Melody Lingers On: 25 Songs (Recorded 1924-1946)

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Israel Baline was born in Temun, Siberia on May 11, 1888. Four years later, little Izzy emigrated with his family to New York City where he would eventually become Irving Berlin, a songwriter in league with George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Kurt Weill. Living Era's salute to Irving Berlin is a more or less chronologically arranged survey of early- to mid-20th-century popular music in the United States of America and Great Britain. Covering a timeline from 1924 to 1946, this superb tribute album opens with Bessie Smith's magnificent interpretation of Irving Berlin's 1911 hit, "Alexander's Ragtime Band." The transition from this gutsy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Israel Baline was born in Temun, Siberia on May 11, 1888. Four years later, little Izzy emigrated with his family to New York City where he would eventually become Irving Berlin, a songwriter in league with George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Kurt Weill. Living Era's salute to Irving Berlin is a more or less chronologically arranged survey of early- to mid-20th-century popular music in the United States of America and Great Britain. Covering a timeline from 1924 to 1946, this superb tribute album opens with Bessie Smith's magnificent interpretation of Irving Berlin's 1911 hit, "Alexander's Ragtime Band." The transition from this gutsy performance to Walter Pidgeon's genteel rendition of "What'll I Do?" is the stuff of which great compilations (and freeform radio play lists) are made. Other highlights include "The Song Is Ended" as sung by Seger Ellis with Jimmy Dorsey and the Tampa Blue Artistes; a rousing treatment of "Puttin' on the Ritz" by Fred Astaire with the Debroy Somers & His Band; an authentically hip reading of "This Year's Kisses" by Billie Holiday and saxophonist Lester Young with clarinetist Benny Goodman breaking the color bar as members of pianist Teddy Wilson's intimate swing sextet; and a smoky take on "Heat Wave" featuring Bessie Smith's arch rival Ethel Waters backed by trumpeter Bunny Berigan and, once again, Benny Goodman. Various U.K. performers (Hildegarde, Cavan O'Connor, Vera Lynn and Greta Keller) vary the mix as the progression begins referencing the music industry's ever-increasing pre-and postwar preference for pop vocals. Two more gems from Fred Astaire effectively usher in "Marie" sung by Jack Leonard with Tommy Dorsey, Dick Powell, Connee Boswell, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Dinah Shore. Irving Berlin's influence upon mainstream pop culture is resoundingly referenced with Perry Como's "They Say It's Wonderful" and Bing Crosby's "White Christmas." While more authentically jazz-oriented Irving Berlin tributes do exist, this Living Era sampler celebrates the incredibly diverse impact that this one individual had upon Western Civilization.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1997
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625524529
  • Catalog Number: 5245

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alexander's Ragtime Band (2:58)
  2. 2 What'll I Do? (3:06)
  3. 3 Always - Layton & Johnstone (2:44)
  4. 4 The Song Is Ended (2:50)
  5. 5 Puttin' on the Ritz - Debroy Somers & His Band (2:35)
  6. 6 Me! (2:46)
  7. 7 Say It Isn't So (3:12)
  8. 8 Heat Wave (3:00)
  9. 9 I Never Had a Chance (3:08)
  10. 10 Cheek to Cheek (3:18)
  11. 11 Isn't This a Lovely Day? - Carroll Gibbons & His Boy Friends (3:01)
  12. 12 Let's Face the Music and Dance - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (2:26)
  13. 13 A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody - Cavan O'Connor (2:57)
  14. 14 This Year's Kisses (3:09)
  15. 15 Marie (3:17)
  16. 16 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Victor Young & His Orchestra (2:57)
  17. 17 Remember (3:00)
  18. 18 It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow (3:10)
  19. 19 All Alone (2:47)
  20. 20 Blue Skies (3:16)
  21. 21 How Deep Is the Ocean? (3:05)
  22. 22 The Girl That I Marry (3:05)
  23. 23 They Say It's Wonderful (2:34)
  24. 24 Easter Parade (2:47)
  25. 25 White Christmas - John Scott Trotter (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Irving Berlin Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bessie Smith Track Performer
Fred Astaire Vocals, Track Performer
Perry Como Vocals, Track Performer
Bing Crosby Vocals, Track Performer
Peggy Lee Vocals, Track Performer
Dinah Shore Vocals, Track Performer
Frank Sinatra Vocals, Track Performer
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Freddie Green Guitar
Jo Jones Drums
Ethel Waters Vocals, Track Performer
Teddy Wilson Piano, Track Performer
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Connee Boswell Vocals, Track Performer
Ruth Etting Piano, Track Performer
Coleman Hawkins Clarinet
Greta Keller Vocals, Track Performer
Vera Lynn Vocals, Track Performer
Walter Page Bass
Billie Holiday Vocals, Track Performer
Rube Bloom Piano
Russ Case Track Performer
Charlie Dixon Banjo
Jimmy Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Jimmy Harrison Trombone
Harry Sosnik Track Performer
Clarence Johnston Vocals
Turner Layton Vocals
Jack Leonard Vocals
Joe "Fox" Smith Cornet
Axel Stordahl Track Performer
Justin Ring Celeste
Hildegarde Vocals, Track Performer
Seger Ellis Vocals, Track Performer
John Scott Trotter Track Performer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra Track Performer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Track Performer
Johnny Green & His Orchestra Track Performer
Victor Young & His Orchestra Track Performer
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Geraldo & His Orchestra Track Performer
Walter Pidgeon Vocals, Track Performer
Music Maids Track Performer
Cavan O'Connor Vocals
Carroll Gibbons & His Boy Friends Track Performer
Walter Biedermann Cello
Technical Credits
Peter Dempsey Liner Notes
Martin Haskell Remastering
Walter Biedermann Contributor
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