Various Artists

The Great Composers Sing & Play the Songs They Wrote

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AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos

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.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Johnny Mercer / Paul Whiteman Orchestra / Jack Teagarden 03:34 Amazon
2 02:51 Amazon
3 Cole Porter 03:06 Amazon
4 Noël Coward 03:34 Amazon
5 Fats Waller & His Rhythm 02:50 Amazon
6 Hoagy Carmichael 02:35 Amazon
7 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:11 Amazon
8 Sammy Fain 03:12 Amazon
9 Ray Noble & His Orchestra 03:35 Amazon
10 Sy Oliver 03:34 Amazon
11 Johnny Mercer 02:45 Amazon
12 Noël Coward 03:17 Amazon
13 Billie Holiday 03:12 Amazon
14 Duke Ellington 02:59 Amazon
15 Cole Porter 03:26 Amazon
16 Ray Noble 03:37 Amazon
17 Hoagy Carmichael 03:03 Amazon
18 George Gershwin 02:36 Amazon
19 Duke Ellington 03:00 Amazon
20 Noël Coward 02:52 Amazon
21 Sammy Fain 03:30 Amazon
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