PE0263. From Gershwin's Time: The Original Sounds Of George Gershwin 1920-1945, incl.Fred Astaire, Ben Selvin and His Orchestra, Buck & Bubbles, Russian Art Choir, Columbia Light Opera Company, Eddy Duchin, Cliff Edwards, Cliquot Club Eskimos, Fred Rich & His Hotel Astor Orchestra, George Gershwin, Alexander Gray, Hal Kemp & His Orchestra, Al Jolson, Tessa Kosta, Ella Logan, Abe Lyman, Edward Matthews, Phil Neely, Red Nichols, Gertrude Niesen, Arthur Lange's Orchestra, Isabelle Patricola, Tom Patricola, Paul Whitman & His Orchestra, Fritz Reiner Cond.Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Rondoliers Quartet, Dick Robertson, Joe Schenck, Kate Smith, Singing Sophomores, Maxine Sullivan, Frank Sylvano, Gus Van & Ipana Troubadours. 2-Sony MH2K 60648, recorded 1920-45. Gatefold Jacket has Brochure, w.archival photos; Discs feature original Columbia LP labels. Very long Out of Print, final sealed copy! - 074646064825
“Some people at Sony have used their ears and eyes wisely to come up with ‘Masterworks Heritage’, a mid-price reissue series drawing on treasures from the Columbia/CBS/Epic vaults and packaging them not in the usual fragile, space-consuming jewel boxes, but in slim, sturdy cardboard folders that suggest the sleeves of old. Furthermore, the funky charming cover illustrations and disc label art of the original 78s and/or LPs is reproduced as well.
Sony has chosen interpretations not previously available on CD, most from monophonic recordings of the 1940s and '50s.”
- Herbert Glass, LOS ANGELES TIMES, 5 Jan., 1997
“Recorded between 1922 and 1939. Includes liner notes by Daniel Langan and Paul Moor in English, German & French. This is part of Sony Classical's Masterworks Heritage series. All tracks have been digitally remastered using 20-bit technology. Gershwin wasn't just equally at home with popular and concert musics but wildly successful in both arenas as well. A fusion of blues and Yiddish yearning, jazz syncopation and European classical structure, George Gershwin's fertile imagination and knack for non-pandering accessibility insure his exalted historical legacy. FROM GERSHWIN'S TIME compiles two CDs' worth of his music recorded mostly during his lifetime. While the singing styles and instrumental backing of the show tunes may sound dated - after all, these were the roaring '20s and the depressed '30s - upon closer listening there is charm, ingenuity and a sense of excitement and freshness in these renderings. Maxine Sullivan delivers ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ tenderly, with lovely, lilting restraint. ‘Wintergreen For President’ as performed by Hal Kemp and chorus is a hoot, showing how some things, namely the game of politics, never change. Borah Minnevitch & His Harmonica Rascals give an incredibly accurate and cogent reading of themes from ‘Rhapsody in Blue’. And hearing George Gershwin playing his own music on piano, placed within the context of his contemporaries, provides an insight and perspective only an album this well put together can provide.”
“Of all the Gershwin compilations out there, none is so varied in performers and scope - from Broadway tunes to Rhapsody - nor are any this fun. A ’must-have’ for Gershwin fans.”