Stan Ridgway | The Way I Feel Today! (crooning the classics)

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The Way I Feel Today! (crooning the classics)

by Stan Ridgway

Its back in stock and very rare indeed. A swingin, surly sonic succotash of classic covers from songwriter and singer Stan Ridgway, singin' and croonin, cryin' and swoonin'. With a big band and strings. Its cocktail time. We'll take 2 olives please.
Genre: Easy Listening: Crooners/Vocals
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1. Witchcraft
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2. What Now My Love?
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3. Under My Skin
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3:42 album only
4. Whoops
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2:47 album only
5. Angel Eyes
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6. It Had To Be You
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3:09 album only
7. Yesterdays
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4:21 album only
8. The Coffee Song
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2:37 album only
9. My Way
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5:13 album only
10. One For My Baby
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4:29 album only
11. My Baby Just Cares For Me
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2:03 album only
12. Oh! What a Beautiful Morning
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2:23 album only
13. On A Clear Day
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14. If I Ruled The World
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15. Old Man River
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16. Make Someone Happy
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1:51 album only
17. As Time Goes By
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18. The Impossible Dream
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19. Send in the Clowns
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BACK IN STOCK ! A swingin' and surly sonic succotash from Wall Of Voodoo's frontman Stan Ridgway, singin' and croonin', cryin' and swoonin'. Mix up a high ball and join Stan and his big-band as he sings these golden greats of yesteryear! With two olives please...“I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.” Here now in limited supply. Read on.
"This record is dedicated to the writers and original performers of these songs. Long may they sing!" - Stan Ridgway
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A swingin' and surly sonic succotash from Wall Of Voodoo's frontman Stan Ridgway, singin' and croonin', cryin' and swoonin'. Mix up a high ball and join Stan and his big-band as he sings these golden greats of yesteryear! With two olives please...

So, what's it like? Why, it is a sheer delight. Musically, the standards are brilliant big-band arrangements; they've got horns, and strings, and squonky little synthesizers lurking in the background (manned by ex-WOV member and Drywall producer Bill Noland along with Hecate's Angel Pietra Wexstun). Stan takes to singing those great old songs like a duck to water, as if he's been singing them all his life.

Stan Ridgway now at myspace.com: http://www.myspace.com/officialstanridgway

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And be sure and read the listener reviews below!
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5 Stars ***** Reviewer: db morton
Well I never thought I'd be digging crooners, but incredibly Stan Ridgway has changed all that. I've been listening to The Way I Feel Today for the past six months or so. It never gets old. There is so much to get your ears around. Sonically, it's the most analog recording I've ever heard in digital format, yet it's got weird, alien synthesizers bopping througout. This record is fun, it's very well crafted and the sound...! Let me just put it this way; do something good for yourself and those around you and get this CD and play it LOUD, LOUD, LOUD!!! There's nothing else out there like it.
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5 Stars ***** Wow, a Communion Breakthrough: Transformation in the Secret School! Reviewer: Wittlee Streeebur
I heard Stan sang a good song, I heard he had a style. So I got his CD, to listen for a while. He sang as if he knew me, in all my dark despair... I felt he found my letters -- and read each one out loud. He was strumming my pain with with his fingers, singing my life with his words, killing me softly with his songs, in short, telling my whole life in his words.
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5 Stars ***** The Way I Feel Today is Outta This World! Reviewer: Doug Frank
One of the most smashingly-clever concept albums I've ever heard! Y'know, if Stan wasn't doing this showbusiness thing, I think he'd probably be investigating the subject matter of this CD full time... all the cases of ordinary folk being carried off and subjected to the kinds of stuff Stan's singing about. I guess it might be more interesting than showbusiness. You've got to be obsessed to stick in showbusiness...
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Read more reviews below....

The Way I Feel Today was a real out-of-the-blue left-turn for Stan Ridgway, especially coming only a few years after his work with "experimental noise combo" Drywall. On this limited-edition CD, Ridgway reinvented himself as a big band crooner, and enlisted a genuine Hollywood big band led by Robert McNeely to help him tackle a wide range of Sinatra-esque standards, regardless of their perceived campiness or kitsch value.
The upshot of all this is a (mostly) straight collection of songs by the likes of Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, and Rogers & Hammerstein which means that if the limited range of Stan Ridgway's deadpan film noir drawl fails to strike you as the ideal vehicle for conveying the sentiments expressed in "It Had to Be You," "Send in he Clowns," or "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," then The Way I Feel Today is definitely not the album for you.
On the other hand, if you're a devoted Ridgway buff, you'll find some interesting and amusing performances here, especially when Stan tips his hat to narrative songs such as "One for My Baby" (which was a clear, if previously unacknowledged, influence on his own "A Mission in Life"), or when he exuberantly belts out strong novelty number like "The Coffee Song." Some fine, brassy arrangements from McNeely and the unquestionably heartfelt performances by Ridgway throughout. — Rudyard Kennedy


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stuart McAra

Just plain brilliant.
Yeah it's a 'gotta-have'. Whether you're a Stan regular or not, it's always good to hear the standards sung in a way that highlights the darker side of the lyrics. Damn he's good.

tray goodman

another great cd from one of the best in the business...Stan...
Loved the music and the arrangement on this CD...thanks again
to Stan Ridgway...he always finds an interesting way to
make music.....

Frank Wirum

What is it with Stan Ridgeway and aliens?
Stan Ridgeway are crooning the classics with an strange alien sound. The first time I did listen to the CD I was not sure I liked it...but it does just getting better and better every time it is in the CD player. Buy this CD and just keep on playing it!

graham - england

excellent , i love this cd, stan has made another great cd with his own magic
i love this cd, stan has taken these classic songs and given them his own interpretation. When listening I feel relaxed and can take in the atmosphere as we are entertained as only Stan can. Thank you for a great cd!!

Timbabwe

worrrrrrrrrrrrrld - Nobody sings an "R" like Ridgway
Nobody knows better than Stan "Mexican Radio" Ridgway
that a successful novelty song can lock you in a commercial
box for your whole career. Ask Thomas "Blinded by Science" Dolby, Loudon "Dead Skunk" Wainwright (now known as "Rufus' father"). That must be why this CD is only sold at concerts
and from CD Baby. I an see why he doesn't want to tie his hopes to the whole martini/ultralounge revival that is already on the wane.

That said, "The Coffee Song" could be a breakout song for Ridgway. A boiling hot arrangement, the original all but forgotten and a perfect match of Ridgway's unique voice and Sinatra's trademark syntax, (...and was fined a great big fifty dollar bill)

marc

the best of its kind
Stan does an incredible job interpreting these oldies. Bryan Ferry and Rod Stewart could learn a lot from Stan.
Great!!!

Adam in London

The coolest thing Stan has ever done...
... and that's saying something. Utterly essential. Not that I'm complaining (I've got my copy), but I'm amazed Stan hasn't given this gem a wide release. It surely deserves one!

Eric

Strange but Nice
As always with Stan you need to be willing to like it and then you'll love it. Never easy, but sure strange and nice! Stan is just something else in a world with too much of the same. Stan is doing the classics here and makes classics of his own.

Ann Marie Aubin

Shining and wandering
Fantastic CD and long overdue. This collection is worth every cent and is very worthy of Stan's talent. Already a keeper.

Craig Vanerstrom

Another strange and enjoyable CD from one of the greatest!
Stan you are the master at strange music. I don't know what I expected but it is very entertaining. The classics with a Drywall edge.
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