Puttin' on the Ritz: Capitol Sings Irving Berlin

Puttin' on the Ritz: Capitol Sings Irving Berlin

by Irving Berlin
     
 

The songs of Irving Berlin are I-beams in the towering edifice of 20th century popular music. This sampler of predominately pop recordings from the Capitol catalog may serve as both a grab bag of enjoyable entertainments and a useful introduction to some of this composer's nicest tunes. Each of the 25 tracks perfectly illustrates theSee more details below

Overview

The songs of Irving Berlin are I-beams in the towering edifice of 20th century popular music. This sampler of predominately pop recordings from the Capitol catalog may serve as both a grab bag of enjoyable entertainments and a useful introduction to some of this composer's nicest tunes. Each of the 25 tracks perfectly illustrates the essence of a given song, and would be especially useful for anyone seeking to learn the rudimentary contours. Jazz is only marginally represented here, in spite of the fact that jazz grew up on Irving Berlin's often jazz-inspired melodies, many of which survive today primarily as jazz standards. Certainly jazz is manifested in Nat King Cole (with both trio and big band), Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mercer and bandleaders Red Norvo and Billy May. Several ex-big-band singers are in the mix, including Peggy Lee and Kay Starr. Jo Stafford sings like an angel, Dinah Shore's gentle rendering of "The Song Is Ended" comes across as a marvel of sensitivity, and Betty Hutton's handling of "Blue Skies" is among her prettiest performances on record. The timeline represented here (1944-1963) almost exactly traces the golden age of the post-WWII, pre-Beatles star pop vocalists. The core sample contains measurable amounts of Judy Garland, Mary Martin, Margaret Whiting, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Gordon MacRae, Dick Haymes and Vic Damone, as well as pearly white group vocals by the Starlighters, the Crew Chiefs, the Pied Pipers and the Four Freshmen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/1992
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077779847723
catalogNumber:
98477

Tracks

  1. There's No Business Like Show Business  - John Raitt
  2. Puttin' on the Ritz
  3. Marie  - Vic Damone
  4. The Song Is Ended
  5. Heat Wave
  6. Isn't This a Lovely Day?
  7. Play a Simple Melody  -  Starlighters
  8. What'll I Do?  - Nat King Cole
  9. All by Myself
  10. You Can Have Him
  11. Steppin' out with My Baby
  12. You're Just in Love
  13. Easter Parade
  14. Alexander's Ragtime Band  - Johnny Mercer
  15. Cheek to Cheek
  16. Be Careful, It's My Heart
  17. Blue Skies
  18. How Deep Is the Ocean?
  19. Let's Face the Music and Dance
  20. How About Me?
  21. Change Partners  - Vic Damone
  22. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  23. White Christmas
  24. Always
  25. God Bless America  - Margaret Whiting

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Irving Berlin   Primary Artist
Four Freshmen   Track Performer
Judy Garland   Track Performer
Peggy Lee   Vocals,Track Performer
Dean Martin   Track Performer
Pied Pipers   Track Performer
Dinah Shore   Track Performer
Jo Stafford   Track Performer
Kay Starr   Track Performer
Nancy Wilson   Track Performer
Bobby Darin   Track Performer
Billy May   Conductor
Red Norvo   Conductor
Margaret Whiting   Track Performer
Jack Marshall   Conductor
Sue Raney   Track Performer
Van Alexander   Conductor
Vic Damone   Track Performer
Dick Haymes   Track Performer
Mary Martin   Track Performer
Frank deVol   Conductor
Gordon MacRae   Track Performer
John Raitt   Track Performer
Ralph Carmichael   Conductor
Andy Russell   Track Performer
Nat King Cole   Track Performer
Jimmy Jones   Conductor
Gus Levene   Conductor
Johnny Mercer   Track Performer
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Dick Reynolds   Conductor
Paul Riddle   Conductor
Starlighters   Track Performer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor
Betty Hutton   Track Performer
Ian Bernard   Conductor
Crew Chiefs   Track Performer
Carlyle Hall   Conductor

Technical Credits

Bob Norberg   Remixing
Brad Benedict   Producer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Clark Duval   Remixing
Jim Schumacher   Remixing
Louis Adrian   Director
Robert Risko   Illustrations
Jenny Bingaman   Remixing
Mark Dix   Remixing

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