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No One Ever Tells You is the third studio album by Seth MacFarlane. The album was released on September 30, 2015 through Republic Records. The album features Frank Sinatra's bassist Chuck Berghofer as well as a 65-piece orchestra.[1][2] The album is the follow-up to MacFarlane's 2014 Christmas album Holiday for Swing. Like his two previous albums, No One Ever Tells You was produced and conducted by film and television composer Joel McNeely.[3] The album earned MacFarlane a Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.[4]

No One Ever Tells You
Seth MacFarlane No One Ever Tells You.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2015
RecordedJune 10–12, 2015
Seth MacFarlane chronology
Holiday for Swing
No One Ever Tells You
In Full Swing



The album was recorded during the summer of 2015 in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The album was recorded during MacFarlane's promotional tour of Ted 2.[5] On what attracted him about making this kind of album, MacFarlane stated, "There was a time during the mid-1950s and early 1960s when popular song was stretching its creative boundaries, and experimenting with more ambitious structures and tones. During this period, a song set out to really tell a story: not just with the lyric and the vocal, but with the arrangements and orchestral interpretations. The songs on this record attempt to do just that."[6] Joel McNeely said about the music of the album, "The instrumentation on this record is unusual. It is a very small string section, only a few brass and woodwinds. But we chose the musicians very carefully. These players have an understanding of the long lost style of playing from that era and their understanding of the required extra vibrato, copious dramatic slides and bends brings a stylistic realism to the orchestra almost impossible to achieve these days."[6] MacFarlane has initially described the album as being in the style of Frank Sinatra's album In the Wee Small Hours. The album's cover art clearly reflects this.[7]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [8]

No One Ever Tells You has received mostly positive acclaim from music critics. At Music Times, they commented that "He certainly embodied the style and swagger of Sinatra."[7]

Daily News' Kirthana Ramisetti praised the album, commenting "MacFarlane channeled his Sinatra for this album."[9] JazzTimes Christopher Loudon praised the album by saying "Backed by a wall of brass and a sea of strings, MacFarlane again succeeds admirably—as does McNeely, whose charts estimably echo Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins. While he lacks Sinatra’s raw emotional wallop and more closely mirrors the mellow warmth of Dean Martin, he is no poseur. There’s plenty here from the Sinatra canon."[10] A Plus said the following about the album, "While Music was largely upbeat, the melodies in No One are slow and sad in the best possible way. It's the kind of album where the orchestra wraps you up and indulges your sorrow while the nuances in his voice break your heart completely."[11]

Track listingEdit

Standard edition
1."No One Ever Tells You"
Joel McNeely4:03
2."I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry"
  • McNeely
3."A Ship Without a Sail"McNeely4:18
4."The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)"McNeely3:25
5."It's All Right with Me"Cole PorterMcNeely5:29
6."This Nearly Was Mine"McNeely3:28
7."Make This a Slow Goodbye"
8."Don't Call It Love"McNeely3:33
9."I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her"McNeely3:14
10."These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)"McNeely3:25
11."Before I Gaze at You Again"McNeely4:09
12."Only the Lonely"
  • Cahn
  • Heusen
13."I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan"McNeely3:40
14."I Wish I Didn't Love You So"Frank LoesserMcNeely3:41
15."Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye"PorterMcNeely3:51
16."Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year"LoesserMcNeely3:03
17."Loss of Love"
Total length:1:05:21

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.

