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The Complete Gershwin Songbooks
Various Artists
The Complete Gershwin Songbooks
Genres: Blues, World Music, Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks, Classic Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #3


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CD Details

All Artists: Various Artists
Title: The Complete Gershwin Songbooks
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Original Release Date: 10/24/1995
Re-Release Date: 11/13/1995
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Blues, World Music, Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks, Classic Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Jump Blues, South & Central America, Brazil, Brazilian Jazz, Cool Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Latin Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Swing Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Bebop, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPC: 731452915221

CD Reviews

Xeneri | 07/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This collection exemplifies what made Gershwin so great. A prolific songwriter, Gershwin attracted many wonderful vocalists eager to express their rendition of his works. This collection showcases the talents of some of the greats: Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Holiday, Louis Armstrong and the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. A terrific addition to your collection."
Essential for the Gershwin-minded jazz listener
The Delite Rancher | Phoenix, Arizona | 05/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While each of the three discs can be purchased separately, their individual strengths make "The Complete Gershwin Songbooks" very worthwhile. Since the music of George and Ira Gershwin has been recycled so many times, what makes this collection so valuable? This question can be answered with two words: quality control. The vintage musical choices are stellar. Many of the versions are sublime. The performers are first rate featuring Bing Crosby, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Clifford Brown, Art Tatum and so the list of luminaries goes on. In terms of genres, the music could be described as straight jazz, not excluding a jigger of croonerism and big band. This compilation will resonate with jazz purists who find the original stage versions a tad corny. "'S Marvelous" and "'S Wonderful" feature vocal interpretations. There are several candidates for definitive versions. Armstrong & Fitzgerald's 'Let's Call The Whole Thing Off,' Holiday's 'Nice Work If You Can Get It' and Armstrong's 'There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon' may be the ultimate versions of these standards. Those who believe that Sinatra performed the conclusive version of 'A Foggy Day' should listen to Dinah Washington's rendition. "'S Paradise" features instrumental music. Bill Evans and Jim Hall shine on the elegantly somber 'My Man's Gone Now.' Expectedly, Oscar Peterson dazzles on 'Strike Up The Band.' Featuring each track's personnel and any significant background information, the liner notes are detailed. The box is attractive and features Art Deco flappers painting the town red. The three discs can be individually acquired for a fraction of the box set's price through Amazon's marketplace sellers. "The Complete Gershwin Songbooks" is essential for any listener who appreciates both jazz and the music of Gershwin."
Great selection from verve's great years
Fraserw | Buckingham, UK | 03/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great selection on the Verve label of many of their best artists performing George Gershwin's songbook, recorded certainly mostly during the 50's. From Billie Holiday to Louis, Ella, Blossom and Fred. these are classic versions of classic songs, the recording quality is excellent, the programming is spot on and of course the songs are of the best.
3 Cd's and over three hours so good value, enjoy!"