From Gershwin’s Time: The Original Sounds Of George Gershwin

From Gershwin’s Time: The Original Sounds Of George Gershwin

Product Details

Performer: George Gershwin
Audio CD (November 24, 1998)
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Original recording remastered
Label: Sony

Problem with listening to Gershwin tunes these days: all we ever hear is the new interpreters, the crooners who always boast a thick sheen of polish. Of course, there was a time–back before jazz became “smooth” and airline commercials picked up on “Rhapsody in Blue”–when Gershwin’s tunes were pop music. You know, fun songs heard everywhere–in the concert halls, at the movies, on the radio–by young and old alike. These tunes comprise From Gershwin’s Time, a collection of music recorded (mostly) while the composer was still alive, between 1920 and 1945 (George died in ’37). Vintage Gershwin cuts by Al Jolson, Ukulele Ike, Fred Astaire, and Tom Patricola (from the original George White’s Sandals Broadway cast) are interspersed with more novel acts: the Singing Sophomores, the Ipana Troubadours, and Borah Minnevitch & His Harmonica Rascals. The second CD features several tracks of Gershwin’s own piano work, but it’s the oddballs that make this disc so special. Of all the Gershwin compilations out there, none are so varied in performers and scope–from Broadway tunes to Rhapsody–nor are any this fun. A must-have for Gershwin fans. –Jason Verlinde

From Gershwin’s Time: The Original Sounds Of George Gershwin 1920-1945