You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930's

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Indiana Historical Society's three-CD box set commemorating Cole Porter's centenary focuses on his work in his most productive decade, the 1930s, when he wrote the songs for nine stage and three movie musicals. The collection is organized chronologically by the songs' composition, even though the recordings employed range from the '30s to the '80s. This is a more scholarly than ear-friendly approach for the most part. Except for Anything Goes, the works for which the songs were written are forgettable, and the songs have no great association to them. Nor is there any perceptible development in Porter's work that would be revealed by the chronological organization. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Indiana Historical Society's three-CD box set commemorating Cole Porter's centenary focuses on his work in his most productive decade, the 1930s, when he wrote the songs for nine stage and three movie musicals. The collection is organized chronologically by the songs' composition, even though the recordings employed range from the '30s to the '80s. This is a more scholarly than ear-friendly approach for the most part. Except for Anything Goes, the works for which the songs were written are forgettable, and the songs have no great association to them. Nor is there any perceptible development in Porter's work that would be revealed by the chronological organization. On the other hand, it is often jarring to hear recordings made decades apart juxtaposed against each other, as scratchy, monophonic '30s tracks are followed by clean stereo ones from the '50s and '60s. More interesting is the contrast provided by using multiple versions of certain popular songs. Ten of the performances are by artists who introduced the songs on stage or film, but most are by later performers. The choices, which a sleeve note suggests were hotly debated by the three producers, tend to come from a relatively small pool: Bobby Short, a Porter expert, gets four tracks, but so does swing bandleader Artie Shaw, who made a hit of "Begin the Beguine," but otherwise is not known as a great Porter interpreter. (The producers note a desire to have included Frank Sinatra and even cite the tracks they would have used if they could.) There are also several rarities, notably a 1935 demo of "Don't Fence Me In." And there is a 108-page, 9 x 12 booklet full of essays about Porter, the songs, and the performers. It's worth studying, and this is a collection more for study than actual enjoyment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/1993
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • UPC: 099923713623
  • Catalog Number: 7136


Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Getting Myself Ready for You - Emil Coleman & His Orchestra (2:39)
  2. 2 Where Have You Been? - Teddi King (3:10)
  3. 3 Let's Fly Away - Lee Wiley (3:00)
  4. 4 I Happen to Like New York - Judy Garland (2:57)
  5. 5 Love for Sale - Libby Holman (3:19)
  6. 6 Love for Sale - Ellis Larkins (5:39)
  7. 7 Let's Step Out - Mr. Tram Associates (2:17)
  8. 8 After You, Who? - Bill Evans (3:39)
  9. 9 After You, Who? - Sylvia Syms (3:29)
  10. 10 I've Got You on My Mind - Ambrose (2:34)
  11. 11 Mister and Missus Fitch - Julie Wilson & William Roy (2:00)
  12. 12 Night and Day - Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (3:27)
  13. 13 Night and Day - Billie Holiday (2:58)
  14. 14 Night and Day - Art Tatum (1:30)
  15. 15 How's Your Romance? - Bobby Short (2:22)
  16. 16 Experiment - Cy Walter (3:18)
  17. 17 The Cocotte - Cole Porter (2:45)
  18. 18 Nymph Errant - Gertrude Lawrence (2:05)
  19. 19 The Physician - Joan Morris (4:07)
  20. 20 How Could We Be Wrong? - Bobby Short (3:17)
  21. 21 Solomon - Elisabeth Welch (3:11)
  22. 22 It's Bad for Me - Goodman Group (2:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Anything Goes - Cole Porter (3:14)
