Cole Porter

Wake Up and Dream: Cole Porter, 1916-1929

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In 1992, the Indiana Historical Society marked native son Cole Porter's centenary a year late by issuing the box set You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930s. The organization followed in 1999 with another box that surveyed the rest of Porter's career, You're Sensational: Cole Porter in the '20s, '40s & '50s. In 2002, the three discs from that collection were released separately. This is the first of them, named after a 1929 Porter musical. The organizing principle of both of the boxes, explained in the liner notes (which are not included here), was to take Porter's work in chronological order by show, but not by date of actual recording. Thus, this volume, which actually dates back to 1916's See America First, begins with "I've a Shooting Box in Scotland" from that show, although the recording used is a duet by Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire made in the 1970s. Other recordings are contemporaneous to the shows themselves, but the album veers back and forth across the decades. It also includes recordings made in a variety of styles. Several tracks are instrumental jazz treatments, usually presented after a vocal version of the same song has already been provided, such as the Ruby Braff/George Barnes Quartet's version of "Looking at You," which follows a performance of the same song by Jackie Cain and Roy Kral. There are some wonderful performers -- including Paul Whiteman, Bunny Berigan, Nat King Cole, Marlene Dietrich, and Maurice Chevalier -- and some classic Porter songs, such as "Let's Misbehave," "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)," and "What Is This Thing Called Love." But this is more a scholar's Cole Porter than a casual listener's, and a great deal is lost in terms of comprehension by the elimination of the extensive annotations that accompanied the box set.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:25
2
feat: Olive Kline
2:41
3 3:09
4 3:06
5 4:23
6 3:30
7 2:40
8 3:32
9 3:12
10 3:06
11 3:30
12 4:37
13 3:20
14 2:55
15 2:58
16
feat: Jack Hylton
3:07
17 2:59
18 2:49
19 2:26
20
feat: Hildegarde
3:07
21 2:55
22 2:46
23
feat: Mae Barnes
2:10
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