

So, amongst the songs on the 11 tracker are 'Luck Be A Lady', 'My Funny Valentine', 'Love For Sale', 'Autumn Leaves' and 'Smile' (which, coincidentally also featured on Gregory Porter's latest album).

To add a real authenticity to his versions, Seal recorded the album at Capitol Records in LA – the same studio where Sinatra recorded many of his classics and Seal also used a coterie of session players who featured on those original hits- they include Sinatra's piano player Randy Waldman and Ella Fitzgerald's bassist Chuck Berghofer. Don't, therefore, expect anything radically different. Seal and producer Nick Patrick stick close to the well-known/original arrangements of the songs; though what is intriguing is to hear Seal's unique voice interpret things that are very familiar.

The album comes in two versions, by the way... the "standard "11 tracker and a "deluxe edition" that has 14 tracks including two Christmas songs.

SEAL; STANDARDS is released on November 10th on Decca /Virgin EMI

Last Updated on Monday, 06 November 2017 14:24

 

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