Various Artists

Crooners Lounge: Cole Porter Songbook

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With fluid melodies and sophisticated lyrics that practically define the meaning of urbane, Cole Porter still understood that it was love in both its higher and lower forms that made the world go round, and his songs are a litany to the fortunes and misfortunes of humanity's attempts to understand that most elusive and glorious of emotions. This brief 11-track collection merely scratches the surface of Porter's illustrious songbook. Check out Jo Stafford's "In the Still of the Night," Peggy Lee's perfectly nuanced "Let's Do It," Billie Holiday's "What Is This Thing Called Love," or Bing Crosby's unhurried "Begin the Beguine" to see how four very different approaches to Cole Porter songs brings you around to the same conclusion: this is beautiful stuff.

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