The Ultimate Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
George Gershwin: The Ultimate Collection is a nice double-disc set that collects definitive performances of Gershwin standards from Rhapsody in Blue to Funny Face. It's a wildly eclectic collection, containing cuts from Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Audrey Hepburn, Sarah Vaughan, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, thereby offering a good portrait of the depth of Gershwin's material and the way it lends itself to so many different styles. It's not necessarily a definitive collection -- he wrote so much great music, it's nearly impossible to condense it all into one set -- but it's one ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
George Gershwin: The Ultimate Collection is a nice double-disc set that collects definitive performances of Gershwin standards from Rhapsody in Blue to Funny Face. It's a wildly eclectic collection, containing cuts from Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Audrey Hepburn, Sarah Vaughan, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, thereby offering a good portrait of the depth of Gershwin's material and the way it lends itself to so many different styles. It's not necessarily a definitive collection -- he wrote so much great music, it's nearly impossible to condense it all into one set -- but it's one terrific sampler.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/1998
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946000229
  • Catalog Number: 460002
  • Sales rank: 2,035

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Gershwin Primary Artist
Leroy Anderson Performing Ensemble
Arthur Fiedler Conductor
Fred Astaire Vocals, Dancer, Track Performer
Bing Crosby Vocals, Track Performer
Nina Simone Vocals, Track Performer
Blossom Dearie Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals, Track Performer
Shirley Horn Track Performer
Barney Kessel Guitar
Morgana King Vocals, Track Performer
Red Mitchell Bass
Oscar Peterson Piano, Track Performer
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Dinah Washington Vocals, Track Performer
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Joe Williams Vocals, Track Performer
Russell Garcia Track Performer
Ed Thigpen Drums
Hal Mooney Conductor
Ivan Davis Piano, Track Performer
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Track Performer
Cleveland Orchestra Track Performer
Anita O'Day Vocals, Track Performer
Audrey Hepburn Vocals, Track Performer
Louis Armstrong Vocals, Track Performer
Billie Holiday Vocals, Track Performer
Boston Pops Orchestra Track Performer
Ray Brown Bass
Larry Bunker Drums
Don Rose Performing Ensemble
Sarah Vaughan Vocals, Track Performer
Count Basie Orchestra Track Performer
Riccardo Chailly Conductor
Vladimir Ashkenazy Conductor
Ralph Votapek Piano, Track Performer
The Russell Garcia Orchestra Track Performer
Lorin Maazel Conductor
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Arthur Fiedler Contributor
Fred Astaire Contributor
Nina Simone Contributor
Ella Fitzgerald Contributor
Oscar Peterson Contributor
Hal Mooney Arranger
Cleveland Orchestra Contributor
Audrey Hepburn Contributor
Louis Armstrong Contributor
Boston Pops Orchestra Contributor
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bill Holland Artwork
Sarah Vaughan Contributor
Gregory Stone Contributor
Roland Shaw Arranger
DuBose Heyward Composer
James Murray Liner Notes
Robert McBride Arranger
Gary Moore Mastering
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