Dancing in the Dark [ASV/Living Era]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Arthur Schwartz 1900-1984 wrote songs both romantic and humorous, primarily for performance on-stage and screen. Living Era's salute to Schwartz rightly bears the title of his most beautiful melody: "Dancing in the Dark." His other masterpiece "Then I'll Be Tired of You" immortalized in 1934 by Fats Waller & His Rhythm is unfortunately absent from this compilation of predominately pop performances recorded between 1930 and 1948. Although Schwartz's impact upon the art of jazz balladry seems to warrant more actual jazz than is to be found here, Artie Shaw and Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey barely cover that base, the real focus was obviously intended to be upon vocalists. Bing...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Arthur Schwartz 1900-1984 wrote songs both romantic and humorous, primarily for performance on-stage and screen. Living Era's salute to Schwartz rightly bears the title of his most beautiful melody: "Dancing in the Dark." His other masterpiece "Then I'll Be Tired of You" immortalized in 1934 by Fats Waller & His Rhythm is unfortunately absent from this compilation of predominately pop performances recorded between 1930 and 1948. Although Schwartz's impact upon the art of jazz balladry seems to warrant more actual jazz than is to be found here, Artie Shaw and Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey barely cover that base, the real focus was obviously intended to be upon vocalists. Bing Crosby was a cold choice for the title track; a much better version of this lovely song was recorded in 1931 by Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians. Fred Astaire is heard backed by Leo Reisman's orchestra and in duet with his sister Adele Astaire; there are several examples performed by English entertainers like Beatrice Lillie, Al Bowlly, Percival Mackay and Hutch; by sweet bands like Ray Noble, Richard Himber and Roy Fox; and by popular U.S. vocalists Helen Forrest, Dinah Shore, Margaret Whiting, Perry Como and Johnny Mercer. Perhaps the liveliest moments occur during "Got a Bran' New Suit" another fine tune best interpreted by Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong, here sung by Eleanor Powell, who doesn't bother to change the gender references in the lyrics and therefore sounds for all the world like a well-adjusted dyke donning her best butch threads for a night on the town.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625530124
  • Catalog Number: 5301

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dancing In The Dark - Bing Crosby (2:33)
  2. 2 A New Sun In The Sky - Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (2:57)
  3. 3 Hoops - Adele Astaire (2:54)
  4. 4 I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan (The Blue Pyjama Song) - Jerry Sears (3:16)
  5. 5 I Have No Words - Perceval Mackay (3:20)
  6. 6 Louisiana Hayride - Eva Jessye (2:54)
  7. 7 Mother Told Me So - Beatrice Lilly (2:35)
  8. 8 Alone Together - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:16)
  9. 9 When I Hear Your Voice - Geraldo (2:57)
  10. 10 After All, You're All I'm After - Ray Noble & His New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (2:56)
  11. 11 You And The Night And the Music - Richard Himber & His Orchestra (2:53)
  12. 12 Love Is A Dancing Thing/How High Can A Little Bird Fly?/Nicotina-Got A - Arthur Schwartz (6:09)
  13. 13 Love Is a Dancing Thing - Harry Hall (3:16)
  14. 14 Got a Bran' New Suit - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (2:30)
  15. 15 Love and Learn - Mary Lee (3:04)
  16. 16 It's All Yours - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:56)
  17. 17 This Is It - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:56)
  18. 18 Something to Remember You By - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:16)
  19. 19 They're Either Too Young or Too Old - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra (3:09)
  20. 20 How Sweet You Are - Hutch (3:20)
  21. 21 A Gal in Calico - The Calico Kids (2:43)
  22. 22 Oh, But I Do! - Jerry Gray & His Orchestra (3:05)
  23. 23 A Rainy Night in Rio - Edmundo Ros & His Rumba Band (2:59)
  24. 24 Haunted Heart - Russ Case & His Orchestra (2:41)
  25. 25 My Gal Is Mine Once More - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Track Performer
Perry Como Track Performer
Bing Crosby Track Performer
The Pied Pipers Track Performer
Dinah Shore Vocals
Margaret Whiting Track Performer
Helen Forrest Vocals
Al Bowlly Track Performer
Henry Hall Track Performer
Kitty Kallen Vocals
Beatrice Lillie Piano
Dan Donovan Vocals
Johnny Mercer Track Performer
Eleanor Powell Vocals, Tap Dance
Arthur Schwartz Piano, Vocals
Libby Holman Track Performer
John Scott Trotter Track Performer
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Track Performer
Edmundo Ros & His Rumba Band Track Performer
Jerry Gray & His Orchestra Track Performer
Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra Track Performer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Track Performer
Roy Fox & His Band Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Track Performer
Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra Track Performer
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Richard Himber & His Orchestra Track Performer
Geraldo & His Orchestra Track Performer
Mary Lee Vocals
Cyril Grantham Vocals
Maurice Elwin Vocals
The Foursome Track Performer
Adele Astaire Track Performer
Sam Walsh Piano
Jerry Sears Track Performer
Russ Case & His Orchestra Track Performer
Ray Noble & His New Mayfair Dance Orchestra Track Performer
The Calico Kids Track Performer
Percival Mackey Track Performer
Hutch Piano, Vocals
Eva Jessye Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dorothy Fields Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Peter Dempsey Liner Notes
Martin Haskell Remastering
Tim Debney Remastering
Doug Shearer Remastering
Dietz Composer
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