Noel Coward & Gertrude Lawrence

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The early part of the 20th century saw Noël Coward as the king of British musical theater/cabaret, with his cardboard arrangements and campy faux romantic lyrics charming many a crowd that needed a lighthearted laugh and pure entertainment. Coward wrote a slew of popular tunes that endured through the golden age of jazz and beyond. These 17 selections, 15 penned by Coward with half featuring his bravura spoken word/singing, are prime reminders of his command of a song. The Ray Noble Orchestra back Coward on some classics like "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," "Lover of My Dreams," and "Mad About the Boy." Gertrude Lawrence is center stage for eight tracks, the most notable ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The early part of the 20th century saw Noël Coward as the king of British musical theater/cabaret, with his cardboard arrangements and campy faux romantic lyrics charming many a crowd that needed a lighthearted laugh and pure entertainment. Coward wrote a slew of popular tunes that endured through the golden age of jazz and beyond. These 17 selections, 15 penned by Coward with half featuring his bravura spoken word/singing, are prime reminders of his command of a song. The Ray Noble Orchestra back Coward on some classics like "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," "Lover of My Dreams," and "Mad About the Boy." Gertrude Lawrence is center stage for eight tracks, the most notable being "Mad About the Boy" and one of two written by George and Ira Gershwin, "Someone to Watch Over Me." The digital transfer still retains a scratchy quality throughout, so audiophiles might wince a bit, but this is a good set for Coward fans, or a decent place to start for newbies and students.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1993
  • Label: Pearl
  • UPC: 727031971528
  • Catalog Number: 9715

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Noël Coward Primary Artist, Vocals
Ray Noble Conductor
Carroll Gibbons Conductor
Gertrude Lawrence Vocals, Track Performer
Clifford Greenwood Conductor
Tom Waring Piano
Claude Ivy Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Charles Haynes Producer
Ray Noble & His Orchestra Contributor
Phoenix Theatre Orchestra Contributor
Peter Machin Liner Notes
Colin Attwell Producer, Contributor
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