It's De Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Whenever great American song in general, or a classic songwriter specifically, goes through another phase of popularity, record labels invariably cast around to assemble yet another round of songbook compilations with artists from their catalog interpreting the standards. In 2004, on the occasion of the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely starring Kevin Kline, Bluebird/BMG entered the sweepstakes with It's De Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection. This collection is authentic because Porter was signed to Bluebird's long-ago parent label RCA Victor, and the label proved home to many of the best versions of his songs. It's also authentic because it features two rare ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Whenever great American song in general, or a classic songwriter specifically, goes through another phase of popularity, record labels invariably cast around to assemble yet another round of songbook compilations with artists from their catalog interpreting the standards. In 2004, on the occasion of the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely starring Kevin Kline, Bluebird/BMG entered the sweepstakes with It's De Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection. This collection is authentic because Porter was signed to Bluebird's long-ago parent label RCA Victor, and the label proved home to many of the best versions of his songs. It's also authentic because it features two rare performances by Porter himself. Although he never recorded with orchestral accompaniment for commercial release, Porter did record eight demos in 1934 accompanied only by his clumsy piano, and 70 years later producer Barry Feldman and bandleader Vince Giordano paved over the original backing with a newly recorded backing track that relies on a mid-'30s arrangement. The result is successful; Porter's voice betrays a few similarities to Mickey Mouse's but is no more idiosyncratic than Broadway hero Cliff Edwards, his interpretation is naturally superb, and the new accompaniment is unobtrusive. The rest of the compilation is more problematic. While most songbook compilations focus either on vintage versions contemporary to the song or later interpretations, It's De Lovely attempts both but manages only a hodgepodge of artists and time periods. The compilation certainly doesn't shirk in its presentation of excellent, classic material, but it never coalesces as a representative picture of Porter's genius. Only a few performances easily evoke Porter's era: the classic versions of "Night and Day" and "Begin the Beguine" by Fred Astaire and Artie Shaw respectively, a performance of "Easy to Love" by the beloved crooner Al Bowlly, and a mournful version of "What Is This Thing Called Love" led by Leo Reisman and featuring trumpeter Bubber Miley from Duke Ellington's Orchestra. Latter-day interpretations by Sonny Rollins of "You Do Something to Me" and Paul Desmond of "I've Got You Under My Skin" are lovely also but difficult to reconcile to the whole.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2004
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766218022
  • Catalog Number: 62180
  • Sales rank: 3,444

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Anything Goes - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (3:11)
  2. 2 You're The Top - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (3:27)
  3. 3 Begin The Beguine (3:16)
  4. 4 From This Moment On (1:57)
  5. 5 You Do Something To Me (6:47)
  6. 6 It's De-Lovely - Shorty Rogers & His Giants (2:30)
  7. 7 Night And Day (3:05)
  8. 8 Let's Misbehave - Irving Aaronson & His Commanders (2:53)
  9. 9 Don't Fence Me In - Roy Rogers (2:47)
  10. 10 You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (2:55)
  11. 11 I Love Paris (3:33)
  12. 12 Easy To Love (3:13)
  13. 13 Just One Of Those Things (2:02)
  14. 14 What Is This Thing Called Love? - Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (3:20)
  15. 15 I've Got You Under My Skin (4:34)
  16. 16 I Get a Kick Out of You (2:55)
  17. 17 Night And Day - Leo Reisman (3:28)
  18. 18 You Do Something To Me - Perez Prado & His Orchestra (1:35)
  19. 19 Night And Day - Esquivel (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cole Porter Primary Artist, Vocals
Fred Astaire Vocals
Rosemary Clooney Vocals
Dinah Shore Vocals
Frank Sinatra Vocals
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Jim Hall Guitar
Lena Horne Vocals
Bob Prince Conductor
Al Bowlly Vocals
Bubber Miley Trumpet
Axel Stordahl Conductor
Lew Conrad Vocals
Phil Saxe Vocals
Paul Wetstein Conductor
Technical Credits
Bob Prince String Arrangements
Vince Giordano Arranger
Esquivel Arranger
Manny Albam Arranger
Barry Feldman Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Troy Halderson Engineer
Doug Pomeroy Mastering
Cole Porter Composer
Joe Reisman Arranger
Axel Stordahl Arranger
Nathan Sedlander Executive Producer
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