Kiss Me, Kate: Cole Porter, 1940-1948

Kiss Me, Kate: Cole Porter, 1940-1948

by Cole Porter
     
 

In 1992, the Indiana Historical Society marked native son Cole Porter's centenary a year late by issuing the box set You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930s. The organization followed in 1999 with another box that surveyed the rest of Porter's career, You're Sensational: Cole Porter inSee more details below

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In 1992, the Indiana Historical Society marked native son Cole Porter's centenary a year late by issuing the box set You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930s. The organization followed in 1999 with another box that surveyed the rest of Porter's career, You're Sensational: Cole Porter in the '20s, '40s & '50s. In 2002, the three discs from that collection were released separately. Kiss Me, Kate is the second of them, covering 1940-1948, and named after Porter's acclaimed 1948 musical. The organizing principle of both of the boxes, explained in the liner notes (which are not included here), was to take Porter's work in chronological order by show and film, but not by date of actual recording. Thus, this volume mixes a 1994 Mabel Mercer recording of "Ace in the Hole" from 1941's Let's Face It with recordings of songs from the show recorded much closer to its premiere. It also includes recordings made in a variety of styles. Several tracks are instrumental jazz treatments, usually presented after a vocal version of the same song has already been provided, such as pianist Dave McKenna's recording of "Dream Dancing" from the film You'll Never Get Rich, which follows a performance of the same song by Fred Astaire, who starred in the picture. There are some wonderful performers, including Ethel Merman (heard in a couple of unofficial on-stage renditions of songs from Panama Hattie), Judy Garland, Danny Kaye, Sarah Vaughan, and Benny Goodman, and some classic Porter songs, such as "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," "I Love You," and "So in Love." But this is more a scholar's Cole Porter than a casual listener's, and a great deal is lost in terms of comprehension by the elimination of the extensive annotations that accompanied the box set.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Koch Int'l Classics
UPC:
0099923756422
catalogNumber:
7564
Rank:
217510

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Tracks

  1. I've still got my health, song (from "Panama Hattie")
  2. Make it another old fashioned, please, song (from "Panama Hattie")
  3. Let's be buddies, song (from "Panama Hattie")
  4. Dream-dancing, song (from "You'll Never Get Rich")  - Fred Astaire
  5. Dream-dancing, song (from "You'll Never Get Rich")  - Dave McKenna
  6. So near and yet so far, song (from film "You'll Never Get Rich")  - Fred Astaire
  7. Ev'rything I love, song (from "Let's Face It")
  8. Ace in the hole, song (from "Let's Face It")
  9. Let's not talk about love, song (from "Let's Face It")
  10. Through thick and thin, song (from "Something to Shout About")  - Hazel Scott
  11. You'd be so nice to come home to, song (from "Something to Shout About"  - Barbara Lea
  12. You'd be so nice to come home to, song (from "Something to Shout About"  - Brian Webster
  13. By the Mississinewah, song (from "Something for the Boys")
  14. Girls, song (from "Mexican Hayride")
  15. Girls, song (from "Mexican Hayride")  - Sarah Vaughan
  16. Every time we say goodbye, song (from "Seven Lively Arts")  - Teddy Wilson
  17. Only another boy and girl, song (from "Seven Lively Arts")  -  Goodman Group
  18. Be a clown, song (from the film "The Pirate")  - Cole Porter
  19. Another op'nin', another show, song (from "Kiss Me Kate") [From Kiss Me
  20. Wunderbar, song (from "Kiss Me Kate")  - Cole Porter
  21. So in love, song (from "Kiss Me Kate")
  22. So in love, song (from "Kiss Me Kate")
  23. I hate men, song (from "Kiss Me Kate")
  24. Where is the life that late I led?, song (from "Kiss Me Kate") [From Ki
  25. Brush up your Shakespeare, song (from "Kiss Me Kate")  - Jack Diamond

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cole Porter   Primary Artist,Piano
Fred Astaire   Vocals
Judy Garland   Vocals
Danny Kaye   Vocals
Gene Kelly   Vocals
Ethel Merman   Vocals
Jo Stafford   Vocals
Barbara Lea   Vocals
Hazel Scott   Vocals
Claude Thornhill   Bandleader
Ben Webster   Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Vocals
Roberta Peters   Vocals
Jane Harvey   Vocals
Gordon MacRae   Vocals
Coleman Hawkins   Saxophone
Alfred Drake   Vocals
Charles Sanford   Conductor
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Robert Merrill   Vocals
Harry Clark   Vocals
Lillian Lane   Vocals
Jack Diamond   Vocals
Annabelle Hill   Vocals
Wilbur Evans   Vocals
Paula Laurence   Vocals
Betty Garrett   Vocals
Benny Goodman Quintet   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Adam Horovitz   Composer
Rick Rubin   Composer
Hirschfeld   Cover Art,Drawing
Adam Yauch   Composer
Michael Diamond   Composer

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