Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter

Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter

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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 See more details below

Overview

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:
09/25/1990
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094632179920
catalogNumber:
21799
Rank:
16306

Tracks

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

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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
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
Négresses Vertes   Track Performer
Browns   Background Vocals
Gato Negro   Background Vocals
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
John Mitchell   Conductor
Santos Chillemi   Piano

Technical Credits

Salif Keita   translation
David Byrne   Arranger,Producer
Tom Waits   Producer
André Cymone   Producer
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
Keith Fernley   Producer,Engineer
Roddy Frame   Producer
Mike G.   Contributor
Bill Jackson   Engineer
k.d. lang   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer,Executive Producer
Eoghan McCarron   Engineer
Ben Mink   Producer
John Mitchell J.   Director
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
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
John Mitchell   Director
Santos Chillemi   Arranger,Producer
F. Parris   Composer

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