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George Gershwin - The Essential Collection Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (18 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: West End
  • ASIN: B000I2KPHS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. SwaneeAl Jolson With Orchestra 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Do It AgainBilly Butterfield And His Orchestra 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Fascinating RhythmHazel Scott with orchestra 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Oh, Lady Be Good!Ike Hatch with orchestral accompaniment 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. I'd Rather CharlestonAdele Astaire 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. The Man I LoveLena Horne with Lennie Hayton (piano) 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Somebody Loves MeEddie Condon & His Orchestra 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Looking For A BoyElla Fitzgerald 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. MaybeBing Crosby with orchestra 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Clap Yo' HandsThe Merry Macs with orchestral accompaniment 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Do, Do, DoGertrude Lawrence 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Someone To Watch Over MeEddie Condon & His Orchestra 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
13. Funny FaceWhispering Jack Smith with orchestra 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
14. High HatHutch (Leslie A Hutchinson) with percussion accompaniment 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
15. 'S WonderfulBuddy Clark with orchestra 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
16. He Loves And She LovesHutch (Leslie A Hutchinson) 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
17. My One And OnlyChappie d'Amato 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
18. I've Got A Crush On YouGeorge Treadwell's Orchestra 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
19. Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)Al Jolson With Orchestra 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
20. Strike Up The BandAnne Lenner 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
21. Bidin' My TimeThe Foursome with instrumental accompaniment 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
22. Could You Use Me?Judy Garland 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
23. Embraceable YouFrank Sinatra with Orchestra 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
24. I Got RhythmBetty Kent 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
25. Rhapsody In BlueGeorge Gershwin (piano) 8:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
26. But Not For MeHelen Ward 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
27. Treat Me RoughMickey Rooney with orchestra 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
28. Gems from Of Thee I SingJane Froman 4:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
29. MineShirley Ross & The Foursome with orchestra 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
30. SummertimeHelen Jepson with the orchestra and chorus of the original New York production 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
31. It Takes A Long Pull To Get TherePaul Robeson With Orchestra 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
32. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'Lawrence Tibbett with the orchestra & chorus of the original New York production 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
33. It Ain't Necessarily SoBilly Butterfield And His Orchestra 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
34. (I've Got) Beginner's LuckMary Lee 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
35. They All LaughedRed Nichols & His Orchestra 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
36. Let's Call The Whole Thing OffBillie Holiday & Her Orchestra 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
37. They Can't Take That Away From MeBillie Holiday & Her Orchestra 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
38. Things Are Looking UpFred Astaire 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
39. A Foggy DayAnne Lenner 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
40. Nice Work If You Can Get ItCarroll Gibbons & The Savoy Hotel Orpheans 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
41. Love Walked InKenny Baker 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
42. I Was Doing All RightElla Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
43. Love Is Here To StayMildred Bailey 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
44. Dawn Of A New DayCharles Goodwin 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
45. Changing My TuneArtie Shaw and His Orchestra 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
46. For You, For Me, For EvermoreMargaret Whiting with orchestra conducted by 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
47. An American In ParisGeorge Gershwin (piano & celeste)16:16Album Only

Product Description

Continuing AVID’s tribute to the great American Songbook in our Essential Collection series we feature one of the greatest songwriters of the twentieth century…George Gershwin. We begin our 47 song journey with appropriately enough one of Gershwin’s most famous songs, the classic Swanee sung by Al Jolson. Over the course of this finely re-mastered double CD we can see how Gershwin applied his musical genius as he composed for stage, film and the concert hall. All areas of his writing are on display here including two of his most famous concert works, Rhapsody In Blue (cut version) and An American In Paris featuring the great man himself at the piano.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gerry on 2 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that I've never really been aware of the brilliance of George Gershwin before I started having singing lessons a few months ago. My singing coach insisted that I tried some Gershwin numbers and I was astonished to discover the most fantastic melodies, beautiful harmonies and exquisite pieces of music. I just had to learn more about his music.

"George Gershwin - The Essential Collection" is a carefully put together double CD of Gershwin's most accomplished pieces - many of which I was not familiar with - along with some other less well known but equally genius songs. The variety of different performers on the CD highlights Gershwin's versatility to suit many different voices and styles. Although I do wonder why many decide to start the songs from the refrain rather than the first verse.

I recommend this collection to anyone wanting to discover the beauty of Gershwin's music and learn why it has influenced popular music for generations.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The most prominent feature of this set is Gershwin's historic recordings of "Rhapsody In Blue" and "An American In Paris", but the remaining 45 tracks draw on a wide range of both American and British performers to produce a wide spectrum of classic interpretations. Whispering Jack Smith, Hutch, Jack Hylton, Roy Fox, Jack Simpson and Carroll Gibbons are all represented, as are Ella, Bing, and Billie, to name but a few. This really is a superb compilation.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By 6th.replicant on 26 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Excellent compilation, & good value, which includes some classic interpretations - Fred Astaire's, aside? - of the great man's work.

However, Amazon describes this 2-CD pack as "Original recording remastered". Really? There is no such reference on the cover, booklet or the actual discs. Indeed, the tracks generally sound muffled, 'tinny' & 'distant', even the more recent recordings.

Methinks we need some clarification of the term "remastered".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By London Lauren on 2 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
This collection showcases the amazing talent of Gershwin through a great selection of his film/show tunes and his two best known orchestral works - Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris. Lots of the recordings are very early (1920s to 1950s) so, as mentioned by another reviewer, the sound quality is not fantastically sharp but, given the era, I certainly have no complaints and personally think it adds to the charm of the recordings - with the exception of the two orchestral pieces. If you want a crystal clear, nuanced experience of Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris then look elsewhere as the versions offered here (despite Gershwin performing them himself)lack depth of tone. Despite this, the CD overall is a treat and the songs can't help but bring a smile to your face.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This 2006 compilation featuring some of the best of George Gershwin is well worth revisiting and is a snip at the price. There are 47 selections from the familiar "Swanee" to a medley from the now almost forgotten "Of thee I Sing". Included too are film favourites Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland with songs from "Girl Crazy". Many of these were used decades later in the musical "Crazy for You". Hutch gives his own unique treatment to "High Hat" and "He Loves and She Loves" both from "Funny Face". There are also concert versions of "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris" that feature George Gershwin on Piano. A great mix of vintage and memorable performances. The total running time is approx 156 minutes. The dates of recordings are not quoted individually but they come from 1926 to 1953 according to a footnote on the liner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Conroy on 2 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
These CDs are packed full of classics to sing along with and other less well known (to me anyway) songs to discover. You get over two and a half hours of wonderful music performed by many great artists for a ridiculously small price. Well worth every penny!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin F G Masik on 12 April 2013
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This 2 disc collection of Gershwin's essentials is very good, contains all the songs that made Gershwin so famous. Absolute must for anybody even slightly interested in beginning-of-20th-century music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tord Inghammar on 25 Feb. 2013
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Its OKay but no more then OK, sound quality is quite varied and the songs loose their charm because of this.
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