Various Artists

The Great Composers Sing & Play the Songs They Wrote

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In the pantheon of Tin Pan Alley and American popular song, it's difficult at times to find the composers actually performing their own material. On this 21-track CD you hear some of those writers in performance, either conducting a band, collaborating, or singing. Unfortunately, digital reproduction cannot clean up the muddy original recordings, and many of these cuts suffer from that deficiency. Of the more popular highlights, you hear George Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me," Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" and "You're the Top," Ray Noble's "The Very Thought of You" and "The Touch of Your Lips," and Duke Ellington's "Caravan" and "Solitude." It's too bad that time has not been kinder to the type of songs they just don't write anymore, but this nostalgic trip is a noble effort to present a taste of still timeless music.

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