Single from the Larry Adler/Gershwin tribute-album
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Date: Fri, 25 Mar 1994 09:34:00 +0100
From: uli@zoodle.RoBIN.de (Ulrich Grepel)
Subject: mail from the Kate Bush Club
Yesterday I got a letter from the KBC (SAE 3), containing two important sheets of paper:
The other exciting news is that Kate is on the Larry Adler/Gershwin album celebrating Larry Adler's 80th Birthday. Kate has already recorded the track THE MAN I LOVE and although there is no definite release date yet, we understand it should be available within the next few months. We have had many enquiries about when "The Line, The Cross & The Curve" will be released on video - there is no projected relesae date yet but the film has been seen at a number of film festivals apart from London, including Dublin, Tromso[e] iun Norway and Berkeley in California. It will be shown at the Belgian film festival on 23rd March but unfortunately this leaflet will not arrive in time for that.
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Date: Wed, 6 Jul 1994 12:23:27 GMT
Subject: New UK Single!
News just out from the KBC here is that 'The Man I Love' is indeed to be the first single that will be released from the Gershwin album. The single will be released in the UK and Europe on 18th July, with the album to follow on the 25th.
It is hoped that the US releases will follow later in the Autumn.
Kate and Larry have made a video to go with the single.
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 94 17:04:14 EDT
Subject: Re: The Man I Love -- new KT songs?
"The Man I Love" is also a legitimate new Kate Bush track. It is due out in England next week. It's the lead-off single from an album of covers of Gershwin songs, reportedly to be called "The Glory of Gershwin", and it was played once at the international Kate Bush convention held in London a while ago.
IED has heard that Kate Bush fans might want to keep a lookout for a forthcoming tribute album to Nick Drake, too.
-- Andrew Marvick (IED)
"He washes the panes
He cleans the stains away."
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Harding)
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 1994 07:50:19 GMT
Subject: Re: The Man I Love
It came out, wonderful track. The single contains
Only track one is Kate. It does list other artists that will be appearing on the Gershwin tribute album - Peter Gabriel does a cover of Summertime - I hope this is released as a single!
From: Scott Telford <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 1994 15:37:29 GMT
Subject: Re: The Man I Love
All tracks produced by George Martin. Del Palmer not to be seen anywhere - Kate's voice doesn't sound quite the same as on TRS, due to lack of Quantec Room Simulators and so forth, I suspect.
Cover is a kinda Picasso-esque painting of a woman's face.
Cat no. is Mercury MERCD 408 (856 045-2).
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (NudeAdGuy)
Date: 10 Aug 1994 21:12:01 -0400
Subject: The man I love
I picked up a copy of the import (from UK) CD single today. Those of you who haven't heard it yet should run out and buy it. HOWEVER--I was really surprised to see she shares the bill with Larry Adler--especially if you know anything about this "expert" of musical public opinion.
Adler is a man who can be put on the same pedestal as Steve Allen and Mitch Miller when it comes to listing "enemies" of Rock and Roll.
About 25 years ago, on the Dick Cavett show, he gained 15 minutes of fame he didn't need by saying "the only thing the Beatles will be remembered for is "Yesterday."
Perhaps he will one day be right, but how many of you reading this had any idea who Larry Adler was before you read this post or picked up the Kate CD?
And does it bother anyone out there that this Gershwin LP was produced by George Martin, the Beatles producer? I guess money makes for some strange bedfellows.
From: email@example.com (Lynn Alford)
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 94 02:36:06 GMT
Subject: Glory of Gershwin
The Glory of Gershwin is currently in the top 20 album list here in Australia. Kate sings a beautiful 'The Man I Love'. Since I am fond of Gershwin and of some of the artists on this album, I had to buy it. There are a few tracks that I found disappointing; Robert Palmer's version of 'I Got Rhythm' does not work for me, I have a version of 'Rhapsody in Blue' that I much prefer, I haven't managed to actually listen to all of Courtney Pine's version of 'Summertime'. I was surprised that I enjoyed Meatloaf's 'Somebody Loves Me', but I have never listened to Meatloaf much so it might be my fault for having such a preconceived notion of what he would sound like. Most of the tracks are quite enjoyable though.
Not only do I now own the album but I have a copy of Kate singing the song on video. It's done in black and white, and is simply showing Kate singing with some of the members of the orchestra they had set up for the album. A lucky capture from the Australia show RAGE which plays a variety of music videos Saturday and Sunday mornings from 1 to 8 am.
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 1994 15:32:37 -0300 (ADT)
From: Fiona McQuarrie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: The Man I Luhrve
To my utter amazement, I managed to find this CD single in a local record store (CD singles are a hard thing to come by here.)
I think Kate does a very good job with the song. The style of the song is not really "her" style, and she could enunciate the words a little more clearly in places since the words are a big part of the impact of this particular song, but I liked hearing her sing it.
It's also interesting to hear her produced by someone other than herself/Del. George Martin makes her sound a lot more warmer and human than her own production does (play this back to back with Rubberband Girl to get the effect).
The other two songs on the single are - well, they're mostly the same song :) "Rhapsody in Blue" in a long and short version. The orchestral arrangement is wonderful, but much as I respect Larry Adler's playing I have to say that if the Gershwins wanted a harmonica to carry the lead melody in this piece they would have written it for harmonica :) The harmonica sounds kind of lost, futilely squeaking against the big orchestra.
I haven't seen The Glory of Gershwin album itself yet, but I think this single is worth getting.
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 1995 01:23:48 -0400
Subject: Larry Adler on Dateline NBC
Hi Fellow Hounds:
Last night's (16 June 1995) Dateline NBC had a profile of expatriate harmonica virtuoso (and Kate Bush collaborator) Larry Adler. This was either a repeat or has been in the can a few months. Cher, Jon Bon Jovi, Meatloaf, Elton John and Glory of Gershwin producer George Martin were either seen singing vocal tracks or otherwise briefly on camera. No Kate sighting--sorry!
It turns out that Adler has had quite a life. As an in-demand backing player he worked with the best in the biz, including George Gershwin himself in the 30s. After the Second World War he was listed in "Red Channels," the bogus but powerful tally of alleged Communists in the entertainment industry. Adler soon found himself without gigs and in exile in England. He was eventually embraced by the British film industry and scored a number of movies, most notably the British classic Genevieve (well worth seeing, BTW.)
He's quite a character! Yes, he *did* tell the old tale about his chance encounter with Al Capone that became a staple of his concert tour. And in an eerie echo of the past Adler is seen performing on stage with the ghost of his old friend--a piano programmed to tickle the ivories in perfect synchonization with George Gershwin's own playing. In all, the segment was well worth seeing if not exactly a keeper (now, if Kate had been in it... ;-)
Take care, Chris
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