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Mabel Mercer Sings Cole Porter

Mabel MercerAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables Records
  • ASIN: B000JJSJH8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's Delovely
2. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
3. Experiment
4. Ours
5. After You
6. Where Oh Where
7. It's All Right with Me
8. So in Love
9. Looking at You
10. When Love Comes Your Way
11. I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple
12. Use Your Imagination
13. Ace in the Hole

Editorial Reviews

A classic 1955 outing from this British cabaret singer pairing her nonpareil vocal stylings with the Cole Porter songbook! The original Atlantic Records release.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Delightful, Delicious and Delovely April 1, 2008
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"Mabel Mercer Sings Cole Porter," is one of the greatly-admired classics by the English-born, mid-20th century performer, as recorded at Atlantic's historic West 56th Studios, and engineered by Tom Dowd. Porter's songs are largely well-known; they come from ten of his shows; and all illustrate Mercer's great artistry with a great song: the flexibility of her voice, her ability to present the emotional truth of it; her intonation, her phrasing. Mind you, some modern listeners may find her piano accompaniment, as provided by Cy Walter and Stan Freeman to be a bit florid, but it really does not detract from her fine soprano voice.

The disk opens on an "It's Delovely," that truly is, delightful, delicious and delovely. "Every Time We Say Goodbye," captures the song's implicit heart break. "Experiment" is not well-known, but extraordinarily jaunty and flavorful. "After You," just lovely. On "Where Oh Where," the diva delivers the yearning of the song. "It's All Right With Me" is deservedly famous, and Mercer makes a sexy, playful joy of it, as she does with "Ace in the Hole." "So In Love," "Looking At You," and "When Love Comes Your Way:" Porter has never sounded so tender. "Just One of those Things" and "From This Moment On," are Porter at his peak, again, and Mercer delivers them with what lyricist Lorenz Hart called her "unfelt clasp of hand." Nevertheless, I've long had problems with "I Am Ashamed that Women Are So Simple," which Porter wrote for the Broadway show "Kiss Me Kate." Even in context, especially in context, it has got to be read as pretty darn sexist, and, whereas I try hard not to be politically correct, I just can't help resenting the beautiful, gossamer treatment Mercer gives it.

However, there are very few records that I love enough so as to have bought them on vinyl, on audio cassette, and on compact disk, and this is one of them. I'm sitting here looking at the vinyl right now. What an artistic achievement it was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mabel and Cole, what a pairing. December 11, 2012
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Mabel Mercer and Cole Porter are a match made in musical heaven. Her interpretive powers, and his sophisticated songs make this a must have album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mabel at her best April 19, 2010
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Here is the marvelous Mabel Mercer at her best, singing the best of Porter. This recording tells us why Mabel Mercer was such a great interpreter of these songs and others like these and why no one else is like her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful May 21, 2014
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This was a great introduction to Mabel Mercer. Wonderful selection showing various skills and techniques. I look forward to exploring more of this artists work.
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