  2. 2 I Get a Kick out of You - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (3:07)
  3. 3 All Through the Night - Barbara Lee (3:27)
  4. 4 Blow, Gabriel, Blow - Ethel Merman (2:26)
  5. 5 You're the Top - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra (3:19)
  6. 6 You're the Top - Louis Armstrong (2:33)
  7. 7 Miss Otis Regrets - Ethel Waters (3:02)
  8. 8 Miss Otis Regrets - Ella Fitzgerald (3:03)
  9. 9 Don't Fence Me In - Cole Porter (2:22)
  10. 10 Don't Fence Me In - Bing Crosby (3:02)
  11. 11 Begin the Beguine - Henri René & His Orchestra (3:56)
  12. 12 Begin the Beguine - Xavier Cugat & His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra (3:13)
  13. 13 Begin the Beguine - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:19)
  14. 14 When Love Comes Your Way - Cole Porter (1:42)
  15. 15 Why Shouldn't I? - Mary Martin (2:37)
  16. 16 Just One of Those Things - Louis Armstrong (4:04)
  17. 17 Just One of Those Things - Bob Wilber (3:51)
  18. 18 Easy to Love - James Stewart (1:12)
  19. 19 Easy to Love - MGM Studio Orchestra (1:54)
  20. 20 Easy to Love - Casper Reardon (3:06)
  21. 21 Rap Tap on Wood - Bobby Short (2:38)
  22. 22 I've Got You Under My Skin - Victor Young (2:21)
  23. 23 I've Got You Under My Skin - Cesare Siepi (3:55)
  24. 24 Swingin' the Jinx Away (2:54)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ridin' High - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (2:40)
  2. 2 Down in the Depths - Ethel Merman (3:11)
  3. 3 Ours - Cy Walter (2:50)
  4. 4 It's de-Lovely - Cy Walter (3:42)
  5. 5 Rosalie - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:49)
  6. 6 In the Still of the Night - New Mayfair Orchestra (2:02)
  7. 7 In the Still of the Night - Boston Pops Orchestra (2:43)
  8. 8 I've a Strange New Rhythm in My Heart - Artie Shaw & His New Music (2:47)
  9. 9 At Long Last Love - Lennie Hayton & His Orchestra (2:42)
  10. 10 River God - Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra (3:12)
  11. 11 My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Pete Martin (1:40)
  12. 12 My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra (3:09)
  13. 13 Get out of Town - Concord All Stars (3:24)
  14. 14 Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love - Julie Wilson (2:15)
  15. 15 What Am I to Do? - William Roy (2:14)
  16. 16 I've Got My Eyes on You - Bob Crosby (2:37)
  17. 17 Please Don't Monkey with Broadway - George Murphy (3:30)
  18. 18 I Concentrate on You - Teddi King (3:47)
  19. 19 Friendship - Judy Garland & Johnny Mercer (2:39)
  20. 20 Do I Love You? - Ella Fitzgerald (3:52)
  21. 21 When Love Beckoned (In Fifty-Second Street) - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:16)
  22. 22 Katie Went to Haiti - Bobby Short (4:39)
  23. 23 Well Did You Evah? - Cole Porter (0:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
William Bolcom Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Jessye Norman Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Conniff Trombone
The Andrews Sisters Vocals, Track Performer
Fred Astaire Vocals, Track Performer
Rosemary Clooney Vocals, Track Performer
Bing Crosby Vocals, Track Performer
Judy Garland Vocals, Track Performer
Mabel Mercer Vocals, Track Performer
Ethel Merman Vocals, Track Performer
Louie Bellson Drums
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Eddie Bert Trombone
Beryl Booker Piano
Ruby Braff Trumpet, Track Performer
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Cal Collins Guitar
Concord All Stars Track Performer
Eddie Condon Guitar
Xavier Cugat Violin, Conductor
Eddy Duchin Piano
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Bill Evans Piano
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals, Track Performer
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Eddie Gomez Bass, String Bass
Benny Goodman Clarinet, Vocals, Track Performer
Freddie Green Guitar
Urbie Green Trombone
Scott Hamilton Tenor Saxophone
