Originally posted by Munchkin
That's how FS sang it. Someone wrote that only he and Ella sang the bridge as Ira Gershwin intended it:
Although I may not be
the man, some...
girls think of
Well, I agree wholeheartedly with whoever that writer was. This was Ira Gershwin's song, written essentially about himself. Ira wasn't the best looking man by a long shot yet unlike his brother George, he was married and in love and had stablility. However, he was also a tad lost in the hustle bustle of the world, as many of us are at times, so he had the basis for one of his best collaborations with his Brother, George.
I love the Capitol recording of this song, with Frank's standout voice that held that longing and want that was needed to interpret the song properly. Of course there is also that overnight evolution of the voice where now he seems older so it's no longer "Swoonatra" any more but just another guy lost in the woods.
Edwin, I perfer the Capitol Recording of "All the Way" over the Reprise recording any day but I think the solo piano version of the song recorded with Red Norvo in Australia both blows them away with an intamacy that no orchestral arrangement could create.
I think that the "It Never Entered My Mind" recording at Capitol is great, especially when you hear it in it's respected possition on "IN the Wee Small Hours". However, the Reprise recording brought a new, unseen dimension for the song. Insted of it being a young heel who's lost his girl and forced her to leave it's been reinterpreted as an older man whohas also been a heel and lost his girl. However, this older man's version works beter because singing the song in that perspective you feel he is more sincerly sorry and that you even get a slight sense of his impending mortality. Get what I'm going at?