Title - 'I've Loved These Days' (Concord Records)
Artist - Monica Mancini
It seems that after more than a decade after launching her solo career, vocalist Monica Mancini is finally getting to do the album she's always wanted to - and boy, does she do it in some style!
These tracks on her new album, 'I've Loved These Days' are, one and all, expertly crafted, giving is a collection of songs by artists who helped shape the soundtrack of her formative years. Artists such as: Lennon & McCartney, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Harry Nilsson, Brian Wilson and Janis Ian.
Indeed, 'I’ve Loved These Days' was produced by the inimitably brilliant Phil Ramone and his producing partner Gregg Field. Ramone, who produced a number of the original recordings, hand picked world-class musicians to surround Monica and her guests that he knew could bring a contemporary perspective to these classic songs.
It's plainly obvious from just one listen to this album that Monica loves singing standards. That she responds well to all these wonderful old songs, as only a seasoned artist could hope to.
Joining Monica on 'I've Loved These Days' are original composers Jackson Browne offering guitar and vocal accompaniment on "These Days," Brian Wilson and the multi- Grammy winning vocal group Take 6 contributing vocals and arranging on "God Only Knows," Stevie Wonder harmonically dueting on "Blame It on the Sun," and the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere providing B-3 organ accompaniment on his classic "How Can I Be Sure."
“God Only Knows” ft. Brian Wilson - Audio Stream