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George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

Mel Tormé, Frances Faye, Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra, The Bethlehem Orchestra, Russ Garcia

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Porgy and Bess  
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Act I: Introduction - Summertime (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:25
2
Act I: Narration 1 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:24
3
Act I: Summertime (Clara)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
3:48
4
Act I: Narration 2 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:12
5
Act I: A woman is a sometime thing (Jake)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
2:39
6
Act I: Narration 3 (Porgy, Bess) - Here comes de honey man (Peter)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:20
7
Act I: Narration 4 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:24
8
Act I: Evenin' ladies, hello boys (Porgy)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:43
9
Act I: Narration 5 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:15
10
Act I: No, no, brother, Porgy ain't soft on no woman (Porgy)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:33
11
Act I: Narration 6 (Porgy, Bess) (Scene: Crap game and murder)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
4:31
12
Act I: Narration 7 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:51
13
Act I: Gone, gone, gone
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
2:20
14
Act I: Overflow, overflow (Porgy)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
2:08
15
Act I: Narration 8 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:28
16
Act I: I can't puzzle this thing out (Porgy)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:18
17
Act I: Narration 9 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:11
18
Act I: My man's gone now (Serena)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
3:49
19
Act I: Narration 10 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:35
20
Act I: Oh, the train is at the station (Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
2:43
21
Act I: Narration 11 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:37
22
Act I: Oh I'm agoin' out to the Blackfish banks (Jake)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
2:17
23
Act I: Narration 12 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:34
24
Act I: Oh, I got plenty of nuttin' (Quartet)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
3:13
25
Act I: Mornin', Lawyer, lookin' for somebody? (Sportin' Life)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
4:23
26
Act II: Buzzard keep on flyin' over (Porgy)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
2:43
27
Act II: Narration 13 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:28
28
Act II: Bess, you is my woman now (Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
4:57
29
Act II: Oh, I can't sit down (Bess, Porgy)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:55
30
Act II: Porgy, I hates to go (Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:00
31
Act II: Oh, I got plenty o' nuttin' (Jake, Clara, Porgy, Serena) (reprise)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:37
32
Act II: It Ain't Necessarily So
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
4:28
33
Act II: Narration 14 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:34
34
Act II: It ain't necessarily so (Sportin' Life)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
4:28
35
Act II: Narration 15 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:53
36
Act II: What You Want Wid' Bess (Crown)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
2:12
37
Act II: Narration 16 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:33
38
Act II: Oh, I'm agoin' out to the Blackfish banks (Jake) (reprise)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:27
39
Act II: Narration 17 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:30
40
Act II: Oh, doctor Jesus (Porgy, Clara, Serena, Sporting Life)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
2:02
41
Act II: Here come de honey man - Oh dey's so fresh an' fine - I'm talkinn about devil's crab (Strawberry Woman, Crab Man, Porgy)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
3:31
1
Act II: Narration 18 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:38
2
Act II: I Loves You, Porgy (Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
3:17
3
Act II: Narration 19 (Porgy, Bess) (Scene: Storm)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
3:04
4
Act II: Summertime (Clara) (reprise)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:22
5
Act II: Narration 20 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:11
6
Act II: Oh, dere's somebody knockin' at de do'
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:03
7
Act II: Narration 21 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:20
8
Act II: If God want to kill me (Crown)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
2:05
9
Act II: Narration 22 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:06
10
Act II: A red-headed woman make a choo-choo jump (Crown, Clara, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:48
11
Act II: Narration 23 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:59
12
Act II: Oh, Doctor Jesus (Porgy, Clara, Serena, Sporting Life) (reprise)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:38
13
Act III: Narration 24 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:59
14
Act III: Clara, Clara, don't you be downhearted (Serena, Bess, Sporting Life)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:36
15
Act III: Narration 25 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:10
16
Act III: Summertime (Bess, Porgy) (reprise)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:12
17
Act III: Narration 26 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:50
18
Act III: Oh, Lawd, what I goin' do? (Porgy, Bess, Sporting Life)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:57
19
Act III: Narration 27 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:09
20
Act III: There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York (Sporting Life, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:28
21
Act III: Narration 28 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:18
22
Act III: Narration 29 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
0:24
23
Act III: How are you dis mornin'?
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:41
24
Act III: Narration 30 (Porgy, Bess)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:41
25
Act III: Oh, Bess, oh, where is my Bess? (Porgy)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
2:19
26
Act III: Finale: Oh Lawd, I'm on my way (Porgy)
George Gershwin; Mel Tormé; Frances Faye; Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra; The Bethlehem Orchestra; Russ Garcia
1:57
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Total Playing Time    1:51:11
"... a fascinating guilty pleasure ..."
- JazzTimes

"Tormé's singing is impeccable, expressive and stylish from first note to last."
- Chicago Tribune

"... Bethlehem’s version, over the years, has emerged as the high point of the various attempts by jazz singers and musicians to put Porgy on record."
- Songbirds

George Gershwin's folk opera got this jazz treatment for the very first time in 1956 starring Mel Tormé as Porgy and Frances Faye as Bess. Bethlehem Records put nearly their entire roster of vocalists and musicians in the studio to cut this all-star session. The singers are backed up by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Stan Levey Group, the Australian Jazz Quintet (with Herbie Mann on flute) and the Bethlehem Orchestra conducted by Russ Garcia.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Bethlehem Records Studio Masters

Producer: Red Clyde
Chief Engineer: Val Valentin
Engineer: Frank Abbey
Remastering: John Sigmon
Transfer Engineers: Alex Nappi, Dana Pedersen

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