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Posted By: Callie
16-Jan-01 - 07:28 PM
Thread Name: CD: The Glory of Gershwin..George Martin
Subject: RE: CD: The Glory of Gershwin..George Martin
I didn't like The Glory of Gershwin. And it's not for purist "rock musos shouldn't sing Gershwin" reasons.

I thought some of the singing was outstandingly good, including Sinead O'Connor and Elvis Costello (mind you, I think Elvis Costello farting in a bath would sound good - here I go ducking fruit once more). The real eye-opener was Meatloaf - wow what a voice!

What I didn't like about it was the clean/glitzy production. While I think George Martin's talent is unsurpassed, the cd doesn't swing, doesn't groove. It lacks a certain soul. So although it's maybe note-perfect, I can't hear any of the warmth, character or inventiveness which I think are three important elements of Gershwin's music.

It also had some really grating tracks. Robert Palmer sings "I got Rhythm" but the track DOESN'T GROOVE - so in fact, he DOESN'T have rhythm (unless he's singing ironically, which seems unlikely).

I gave the cd away.