Sunday, January 25, 2009

Percy Faith - The Columbia Album of George Gershwin, Vol. 1 (1957)

This is another of my mom's albums that I grew up listening to. As I've mentioned before, my mom really liked Percy Faith, so I like his music a lot, too. I posted another album of Gershwin tunes a couple of weeks ago, as played by Frank Chacksfield and his orchestra, but I much prefer Percy Faith's version, probably because of the memories it brings. This album is a mono version, but I would love to have a stereo version, if anyone out there has one to share! Even in mono, the orchestrations and sound are absolutely wonderful. Enjoy!

Track listing for Percy Faith - The Columbia Album of George Gershwin, Vol. 1:

Side 1:
1. Fascinatin' Rhythm
2. A Foggy Day
3. Soon
4. Clap Yo' Hands
5. Embraceable You
6. Mine
7. Somebody Loves Me

Side 2:
1. I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'
2. Summertime
3. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
4. My Man's Gone Now
5. Nice Work If You Can Get It
6. For You, For Me, For Evermore
7. Liza


doug said...

This is an excellant post, thank you from a Percy Faith fan. I didn't even know this one existed. The only thing better would be the stereo version, but this is an excellant copy, nice and clean, and at a good volume. It is so good that I could easily hear the bass clarinet on "Embraceable You" with ease.

phatchantz said...

thanks !! - I too grew up listening to this one ( still have the original ) - been played so many times that you can almost read the newspaper through it :)

( on the hunt for stereo version - you will be the first to know if I can locate one )

Have a listen to Mr. Wilson and Mr. Gershwin ( Teddy Wilson )