Let's Misbehave! A Cole Porter Collection, 1927-1940

Let's Misbehave! A Cole Porter Collection, 1927-1940

by Cole Porter
     
 

This album of vintage recordings of Cole Porter songs mixes eight of Porter's own performances of his compositions with renditions that were hits when the songs were new. The basic selection criterion is revealed in the album's title; there is an emphasis placed here on Porter's more risqué and provocative numbers. Songs like "Let's Misbehave" (in a version by See more details below

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This album of vintage recordings of Cole Porter songs mixes eight of Porter's own performances of his compositions with renditions that were hits when the songs were new. The basic selection criterion is revealed in the album's title; there is an emphasis placed here on Porter's more risqué and provocative numbers. Songs like "Let's Misbehave" (in a version by Irving Aaronson & His Commanders that was the equivalent of a Top Ten hit in 1928) and "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" (even in this prim rendering by Rudy Vallée) leave nothing to the imagination, of course. "Love for Sale" (by Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians) is clearly about prostitution, "Miss Otis Regrets" (by Ethel Waters) is a tale of jealousy and murder, and "Find Me a Primitive Man" (by Lee Wiley) is about the attraction of animal lust. In comparison, the witty double entendres of "The Physician" (sung by Porter) and "You've Got That Thing" (a hit for Leo Reisman & His Orchestra) may seem tame, but they were suggestive, too. Generally, Porter's performances are of relatively obscure tunes, but he also gives listeners his versions of the standards "Anything Goes" and "You're the Top." The album cover claims the collection features original cast recordings, which is not true, although Ethel Merman is heard singing "Down in the Depths (On the 90th Floor)," a song she sang in Red, Hot and Blue! This is a well-organized selection of Porter material, especially notable for containing so many recordings by the songwriter himself, even if it is not a comprehensive survey of his career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943253328
catalogNumber:
8120533

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Tracks

  1. Let's Misbehave (From "Paris")  -  Irving Aaronson & His Commanders
  2. Love for Sale (From "The New Yorkers)  -  Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians
  3. You're the Top
  4. Thank You So Much, Mrs. Lowsborough-Goodby
  5. I'm in Love Again (From "Greenwich Village Follies of 1923" and ...)  - Harold "Scrappy" Lambert
  6. Miss Otis Regrets  -  Victor Young & His Orchestra
  7. Be Like the Bluebird (From "Anything Goes")
  8. The Physician
  9. You've Got That Thing (From "Fifty Million Frenchmen")  - Leo Reisman
  10. Find Me a Primitive Man (From "Fifty Million Frenchmen")
  11. The Cocotte
  12. I'm a Gigolo
  13. They All Fall in Love  - Jack Hylton
  14. Down in the Depths
  15. Two Little Babies in the Wood (From "Paris)
  16. Anything Goes (From "Anything Goes")
  17. Waltz Down the Aisle (From "Anything Goes")  - Xavier Cugat
  18. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)  - Rudy Vallée

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