- Number of Discs: 3
- Released: October 24, 1995
- Label: Polygram Records
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.They Can't Take That Away From Me
- 3.Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
- 4.Embraceable You
- 5.But Not For Me
- 6.They All Laughed
- 7.The Man I Love
- 8.Oh, Lady Be Good
- 9.There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
- 10.How Long Has This Been Going On?
- 11.'S Wonderful
- 12.I Loves You, Porgy
- 13.I've Got a Crush on You
- 14.Fascinating Rhythm
- 15.Someone to Watch Over Me
- 16.Our Love Is Here to Stay - (live)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.I Got Rhythm
- 2.Nice Work If You Can Get It
- 3.Embraceable You
- 4.Who Cares?
- 5.A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
- 6.Love Walked In
- 7.Love Is Here to Stay
- 8.Oh, Lady Be Good!
- 9.Of Thee I Sing
- 10.For You, For Me, For Evermore
- 11.A Foggy Day
- 12.Someone to Watch Over Me
- 13.Isn't It a Pity?
- 14.They Can't Take That Away From Me
- 15.'S Wonderful
- 16.Fascinating Rhythm
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.Fascinating Rhythm
- 2.My Man's Gone Now
- 4.How Long Has This Been Going On?
- 5.Somebody Loves Me
- 6.Prelude II
- 7.They All Laughed
- 8.Nice Work If You Can Get It
- 9.I Loves You, Porgy
- 10.Love Is Here to Stay
- 11.The Man I Love
- 12.A Foggy Day
- 13.Strike up the Band
- 14.Embraceable You
- 15.'S Wonderful
- 16.Someone to Watch Over Me
THE COMPLETE GERSHWIN SONGBOOKS is a box set of three compilation records originally released between 1992 and 1995: 'S WONDERFUL: THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOK (Verve 513 928), 'S MARVELOUS: THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOK (Verve 521 568) and 'S PARADISE: THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOK (Verve 525 361). Each is available separately.
'S WONDERFUL: THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOK recorded between 1952 and 1987. Includes liner notes by James Isaacs.
All songs composed by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin except "I Loves You, Porgy", "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York" and "Summertime" (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/Dubose Heyward).
'S MARVELOUS: THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOK producers: Norman Granz (tracks 2, 4-5, 7-9, 14); Miriam Cutler, Ron Berinstein (track 3); Hy Weiss (track 12); Johnny Mandel (track 13); Bob Shad (track 15); Paulo Jobim, Jacques Morelenbaum (track 16).
Compilation producer: Michael Lang.
Recorded between 1952 and 1992. Includes liner notes by Neil Tesser.
All songs written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin except "A Woman Is A Sometime Thing" (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/DuBose Heyward).
'S PARADISE: THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOK (THE INSTRUMENTALS) producers: Creed Taylor (tracks 2, 6, 8); Norman Granz (tracks 3-5, 12-13, 15); Richard E. Lyons (track 7); Helen Keane (track 9); Nat Hentoff (track 11); Bob Shad (track 14); Heindorf (track 16).
Recorded between 1951 and 1968. Includes liner notes by Phil Bailey.
All music composed by George Gershwin and/or Ira Gershwin except "Somebody Loves Me," (George Gershwin/B.G. DeSylva/Ballard McDonald) "My Man's Gone Now" and "I Loves You, Porgy" (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/DuBose Heyward).
The Complete Gershwin Songbooks collects three discs also released separately: 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, and 'S Paradise. The first two discs include the greatest vocalists Verve had to offer, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Bing Crosby, Joe Williams, Fred Astaire, and even Antonio Carlos Jobim. Obviously, the songs are all classics and the versions presented are quite legendary themselves. The third disc in the set includes instrumental versions of Gershwin standards (by Bill Evans, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Clifford Brown, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson) that focus on the composer's stunning gift of melody and harmonic interplay -- just as the vocalists' versions highlight his lyrical prowess. Not all the versions are definitive, but The Complete Gershwin Songbooks includes many treats for fans of classic traditional pop. ~ John Bush