Acclaimed vocalist Seth MacFarlane has announced the imminent release of his sixth studio album. Great Songs From Stage & Screen will be out on Republic/Verve on August 28.
The new set is a combination of tender ballads and uptempo tunes interpreted in MacFarlane’s much-admired style. They’re complemented by the lush and rich orchestrations of revered composer Bruce Broughton. The songs, with their origins in film and theatre by such great writers as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Lerner & Loewe and Henry Mancini, vividly evoke the golden age of Hollywood and showbusiness.
The lead track from Great Songs From Stage & Screen will be Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn’s “Let’s Not Be Sensible.” That ballad was previously performed by Bing Crosby with Robert Farnon and his Orchestra on the soundtrack to the 1962 comedy film The Road To Hong Kong, starring Crosby and Bob Hope.
An A-list at Abbey Road
MacFarlane’s new album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, where he recruited a stellar line-up of players including Chuck Berghofer on bass, Peter Erskine on drums, Larry Koonse (guitar), Dan Higgins (alto sax) and Tom Rainier (piano). The vocalist also worked with members of the John Wilson Orchestra, his longtime friend and collaborator, the composer/producer Joel McNeely, and engineer Rich Breen.
Comments MacFarlane: “The album is masterfully arranged by composer Bruce Broughton, whose signature vibrance and sophisticated orchestral texturing is a perfect match for this collection of show-centric swing arrangements and ballads.”
Six-time Grammy nominee
MacFarlane, who soared to fame with his animated series Family Guy at the age of just 24, has earned a total of six Grammy nominations with his five previous albums. His debut release was 2011’s Music is Better Than Words, followed by Holiday for Swing (2014), the Billboard jazz chart No.1 in 2015, No One Ever Tells You, then 2017’s In Full Swing and Once In A While in 2019.
In addition to countless star-studded collaborations, the entertainer also runs the Seth MacFarlane Foundation, which speaks out on behalf of the climate crisis, conservation, free speech, science communication, cancer research, gun control and equal rights for all.
Great Songs From Stage & Screen is released on August 28. Pre-order it here.
The full Great Songs From Stage & Screen tracklist is:
“Once Upon A Dream”
“I Loved You Once In Silence”
“Let’s Not Be Sensible”
“Ten Minutes Ago”
“Ain’t Got A Dime To My Name (Ho Ho Ho Ho Hum)”
“Love Is Only Love”
“What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?”
“Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are”
“Two For The Road”
“All Er Nothin’”
“You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To”
“Mind If I Make Love To You”
“Time For Parting”
Listen to the best of Seth MacFarlane on Spotify.