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Mad About [Box Set]

Mad About [Box Set]

by Noël Coward
     
 
This Portuguese package of three CDs takes advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe to present unlicensed reissues of the 1950s Noël Coward albums Noel Coward in New York and Noel Coward at Las Vegas, along with a disc transcribing Coward's appearance on the radio show The Treasury Star Parade and other airchecks from the

Overview

This Portuguese package of three CDs takes advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe to present unlicensed reissues of the 1950s Noël Coward albums Noel Coward in New York and Noel Coward at Las Vegas, along with a disc transcribing Coward's appearance on the radio show The Treasury Star Parade and other airchecks from the 1940s. Thus, the material is presented in reverse chronological order. (The Las Vegas album is a live recording made in 1955; the New York album, despite its title, is a studio-recorded follow-up.) In fact, the radio disc jumps around in time, with certain tracks clearly recorded during World War II (such as "Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans" and the poem "Lie in the Dark and Listen," about planes going over to bomb Germany), while others date from after the war ("This Is a Changing World" and "I Saw No Shadow on the Sea" are Coward performances of songs he wrote for the 1946 musical Pacific 1860). Some songs are repeated, notably "Nina," "A Marvellous Party," and the inevitable "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," but the discs taken together provide a good survey of Coward's cabaret work in his middle age. (Born in 1899, he was in his forties in the '40s and his fifties in the '50s.) They lean a bit toward the novelty material in which he specialized, with one patter song after another presenting observations of proper Britishers who go native in tropical climes, from "Uncle Harry" to Mrs. Wentworth-Brewster in "A Bar on the Piccola Marina." Of course, there are also wistful romantic ballads like "Matelot" and "Sail Away," too. And Coward sings them all in his "World Weary" voice, savoring each syllable. The Las Vegas and New York albums may have been mastered from legitimate CDs, since the sound is good. The radio disc is a bit more muffled, but the music still comes through.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
Label:
Golden Stars Holland
UPC:
8712177053018
catalogNumber:
5499

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Like America
  2. Louisa
  3. Half Caste Woman
  4. I Went to a Marvellous Party
  5. Time and Again
  6. Why Must the Show Go On
  7. New York Medley: Let's Say Goodbye/Teach Me to Dance Like Grandma/We We
  8. What's Going to Happen to the Tots
  9. Sail Away
  10. Wait a Bit, Joe
  11. 20th Century Blues
  12. I Wonder What Happened to Him (Indian Army Officer)
  13. The Party's Over Now

Disc 2

  1. Noel Coward Medley: I'll See You Again/Dance, Little Lady/Poor Little R
  2. Uncle Harry
  3. Loch Lomond
  4. A Bar on the Piccola Marina
  5. World Weary
  6. Nina/Begin the Beguine
  7. Mad Dogs and Englishmen
  8. Matelot
  9. Alice Is at It Again
  10. A Room with a View
  11. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  12. The Party's Over Now

Disc 3

  1. Opening
  2. Waltz Medley: I'll See You Again/Someday I'll Find You/Let's Say Goodby
  3. Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans
  4. Intro/Mad Dogs and Englishmen
  5. The Stately Homes of England
  6. London Pride
  7. His Excellency Regrets
  8. Where Are the Songs We Sung
  9. Nina
  10. Mrs. Worthington
  11. This Is a Changing World
  12. A Marvellous Party
  13. I Saw No Shadow on the Sea
  14. Lie in the Dark and Listen
  15. Toast Speech from "Calvacade"

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