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 Stream
1 Cole Porter feat: Fred Astaire / Bing Crosby 03:25 Amazon
2 Olive Kline 02:41 Amazon
3 Cole Porter 03:09 Amazon
4 Cole Porter 03:06 Amazon
5 Cole Porter feat: Leon Maleson / Daryl Sherman 04:23 Amazon
6 Cole Porter feat: Irene Bordoni / Irving Aaronson & His Commanders 03:30 Amazon
7 Cole Porter 02:40 Amazon
8 Leslie Hutchinson 03:32 Amazon
9 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 03:12 Amazon
10 Cole Porter 03:06 Amazon
11 Cole Porter feat: Jackie Cain / Roy Kral 03:30 Amazon
12 Cole Porter feat: Ruby Braff / The George Barnes Quartet 04:37 Amazon
13 Cole Porter feat: Anita Boyer / Leo Reisman 03:20 Amazon
14 Leslie Hutchinson 02:55 Amazon
15 Nat King Cole 02:58 Amazon
16 Jack Hylton 03:07 Amazon
17 Cole Porter 02:59 Amazon
18 Maurice Chevalier 02:49 Amazon
19 Cole Porter feat: William Bolcom / Joan Morris 02:26 Amazon
20 Hildegarde 03:07 Amazon
21 Cole Porter 02:55 Amazon
22 Cole Porter feat: Bunny's Music Berigan / Lee Wiley 02:46 Amazon
23 Mae Barnes 02:10 Amazon
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