George Gershwin / Cole Porter, The Best of Broadway
Those K-Tel compilations and the like…big part of my childhood, the grandparents collected up the tapes and LPs and I loved them; a library of sounds. Here’s an interesting one – a split record – so one side is George Gershwin and the other is Cole Porter – best of Broadway, best of both worlds. I think I really was hipped to Gershwin by the Glory of Gershwin album that Larry Adler recorded with various guests. By hipped, I mean – that’s when it all clicked, made sense; the depth. It was a gateway-drug moment. I’d heard so much of that stuff already but didn’t have a name to attach to it. Now I did and I was off. Same sort of deal with Cole Porter. The biopic De-Lovely (not great) sold me on the music. Again, I already know so much of it but that platform gave me scope to further explore. So I was ordering in CDs and finding records. Absorbing all I could. A few years ago this split-record was given to me in a stash of old records many of them not great, but the wee highlights were wonderful. This was one of them. I love the side-each flow of this. Little, perfect tasters.
Sample Track 1: S’Wonderful (George Gershwin)
Sample Track 2: Night and Day (Cole Porter)
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