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The Complete Gershwin Songbooks Box set

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Two discs of Gershwin interpretations by Verve's unparalleled stable of vocalists-indeed, these are some of the most celebrated versions of all time-plus a disc of instrumental versions equals 48 essential tracks! Includes Fascinating Rhythm Fred Astaire; Someone to Watch over Me Arthur Prysock; I Got Rhythm Ernestine Anderson; Summertime Helen Merrill; They Can't Take That Away from Me Billie Holiday; Embraceable You Sarah Vaughan; Let's Call the Whole Thing Off Ella Fitzgerald; Love Is Here to Stay Shirley Horn; A Foggy Day Dinah Washington; Who Cares? Anita O'Day; Fascinating Rhythm Louis Bellson; Somebody Loves Me Oscar Peterson; Someone to Watch over Me Art Tatum, and more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. They Can't Take That Away From Me - Billie Holiday
  2. Summertime - Helen Merrill
  3. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  4. Embraceable You - Sarah Vaughan
  5. But Not For Me - Dinah Washington
  6. They All Laughed - Bing Crosby
  7. The Man I Love - Betty Carter
  8. Oh, Lady Be Good - The Gordons With Dizzy Gillespie And Stuff Smith
  9. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York - Louis Armstrong
  10. How Long Has This Been Going On? - Ella Fitzgerald
  11. 'S Wonderful - Joe Williams
  12. I Loves You Porgy - Nina Simone
  13. I've Got A Crush On You - Bill Henderson
  14. Fascinatin' Rhythm - Fred Astaire
  15. Someone To Watch Over Me - Blossom Dearie
  16. Our Love Is Here To Stay - Shirley Horn

Disc: 2

  1. I Got Rhythm - Ernestine Anderson
  2. Nice Work If You Can Get It - Billie Holiday
  3. Embraceable You - Joe Williams
  4. Who Cares? - Anita O'day
  5. A Woman Is A Sometime Thing - Louis Armstrong
  6. Love Walked In - Sarah Vaughan
  7. Love Is Here To Stay - Blossom Dearie
  8. Oh, Lady Be Good - Fred Astaire
  9. Of Thee I Sing - Ella Fitzgerald
  10. For You For Me, For Evermore - Morgana King
  11. A Foggy Day - Dinah Washington
  12. Someone To Watch Over Me - Arthur Prysock
  13. Isn't It A Pity? - Shirley Horn
  14. They Can't Take That Away From Me - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  15. 'S Wonderful - Sarah Vaughan
  16. Fascinatin' Rhythm - Antonio Carlos Jobim

Disc: 3

  1. Fascinatin' Rhythm - Louie Bellson
  2. My Man's Gone Now - Bill Evans And Jim Hall
  3. Mine - Buddy DeFranco
  4. How Long Has This Been Going On? - Coleman Hawkins
  5. Somebody Loves Me - Oscar Peterson
  6. Prelude II - Kenny Burrell
  7. They All Laughed - George Shearing
  8. Nice Work If You Can Get It - Stan Getz & Bob Brookmeyer
  9. I Loves You, Porgy - Bill Evans
  10. Love Is Here To Stay - Jimmy Cleveland
  11. The Man I Love - Toshiko Akiyoshi
  12. A Foggy Day - Tal Farlow
  13. Strike Up The Band - Oscar Peterson
  14. Embraceable You - Clifford Brown
  15. 'S Wonderful - Don Elliott
  16. Someone To Watch Over Me - Art Tatum


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: October 24, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Verve/PolyGram Records
  • ASIN: B000004709
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Delite Rancher VINE VOICE on May 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
While each of the three discs can be purchased separately, their individual strengths make "The Complete Gershwin Songbooks" very worthwhile. Since the music of George and Ira Gershwin has been recycled so many times, what makes this collection so valuable? This question can be answered with two words: quality control. The vintage musical choices are stellar. Many of the versions are sublime. The performers are first rate featuring Bing Crosby, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Clifford Brown, Art Tatum and so the list of luminaries goes on. In terms of genres, the music could be described as straight jazz, not excluding a jigger of croonerism and big band. This compilation will resonate with jazz purists who find the original stage versions a tad corny. "'S Marvelous" and "'S Wonderful" feature vocal interpretations. There are several candidates for definitive versions. Armstrong & Fitzgerald's 'Let's Call The Whole Thing Off,' Holiday's 'Nice Work If You Can Get It' and Armstrong's 'There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon' may be the ultimate versions of these standards. Those who believe that Sinatra performed the conclusive version of 'A Foggy Day' should listen to Dinah Washington's rendition. "'S Paradise" features instrumental music. Bill Evans and Jim Hall shine on the elegantly somber 'My Man's Gone Now.' Expectedly, Oscar Peterson dazzles on 'Strike Up The Band.' Featuring each track's personnel and any significant background information, the liner notes are detailed. The box is attractive and features Art Deco flappers painting the town red. The three discs can be individually acquired for a fraction of the box set's price through Amazon's marketplace sellers. "The Complete Gershwin Songbooks" is essential for any listener who appreciates both jazz and the music of Gershwin.
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This collection exemplifies what made Gershwin so great. A prolific songwriter, Gershwin attracted many wonderful vocalists eager to express their rendition of his works. This collection showcases the talents of some of the greats: Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Holiday, Louis Armstrong and the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. A terrific addition to your collection.
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This is a great selection on the Verve label of many of their best artists performing George Gershwin's songbook, recorded certainly mostly during the 50's. From Billie Holiday to Louis, Ella, Blossom and Fred. these are classic versions of classic songs, the recording quality is excellent, the programming is spot on and of course the songs are of the best.

3 Cd's and over three hours so good value, enjoy!
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She was delighted by the selection and pleased to see some favorites done as she was most familiar with them but also duplicated in jazzier forms on another disc. One disc is in our radio in the bathroom, one in the living room and the others are in her car CD player. Fortunately I'm a fan as well.
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