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Sings Cole Porter

Dionne WarwickAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B000002VG5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Night And Day
2. I Love Paris
3. I Get A Kick Out Of You
4. What Is This Thing Called Love/So In Love (Medley)
5. You're The Top
6. I've Got You Under My Skin
7. Begin The Beguine
8. It's All Right With Me
9. Anything Goes
10. All Of You
11. I Concentrate On You
12. Just One Of Those Things
13. Night And Day (Jazz Version)

Editorial Reviews

Recorded in 1990, the same year various pop stars came out in recognition of Cole Porter and AIDS awareness with Red, Hot + Blue, Dionne Warwick's Porter album collects 13 favorites. It's hard to go wrong with this singer or this songwriter, but the production is pretty middle of the road, neither strikingly good nor shockingly bad. She's backed by a large orchestra, except in the reprise of "Night and Day," in which Stanley Jordan and the late Grover Washington Jr. add a smooth-jazz groove. No, Dionne's not exactly Ella here, but then she's not trying to be. --David Horiuchi

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS BAD AS THAT OTHER CRITIC SAID! September 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wow, that was a harsh commentary by that critic above! This album, while certainly not a major triumph, is by no means bad or boring! Ms Warwick does a respectable job throughout, although she can't contend with the likes of the late Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald when it comes to singing Porter. Warwick cites this as one of her favorite albums, and I really don't quite understand why. With all of the phenomonal work she's done in her career, this ranks somewhere in the lower half! Her new album, "Dionne Sings Dionne", is what she's all about - good singing and good material that's custom-made for her!
But this album does have some great moments. "What Is This Thing Called Love/So In Love" is beautifully executed, with just the right mix of mystery, emotion, and devotion that we'd expect. Also, "I Concentrate On You" is well done. This album could have done without the awkward "Begin the Beguine" or the boring "All of You." Everything else is respectable. A must-have for the serious Warwick collector, but for everyone else, I see no reason to buy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant but what a disappointment! December 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
When this was originally released I couldn't get my copy soon enough, not especially because of Dionne but because of the style of music. I have enjoyed Warwick's music in the past and think that it would've been lovely to have had her release a definitive anthology of Bacharach/David songs, at which she excelled. Here, she isn't ill-served by Porter's writing, for the most part, but the arrangements aren't so much awful as they are completely and unforgivingly generic; there isn't a single track that stands out in my memory for they all sound exactly alike: same tempo, same style, and even Dionne herself falls into the trap of sameness, giving each lyric the identical performance, though to her credit she does seem to be enjoying herself quite a bit. Every once in a while I'll play this album, just to see if my feelings have changed, and in the nearly-15 years since this was released, they haven't. Not at all. That said, for her big fans or those interested in this style of music but who aren't entirely discriminating, go for it - you'll probably enjoy it. For the serious fan of standards, however, I'd say buy it on the cheap. Definitely in that "nice, but no cigar" category.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dionne's tribute to Cole Porter. June 9, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is a very fine (if at times misguided) concept album. Dionne's renditions of these all-time classics may not be as mind-blowing or as timeless as those of Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan but Dionne was never a Jazz singer. That aside, most of these songs are definitely enjoyable and straddle the fence between Smooth Jazz and MOR-Pop and it's obvious that both Dionne and her producer Arif Mardin did the best they could. Sadly, this album was very poorly promoted by Arista Records and failed to get greater exposure.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Top! July 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an great album chock full of wonderful songs composed by one of -- if not the -- wittiest and most gifted songwriters (words AND music by the way) of the twentieth century. And the songs are sung by one of the greatest popular singers around; Ms. Warwick certainly proves on this album that she has the musical chops to sing along with the best of them -- Frank and Ella included -- when it comes to Porter's work. The arrangements sparkle. The ballads are beautifully sung. The upbeat numbers burst with energy. And Cole Porter's sensational lyrics come through loud and clear on every song. It's been said that of the many great songwriters of the 1930's, 40's and 50's, only Cole Porter has, thus far, proven to be completely irreplaceable. This album makes a strong case for that argument. (And while we're on the subject, I expect it will be quite a while before another Dionne Warwick comes along!) Bottomline: This is a great addition to the music library of any fan of the Great American Songbook, and any fans, in particular of Mr. Porter and Ms. Warwick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real good Abulm March 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a real good cd, I would like to see it become aviable again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 8, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cole Porter May 13, 2014
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I was thrilled that amazon made available.

Searching for years to no avail.

Great condition.

Wonderful selection of Cole Porter songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is There Anything This Woman Can't Sing? March 5, 2013
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I love Big Band Music................. So, this album makes me feel right at home. Dionne Warwick sings as she is singing 2 a live audience. Don;t sleep on Dionne
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5.0 out of 5 stars Standards at their best
Fabulous renditions of some of the best standards in American music, Dionne' distinctive voice adds extra notes of character to words and music.
Published 5 days ago by barbra
4.0 out of 5 stars Dionne Goes For Interpreting The Classics And Wins Out
Dionne Warwick's music career following the late 60's and early 70's gradually became a commercially checkered affair. Her vocal and performance talents were never in question. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs
I really love the way she sings these Eveergreen's. I was happy it finally came out on a cd as my old vinyl record was getting scratchy. Highly recommended!
Published on March 22, 2012 by N.B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Dionne's Best or Worst CD, But She's Simply the Wrong Singer for...
This CD was recorded in 1990 at a time when everyone from Carly Simon to Linda Ronstadt to Natalie Cole were remaking "Standards" recordings. Read more
Published on June 21, 2008 by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem of an Album
I must admit I didn't particularly like this recording the first time I heard it. It just didn't seem to grab me the way some of Dionne Warwick's earlier albums did. Read more
Published on July 23, 2007 by Gregg B. Holycross
3.0 out of 5 stars This CD is still in print!
BMG/Sony still has prints of this bright Warwick session produced by the late Arif Mardin. Warwick fans in England and Japan bought it. Read more
Published on June 25, 2007 by M. Bell
2.0 out of 5 stars This is The Bottom, not The Top!
I simply cannot understand why all this album was recorded with sample keyboards, making sound of false violins. Pure disaster. Read more
Published on January 2, 2007 by Carlos from Rio
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing groundbreaking, but enchanting nonetheless
This album was recorded in 1990, by which time all the years of smoking had clearly taken their toll on Dionne's once enviable vocal range. Read more
Published on August 11, 2006 by Kyles Beguiles
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