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The Great American Composers: Duke Ellington

Musical | Freigegeben: 1990 | Format: CD

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# Spur   Dauer
1.It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) Vocals:Ivie Anderson3:09
2.I'm Satisfied Vocals:Ivie Anderson3:00
3.I've Got To Be A Rug Cutter Vocals:Ivie Anderson2:31
4.Swingtime in Honolulu Vocals:Ivie Anderson2:51
5.You Gave Me The Gate (And I'm Swingin') Vocals:Ivie Anderson2:19
6.I Want Something To Live For Vocals:Jean Eldridge2:48
7.A Lonely Coed Vocals:Ivie Anderson3:12
8.Killing Myself Vocals:Ivie Anderson2:23
9.Love You Madly Vocals:Yvonne3:01
10.Build That Railroad (Sing That Song) Vocals:Al Hibbler2:46
11.Sophisticated Lady Vocals:Rosemary Clooney2:56
12.Hey Baby Vocals:Rosemary Clooney3:46
13.If You Were In My Place (What Would You Do,) Vocals:Rosemary Clooney3:01
14.I'm Checking Out-Goombye Vocals:Rosemary Clooney3:08
15.Grievin' Vocals:Rosemary Clooney4:10
16.Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin' Vocals:Rosemary Clooney2:38
17.Me And You Vocals:Rosemary Clooney2:28
18.Duke's Place Vocals:Ozzie Bailey2:33
19.Your Love Has faded Vocals:Ozzie Bailey2:41
20.Rock City Rock Vocals:Jimmy Grissom2:27
21.Love (My Everything) Vocals:Jimmy Grissom2:31
22.Walkin' And Singin' The Blues Vocals:Lil Greenwood2:13
# Spur Künstler/Komponist Dauer
1.Take The "A" Train Vocals:Betty Roche7:56
2.I'm Beginning To See The Light Vocals:Kitty KallenHarry James & Orchestra3:18
3.Tonight I Shall Sleep (With A Smile On My Face)Sarah Vaughan3:19
4.Prelude To a KissVic Damone3:22
5.CaravanLambert, Hendricks & Ross2:34
6.I'm Just A Lucky So And SoTony Bennett3:31
7.Mood IndigoDoris Day3:52
8.I Got It Bad And That Ain't GoodEileen Farrell3:53
9.SolitudeTony Bennett3:32
10.Midnight IndigoLambert, Hendricks & Ross2:33
11.Jump For JoyRoy Hamilton2:04
12.Do Nothing Till You Hear From MeLeslie Uggams2:48
13.Love SceneTony Bennett2:34
14.Cotton TailLambert, Hendricks & Ross2:56
15.Just Squeeze MeTammy Grimes2:30
16.You Better Know ItBussy Greco2:19
17.I Let A Song Go Out Of My HeartTony Bennett1:58
18.In A Sentimental MoodCarol Sloane3:43
19.In A Mellow ToneLambert, Hendricks & Ross3:30
20.Don't Get Around Much AnymoreTony Bennett2:01
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This is an unusual Ellington collection in that it focuses on Ellington as a songwriter rather than a recording artist, and covers a range of interpreters and styles. Ellington and his orchestra are the band for every cut on Disc One, the most notable attribute of which is the presence of legendary swing vocalist Ivie Anderson, who was Ellington's resident vocalist for 11 years, on seven songs. So we get the first versions ever done of 'It Don't Mean a Thing' and 'I'm Checking Out -- Goodbye.' Ozzie Bailey, Jimmy Grissom, Rosemary Clooney, and Lil Greenwood are also featured here. The performances on Disc One are all self-explanatory in their importance and value. Disc Two is a more unusual mix of personnel and recordings, opening with Ellington's 1951 version of 'Take the 'A' Train' featuring Betty Roche scat-singing, and the Kitty Kallen/Harry James 'I'm Beginning to See the Light,' but then proceeds to mix recordings by Sarah Vaughan, Doris Day, Vic Damone, Tony Bennett, Roy Hamilton, Tammy Grimes ('Just Squeeze Me'), and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. This double-disc set would be more useful if it had some kind of annotation, and more satisfying had it used better condition masters -- the older tracks featuring Anderson, in particular, have a flat sound and a level of noise that wouldn't be necessary or permitted in a serious collection today. The fact that its contents are limited to Columbia Records material is also an unfortunate reality. It's a valuable addition to any collection, but only half of what it could be.

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