Borders® Offers Exclusive “Making Records” CD Companion To Phil Ramone’s Book ‘Making Records: The Scenes Behind The Music’ (In Stores Today)
Oct. 16, 2007 – Borders is the exclusive retailer for legendary music producer Phil Ramone’s new compilation CD, “Making Records,” which hits shelves today at its stores across the country. In conjunction with the CD, Ramone’s accompanying book, “Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music” with co-author Charles Granata published by Hyperion Books is also available today.
“Making Records” is a compilation CD of tracks from some of music’s brightest stars such as Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, Barry Manilow, Paul Simon and Barbra Streisand all either produced or engineered by Ramone. These recordings on this exclusive compilation are the original versions of timeless classics as released by the original artists all on one CD for the first time. The cover art to this special CD is also Borders exclusive having been designed and created in-house by Borders.
For the first time ever, Ramone shares five decades of trade secrets on creating hit music in his book “Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music.” From his early days recording jazz and commercial jingles at A&R to his first studio and eventual legendary producer status, Ramone gives the reader a rare peek into the making of some unforgettable music such as Billy Joel’s “The Stranger” and Frank Sinatra’s “Duets.” “Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music” is also filled with stories from major recording artists sharing their memories and experiences working with Ramone and the tremendous impact he had on their music careers.
“Making Records” CD Tack List:
1. Tony Bennett w/ Billy Joel – New York State of Mind
2. Paul Simon – Slip Slidin’ Away
3. Phoebe Snow – Poetry Man
4. Gloria Estefan – Coming Out Of The Dark
5. Billy Joel – Movin’ Out
6. Carly Simon – The Wives Are in Connecticut
7. Michael Bolton – Sexual Healing
8. Cyndi Lauper – I Don’t Want To Be Your Friend
9. Barry Manilow – I’ve Got The World On A String
10. Karen Kamon – It’s Tough To Be A Man
11. Tony Bennett w/ James Taylor – Put On A Happy Face
12. Liza Minnelli – Liza With A ‘Z’
13. Kenny Loggins – Celebrate Me Home
14. Barbra Streisand – Love Theme From ‘A Star Is Born’ (Evergreen)
“Borders is relentlessly searching for the best music collections to exclusively offer our customers, and we believe we found such a hit with Phil Ramone’s ‘Making Records’ CD,” said Rob Gruen, executive vice president, marketing and merchandising for Borders Group, Inc. “As the headquarters for knowledge and entertainment, we are excited that our customers can experience this very special CD and companion book from the legendary music producer.”
With 14 GRAMMY Awards – including a technical GRAMMY for his lifetime of innovative contributions to the recording industry – an Emmy and numerous other honors and accolades to his credit, Ramone is a music industry icon. While acknowledged as one of the top creative producers, he has also played an integral role in pioneering many of the technological developments in the music industry over the years. He ardently supported the use of the compact disc, digital video disc, hi-definition recording and surround sound. Appropriately, the first CD ever pressed, Billy Joel’s “52nd Street,” was a Ramone production.
“With this level of talent found on one CD, ‘Making Records’ is a rare gem, and I’m so pleased that Borders and Sony were able to make it happen,” said Phil Ramone. “It has been such a privilege to work with these artists and it’s been a joy to recount these stories. I hope fans will listen along as they read about my journey.”
Ramone talks further about his new project in-depth to Borders’ customers in a special interview segment found at www.BordersMedia.com, “Borders Presents Phil Ramone.” Customers can also find sample tracks from his CD “Making Records” and read an excerpt from his new book, “Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music.”
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