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Classic Songs: My Way

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Paul Anka 8/28/2007

Review

Paul Anka's Rock Swings was one of the best albums of its type, that being the sort where a swinging singer reimagines a set of contemporary songs in a radically different setting. There were far more successes than novelties, and it earned Anka -- deservedly -- his best reviews in at least a decade. Classic Songs: My Way includes 11 more that are just as ingeniously selected and performed, plus a pair of Anka classics re-recorded as duets. The covers (or interpretations, depending on whether you're a fan of rock music or vocal) are up to the same high level as Rock Swings. Highlights include a brisk, finger-snapping version of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," a poignant reading of the Duran Duran ballad "Ordinary World," and a brassy reading of "I Go to Extremes," originally by one of rock's biggest swingers, Billy Joel. In comparison, the re-recordings fare poorly. Although Michael Bublé shows fine chops on "You Are My Destiny," Jon Bon Jovi fails utterly to understand how to approach "My Way" amidst a tone-deaf and keyboard-heavy arrangement. ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Time After Time [Cover] Paul Anka 3:59
  3. 2 Get Here [Cover] Paul Anka 3:21
  4. 3 Mr. Brightside [Cover] Paul Anka 3:50
  5. 4 Waiting for a Girl Like You [Cover] Paul Anka 3:15
  6. 5 Ordinary World [Cover] Paul Anka 4:32
  7. 6 Heaven [Cover] Paul Anka 3:32
  8. 7 Bad Day [Cover] Paul Anka 4:5
  9. 8 I Go to Extremes [Cover] Paul Anka 3:8
  10. 9 Both Sides Now [Cover] Paul Anka 5:24
  11. 10 You Are My Destiny [Re-recording] Paul Anka 3:57
  12. 11 Walking in Memphis [Cover] Paul Anka 4:23
  13. 12 Against the Wind [Cover] Paul Anka 4:40
  14. 13 My Way [Re-recording] Paul Anka 5:11

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