Puttin' on the Ritz: Capitol Sings Irving Berlin

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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: 8/25/1992
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 077779847723
  • Catalog Number: 98477

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 There's No Business Like Show Business - John Raitt (1:11)
  2. 2 Puttin' on the Ritz (1:49)
  3. 3 Marie - Vic Damone (2:02)
  4. 4 The Song Is Ended (3:19)
  5. 5 Heat Wave (2:33)
  6. 6 Isn't This a Lovely Day? (2:32)
  7. 7 Play a Simple Melody - The Starlighters (2:31)
  8. 8 What'll I Do? - Nat King Cole (3:03)
  9. 9 All by Myself (3:09)
  10. 10 You Can Have Him (4:41)
  11. 11 Steppin' out with My Baby (2:29)
  12. 12 You're Just in Love (3:25)
  13. 13 Easter Parade (3:08)
  14. 14 Alexander's Ragtime Band - Johnny Mercer (2:32)
  15. 15 Cheek to Cheek (2:46)
  16. 16 Be Careful, It's My Heart (2:39)
  17. 17 Blue Skies (2:52)
  18. 18 How Deep Is the Ocean? (3:23)
  19. 19 Let's Face the Music and Dance (2:26)
  20. 20 How About Me? (3:29)
  21. 21 Change Partners - Vic Damone (2:28)
  22. 22 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (2:43)
  23. 23 White Christmas (3:02)
  24. 24 Always (2:33)
  25. 25 God Bless America - Margaret Whiting (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Irving Berlin Primary Artist
The Four Freshmen Track Performer
Judy Garland Track Performer
Peggy Lee Vocals, Track Performer
Dean Martin Track Performer
The 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
The Starlighters Track Performer
Paul Weston 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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