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You're Sensational: Cole Porter in the 20's 40's & 50's

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Arriving a year late for the songwriter's centenary, the Indiana Historical Society's 1992 box set You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930s carried no hint of a follow-up. But seven years later came this combination prequel and sequel, another three-CD/cassette collection that, like its predecessor, carries more than a whiff of idiosyncratic academia. With a first disc devoted to Porter's work of the 1910s and '20s (the title notwithstanding), and two more given over to the '40s and '50s, it takes the same approach, proceeding (more or less) chronologically by the dates of the songs' composition, but ranging back and forth across decades in terms of the sequence of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Arriving a year late for the songwriter's centenary, the Indiana Historical Society's 1992 box set You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930s carried no hint of a follow-up. But seven years later came this combination prequel and sequel, another three-CD/cassette collection that, like its predecessor, carries more than a whiff of idiosyncratic academia. With a first disc devoted to Porter's work of the 1910s and '20s (the title notwithstanding), and two more given over to the '40s and '50s, it takes the same approach, proceeding (more or less) chronologically by the dates of the songs' composition, but ranging back and forth across decades in terms of the sequence of recordings. Thus, it leads off with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire's 1975 recording of the 1914 copyright "I've a Shooting Box in Scotland," followed by Olive Kline's contemporary recording of the 1919 song "Old Fashioned Garden," and then Porter's own 1934 take on "Two Little Babes in the Wood," from 1924. Since Porter's songs generally are better remembered than the shows and films from which they came, a mere listener is likely to find the result aurally confusing. It is necessary to seriously peruse the 158-page, 9 x 12 booklet, with its discursive essays, to appreciate the album's organization. The producers have tracked down some interesting material that has not been issued legitimately before, particularly a couple of onstage recordings of Ethel Merman in Panama Hattie, and that is indicative of the taste for the arcane they display, which also leads them to include partial performances of some songs and ten jazz instrumentals (usually following vocal versions of the same songs). There are omissions (notably "Always True to You in My Fashion") and questionable choices, but the Porter scholar will appreciate the oddities. The Porter neophyte should look elsewhere, however.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • UPC: 099923740025
  • Catalog Number: 7400
  • Sales rank: 318,537

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've a Shooting Box in Scotland (3:25)
  2. 2 Old Fashioned Garden (2:41)
  3. 3 Two Little Babes in the Wood (3:09)
  4. 4 I'm in Love Again - Paul Whiteman Orchestra (3:06)
  5. 5 I'm in Love Again (4:23)
  6. 6 Don't Look at Me That Way - Irving Aaronson & His Commanders (3:30)
  7. 7 Let's Misbehave (2:40)
  8. 8 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (3:32)
  9. 9 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (3:12)
  10. 10 Wake up and Dream (3:06)
  11. 11 Looking at You - Roy Kral (3:30)
  12. 12 Looking at You - Ruby Braff - George Barnes Quartet (4:37)
  13. 13 What Is This Thing Called Love? (3:20)
  14. 14 What Is This Thing Called Love? (2:55)
  15. 15 What Is This Thing Called Love? - Nat King Cole (2:58)
  16. 16 They All Fall in Love (3:07)
  17. 17 You Do Something to Me (2:59)
  18. 18 You've Got That Thing (2:49)
  19. 19 The Tale of the Oyster - Joan Morris (2:26)
  20. 20 I Worship You (3:07)
  21. 21 Why Don't We Try Staying Home? (2:55)
  22. 22 Hot-House Rose (2:46)
  23. 23 The Laziest Gal in Town (2:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I've Still Got My Health (3:01)
  2. 2 Make It Another Old-Fashioned, Please (2:57)
  3. 3 Let's Be Buddies (0:58)
  4. 4 Dream Dancing (2:46)
