Harold Arlen - Song Is Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen - Song Is Harold Arlen
Artist:
Release Date:
September 19, 1995
Styles:
Traditional Pop, Big Band, Cast Recordings, Dixieland, Early Jazz, Show Tunes, Standards, Swing, Tin Pan Alley Pop, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop
Album:
Song Is Harold Arlen
Recording Date:
May 9, 1931 - December 11, 1944
Duration:
01:17:23

British label ASV/Living Era's The Song Is series presents the work of classic pop songwriters in recordings made around the time the songs were written. This 25-track disc has recordings of most of Harold Arlen's best-known early songs made between 1931 and 1944. Apparently having access to the RCA Victor and MCA vaults, compiler Peter Dempsey usually selects either the biggest hit recording of a song (Arlen's own version of "Stormy Weather," Cab Calloway's "Kickin' the Gong Around," Eddy Duchin's "Ill Weather" with Arlen on vocals, Louis Armstrong's "Public Melody Number One," Glenn Miller's "That Old Black Magic") or a recording made by a performer who is identified with the song because he or she sang it in a movie (Cliff Edwards' "It's Only a Paper Moon," Lawrence Tibbett's "Last Night When We Were Young," Dick Powell's "Speaking of the Weather," and Judy Garland's "Buds Won't Bud" and "Over the Rainbow"). When none of these circumstances can be obtained, the recordings are often by prominent performers such as Duke Ellington ("Happy As the Day Is Long"), Benny Goodman ("Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"), and Billie Holiday ("I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues"). A few of the choices are suspect, notably a 1942 instrumental recording of the 1930 song "Get Happy" by Art Hodes, and there is also the occasional omission of Arlen's best work, most notably "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)." But with so much of this kind of material otherwise unavailable, like the other volumes in this series, the Harold Arlen number is invaluable and makes for fascinating listening.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Stormy Weather / Harold Arlen / Ted KoehlerHarold Arlen feat: Leo Reisman & His Orchestra3:20
Get Happy / Harold Arlen / Ted KoehlerHarold Arlen feat: Art Hodes & His Orchestra3:04
Kickin' the Gong Around / Harold Arlen / Ted KoehlerHarold Arlen feat: Cab Calloway3:11
I've Got the World on a String / Harold Arlen / Ted KoehlerHarold Arlen feat: Bing Crosby / Dorsey Brothers Orchestra3:10
Happy as the Day Is Long / Harold Arlen / Ted KoehlerHarold Arlen feat: Ivie Anderson / Duke Ellington & His Orchestra2:45
It's Only a Paper Moon / Harold Arlen / E.Y. "Yip" Harburg / Billy RoseHarold Arlen feat: Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards2:36
Ill Wind / Harold Arlen / Ted KoehlerHarold Arlen feat: Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra3:51
Let's Fall in Love / Harold Arlen / Ted KoehlerHarold Arlen feat: Arthur Tracy3:04
Hittin' the Bottle / Harold Arlen / Ted KoehlerHarold Arlen feat: Sy Oliver / Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra3:04
Last Night When We Were Young / Harold Arlen / E.Y. "Yip" HarburgHarold Arlen feat: Nathaniel Shilkret & His Orchestra / Nathaniel Shilkret Orchestra / Lawrence Tibbett4:05
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea / Harold Arlen / Ted KoehlerHarold Arlen feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra / Helen Ward2:50
Speaking of the Weather / Harold Arlen / E.Y. "Yip" HarburgHarold Arlen feat: Victor Young & His Orchestra / Dick Powell2:57
Public Melody Number One / Harold Arlen / Ted KoehlerHarold Arlen feat: Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra / Luis Russell3:11
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues / Harold Arlen / Ted KoehlerHarold Arlen feat: Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra2:48
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive / Harold Arlen / Johnny MercerHarold Arlen feat: Bing Crosby / Vic Schoen & His Orchestra / Vic Schoen / The Andrews Sisters2:44
Two Blind Loves / Harold Arlen / E.Y. "Yip" HarburgHarold Arlen feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra3:20
Buds Won't Bud / Harold Arlen / E.Y. "Yip" HarburgHarold Arlen feat: Judy Garland3:10
This Time the Dream's on Me / Harold Arlen / Johnny MercerHarold Arlen feat: Ray Eberle / The Glenn Miller Orchestra3:07
June Comes Around Every Year / Harold Arlen / Johnny MercerHarold Arlen feat: Bing Crosby / The Girls' Octet / John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra2:45
Blues in the Night / Harold Arlen / Johnny MercerHarold Arlen feat: Leonard Joy & His Orchestra / Leonard Joy's Orchestra / Dinah Shore3:12
Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe / Harold Arlen / E.Y. "Yip" HarburgHarold Arlen feat: Carroll Gibbons / Edna Kaye / Carroll Gibbons & The Savoy Hotel Orpheans / Savoy Hotel Orpheans3:24
That Old Black Magic / Harold Arlen / Johnny MercerHarold Arlen feat: Skip Nelson & The Modernaires / The Modernaires / Skip Nelson / The Glenn Miller Orchestra3:06
I Promise You / Harold Arlen / Johnny MercerHarold Arlen feat: Bing Crosby / John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra3:16
We're off to See the Wizard / Harold Arlen / E.Y. "Yip" HarburgHarold Arlen feat: Victor Young & His Orchestra / Ken Darby Singers2:35
Over the Rainbow / Harold Arlen / E.Y. "Yip" HarburgHarold Arlen feat: Judy Garland2:48