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Isaias Caetano
04-29-2013, 03:17 PM
The Glory Of Gershwin (Featuring Larry Adler And others) 1994


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Review by Arwulf Arwulf

Mouth organ virtuoso Larry Adler's last big project was a 1994 all-star tribute to composer and pianist George Gershwin. Produced in celebration of Adler's 80th birthday, this album sold over two million copies. The octogenarian is heard plying his harmonica alongside artists mainly associated with late 20th century pop music. Kate Bush sings "The Man I Love," Elvis Costello intones "But Not for Me," and Sinéad O'Connor breathes "My Man's Gone Now." Robert Palmer tosses off "I Got Rhythm," Meat Loaf claims that "Somebody Loves Me," Lisa Stansfield insists that "They Can't Take That Away from Me," and Elton John does up both "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Love is Here to Stay." There is a lovely version of "Embraceable You" sung by Oleta Adams, "I've Got a Crush on You" was assigned to Carly Simon, "It Ain't Necessarily So" (the title of Adler's autobiography) is delivered by Cher, and Sting presents "Nice Work if You Can Get It." Peter Gabriel and saxophonist Courtney Pine each interpret "Summertime," and Adler is backed by an orchestra under the direction of George Martin for the grand finale, an eight-and-a-half-minute arrangement of the "Rhapsody in Blue."

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Given the fact that George Gershwin was one of the greatest composers of the last hundred years, it seems that it would be easy to assemble a tribute album to him. Glory of Gershwin proves that this isn't the case, simply by offering poor arrangements of great songs by singers who can't handle the material. Artists like Sting and Elvis Costello are weighed down by their literary and musical pretensions, and their contributions show why Glory of Gershwin is a failure; they sound smug and self-conscious, aware that they are singing some "serious music." There is no fun on this tribute, only reverence, which is a shame. Gershwin's music was many things, but it was hardly dull; Glory of Gershwin is anything but exciting.


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Review by Henry Doktorski:
Larry Adler personally told me the story of his first performance of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue:


"I was at a party in New York in 1934 when the host, Jules Glaenzer—the president of Cartier Jewelers—suddenly announced
"Now Larry and George are going to play the Rhapsody in Blue." Glaenzer didn't even know if I knew the Rhapsody, but he
announced it anyway. I had never played it before, but I had heard the piece several times, so I was confident that I
could play it without rehearsal.

"So George sat at the piano and I started to play the Rhapsody, and it was as if two people had known each other all
their lives; we played the Rhapsody all the way through and when we finished it, George got up, put his hand on my
shoulder and said, 'You make the god-damned thing sound like I wrote it for you!'

"From then on I was friends with the Gershwin family for the rest of George's life and for the rest of Ira's too."
Rhapsody in Blue is the crowning glory of this album; the longest piece (8.5 minutes—abridged version) and the only
instrumental work on the CD. Throughout the entire 78 minutes (talk about value for your money!) Adler and the singers
are accompanied by a studio symphony orchestra directed by George Martin.

Every track on this album is superb, what else can one expect with such world-class artists as Elton John, Carly, Simon, Elvis Costello, Sting, etc. and arrangers such as George Martin (who also arranged for the Beatles), Graham Preskett and Michael Gibbs? Adler told me that the two million-plus sales of this 80th birthday tribute album put him in the Guiness Book of Records: the oldest artist to record a hit album.

Born in Baltimore in 1914, he briefly attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music but was kicked out for playing Yes, We Have No Bananas instead of Grieg at a recital. After winning a harmonica contest in his teens, Larry Adler ran away to New York to develop his career. He got his first break when Rudy Vallee agreed to put him on at his club. In time, he became a success, rubbing shoulders with Al Capone in Chicago, making up tennis foursomes with Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo and Salvador Dali in Beverly Hills and travelling to Europe, where the French composer Maurice Ravel left provision in his will for Adler to be allowed to perform Bolero whenever he liked, without paying royalties.

The McCarthyite witch-hunts blacklisted Adler and he was summoned (along with many distinguished showbiz personalities) to appear before the Senate Un-American Activities Committee. He refused.
In 1949 he was obliged to relocate in England where he was already popular. Finally, having been mistaken for a member of the Communist Party of America named Leonard Adler, Larry was forced to surrender his American passport. His vocal opposition to the Vietnam War in the Sixties set the seal on matters. He said, "I lost respect for a government that could permit such things to happen to its citizens. I lost respect and I'm afraid I didn't regain it."

