American Legends: George Gershwin

American Legends: George Gershwin

by George Gershwin

CD

Overview

Discount-priced repackager LaserLight has a tendency to toss together compilations that are as enjoyable to listeners as they are frustrating to discographers. This Gershwin tribute album is more generous than most of the label's offerings with its running time of 64½ minutes, and it is rich in interesting interpretations of Gershwin's songs and instrumental works by such artists as Bing Crosby, Lee Wiley, Oscar Levant, Peggy Lee, Dinah Shore, and, in a couple of instances, Gershwin himself. The 13 tracks, licensed from several labels, range from scratchy mono to wide stereo and from spare solo piano arrangements to big orchestral versions, sometimes from one track to the next. Annotations are nearly non-existent. The rendition of "Lady Be Good" by Crosby, with backing by trombonist Tommy Dorsey and violinist Joe Venuti, probably comes from a 1951 radio show, for example, and Gershwin's own recording of his three piano preludes was made in London on June 8, 1928, but you'd never know this from reading the credits. The album is part of a series drawn from the archives of Rod McKuen's Stanyan Records, which explains why McKuen himself, a vocalist of narrow range and considerable wheeze, gets to sing "Our Love Is Here to Stay."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/05/1996
Label: Delta
UPC: 0018111274326
catalogNumber: 12743

Tracks

  1. Somebody Loves Me  - Helen Forrest
  2. Embraceable You  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  3. Oh, Lady Be Good
  4. The Man I Love  - Lee Wiley
  5. An American in Paris  - Ray Heindorf
  6. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  7. Variations on "I Got Rhythm"  - Oscar Levant
  8. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  9. Three Preludes
  10. Easy to Love
  11. Rhapsody in Blue
  12. Love Is Here to Stay
  13. Swanee

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Gershwin   Primary Artist,Piano
Morton Gould   Conductor
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Eartha Kitt   Track Performer
Peggy Lee   Vocals,Track Performer
Dinah Shore   Track Performer
Jo Stafford   Track Performer
Harry James   Track Performer
Jolson   Track Performer
Joe Venuti   Track Performer
Lee Wiley   Track Performer
Helen Forrest   Track Performer
Oscar Levant   Track Performer
Rod McKuen   Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey   Track Performer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sy Oliver   Contributor
Rod McKuen   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Eddie Habib   Liner Notes
Harry Zimmerman   Contributor
Cole Porter   Composer
Wade Alexander   Contributor

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