Gertie

Gertie

by Gertrude Lawrence
     
 
Naxos' out of copyright Gertrude Lawrence collection, Gertie, appears to have been constructed out of whatever 78s the label was able to round up; it's a random batch of her recordings for HMV and Decca Records in the '30s, plus one track, George Gershwin's "Maybe," for the British Columbia label in 1927. Apparently aware of the

Overview

Naxos' out of copyright Gertrude Lawrence collection, Gertie, appears to have been constructed out of whatever 78s the label was able to round up; it's a random batch of her recordings for HMV and Decca Records in the '30s, plus one track, George Gershwin's "Maybe," for the British Columbia label in 1927. Apparently aware of the absence of some of Lawrence's best-known numbers, the compilers begin and end the set with the two parts of a medley of her "song successes" she made in 1936, including "A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You" and "Someone to Watch over Me." But such signature songs as "Poor Little Rich Girl," "Parisian Pierrot," and "The Physician" are missing entirely, not to mention songs from Lady in the Dark and The King and I, which came later, in the '40s and '50s. Lawrence's acting abilities are on display in the extensive excerpts from Noël Coward's plays Private Lives and Tonight at 8:30, which also feature him. And several of Lawrence's best recorded performances are included, among them Coward's "Someday I'll Find You" and "Mad About the Boy," and Cole Porter's "Experiment." But this is more a Lawrence miscellany than a Lawrence best-of, and since the tracks are drawn from old records instead of the original masters, there is considerable surface noise, despite the "digital restoration" performed on them.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2002
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943256022
catalogNumber:
8120560

Tracks

  1. A Medley of Gertrude Lawrence Song Successes: Someone to Watch Over Me/A
  2. I Said Goodbye
  3. Maybe
  4. Someday I'll Find You
  5. My Sweet
  6. Mad About the Boy
  7. Let's Say Goodbye
  8. Someday I'll Find You (Act 1 Love Scene)
  9. I Never Realised/If You Were the Only Girl (Act 2 Love Scene) [From Pri
  10. How Could We Be Wrong?
  11. Experiment
  12. Then/Play, Orchestra, Play/You Were There
  13. Has Anybody Seen Our Ship?
  14. An Hour Ago This Minute
  15. What Now?
  16. Moonlight Is Silver
  17. A Medley of Gertrude Lawrence Song Successes: Limehouse Blues/You ...

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gertrude Lawrence   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ray Noble   Conductor
Carroll Gibbons   Conductor
Albert Harris   Guitar
Ray Noble & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Clifford Greenwood   Conductor
Phoenix Theatre Orchestra   Track Performer
Harry Jacobson   Piano
Claude Ivy   Piano,Conductor
Billy Amstell   Trumpet
Ord Hamilton   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes

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