In April 1994 Adler triumphantly returned to America and has since been concertizing once again in the country of his birth. I met him during his four-concert performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra.
Adler's playing is quite spectacular considering his age, despite some apparent difficulty with one particular ascending chromatic scale in The Rhapsody. I believe that this is one CD harmonica lovers will treasure.




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01. Summertime (3:49) – Peter Gabriel
02. Do What You Do (3:34) – Chris De Burgh
03. Nice Work If You Can Get It (3:02) – Sting
04. They Can’t Take That Away From Me (3:16) – Lisa Stansfield
05. Someone To Watch Over Me / Love Is Here To Stay (6:41) – Elton John
06. I’ve Got A Crush On You (3:35) – Carly Simon
07. But Not For Me (5:02) – Elvis Costello
08. It Ain’t Necessarily So (4:02) – Cher
09. The Man I Love (3:17) – Kate Bush
10. How Long Has This Been Going On (5:05) – Jon Bon Jovi (Feat. Richie Sambora, Guitar)
11. Embraceable You (3:52) – Oleta Adams
12. Bidin' My Time (3:28) – Willard White
13. My Man's Gone Now (3:36) – Sinéad O'Connor
14. I Got Rhythm (3:53) – Robert Palmer
15. Somebody Loves Me (4:12) – Meat Loaf
16. I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise (4:29) – Issy Van Randwick
17. Summertime (3:56) – Courtney Pine
18. Rhapsody Blue (8:28) – Larry Adler (Harmonica) / George Martin
Arranged By – Ferde Grofé
Arranged By [Additional Arrangement] – Robert Russell Bennett

Time: 1:18:01


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George Gershwin (1898-1937) - Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)
George Gershwin (1898-1937) - Arthur Francis [pseudonym of Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)]
George Gershwin (1898-1937) - Ballard MacDonald (1882-1935)
George Gard "Buddy" DeSylva (1895-1950)
Dorothy Hayward (1890-1961)
DuBose Edwin Heyward (1885-1940)
Gustav Gerson Kahn (1886-1941)

Arranged By – George Martin, Graham Preskett, Michael Gibbs
Artwork By [Front Cover Painting] – Ian Youngs
Co-producer [Assistant Producer] – Giles Martin
Edited By – Cliff Jones (3)
Engineer – Rupert Coulson, Steve Orchard
Executive Producer – Jonathan Shalit
Harmonica [Featuring] – Larry Adler
Mixed By – Giles Martin, Rupert Coulson
Photography [Assistant] – Cody Burridge
Photography [Project Photographer] – Adrian Houston
Producer – George Martin
Written-By – Arthur Francis (tracks: 16), Ballard MacDonald (tracks: 15), Buddy DeSylva* (tracks: 15, 16), Dorothy

Hayward* (tracks: 1, 8, 13, 17), DuBose* (tracks: 1, 8, 13, 17), George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin* (tracks: 1 to 14, 17),

George Gershwin (tracks: 15, 16, 18), Gus Kahn (tracks: 2)



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Made in Germany by PMDC
This recording is a tribute to the great living legend Larry Adler in celebration of his 80th birthday.
Recorded and mixed at Air Lyndhurst. Additional recording at Abbey Road.
Larrsy plays Hohner exclusively

Label: Mercury 35 536 2
mp3 ~ 320
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Yen_
04-29-2013, 03:49 PM
I downloaded directly and the two files linked automatically (JDownloader didn't like them). I love Gershwin and it's nice to hear harmonica and vocal versions. Many thanks Isaias for ripping and sharing.

Jiksaw
04-29-2013, 04:19 PM
Thanks Isaias.

Isaias Caetano
04-29-2013, 05:12 PM
I downloaded directly and the two files linked automatically (JDownloader didn't like them). I love Gershwin and it's nice to hear harmonica and vocal versions. Many thanks Isaias for ripping and sharing.

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04-29-2013, 05:17 PM
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04-29-2013, 06:48 PM
Thank, Isaias Caetano.

Yannis
04-29-2013, 10:32 PM
Great Post Isaia ( but I have it ) !!! Great Share for All !!!

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04-29-2013, 10:41 PM
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04-29-2013, 10:49 PM
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04-29-2013, 11:39 PM
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Petros
04-30-2013, 12:48 AM
Great!
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04-30-2013, 04:34 PM
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aktivisten
05-01-2013, 08:34 AM
Thanks Isaias!

RudiRe
05-03-2013, 08:45 AM
Thank you. Nice recordings. Larry Adler is wonderful. So are you.

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06-06-2013, 05:43 AM
AWESOME! MANY Thanks!

Isaias Caetano
06-06-2013, 06:07 AM
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