The Glory of Gershwin

Various Artists

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The Glory of Gershwin Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Given the fact that George Gershwin was one of the greatest composers of the last hundred years, it seems that it would be easy to assemble a tribute album to him. Glory of Gershwin proves that this isn't the case, simply by offering poor arrangements of great songs by singers who can't handle the material. Artists like Sting and Elvis Costello are weighed down by their literary and musical pretensions, and their contributions show why Glory of Gershwin is a failure; they sound smug and self-conscious, aware that they are singing some "serious music." There is no fun on this tribute, only reverence, which is a shame. Gershwin's music was many things, but it was hardly dull; Glory of Gershwin is anything but exciting.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Peter Gabriel 03:50 SpotifyAmazon
2 Sting 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
3 Lisa Stansfield 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
4 Elton John 06:41 SpotifyAmazon
5 Carly Simon 03:35 SpotifyAmazon
6 Elvis Costello 05:02 SpotifyAmazon
7 Cher 04:12 SpotifyAmazon
8 Kate Bush 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
9 Jon Bon Jovi 05:03 SpotifyAmazon
10 Oleta Adams 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
11 Sinéad O'Connor 03:38 SpotifyAmazon
12 Robert Palmer 03:54 SpotifyAmazon
13 Meat Loaf 04:14 SpotifyAmazon
14 04:32 SpotifyAmazon
15 Courtney Pine 04:00 SpotifyAmazon
16 Larry Adler / George Martin 08:28 SpotifyAmazon
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