Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Cole Porter - Cole Porter's Anything Goes - 1977

If you are into showtunes, this is a fun record. This collects old recordings of many of the cast from the original Broadway cast. The back of the record says, "An archival reconstruction of the original production". So you've got Ethel Merman belting out these songs the way they were meant to be belted. You hear these recordings and you can understand why she was such a hit on Broadway. It certainly wasn't her looks. It was the fact that she could belt out these songs to the back row without a microphone.

Most interesting, though, for me the tracks of Cole Porter singing his own songs. I think they are basically like demos of the songs. He wasn't really a singer and I think recordings of him singing are kind of rare, which is why I find them so interesting.

On a side note if you don't know much about Cole Porter, see the movie "De-Lovely". It got mixed reviews when it came out, but I really enjoy the film. It also features some great modern takes on his music. The soundtrack is worth the purchase as well.


01 I Get A Kick Out Of You - Ethel Merman.m4a
02 All Through The Night - Jack Whiting.m4a
03 Sailor's Chanty - The Foursome.m4a
04 You're The Top - Cole Porter.m4a
05 You're The Top - Ethel Merman.m4a
06 Anything Goes - Cole Porter.m4a
07 Blow, Gabriel, Blow - Ethel Merman.m4a
08 Blow, Gabriel, Blow - Jeane Aubert.m4a
09 Scene In The Ship's Brig _ Be Like The Blue Bird - Jack Whiting & Sidney Howard.m4a
10 Be Like The Bluebird - Cole Porter.m4a
11 Gypsy In Me - The Foursome.m4a
12 You're The Top - Jack Whiting And Jeanne Aubert.m4a

Cole Porter's Anything

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