Jake Hanna Drums
Ted Heath Trombone
Lena Horne Vocals, Track Performer
Dick Hyman Piano
Harry James Trumpet
Jo Jones Drums
Gene Krupa Drums
Barbara Lea Vocals
Oscar Peterson Piano
Nat Pierce Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar, Track Performer
Buddy Rich Drums
Loren Schoenberg Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Artie Shaw Clarinet, Track Performer
Bobby Short Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Smith Piano
Ralph Sutton Piano, Vocals
Art Tatum Piano, Track Performer
Warren Vaché Cornet, Flugelhorn
Ethel Waters Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Wilber Soprano Saxophone, Track Performer
Lee Wiley Reeds, Vocals, Track Performer, Bendir
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Dave Barbour Guitar
Ray Bauduc Drums
Aaron Bell Bass, String Bass
Joe Bushkin Piano
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Bobby Donaldson Drums
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Irving Fazola Clarinet
Russell Garcia Conductor
Bob Haggart Bass, String Bass
Joe Marsala Clarinet
Vido Musso Tenor Saxophone
Ray Noble Conductor
Tony Pastor Tenor Saxophone
Frank Rehak Trombone
Warren Smith Trombone
Joe Sullivan Piano
Grady Tate Drums
George Wettling Drums
Buddy Bregman Conductor
Jim Chapin Drums
Horace Diaz Piano
Helen Forrest Vocals
Stan Freeman Piano, Track Performer
Teddi King Vocals, Track Performer
Don Lusher Trombone
Mr. Tram Associates Vocals
Daryl Sherman Piano, Vocals
Elisabeth Welch Vocals, Track Performer
Julie Wilson Vocals, Track Performer
Mary Martin Vocals, Track Performer
Norrie Paramor Conductor, Choir Director
Tony Martin Vocals
Sylvia Syms Vocals, Track Performer
Joan Morris Vocals, Track Performer
George Siravo Conductor
Skinnay Ennis Drums, Vocals
Gertrude Lawrence Vocals, Track Performer
Emil Coleman Leader
Freddy Gardner Alto Saxophone
Al Bowlly Vocals, Track Performer
Fred Perry Tenor Saxophone
Jo Beth Williams Conductor
Walter Page Bass, Baritone Saxophone, String Bass
George Duvivier Bass
Al Cohn Reeds
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
George Arus Trombone
Georgie Auld Tenor Saxophone
Al Avola Guitar
Red Ballard Trombone
Danny Bank Reeds
John Best Trumpet
Billie Holiday Vocals, Track Performer
Boston Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Perry Botkin Guitar
Claude Bowen Trumpet
Ray Brown Bass, String Bass
Vernon Brown Trombone
Billy Byers Trombone
Les Burness Piano
Eddie Caine Reeds
Frank Carroll Bass, String Bass
Russ Case Trumpet
George Chisholm Trombone
Kenny Clare Drums
Howard Collins Guitar
Al DeRisi Trumpet
Gene DiNovi Piano
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey Trombone
Hank Freeman Alto Saxophone
Harry Geller Trumpet
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Harry Goodman Bass, String Bass
Marshall Grant Piano
Johnny Green Piano
Chris Griffin Trumpet
Lennie Hayton Performing Ensemble
Henri René Conductor
Les Jenkins Trombone
Gus Johnson Drums
Osie Johnson Drums
Ray Johnson Vocals
Stan King Drums
Bob Kitsis Piano
George Koenig Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Eddie Kusby Trombone
David Ladd Flute
Nappy Lamare Guitar
Ellis Larkins Piano, Track Performer
Cliff Leeman Drums
Ernie Lewis Violin
Jimmy Lytell Reeds
Bob Maize Bass, String Bass
Johnny Mercer Vocals, Track Performer
Eddie Miller Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse Percussion
Loulie Jean Norman Vocals
Beverly Peer Bass, String Bass
Romeo Penque Reeds
Ronnie Perry Tenor Saxophone
Fred Petry Tenor Saxophone
Sid Phillips Reeds
Danny Polo Reeds
Cole Porter Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Mike Renzi Piano
Allan Reuss Guitar
Les Robinson Alto Saxophone
Stanley Roderick Trumpet
Harry Rodgers Trombone
Gil Rodin Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Richard Sheridan Drums
Shorty Sherock Trumpet
Marshall Smith Vocals
Jess Stacy Piano
Bill Stegmeyer Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Cal Tjader Vibes
Ted Vesely Trombone
