The Ultimate Irving Berlin, Vol. 2 [Original Cast Recordings]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
British reissue label Pearl's Ultimate series of albums on great Broadway songwriters is devoted to digging up contemporaneous recordings of songs from Broadway and West End productions, usually performed by the people who sang them on-stage. "Ultimate" may not be the right word for the result, if only because there is a catch-as-catch-can quality to the available material; until the 1940s there were no comprehensive recordings made of Broadway shows by the original casts. But the material is nevertheless of interest to show music fans. The first volume of the Irving Berlin series traced Berlin's theater career from 1910 to 1915. This second volume picks up in 1917 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
British reissue label Pearl's Ultimate series of albums on great Broadway songwriters is devoted to digging up contemporaneous recordings of songs from Broadway and West End productions, usually performed by the people who sang them on-stage. "Ultimate" may not be the right word for the result, if only because there is a catch-as-catch-can quality to the available material; until the 1940s there were no comprehensive recordings made of Broadway shows by the original casts. But the material is nevertheless of interest to show music fans. The first volume of the Irving Berlin series traced Berlin's theater career from 1910 to 1915. This second volume picks up in 1917 with the title song from a nightclub show called Dance and Grow Thin performed by the popular team of Van & Schenck, who appeared in it. Then it skips forward to the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919 for several well-known songs, notably "You'd Be Surprised," sung by Eddie Cantor, and "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody," sung by Ziegfeld mainstay John Steel, the first of his eight selections on the disc. Most of the rest of the album is taken up with songs first heard in either the Ziegfeld Follies or Berlin's own Music Box Revue shows of the 1920s. There are standards, such as "Say It With Music" and the concluding song, "Blue Skies," from the 1926 musical Betsy, but most of the songs are little known three-quarters of a century later. The performers include such stars of the day as the Brox Sisters, Beatrice Lillie, and Whispering Jack Smith. Largely drawn from the acoustic era of recording, the tracks are sometimes primitive sounding, but the exuberance of the performances belies that. Still, this is as much a historical document as a disc to be listened to for pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Pearl
  • UPC: 727031011729
  • Catalog Number: 117

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dance and Grow Thin (for the revue Dance and Grow Thin) - Van & Schenck (2:31)
  2. 2 You'd Be Surprised, song (from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1919") (3:26)
  3. 3 A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody, song (from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1919") - John Steel (2:40)
  4. 4 I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now, song (from "Ziegfeld Follies of (2:50)
  5. 5 Mandy (The Sterling Silver Moon), song (from "Yip-Yip-Yaphank") - Gus Van (2:57)
  6. 6 Someone Else May Be There When I'm Gone, song (3:30)
  7. 7 You'd Be Surprised, song (from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1919") - Alice Delysia (3:28)
  8. 8 The Girls of My Heart, song (from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1920") - John Steel (2:53)
  9. 9 Excerpt (2:48)
  10. 10 Excerpt - John Steel (3:32)
  11. 11 Tell Me, Little Gypsy, song (from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1920") (3:17)
  12. 12 Tell Me, Little Gypsy, song (from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1920") - Rosario Bourdon (2:59)
  13. 13 The Schoolhouse Blues, song (from "Music Box Revue of 1921-1922") - Rosario Bourdon (3:18)
  14. 14 Say it with Music, song (from "Music Box Revue 1921-1922") - Rosario Bourdon (3:16)
  15. 15 Will She Come from the East?, song (from "The Music Box Revue of 1922-1 (3:13)
  16. 16 Lady of the Evening, song (from "Music Box Revue 1922 -1923") - Rosario Bourdon (2:54)
  17. 17 Lady of the Evening, song (from "Music Box Revue 1922 -1923") (2:58)
  18. 18 Bring on the Pepper, song (from "The Music Box Revue of 1922-1923") - Rosario Bourdon (2:40)
  19. 19 Bring on the Pepper, song (from "The Music Box Revue of 1922-1923") - Rosario Bourdon (3:13)
  20. 20 Little Butterfly, song (from "The Music Box Revue of 1923-1924") - Rosario Bourdon (3:20)
  21. 21 Learn to Do the Strut, song (from "Music Box Revue 1922 -1923") - Rosario Bourdon (3:27)
  22. 22 An Orange Grove in California, song (from "The Music Box Revue of 1923-192 (3:11)
  23. 23 Listening, song (from "The Music Box Revue of 1924-1925") (2:57)
  24. 24 Listening, song (from "The Music Box Revue of 1924-1925") (2:19)
  25. 25 Tell Her in the Spring Time, song (from "The Music Box Revue of 1924-19 (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Cantor Vocals, Track Performer
Beatrice Lillie Vocals, Track Performer
John Steel Vocals, Track Performer
Brox Sisters Track Performer
Grace Moore Vocals, Track Performer
Charles Adams Prince Conductor
Joe Schenck Track Performer
Gus Van Vocals, Track Performer
Rosario Bourdon Conductor
Arthur Johnston Piano
Josef A. Pasternack Conductor
Philip Braham Conductor
Alice Delysia Vocals
Prince Of Wales Theatre Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Lyricist
Dwight Blocker Bowers Liner Notes
Jack Raymond Producer
Roger Beardsley Mastering
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