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Various: Love's Been Good To Me - The Songs Of Rod McKuen (CD)

(2017/Ace) 25 tracks - The latest in our popular Songwriters series puts the spotlight on the late Rod McKuen.

 
A born outsider, Rod McKuen was embraced by millions of fans who connected with the expressions of desire, nostalgia and self-acceptance found in his songs and poems. In the early 1960s, he began to visit France and gain entry into Parisian songwriting circles. By 1964 he was co-writing with a host of leading French chansonniers, most notably Jacques Brel, resulting in such international hits as ‘If You Go Away’ and ‘Seasons In The Sun’.
 
Frank Sinatra devoted his 1969 album “A Man Alone” to McKuen material, turning in suavely bittersweet renditions of such tunes as ‘Lonesome Cities’, ‘Love’s Been Good To Me’ and ‘I’ve Been To Town’. Meanwhile, McKuen gained even wider exposure by composing songs for the films The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, A Boy Named Charlie Brown and The Borrowers. Another creative avenue opened up when he collaborated with arranger/composer Anita Kerr on a series of thematic albums beginning with 1967’s “The Sea”, a soft-pop landmark of its era.
 
This compilation offers a taste of the breadth and diversity of McKuen’s output as a songwriter. The versions of his tunes gathered here testify to his versatility, craftsmanship and feel for a strong hook. From folk anthems to movie themes and French chanson ballads, these songs cover exceptionally wide ground.
 
His death in January 2015 left some of his dreams still unfulfilled, but there was no denying the scope of his accomplishments over a 50-plus year career. Through ability, tenacity and sheer will, he overcame enormous obstacles to become one of the great pop culture icons of his time. Surviving poverty, damaged vocal chords and the sneers of the intelligentsia, he left behind a body of work that deserves rediscovery.

Compilation and sleeve notes are by McKuen’s friend and producer, Jim Pierson.

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  • Album titlle: Love's Been Good To Me - The Songs Of Rod McKuen (CD)

  • Genre Pop

  • Year of publication 2017
  • Label Ace Records

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  • EAN: 0029667076920

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Various - Love's Been Good To Me - The Songs Of Rod McKuen (CD) CD 1
01 Doesn't Anybody Know My Name Waylon Jennings
02 The World I Used To Know Glen Campbell
03 Love's Been Good To Me Tom Jones
04 Lonesome Cities Frank Sinatra
05 A Single Woman Nina Simone
06 Les Amants De Coeur Jacques Brel
07 Children One And All Mary Travers & Rod McKuen
08 The Wind Of Change Petula Clark
09 Jean Oliver
10 A Boy Named Charlie Brown Rod McKuen
11 If You Go Away Dusty Springfield
12 The Sea The San Sebastian Strings
13 I Think Of You Perry Como
14 Hello Heartaches Barbara Kay
15 Ally Ally Oxen Free The Kingston Trio
16 Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes The Gateway Trio
17 The Importance Of The Rose The Limeliters
18 Ain't You Glad You're Living Joe Michael Sarne
19 This Is Our House Shelby Flint
20 Kaleidoscope Nancy Sinatra & Rod McKuen
21 One By One Barry McGuire
22 I've Been To Town Glenn Yarbrough
23 Because We Love Rod McKuen
24 I'll Say Goodbye Jimmie Rodgers
25 Seasons In The Sun Terry Jacks
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Various - Love's Been Good To Me - The Songs Of Rod McKuen (CD) CD 1
01 Doesn't Anybody Know My Name
02 The World I Used To Know
03 Love's Been Good To Me
04 Lonesome Cities
05 A Single Woman
06 Les Amants De Coeur
07 Children One And All
08 The Wind Of Change
09 Jean
10 A Boy Named Charlie Brown
11 If You Go Away
12 The Sea
13 I Think Of You
14 Hello Heartaches
15 Ally Ally Oxen Free
16 Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes
17 The Importance Of The Rose
18 Ain't You Glad You're Living Joe
19 This Is Our House
20 Kaleidoscope
21 One By One
22 I've Been To Town
23 Because We Love
24 I'll Say Goodbye
25 Seasons In The Sun