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You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930's [Box]

You're The Top: Cole Porter In The 1930's [Box]


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. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Paradise Valley
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  • Label: Koch (USA)
  • UPC: 099923713623


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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. I'm Getting Myself Ready For You Emil Coleman & His Orchestra
  • 2. Where Have You Been? Teddi King
  • 3. Let's Fly Away Lee Wiley
  • 4. I Happen To Like New York Judy Garland
  • 5. Love For Sale Libby Holman
  • 6. Love For Sale Ruby Braff/Ellis Larkins
  • 7. Let's Step Out Mr. Tram Associates
  • 8. After You, Who? Bill Evans
  • 9. After You, Who? Sylvia Syms/Mike Renzi Trio
  • 10. I've Got You On My Mind Ambrose Orchestra
  • 11. Mister And Missus Fitch Julie Wilson/William Roy
  • 12. Night And Day Fred Astaire
  • 13. Night And Day Billie Holiday
  • 14. Night And Day Art Tatum
  • 15. How's Your Romance? Bobby Short
  • 16. Experiment Mabel Mercer
  • 17. Cocotte, The Cole Porter
  • 18. Nymph Errant Gertrude Lawrence
  • 19. Physician, The June Morris/William Bolcom
  • 20. How Could We Be Wrong? Bobby Short
  • 21. Solomon Elisabeth Welch
  • 22. It's Bad For Me Rosemary Clooney/Benny Goodman Sextet
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Anything Goes Cole Porter
  • 2. I Get A Kick Out Of You Ethel Merman
  • 3. All Through The Night Barbara Lea/Bucky Pizzarelli
  • 4. Blow, Gabriel, Blow Ethel Merman
  • 5. You're The Top Hal Kemp & His Orchestra
  • 6. You're The Top Louis Armstrong
  • 7. Miss Otis Regrets Ethel Waters
  • 8. Miss Otis Regrets Ella Fitzgerald
  • 9. Don't Fence Me In Edward Nell
  • 10. Don't Fence Me In Bing Crosby/The Andrews Sisters
  • 11. Begin The Beguine Tony Martin
  • 12. Begin The Beguine Xavier Cugat & His Waldorf Astoria Orchestra
  • 13. Begin The Beguine Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
  • 14. When Love Comes Your Way Cole Porter
  • 15. Why Shouldn't I? Mary Martin
  • 16. Just One Of Those Things Louis Armstrong/Oscar Peterson Quartet
  • 17. Easy To Love James Stewart/Mgm Studio Orchestra
  • 18. Easy To Love Judy Garland/Mgm Studio Orchestra
  • 19. Easy To Love Casper Reardon & Orchestra
  • 20. Rap Tap On Wood Bobby Short
  • 21. I've Got You Under My Skin Lee Wiley
  • 22. I've Got You Under My Skin Cesare Siepi
  • 23. Swingin' The Jinx Away Tempo King
  • Disc 3:
  • 1. Ridin' High Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  • 2. Down In The Depths (On The 90th Floor) Ethel Merman
  • 3. Ours Mabel Mercer
  • 4. It's De Lovely Mabel Mercer
  • 5. Rosalie Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
  • 6. In The Still Of The Night Al Bowlly
  • 7. In The Still Of The Night Jessye Norman/Boston Pops Orchestra
  • 8. I've A Strange New Rhythm In My Heart Artie Shaw & His New Music
  • 9. At Long Last Love Lena Horne/Lennie Hayton & His Orchestra
  • 10. River God Todd Duncan/Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra
  • 11. My Heart Belongs To Daddy Mary Martin/Cole Porter
  • 12. My Heart Belongs To Daddy Mary Martin/Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra
  • 13. Get Out Of Town Rosemary Clooney/Concord All Stars
  • 14. Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love Julie Wilson/Marshall Grant Trio
  • 15. What Am I To Do? Hubbell Pierce/William Roy
  • 16. I've Got My Eyes On You Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
  • 17. Please Don't Monkey With Broadway Fred Astaire/George Murphy
  • 18. I Concentrate On You Teddi King
  • 19. Friendship Judy Garland/Johnny Mercer
  • 20. Do I Love You? Ella Fitzgerald
  • 21. When Love Beckoned (On 52nd Street) Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
  • 22. Katie Went To Haiti Bobby Short
  • 23. Well, Did You Evah? Cole Porter/Cast Of 1956 Tv Special
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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