October 14, 2007

Triplicate entries

While waiting for the baseball game to start I was looking through my iTunes library to see if I had any songs which would fit Fred Clarke's criteria (one song: "Here, There and Everywhere," by The Beatles) and I noticed I have three versions of George and Ira Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away from Me", the song with the memorable lines "the way you wear your hat, the way you sip your tea, the memory of all that, no no, they can't take that away from me."

The shortest is by Sinatra, coming in at 1:58. It's got a swing arrangement and is very upbeat. The next shortest (the original) is by Fred Astaire at 2:38. It was first performed in the film "Shall We Dance," from 1937. The longest by far is performed by Michael Feinstein. It weighs in at a whopping 5:32, and is darned near elegiac, it's so slow. It's filled with lush strings.

Sinatra's and Astaire's versions are sung from one lover to the other while she's present; Feinstein's sounds as though she's long gone and he's wallowing.

Feinstein with the San Francisco Ballet
Sinatra duet with Natalie Cole

Got any triplicates in your library?

Posted by Linkmeister at October 14, 2007 09:53 AM | TrackBack

No triplicates - No IPod. But I'm getting one from work for my service anniversary. - three days before I get laid off. But I'll have a new toy to play with and lots of time to play.


Posted by: cassie-b at October 14, 2007 10:26 AM

Ouch! Small consolation that is!

I don't have an iPod either, but iTunes works on the PC (even Windows), so my library is virtually all CDs I've loaded into it.

Posted by: Linkmeister at October 14, 2007 10:57 AM

I have at least one quadruplicate: "Aquarela do Brasil" in various versions by Gal Costa, Joao Gilberto, Rosa Passos and Francisco Alves, and that's not counting an English version, "Brazil" by Frank Sinatra, that I play often on a jukebox.
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Posted by: Peter at October 15, 2007 10:04 PM

No triplicates; but I do have one duplicate. It's a doozy, too, it's Verdi's Requiem, which we're currently rehearsing. Our director recommended the Gerghiev recording because Gerghiev is an opera conductor, but poking around iTunes I found the 1960-something recording conducted by Sir Georg Solti, with Sutherland, Horne, Pavarotti, and Talvela, and I could NOT pass up that version, so I bought them both. I was right, too - the solo work in the Gerghiev version isn't anywhere near the earlier recording, even if the soprano is Andrea Boccelli.

Posted by: hedera at October 16, 2007 06:30 PM