Songs of Noel Coward

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although Noël Coward's efforts as a songwriter for the theater in the 1920s and '30s came before the era of the original cast album, which didn't begin until the mid-'40s, he and other members of the casts of his plays and musicals often turned up in recording studios for HMV Records and Decca Records in the U.K. to make 78-rpm records featuring songs and bits of dialogue. This album collects songs Coward wrote for ten revues, musicals, and plays, along with a couple of independent tunes. The songwriter himself shows up on ten of the tracks, either singing by himself or exchanging words with Gertrude Lawrence in the plays Private Lives and Tonight at 8:30 and Yvonne ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although Noël Coward's efforts as a songwriter for the theater in the 1920s and '30s came before the era of the original cast album, which didn't begin until the mid-'40s, he and other members of the casts of his plays and musicals often turned up in recording studios for HMV Records and Decca Records in the U.K. to make 78-rpm records featuring songs and bits of dialogue. This album collects songs Coward wrote for ten revues, musicals, and plays, along with a couple of independent tunes. The songwriter himself shows up on ten of the tracks, either singing by himself or exchanging words with Gertrude Lawrence in the plays Private Lives and Tonight at 8:30 and Yvonne Printemps in the musical Conversation Piece. A thorough sense of the talents of the leading ladies of the British musical stage in the era is provided by appearances from the likes of Alice Delysia, Maisie Gay, Ivy St. Helier, and Peggy Wood. Dating back as far as the '20s, tracks like "There's Life in the Old Girl Yet" and "Poor Little Rich Girl" were recorded prior to the introduction of the electrical microphone, and they sound primitive. Elsewhere, tracks mastered from original 78s sometimes have a muffled, crackly sound. But the mixture of witty patter songs "There's Always Something Fishy About the French," "The Stately Homes of England" and well-realized sentimental ballads "I'll Follow My Secret Heart," "Someday I'll Find You" gives a good sense of the range of Coward's talents as a songwriter, making this a valuable collection. Tony Watts' overly critical, occasionally inaccurate liner notes demonstrate that he's never seen a production of Private Lives, since he misstates the use of the song "Someday I'll Find You" in it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/1996
  • Label: Pearl
  • UPC: 727031708025
  • Catalog Number: 7080

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mrs. Worthington - Noël Coward & Orchestra (2:03)
  2. 2 Parisian Pierrot - Gertrude Lawrence (3:31)
  3. 3 There's Life In The Old Girl Yet - Maisie Gay (3:22)
  4. 4 Poor Little Rich Girl - Alice Delysia (2:46)
  5. 5 I'll See You Again - Joe Kebschull (4:06)
  6. 6 If Love Were All - Ivy St. Helier (3:38)
  7. 7 Zigeuner - Lionel Salter (2:58)
  8. 8 A Room With A View - Noël Coward & Orchestra (3:31)
  9. 9 Dance, Little Lady - Noël Coward & Orchestra (2:44)
  10. 10 I'll Follow My Secret Heart (6:20)
  11. 11 Regency Rakes - George Sanders (2:41)
  12. 12 There's Always Something Fishy About the French - Heather Thatcher (2:44)
  13. 13 Has Anybody Seen Our Ship? (4:37)
  14. 14 You Were There (4:39)
  15. 15 Someday I'll Find You - Gertrude Lawrence (3:05)
  16. 16 Dearest Love - Peggy Wood (3:21)
  17. 17 The Stately Homes of England - John Gatrell (6:29)
  18. 18 London Pride - Noël Coward & Orchestra (3:20)
  19. 19 Any Little Fish - Noël Coward & Orchestra (2:23)
  20. 20 Mad About the Boy - Claude Ivey (3:13)
  21. 21 Mad Dogs and Englishmen - Noël Coward & Orchestra (2:51)
  22. 22 The Party's over Now - Noël Coward & Orchestra (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Noël Coward Primary Artist, Vocals
Ray Noble Conductor
Carroll Gibbons Conductor
Gertrude Lawrence Track Performer
Yvonne Printemps Track Performer
Clifford Greenwood Conductor
Phoenix Theatre Orchestra Track Performer
His Majesty's Theatre Orchestra Track Performer
Claude Ivy Piano
Peggy Wood Track Performer
Reginald Burston Conductor
Philip Braham Conductor
Benjamin Frankel Conductor
Alice Delysia Track Performer
Technical Credits
Noël Coward Cover Illustration
Colin Brown Production Concept
Tony Watts Producer, Liner Notes, Production Concept
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