Vic Schoen Conductor
Cy Walter Piano, Track Performer
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone
Leo Watson Vocals
Sid Weiss Bass, String Bass
John Williams Conductor
Victor Young Conductor, Leader, Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Roland Shaw Performing Ensemble
MGM Studio Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Todd Duncan Vocals, Track Performer
Dick Sudhalter Trumpet, Vocals
Tempo King Vocals
Murray Cohan Reeds
Lew Conrad Violin
Vincent Forchetti Trombone
Ernie Gibbs Trombone
Max Herman Trumpet
Bernard Kaufman Alto Saxophone
Marty Marsala Cornet
George Murphy Vocals, Track Performer
Chuck Peterson Trumpet
Raymond Pugh Piano
Leo Reisman Conductor
Sammy Schklar Violin
Lew Sherwood Trumpet
Ray Sinatra Conductor
Jess Smith Reeds
Burt Williams Reeds
Smith Ballew Vocals
Sam Browne Drums, Vocals
Libby Holman Vocals, Track Performer
Barbara Lee Track Performer
Don Reid Violin, Vocals
Queenie Ada Rubin Piano
Paul Andrew Smith Piano
George York Bass, String Bass
John Scott Trotter Piano
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Bob Crosby & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Eddie Miller & His Orchestra Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Louie Bellson & His Jazz Orchestra Drums
Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Hal Kemp & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Emil Coleman & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Johnny Green & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Henri René & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Manny Gershman Reeds
William Roy Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Joe Brannelly Guitar
Malcolm Crain Trumpet
Joe Jeanette Reeds
Alfie Evans Reeds
Jay Blackton Conductor
Tom Dicarlo Trumpet
Saxie Dowell Reeds
Lou Kosloff Violin
Al Kunze Bass, String Bass
Gus Mayhew Trombone
Fred Morrow Reeds
Reginald Pursglove Violin
Ambrose Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Max Goldberg Trumpet
Bert Read Piano
Stanley Worth Reeds
Del Porter Vocals
Casper Reardon Harp
Ben Williams Reeds
Marion Mann Vocals
Tony Thorpe Trombone
James Maxwell Trumpet
Milton Shaw Violin
Ronnie Munro Conductor
Al Lapin Drums
Angel Barnes Rattiner Trumpet
Billy Amstell Reeds
Milton Cassell Reeds
Dwight Snyder Vocals
Kenny Baker Trumpet
Xavier Cugat & His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Lennie Hayton & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
John "Buddy" Williams Conductor
Pete Martin Vocals
Mort Klanfer Bass, String Bass
Cesare Siepi Vocals
Dave Lee Piano
Dick Ball Bass
Gene Baumgarden Piano
Art Zazmar Percussion
Harry "Sky" Campbell Drums
Harry Owen Trumpet
Joe Baum Violin
Henry Wade Reeds
Aaron Voloshin Reeds
Charles Trotta Trumpet
Harold Dankers Reeds
James Stewart Vocals, Track Performer
Max Bacon Drums
Technical Credits
Bunny Berigan Contributor
Concord All Stars Contributor
Oscar Peterson Contributor
Ralph Sutton Contributor
Russell Garcia Arranger, Orchestra Director
Helen Forrest Contributor, Photo Courtesy
Daryl Sherman Contributor
Norrie Paramor Orchestra Director
George Siravo Orchestra Director
Arthur Siegel Contributor
Henri René Arranger
Ray Johnson Contributor
Cole Porter Composer
Marshall Smith Contributor
Yale University Music Library Photo Courtesy
Dick Sudhalter Producer, Liner Notes
Tempo King Contributor
John Scott Trotter Arranger
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Contributor
Benny Goodman Sextet Contributor
John R.T. Davies Contributor
Robert Kimball Producer, Contributor, Liner Notes
Al Hirschfeld Drawing
Christian Steiner Producer, Photo Courtesy
Ron Jewson Contributor
Culver Pictures Photo Courtesy
Del Porter Contributor
Dwight Snyder Contributor
Pete Martin Interviewer
Artie Shaw & His New Music Contributor
Tony Woodward Project Design
Robert Fletcher Composer
Eileen Darby Photo Courtesy
Wilfrid de Glehn Illustrations
Susan Elliott Producer
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