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Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Cole Porter did not die of AIDS, but he is generally acknowledged to have been at least bisexual, which seems to be the justification for assembling an AIDS charity album in which contemporary artists perform songs he wrote in the 1920s, '30s, '40s, and '50s. Producer/creators Leigh Blake and John Carlin along with Steve Lillywhite, credited as supervising musical producer, who produced several of the individual tracks appear to have suggested to the artists that they simply take Porter's lead sheets and come up with arrangements and recordings in their own individual styles. Leading off the album, Neneh Cherry demonstrates how far that can be from traditional ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Cole Porter did not die of AIDS, but he is generally acknowledged to have been at least bisexual, which seems to be the justification for assembling an AIDS charity album in which contemporary artists perform songs he wrote in the 1920s, '30s, '40s, and '50s. Producer/creators Leigh Blake and John Carlin along with Steve Lillywhite, credited as supervising musical producer, who produced several of the individual tracks appear to have suggested to the artists that they simply take Porter's lead sheets and come up with arrangements and recordings in their own individual styles. Leading off the album, Neneh Cherry demonstrates how far that can be from traditional approaches to Porter's music. Her "I've Got U Under My Skin" begins with a rap about AIDS over a hip-hop arrangement, and it never uses much more of Porter's original music and lyrics than the title phrase. No wonder the album booklet makes a point of printing Porter's words to the songs as written, since in some cases that's the only place they can be found. Cherry's effort and the Jungle Brothers' similar take on "I Get a Kick Out of You" here called "I Get a Kick" prove to be the most radical reinterpretations. And there are tracks in which the artists have taken the opposite tack, going for re-creations of styles from decades past. Sinéad O'Connor is accompanied by the Malcolm Griffiths Orchestra in a swinging performance of "You Do Something to Me" that Porter would have found familiar, and Lisa Stansfield also takes a retro approach in a horn-filled arrangement of "Down in the Depths," while Jody Watley's "After You, Who?" sounds like something a '50s nightclub singer might do, complete with strings. But most of the time, the artists just sound like themselves. Tom Waits' falsetto treatment of "It's All Right with Me" wouldn't sound out of place on his Swordfishtrombones album, for example, and David Byrne's "Don't Fence Me In," with its Latin percussion, could be on his Rei Momo. Sometimes, the artists' familiar styles play into emotional statements of the Porter lyrics, such as with Annie Lennox's torchy "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" and k.d. lang's moody "So in Love." Other times, especially in the cases of some of the dance-pop artists, the song-as-written is largely subsumed to the arrangement; Jimmy Somerville's "From This Moment On" at one point forgets it's based on a Porter song and borrows from Donna Summer's "I Feel Love." And then there are a few artists who clearly just wanted to have some fun, in particular the teaming of Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop on "Well, Did You Evah?," a song that previously provided comic opportunities to Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Like most various-artists albums and most tribute albums, this one is wildly uneven; like most charity albums, it's in the service of a good cause.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/1990
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094632179920
  • Catalog Number: 21799
  • Sales rank: 11,175