  • Seth MacFarlanelead vocals, piano
  • Jennifer Barnesvocals (background)
  • Dan Bates – cor anglais, oboe
  • Chuck Bergnoffer – bass
  • Mark Berrow – violin
  • Richard Berry – French horn
  • Ishani Bhoola – violin
  • Dave Bishop – B-flat clarinet, flute, flute (alto), sax (tenor)
  • Richard Bissill – French horn
  • Nigel Black – French horn
  • Graeme Blevins – B-flat clarinet, flute, flute (alto), sax (alto), sax (soprano)
  • John Bradbury – violin
  • Gordon Campbell – trombone (tenor)
  • Emil Chakalov – violin
  • Reiad Chibah – viola
  • Chris Cowie – cor anglais, oboe
  • Dave Daniels – celli
  • Tim Davis – vocal contractor, vocals (background)
  • Caroline Dearnley – celli
  • Alison Dods – violin
  • Phillip Eastop – French horn
  • Dai Emanuel – violin
  • Matt Skeltondrums
  • Andrew Gathercole – flugelhorn, trumpet
  • Richard George – violin
  • Tim Gill – celli
  • Adam Goldsmith – guitar (acoustic)
  • Missi Hale – vocals (background)
  • David Hartleyceleste, piano
  • Andrew Haveron – leader, violin
  • John Heley – celli
  • Ian Humphries – violin
  • Magnus Johnston – leader, violin
  • Karen Jones – flute
  • Skaila Kanga – harp
  • Patrick Kiernan – violin
  • Liam Kirkman – trombone (tenor)
  • Julia Knight – viola
  • Teri Eiko Koide – vocals (background)
  • Boguslaw Kostecki – violin
  • David Loucks – vocals (background)
  • Mike Lovatt – flugelhorn, trumpet
  • Jim Lynch – flugelhorn, trumpet
  • Rita Manning – violin
  • Danny Marsden – flugelhorn, trumpet
  • Eliza Marshall – flute
  • Howard McGill – B-flat clarinet, flute, flute (alto), sax (tenor)
  • Steve Morris – violin
  • Nick Moss – B-flat clarinet, flute, flute (alto), sax (tenor)
  • Kate Musker – viola
  • Everton Nelson – leader, violin
  • Mark Nightingale – trombone (tenor)
  • Andy Panayi – B-flat clarinet, flute, flute (alto), sax (alto), sax (soprano)
  • John Parricelli – guitar (acoustic)
  • Alan Pasqua – piano
  • Camilla Pay – harp
  • David Pyatt – French horn
  • Frank Ricottipercussion
  • Tom Rizzo – guitar (acoustic)
  • Martin Robertson – B-flat clarinet, clarinet (bass), flute, sax (baritone)
  • Jackie Shave – leader, violin
  • Emlyn Singleton – violin
  • Colin Skinner – B-flat clarinet, clarinet (bass), flute, sax (baritone)
  • Sonia Slany – violin
  • Jamie Talbot – B-flat clarinet, flute, flute (alto), sax (alto), sax (soprano)
  • Cathy Thompson – violin
  • Phil Todd – B-flat clarinet, flute, flute (alto), sax (alto), sax (soprano)
  • Chris Tombling – violin
  • Bozidar Vukotic – celli
  • Vicci Wardman – viola
  • Richard Watkins – French horn
  • Bruce White – viola
  • Pat White – flugelhorn, trumpet
  • Rolf Wilson – violin
  • Andy Wood – trombone (bass)
  • Richard Wigley - trombone


No One Ever Tells You debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard Top Jazz Albums.[12]

Chart (2015) Peak
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[13] 1

Release historyEdit

Date Region Format(s) Label
September 30, 2015[1] United States
  • digital download
October 30, 2015[1] United States
  • CD
  • Republic Records
  • Fuzzy Door Productions
December 18, 2015[1] United States
  • Republic Records
  • Fuzzy Door Productions


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  4. ^ "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  5. ^ "Seth MacFarlane Performs and Interviews on The TODAY Show". Republic Records. 2015-10-28. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
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  10. ^ "Jazz Reviews: No Ever Tells You". AllMusic. January 3, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  11. ^ "If You Don't Know This About 'Family Guy' Creator Seth MacFarlane, You Don't Know Anything About Him". A Plusl. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Seth MacFarlane Jazz Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  13. ^ "Seth MacFarlane Chart History (Top Jazz Albums)". Billboard.