Cole Porter

The Ultimate Cole Porter, Vol. 3 [Original Cast Recordings]

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The third volume of British reissue label Pearl's The Ultimate Cole Porter series begins in 1936 with "Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye," a Porter song interpolated into the 1936 London musical O Mistress Mine, and concludes with British comedians Flanagan and Allen's interpolation of "Let's Be Buddies," introduced in the 1940 Broadway musical Panama Hattie, into their 1941 British show Black Vanities. The series, produced by musical-theater historian Jack Raymond, and based on transfers from his collection of 78s, aims to include initial or early recordings of show or film songs as performed by singers featured in the shows or films themselves. This sounds like the later concept of "original cast" albums, but those didn't start to come in a big way until a few years after the period covered here. More typically, a stage star like Ethel Merman or Mary Martin might be contracted to record a single or two of songs from a show in which the star was appearing. Or, the source may be an aircheck from a radio show. (No soundtrack recordings have been used.) Such material is, naturally, not only incomplete, but actually consists of just a few highlights and rarities. Consider that nothing at all is included here from the Porter musical You Never Know (its score including "At Long Last Love"), and that among the missing songs from the period are "Kaiti Went to Haiti" and "Well, Did You Evah?" This is simply because there were no recordings of these songs by the performers who appeared in the shows in which they were included. Nevertheless, there is plenty of excellent Porter here, including such songs as "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "But in the Morning, No," "Friendship," "I've Still Got My Health," "Make It Another Old Fashioned, Please," and "Let's Not Talk About Love." Many of the recordings come from England, but American stars such as Martin, Merman, Nelson Eddy, and Danny Kaye are also included.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:43
2
feat: Nelson Eddy
2:50
3 2:55
4
feat: Nelson Eddy
1:46
5
feat: Frances Day
2:38
River god, song (used in the play "The Sun Never Sets")
6
feat: Todd Duncan
3:10
7
feat: Mary Martin
2:25
8
feat: Mary Martin
2:58
9
feat: Frances Day
3:28
10 3:33
11 2:50
12
feat: Pat Kirkwood
2:57
13
feat: Pat Kirkwood
3:14
14
feat: Ethel Merman
2:34
15
feat: Ethel Merman
2:35
16 3:23
17
feat: Ethel Merman
3:01
18 3:04
19 2:55
20
feat: Danny Kaye
2:44
21
feat: Danny Kaye
2:31
22 2:55
23 2:47
24 3:23
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