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Got U Under My Skin - Neneh Cherry (4:30)
  2. 2 In the Still of the Night - Neville Brothers (5:21)
  3. 3 You Do Something to Me - Sinéad O'Connor (2:36)
  4. 4 Begin the Beguine - Salif Keita (3:25)
  5. 5 Love for Sale - Fine Young Cannibals (2:50)
  6. 6 Well Did You Evah? - Iggy Pop (3:30)
  7. 7 Miss Otis Regrets/Just One of Those Things - The Pogues (4:44)
  8. 8 Don't Fence Me In - David Byrne (3:12)
  9. 9 It's All Right With Me - Tom Waits (4:43)
  10. 10 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Annie Lennox (3:56)
  11. 11 Night and Day - U2 (5:22)
  12. 12 I Love Paris @@Les Negresses Vertes (3:16)
  13. 13 So in Love - k.d. lang (4:40)
  14. 14 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Thompson Twins (3:21)
  15. 15 Too Darn Hot - Erasure (3:40)
  16. 16 I Get a Kick - Jungle Brothers (2:55)
  17. 17 Down in the Depths - Lisa Stansfield (4:31)
  18. 18 From This Moment On - Jimmy Somerville (3:21)
  19. 19 After You, Who? - Jody Watley (3:13)
  20. 20 Do I Love You - Aztec Camera (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jungle Brothers Track Performer
Salif Keita Vocals, Track Performer
Aztec Camera Track Performer
David Byrne Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Erasure Track Performer
Fine Young Cannibals Track Performer
Debbie Harry Vocals, Track Performer
Kirsty MacColl Vocals, Track Performer
Aaron Neville Vocals
Art Neville Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Neville Brothers Track Performer
The Pogues Track Performer
Iggy Pop Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Thompson Twins Track Performer
U2 Track Performer
Tom Waits Percussion, Vocals, Track Performer, chamberlain
Jody Watley Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Charles Neville Percussion, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Jimmy Somerville Vocals, Track Performer
Annie Lennox Vocals, Track Performer
Les Négresses Vertes Track Performer
The Browns Background Vocals
Gato Negro Background Vocals
The Edge Guitar
Tom Bailey Vocals
Paul Barrett Keyboards
Teddy Borowiecki Accordion
Neneh Cherry Track Performer
John Clayton Bass
Greg Cohen Bass, Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Kenny Kosek Fiddle
Andy Cox Guitar
Alannah Currie Vocals
Ian Devaney Brass
Kélétigui Diabaté Balafon
Souleymanne Doumbia Percussion
Noel Eccles Conga
James Fearnley Accordion
Reinaldo Fernandes Background Vocals, Repique
Roddy Frame Guitar, Vocals
Mel Gaynor Drums
Connie Grauer Keyboards
Graeme Hamilton Piano, Trumpet
k.d. lang Vocals, Track Performer
Shane MacGowan Vocals
Chucho Merchán Bass
Ben Mink Guitar
John Mitchell J. Conductor
Tony Mola Background Vocals, Repique, Timbaus
Andy Morris Brass
Cyril Neville Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Sinéad O'Connor Vocals, Track Performer
David Piltch Bass
Nick Plytas Piano
Portinho Drums, Background Vocals
Guy Pratt Bass Guitar
Steve Sacks Background Vocals, Tamborim
Gary Sanctuary Keyboards
Saxa Percussion, Saxophone
Edward Shearmur Piano
Lisa Stansfield Vocals, Track Performer
David Steele Bass, Keyboards
Chris Stein Synthesizer, Guitar
Eric Struthers Guitar
Frank Tontoh Drums
Randy Waldman Piano
Kim Zick Drums
Roland Gift Vocals
Sandy Palmer Grassi Background Vocals
Jimmy Macdonell Accordion
Lucien Background Vocals
Paul Powell Bass
Mark E. Nevin Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Mathieu Canavese Accordion, Background Vocals
Abraham Sirinix Clarinet, Percussion, Background Vocals
Brenda Dunlap Background Vocals
Willie Green Bass, Drums
Helno Vocals
Seku Tonge Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument), Tamborim
Jean Pierre Alcouffe Brass
Fabrice Castelot Guitar
Stephen Gibson Trumpet
Gaby le Magnifique Bongos
Nick Playtes Piano
Hélio Schiavo Background Vocals, Caixa
Annie Sarabia Background Vocals
Portinho Tamnorim Drums, Background Vocals
Charlie Negrita Background Vocals, Surdo, Vibes
Jose Sena Nego Gato Vocals, Background Vocals, Surdo, Grito
Joroz Guitar, Background Vocals
Mazinho Marques Tambourine, Background Vocals, Tamborim
Paul O Bass
Martin Parry Drums
Zeze Drums
Caixa Background Vocals
Timbao Background Vocals
Tony Hall Bass, Guitar
Kevin Whitehead Drums
Santos Chillemi Piano
Technical Credits
Salif Keita translation
David Byrne Arranger, Producer
Aaron Neville Contributor
Tom Waits Producer
André Cymone Producer
The Edge Producer
Afrika Bambaataa Producer
Tom Bailey Producer
Paul Barrett Producer
Booga Bear Producer
Chris Birkett Engineer, Vocal Recording
Bobby Brooks Engineer
Ian Bryan Engineer
John Carlin Producer, Liner Notes
Neneh Cherry Producer
Vince Clarke Arranger, Producer
Greg Cohen Producer
Andy Cox Producer
Biff Dawes Engineer
Ian Devaney Producer
Chris Dickie Engineer
David Farrell Engineer
Reinaldo Fernandes Contributor
Keith Fernley Producer, Engineer
Roddy Frame Producer
Mike G. Contributor
Bill Jackson Engineer
k.d. lang Producer
Steve Lillywhite Producer, Contributor, Executive Producer
Eoghan McCarron Engineer
Ben Mink Producer
John Mitchell J. Director
Tony Mola Contributor
Andy Morris Producer
Cole Porter Composer
Robert Power Engineer
Nick Prout Engineer
Marc Ramaer Engineer
Phil Savage Engineer
Joe Gruvtek Seta Engineer
Sodi Producer
Lisa Stansfield Producer
David Steele Producer
Chris Stein Producer, Engineer
Mark Wallis Engineer
Eric Calvi Producer, Engineer
Clive Producer
Roland Gift Producer
Jim Goatley Engineer
Mark E. Nevin Contributor
Mathieu Canavese Contributor
Helene Silverman Art Direction
Jean Pierre Alcouffe Executive Producer
Fabrice Castelot Engineer
Patrick Frémeaux Engineer
Karl Madert Engineer
F. Richard Pappas Executive Producer
Andy Bill Arranger, Producer
Andre Soulies Engineer
Johnny Dollar Producer
Robert Fletcher Composer
Sammy B. Contributor
Santos Chillemi Arranger, Producer
F. Parris Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Timeless

    This is more than a tribute to Porter or a benefit for AIDS. By using modern arrangements and artists, it introduced Gen-Xers to the genius of Cole Porter. I think Cole would be pleased to hear his music presented in new and unusual ways for a whole new audience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bad news for Porter fans

    This is not a good CD for those who admire Porter. The impetus for the tribute is worthy (AIDS awareness), but the result is an insult to Mr. Porter and his fans. Too bad. Do not waste your money on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazing Compilation

    This is a beautiful, dance-able, fantastic compilation. Combine the musical grace of Cole Porter with the hottest of today's talents...and you have this album. This will win fans in the broadway genre and dance genre both. A great album. Period.

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