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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Songs by the Gershwins

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Michael Feinstein 21/3/1996

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Songs by the Gershwins is Michael Feinstein's second all-Gershwin album. His first, Pure Gershwin, was his best record, probably because, as a former secretary to Ira Gershwin, he knew his way around the material. This time, Feinstein puts his extensive knowledge of the Gershwin catalogue to good use, unearthing lost songs -- "Anything for You" and "Will You Remember Me?" are given their first-ever recordings -- resurrecting original arrangements, and singing rarely used lyrics to favorites like "Someone to Watch over Me." The album's tour de force is the seven-and-a-half-minute "Fascinating Rhythm (Medley)," which travels through time to trace the development of the song and its subsequent versions in successive musical styles. The effect is to demonstrate both the timelessness and the endless versatility of George Gershwin's music. All of this is far more elaborate than the piano accompaniment on Pure Gershwin, and Feinstein has developed enough as a singer to keep up. The man has the heart of a research assistant, but few history lessons are this much fun. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Who Cares? Michael Feinstein 3:36
  3. 2 Ask Me Again Michael Feinstein 3:17
  4. 3 Anything for You Michael Feinstein 2:42
  5. 4 Someone to Watch over Me Michael Feinstein 4:57
  6. 5 Luckiest Man in the World Michael Feinstein 4:37
  7. 6 Fascinating Rhythm [Medley] Michael Feinstein 7:27
  8. 7 Will You Remember Me? Michael Feinstein 2:47
  9. 8 Nice Work If You Can Get It Michael Feinstein 3:10
  10. 9 Somebody Stole My Heart Away Michael Feinstein 4:48
  11. 10 A Foggy Day/Things Are Looking Up Michael Feinstein 6:22
  12. 11 Love Is in the Air Michael Feinstein 3:26
  13. 12 They Can't Take That Away from Me Michael Feinstein 5:28
  14. 13 For You, for Me, for Evermore Michael Feinstein 3:54

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