'S Wonderful: The Songs of George Gershwin [Asv/Living Era]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
ASV/Living Era celebrates the life of George Gershwin with the two-disc 'S Wonderful collection, comprising over 50 performances, nearly all of them contemporary with the life of Gershwin a great many are definitive. The first 14 are by Fred Astaire, who gave visual proof to the grace and flair of Gershwin's pen with his stage and movie performances of "Fascinating Rhythm," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "They All Laughed," and "They Can't Take That Away From Me." From there, the set moves into the big-band era, selecting definitive readings of "Embraceable You" Nat Cole, "Oh, Lady Be Good" Cliff Edwards, "I Got Rhythm" Judy Garland, "But Not for Me" Ella Fitzgerald, "How ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
ASV/Living Era celebrates the life of George Gershwin with the two-disc 'S Wonderful collection, comprising over 50 performances, nearly all of them contemporary with the life of Gershwin a great many are definitive. The first 14 are by Fred Astaire, who gave visual proof to the grace and flair of Gershwin's pen with his stage and movie performances of "Fascinating Rhythm," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "They All Laughed," and "They Can't Take That Away From Me." From there, the set moves into the big-band era, selecting definitive readings of "Embraceable You" Nat Cole, "Oh, Lady Be Good" Cliff Edwards, "I Got Rhythm" Judy Garland, "But Not for Me" Ella Fitzgerald, "How Long Has This Been Going On?" Peggy Lee, and "Someone to Watch Over Me" Frank Sinatra. Though a few decisions will make more sense to Anglophiles than Americans Layton & Johnstone, anyone?, 'S Wonderful: The Songs of George Gershwin earns high marks for its performances as well as its songwriting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625026320
  • Catalog Number: 263

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swanee (1:56)
  2. 2 Do It Again - Richard Himber & His Orchestra (3:09)
  3. 3 I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise (2:29)
  4. 4 Somebody Loves Me - Leonard Joy & His Orchestra (2:49)
  5. 5 Oh, Lady Be Good - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (2:54)
  6. 6 Fascinating Rhythm - Adele Astaire (2:24)
  7. 7 Hang on to Me - Adele Astaire (2:47)
  8. 8 The Half of It, Dearie, Blues - Fred Astaire (2:52)
  9. 9 I'd Rather Charleston - Adele Astaire (2:56)
  10. 10 Looking for a Boy - Ellis Larkins (3:12)
  11. 11 That Certain Feeling - Layton & Johnstone (2:38)
  12. 12 Sweet and Lowdown (2:53)
  13. 13 Clap Yo' Hands - Whispering Jack Smith (2:39)
  14. 14 Do, Do, Do (3:10)
  15. 15 Maybe - Ellis Larkins (3:29)
  16. 16 Someone to Watch Over Me - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (3:22)
  17. 17 Strike Up the Band (2:43)
  18. 18 The Man I Love - Sarah Vaughan (2:49)
  19. 19 I've Got a Crush on You - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (3:18)
  20. 20 Soon - Ellis Larkins (2:49)
  21. 21 Funny Face - Whispering Jack Smith (2:51)
  22. 22 'S Wonderful - Whispering Jack Smith (2:49)
  23. 23 My One and Only, What Am I Gonna Do - Fred Astaire (3:02)
  24. 24 How Long Has This Been Going On? - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:18)
  25. 25 Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) (2:50)
  26. 26 Of Thee I Sing - Dance Medley: Of Thee I Sing/Who Cares?/Love Is ... (4:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bidin' My Time (2:40)
  2. 2 Embraceable You - Nat King Cole (3:22)
  3. 3 I Got Rhythm - George Stoll (2:52)
  4. 4 But Not for Me - Ellis Larkins (3:17)
  5. 5 My Cousin in Milwaukee (2:33)
  6. 6 Summertime - Joe Lippman Orchestra (3:16)
  7. 7 I Got Plenty of Nuttin' - The Orchestra (3:08)
  8. 8 Bess, You Is My Woman Now - Helen Jepson (4:59)
  9. 9 It Ain't Necessarily So (2:31)
  10. 10 I Loves You, Porgy - The Orchestra (3:22)
  11. 11 By Strauss (2:31)
  12. 12 Shall We Dance? - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (2:34)
  13. 13 They Can't Take That Away from Me - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (3:06)
  14. 14 They All Laughed - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (2:48)
  15. 15 I've Got Beginner's Luck - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (2:53)
  16. 16 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (3:14)
  17. 17 Slap That Bass - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (2:57)
  18. 18 A Foggy Day - Ray Noble & His Orchestra (2:52)
  19. 19 Things Are Looking Up - Ray Noble & His Orchestra (3:13)
  20. 20 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Ray Noble & His Orchestra (2:44)
  21. 21 Love Is Here to Stay - Bea Wain (3:06)
  22. 22 I Was Doing All Right - Bea Wain (2:49)
  23. 23 Love Walked In - Kenny Baker (2:41)
  24. 24 Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did? - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:04)
  25. 25 For You, For Me, For Evermore - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Gershwin Primary Artist, Piano
Fred Astaire Vocals, Tap Dance
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Bobby Hackett Trumpet
Max Kaminsky Trumpet
Red Nichols Cornet
Joe Bushkin Piano, Celeste
George Wettling Drums
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Ukulele, Vocals
Nat King Cole Piano, Vocals
Ellis Larkins Piano
Turner Layton Piano
Artie Shapiro Bass
Bobby Tucker Piano
Dick Robertson Vocals
Victor Arden Piano, Accompaniment
Phil Ohman Piano, Accompaniment
Whispering Jack Smith Piano, Vocals
Johnny Green & His Orchestra Choir, Chorus
Bea Wain Vocals
Tom Waring Piano, Vocals
Alexander Smallens Conductor
Frank Sylvano Vocals
Phil Neely Vocals
The Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Richard Barrett Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
George Goldner Composer
Mark Shaw Artwork
Victor Arden Duet
Phil Ohman Duet
Peter Dempsey Liner Notes
Martin Haskell Remastering
DuBose Heyward Composer
Desmond Carter Composer
Gaynor Shaw Artwork
A. Barrett Composer
Richie Barrett Composer
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