  5. 5 Dream Dancing (4:42)
  6. 6 So Near and Yet So Far (3:21)
  7. 7 Ev'rything I Love - Lillian Lane (2:57)
  8. 8 Ace in the Hole (2:39)
  9. 9 Let's Not Talk About Love (2:27)
  10. 10 Through Thick and Thin (2:37)
  11. 11 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (3:22)
  12. 12 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (4:18)
  13. 13 By the Mississinewah - Betty Garrett (3:20)
  14. 14 Girls - Wilbur Evans (2:17)
  15. 15 I Love You - Sarah Vaughan (2:40)
  16. 16 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Teddy Wilson (3:06)
  17. 17 Only Another Boy and Girl - Jane Harvey (2:59)
  18. 18 Be a Clown - Gene Kelly (2:53)
  19. 19 Overture- Another Op'nin', Another Show (1:44)
  20. 20 Wunderbar - Gordon MacRae (2:48)
  21. 21 So in Love (2:16)
  22. 22 So in Love (2:34)
  23. 23 I Hate Men (2:15)
  24. 24 Where Is the Life That Late I Led? (4:26)
  25. 25 Brush up Your Shakespeare - Jack Diamond (1:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Kiss Me Kate - Mel Tormé (2:47)
  2. 2 Were Thine That Special Face (4:14)
  3. 3 Use Your Imagination (2:40)
  4. 4 Cherry Pies Ought to Be You - William Redfield (3:14)
  5. 5 From This Moment On (1:55)
  6. 6 From This Moment On - Marian McPartland (4:16)
  7. 7 C'Est Magnifique (3:43)
  8. 8 I Am in Love (3:14)
  9. 9 It's All Right With Me (4:15)
  10. 10 It's All Right With Me (3:34)
  11. 11 I Love Paris (3:01)
  12. 12 Stereophonic Sound (2:24)
  13. 13 Allez-Vous En (1:30)
  14. 14 All of You (1:15)
  15. 15 Siberia - Lasco (2:50)
  16. 16 Ça C'est l'Amour - Taina Elg (1:44)
  17. 17 High Society Calypso (2:13)
  18. 18 I Love You, Samantha (3:22)
  19. 19 True Love - Grace Kelly (3:07)
  20. 20 You're Sensational (3:54)
  21. 21 You're Sensational - Ruby Braff (4:43)
  22. 22 Now You Has Jazz (4:18)
  23. 23 Well Did You Evah? (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
William Bolcom Piano
Fred Astaire Vocals
Rosemary Clooney Vocals
Bing Crosby Vocals
Marlene Dietrich Vocals
Judy Garland Vocals
Danny Kaye Track Performer
Gene Kelly Track Performer
Mabel Mercer Vocals
Ethel Merman Vocals
Frank Sinatra Vocals
Jo Stafford Track Performer
George Barnes Guitar
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Ruby Braff Cornet
Henry Busse Trumpet
Eddy Duchin Piano
Billy Eckstine Vocals
Herb Ellis Guitar
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone
Erroll Garner Piano
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Jake Hanna Drums
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Barbara Lea Vocals
Mel Lewis Drums
Dave McKenna Piano, Vocals
Ted Nash Reeds
Red Norvo Vibes
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone
Bill Perkins Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson Piano
André Previn Conductor
Jimmy Raney Electric Guitar
Hazel Scott Piano
Bobby Short Piano, Vocals
Maxine Sullivan Vocals
Claude Thornhill Piano
Brian Torff String Bass
Mel Tormé Vocals
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Paul Whiteman Conductor
Lee Wiley Vocals
Teddy Wilson Piano
Red Nichols Trumpet
Joe Bushkin Piano
Dick Cary Alto Saxophone
Barrett Deems Drums
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Jack Hylton Conductor
Lou Levy Electric Piano
Matty Matlock Reeds
Oscar Moore Guitar
Adrian Rollini Baritone Saxophone
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Lou Stein Piano
Dick Wellstood Piano
George Wettling Drums
Stu Williamson Trumpet
Mae Barnes Vocals
Stan Freeman Piano
Phil Moore Conductor
Daryl Sherman Piano, Vocals
Maurice Chevalier Vocals
King's Singers Track Performer
Elaine Stritch Vocals
Buddy Cole Conductor
Jack Armstrong Violin
Roberta Peters Vocals
Joan Morris Vocals
Jackie Cain Violin
Jane Harvey Vocals
Gordon MacRae Vocals
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Joy Conductor
Leslie Hutchinson Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Greta Keller Vocals
Alfred Drake Vocals
David Burns Vocals
Bubber Miley Trumpet
Trummy Young Percussion
Irving Aaronson Conductor
Jimmy Abato Reeds
Al Porcino Trumpet
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals
Denzil Best Drums
Maurice Bialkin Cello
Harry Bluestone Concert Master
Ray Brown String Bass
Philippe Brun Trumpet
Les Burness Piano
