(via the LimeLight blog)
Even if you're only sorta familiar with the Family Guy musical legacy, it should be clear from any of the show's many productions (check "Shipoopi" and "Prom Night Dumpster Baby") that the show's creator, the multiple Emmy-winning ASCAP member Seth MacFarlane, is an unironic devotee of classic musicals and Rat Pack-era vocal pop. Heck, he's even sat in for Sinatra sets with Family Guy co-composer Ron Jones' Influence Jazz Orchestra.
If you're still not convinced, MacFarlane's new album Music Is Better than Words should seal the deal. Set for release on September 27 via Universal Republic, the album places MacFarlane's velvety voice atop a lush big band backing for a set of originals and standards from the 40's and 50's. ASCAP Vanguard Award winner Sara Bareilles duets with him on "Love Won't Let You Get Away," while Norah Jones joins in on "Two Sleepy People."
MacFarlane's got a mind for authenticity, too. He recorded his takes on Music Is Better than Words live, in the same room as the orchestra, just like they used to do it in the 50's. And the Smithsonian lent MacFarlane the exact microphone that Sinatra used - how's that for verisimilitude?
Check out this EPK for a glimpse inside the making of the album:
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