Revue and War Years 1928-1952

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
JSP Records' 2009 four-CD box set The Revue and War Years 1928-1952 is virtually an unlicensed reissue of the 1992 Angel Records four-CD box set The Masters' Voice -- Noel Coward: His HMV Recordings 1928 to 1953. (There are some minor differences between the two collections, but they share almost all of the same tracks in the same chronological order.) Those studio recordings made by Coward had fallen into the public domain in Europe by the early 21st century, allowing any record company to put out its own version of them in any form it liked. Coward periodically recorded songs he had written for his musicals; independent songs he had written, such as "London Pride" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
JSP Records' 2009 four-CD box set The Revue and War Years 1928-1952 is virtually an unlicensed reissue of the 1992 Angel Records four-CD box set The Masters' Voice -- Noel Coward: His HMV Recordings 1928 to 1953. (There are some minor differences between the two collections, but they share almost all of the same tracks in the same chronological order.) Those studio recordings made by Coward had fallen into the public domain in Europe by the early 21st century, allowing any record company to put out its own version of them in any form it liked. Coward periodically recorded songs he had written for his musicals; independent songs he had written, such as "London Pride" (heard here in both master and alternate takes); excerpts from his plays featuring such co-stars as Gertrude Lawrence; and occasional covers of the songs of others, such as Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "The Last Time I Saw Paris." (He was also fond of organizing his material into medleys, and there are several examples here, too.) It all adds up to 73 tracks running nearly four and a half hours and including such standards as "A Room with a View," "Zigeuner," "World Weary," "Someday I'll Find You," "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," "I'll Follow My Secret Heart," "Mrs. Worthington," "Parisian Pierrot," "Poor Little Rich Girl," "Matelot," "Nina," and "Sail Away," all sung in Coward's slight but imperious tenor, a voice without much range, but with plenty of authority. Coward did not stop recording after leaving HMV Records in 1952, but this collection does mark the end of a phase of his work; hereafter, he would concentrate on whole LPs, not just 78-rpm singles. The work of the 1950s and '60s is worthy of its own box set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065190521
  • Catalog Number: 1905
  • Sales rank: 236,418

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Room with a View (3:37)
  2. 2 Dance, Little Lady (2:48)
  3. 3 Mary Make-Believe (3:13)
  4. 4 Try to Learn to Love (3:26)
  5. 5 Lorelei (3:10)
  6. 6 The Dream Is Over (3:29)
  7. 7 Zigeuner (2:54)
  8. 8 World Weary (3:03)
  9. 9 Private Lives - Love Scene Act 1: Someday I'll Find You (4:46)
  10. 10 Private Lives - Scene from Act II: I Never Realised/If You Were the Onl (4:25)
  11. 11 Half-Caste Woman (3:26)
  12. 12 Any Little Fish (2:25)
  13. 13 Cavalcade - Prologue: Soldiers of the Queen/Goodbye Dolly Gray/Private (7:08)
  14. 14 Lover of My Dreams (2:44)
  15. 15 Cavalcade - Vocal Selection: Soldiers of the Queen/Goodbye Dolly Gray/L (8:21)
  16. 16 Noel Coward Medley: Intro/Parisian Pierrot/Poor Little Rich Girl/A Room (8:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Let's Say Goodbye (3:28)
  2. 2 The Party's Over Now (3:41)
  3. 3 Something to Do with Spring (2:33)
  4. 4 Mad Dogs and Englishmen (2:53)
  5. 5 Tokay/World Weary/Caballero/Green Carnation/I'll See You Again/Poor Lit (9:08)
  6. 6 I'll Follow My Secret Heart (6:22)
  7. 7 I Travel Alone (2:33)
  8. 8 Most of Ev'ry Day (2:35)
  9. 9 Love in Bloom (3:11)
  10. 10 Fare Thee Well (2:47)
  11. 11 Mrs. Worthington (2:05)
  12. 12 We Were So Young (3:26)
  13. 13 Then Play, Orchestra, Play (4:13)
  14. 14 You Were There (4:45)
  15. 15 Has Anybody Seen Our Ship? (4:41)
  16. 16 Man About Town (4:15)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Family Album - The Toast (4:01)
  2. 2 Family Album - Hearts and Flowers (4:15)
  3. 3 Parisian Pierrot (3:49)
  4. 4 We Were Dancing (2:56)
  5. 5 Dearest Love (3:18)
  6. 6 Where Are the Songs We Sung? (3:12)
  7. 7 The Stately Homes of England (3:21)
  8. 8 Gipsy Melody (3:24)
  9. 9 Dearest Love (3:07)
  10. 10 I'll See You Again (3:20)
  11. 11 Just Let Me Look at You (3:18)
  12. 12 Poor Little Rich Girl (3:15)
  13. 13 London Pride (3:22)
  14. 14 The Last Time I Saw Paris (3:13)
  15. 15 Could You Please Oblige Us with a Bren Gun? (3:30)
  16. 16 There Have Been Songs in England (2:53)
  17. 17 Imagine the Duchess's Feelings! (2:29)
  18. 18 It's Only You (2:27)
  19. 19 Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans (3:15)
  20. 20 The Welcoming Land (2:38)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I'm Old Fashioned (2:35)
  2. 2 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (2:00)
  3. 3 Sigh No More (3:04)
  4. 4 I Wonder What Happened to Him (3:41)
  5. 5 Matelot (3:27)
  6. 6 Nina (3:16)
  7. 7 Never Again (3:07)
  8. 8 Wait a Bit, Joe (2:52)
  9. 9 Bright Was the Day - The Drury Lane Orchestra (3:41)
  10. 10 This Is a Changing World - The Drury Lane Orchestra (3:15)
  11. 11 His Excellency Regrets - The Drury Lane Orchestra (3:11)
  12. 12 Uncle Harry - The Drury Lane Orchestra (3:12)
  13. 13 Josephine (2:45)
  14. 14 Don't Make Fun of the Fair (3:08)
  15. 15 Sail Away - Cafe De Paris (3:30)
  16. 16 Noel Coward Medley: I'll See You Again/Dance Little Lady/Poor Little Ri - Cafe De Paris (7:02)
  17. 17 Why Does Love Get in the Way? - Cafe De Paris (3:12)
  18. 18 I Like America - Cafe De Paris (2:55)
  19. 19 Time and Again - Cafe De Paris (3:28)
  20. 20 There Are Bad Times Just Around the Corner - Cafe De Paris (3:32)
  21. 21 London Pride (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Noël Coward Primary Artist, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Mantovani Conductor
Ray Noble Conductor
Carroll Gibbons Piano, Conductor
Gertrude Lawrence Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Yvonne Printemps Vocals
Clifford Greenwood Piano, Conductor
Norman Hackforth Piano
Robb Stewart Piano
Sidney Simone Conductor
Francis M. Collinson Conductor
Francis M. Collinson Conductor
Technical Credits
Drew Kent Sleeve Notes
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