Lennie Bush Bass Saxophone
Eddie Calhoun String Bass
Red Callender Tuba
Oscar Castro-Neves Guitar
Gene Cipriano Organ
Nat King Cole Piano
Gary Coleman Bass Saxophone
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Alex Cores Violin
Adolph Deutsch Conductor
Kurt Dieterle Violin
Art Drelinger Reeds
Nick Fatool Drums
Morey Feld Drums
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Harry Glickman Violin
Johnny Green Conductor
Harry Sosnik Conductor
Lennie Hayton Conductor
Dick Hazard Conductor
Milt Hinton String Bass
Bill Hood Baritone Saxophone
Terry Jenkins Drums
Osie Johnson Drums
Jimmy Jones Piano
Roy Kral Piano
Billy Kyle Piano, Electric Guitar
Ford Leary Trombone
Cliff Leeman Drums
Brian Lemon Piano
Richard Leonard Piano
Jack Lesberg Bass Saxophone
Leon Maleson String Bass
Joe Mondragon Bass Saxophone
Marty Paich Conductor
Marian McPartland Piano
Eddie Miller Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Miller String Bass
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Reeds
Billy Munn Piano
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Beverly Peer Baritone Saxophone, Vibes
Nigel Perrin Counter Tenor (Vocal)
Cole Porter Piano, Vocals
Dorothy Remsen Harp
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Hank Ross Reeds
Mischa Russell Violin
Charles Sanford Conductor
Sarah Vaughan Vocals
Hymie Schertzer Reeds
Robert Scott Drums
Arvell Shaw Bass Saxophone
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Bill Stegmeyer Clarinet
Alvin Stoller Drums
Tom Morgan Guitar
Len Walker Guitar
Cy Walter Piano
Sid Weiss String Bass
Wayne Wright Guitar
Vincent DeRosa Flugelhorn
Paul Ricci Reeds
Jesse Smith Reeds
Max Farley Reeds
Johnny Rosen Violin
Austin Young Vocals
Garland Wilson Piano
Hildegarde Piano, Vocals
Sal Cibelli Violin
Lew Conrad Violin
Noel "Chappie" d'Amato Reeds
Jack Fulton Trombone, Vocals
Ernie Gibbs Trombone
Jack Greenberg Reeds
Bernard Kaufman Reeds
Bob Leitner Reeds
Matty Malneck Violin
Louis Martin Reeds
Mike Pingatore Banjo
E.O. Pogson Reeds
Leo Reisman Conductor
Phil Saxe Reeds
Charles Strickfaden Reeds
Mack Walker String Bass
Burt Williams Reeds
Manuel Zegler Bassoon
Irene Bordoni Vocals
Olive Kline Vocals
Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra Track Performer
Paul Whiteman Orchestra Track Performer
Stan Andrews Violin
Joe Lipman Conductor
Billy Taylor Sr. String Bass
Jimmy Taylor Trumpet
Arnold Fishkind String Bass
Robert Merrill Vocals
Peter Yorke Piano
Boyce Cullen Trombone
Pembroke Davenport Conductor
Lew Davis Trombone
Chester Hazlett Reeds
Johnny Raitz Reeds
Charles Gaylord Violin, Vocals
Chummy MacGregor Piano
Billy Ternent Reeds
Al Rinker Vocals
Brian Kay Bass (Vocal)
Anthony Holt Baritone (Vocal)
Joe Crossman Reeds
Jack Ferrier Reeds
Alastair Hume Counter Tenor (Vocal)
Simon Carrington Baritone (Vocal)
Hal McLean Reeds
Mario Perry Violin
Harry Atlas Tuba
Anita Boyer Track Performer
Vic d'Ippolito Trumpet
Paul Fenoulhet Trombone, Trumpet
Harry Greenwald Trumpet
Johnny Guiffrida String Bass
Bob Jenney Trombone
Clem Lawton Tuba
David Opatoshu Track Performer
Jack Raine Trumpet
Louis Shaffrin Trumpet
John Sperzel Tuba
Gretchen Wyler Vocals
Harry Clark Vocals
Neil Richardson Conductor
Bill Tronstein Reeds
Basil Wiltshire Drums
Pat O'Malley Violin
Alastair Thompson Tenor (Vocal)
Lasco Track Performer
Averil Pollard String Bass
Barbara Ashley Vocals
Julius Shaier Viola
Tasso Harris Trombone
John Bowman Violin
Charlotte Greenwood Vocals
William Redfield Vocals
Patricia Morison Vocals
Lillian Lane Violin
Jack Diamond Vocals
Annabelle Hill Track Performer
Joe Coleman Violin
Manny Berger Drums
Harry Brown Trumpet
Dale Brown Reeds
Henry Lascoe Vocals
Leon Belasco Vocals
Grace Kelly Track Performer
Wilbur Evans Vocals
Paula Laurence Vocals
Betty Garrett Vocals
Taina Elg Track Performer
Paul Winter Violin
Karen Tuttle Viola
Al Amer String Bass
Sonny Farrar Banjo
Bob Sprentall Trumpet
Vincent Grande Trombone
Freddie Bretherton Conductor
Geoff Howard Violin
Jim Merritt String Bass
George Marsh Drums
Technical Credits
Bill Borden Arranger
Skip Martin Arranger
Marty Paich Arranger
Cole Porter Composer
Conrad Salinger Arranger
Victor Young Director
Neil Richardson Arranger
Ferde Grofé Arranger
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