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  • Rod Stewart Drops New Music Video for “Almost Like Being in Love” with Jools Holland

  • Earlier this month, British rock-pop singer-songwriter Rod Stewart announced that his new album “Swing Fever” would be released on February 23, 2024.

    It is his first album in three years since the 2021 album “The Tears of Hercules”.
    The album comprises a 13-track and recorded with Jools Holland's Rhythm And Blues Orchestra.
    From the album, Rod Stewart released the first single “Almost Like Being in Love” on December 5, 2023.
    The song was originally written by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner for the 1947 musical Brigadoon.
    Rod Stewart recored the track with Jools Holland's Rhythm And Blues Orchestra in at Jools Holland's London studio. Produced by Phil Manzanera.
    On December 20, Rod Stewart dropped a new music video for the song. The video was filmed at St. Pancras in London.
    “I'd already started making a swing album, but it didn't turn out how I wanted it,” Rod Stewart explained about the new album in a statement. “It was more Frank Sinatra than it was Louis Prima, let's say. So I cancelled that, and then I realized the guy I should go to is Jools. Also, our fanatical model railway enthusiasm bonded us together. So, we started recording.”
  • British pianist Jools Holland told Rolling Stone about the album, “I suppose the background is that I'm known for my big band and we're always doing live shows, and Rod, well, he's just an incredible singer who does these amazing records and he's an icon of rock and roll music, but he has a great affinity with swing music too! It was just before Christmas three years ago and the phone rings at my home. I didn't know Rod so well but he just said I'd quite like to do a record with your band. I said, well, I'm gonna have to think about that. And then one second later I said yeah, that'd be really great! When do you want to start? It's the dream really, if you've got a big band, to have a great singer. But to have one of the greatest singers in the world who has a natural feeling for that music? You can't ask for anything more.”

  • He continued, “I think this album shows the best things we've recorded because it's so natural and has such joy and simpatico. As Rod says, it was so easy too to decide our tracks. It's got that feeling that lifts people up, whether it's the people in the pub on the corner from you or your neighbour downstairs.”
    Rod Stewart added, “It was recorded live too. Jules would rehearse with the band for a day with songs and then the next day I'd show up and everything was live and in three hours we'd have three takes, solos were live, everything was live apart from my vocals, there's not many records that are made like that nowadays.”

    Photo by Jonas Mohr
  • source : Apple Music
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